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It’s Monday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment week ahead.


Comedy fans can truly gorge this week with Just for Laughs returning to the city this week. It's the 6th edition of JFL42 with an outstanding lineup scheduled. Look for Bill Burr at the Sony Centre on Friday night, with Janeane Garofalo also in town, John Mulaney, Chris Robinson, Brian Posehn and Toronto's own standup star, Chris Locke. for tickets and package info.


Toronto's major theatre companies are back in business for the 2017/2018 season, with plenty to choose from this week and next.

On the Danforth, The Coal Mine Theatre is offering the Canadian Premiere of The Aliens from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Annie Baker. Annie's visions for theatre are always fascinating, and it will be interesting to see what Coal Mine does with this play in its intimate space. for info

Also, a reminder that Cirque Du Soleil's Volta opens officially Tuesday at the Portlands. The show has introduced extreme sports into the Cirque format. You can listen to the Jazz FM91 Volta interview here: VOLTA PODCAST for tickets and info.

Next week, Canadian Stage’s Life After opens at the Berkeley. It was written by young musical theatre maven Britta Johnson. The show was a hit at fringe last year. for info and tickets.

Also, Factory Theatre returns for another selection of boundary pushing stories. The season opens next week with Anita Majumdar’s very topical Fish Eye Triology at the Bathurst and Adelaide mainstay.


Don't forget to tune into Jazz FM91 on Thursday at 7pm for a special Live to Air broadcast featuring Hilario Duran and his band. Hilario is celebrating the release of his new album Contumbao. Jaymz Bee will be your host.




The TSO is presenting a special one night only event. The World Première of the new orchestral suite from Canadian composer Mychael Danna's Academy Award–winning film score to Life of Pi.

It’s Opening Night of the TSO’s 2017/18 season on Tuesday. The evening features guest vocalist Bombay Jayashri and percussion master V. Selvaganesh, and Life of Pi is conducted by Peter Oundjian. Should be quite something. for tickets.

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