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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.


The wait is over! The highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel hits select theatres this week. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.

In the update to the 1982 classic, Gosling is K, the same type of police officer that Harrison Ford portrayed in the first film, but with a slight twist. His job is to hunt down older model android replicants. But a big realization eventually changes his focus.

Quebec’s Denis Villeneuve was awarded directing duties for Blade Runner 2049, and his vision is being championed. The buzzwords from the critics who have seen this film are awe, scope, scale and extraordinary. All we know about this film points to an instant classic. Bladerunner 2049 opens in select theatres Thursday and wide on Friday.


Britta Johnson’s incredible Canadian Stage debut is Life After; a coming of age musical theatre piece that was first mounted last year at the Fringe Festival. The story follows 16-year-old Alice and her struggle to come to terms with the death of her big personality father. The creative team behind this newly arranged production have put together something entertaining, empathetic and monumental. 26-year-old Britta Johnson is the breakout star here, the brains behind the music and lyrics.

Britta spoke to Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM91 studios.

Don’t miss Life After at the beautifully reimagined downstairs space at the Berkeley Street Theatre, it's going to be the talk of the town for weeks to come. for tickets.


2017 has seen an interesting shake up in Toronto’s fashion scene. September saw the return of the long running Toronto Fashion Week, but in the new setting of Yorkville. While that organization got back on the rails, Fashionista Jeff Rustia branched out from his Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, aka TOM, to introduce Toronto Women’s Fashion Week last spring. The latest season is being showcased this week at One Yonge Street for a week of runway presentations from some of Canada’s most prominent womenswear designers. This week experience runway shows from Lamarque, Pascal Labelle, Zoran Zobric, Lesley Hampton, Hedrixroe, Stephen Caras and special events with David Dixon and Sage Paul. for tickets and the schedule. Runway shows begin Monday and continue through Saturday.



Fall for Dance North begins on Wednesday, marking the third edition for this event. This week, expect 10 internationally acclaimed dance companies from Canada and around the world. Each night will feature premiere events and festival commissioned performance. Seven-time world champion Irish dancer Michaela Hinds is here. So is Robert Binet from the National Ballet. Then, the all female street dance crew Mix Mix Dance Collective, and even an event featured 72 people! In addition to the main stage programming, “FFDN at UNION” will transform the West Wing of Union Station into an open dance studio. You will be able to watch rehearsals there, take part in free workshops and even see performances. is the place to visit for more info.


It was about a year ago that young filmmaker Daniel Sarkissian dropped by the Jazz FM91 studios to chat up hosts Brad Barker, John Devenish and Bluz FM’s Danny Marks for a new documentary titled What is Classic Rock?

The film features a who’s who of the music world… from members of the Doobie Brothers and Jethro Tull to Guns and Roses and Alice Cooper. What Is Classic Rock? will screen Friday night at 9pm, that’s at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

For tickets: CLICK HERE

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