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On Stage in Toronto: George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead Opens April 26 to May 19 2013

From a media release:

Night of the Living Dead Goes Live in Toronto
George A. Romero’s
At Theatre Passe Muraille
April 26 - May19, 2013

45 years after George A. Romero premiered his little independent monster flick, Night of the Living Dead, Romero along with Christopher Harrison, Phil Pattison, and Marty Birthelmer of Nictophobia Films bring Toronto audiences the stage production, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE at Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue in Toronto.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE previews April 23-25, opens April 26 and closes May 19, 2013. Tickets are available at Theatre Passe Muraille Box Office or online at www.NIGHTOFTHELIVINGDEADLIVE.COM.

Undisputedly the most popular horror film of all time, in April this cinematic masterpiece will be presented on stage like you’ve never seen it before. Just like the film, the stage production will be presented entirely in black and white from the set design to the actors (alive and undead). The…

MOVE Music Festival - April 27, 2013 in Albany New York

From a media release:

Industry Veteran Bob Tulipan To Give Keynote Speech
MOVE Music Festival on Saturday, April 27, 2013
in Albany - New York

(Albany, NY) --
Get ready music lovers!   Albany ranks as the nation’s 9th largest breeding ground for new music and is the location for this year’s MOVE Festival for the second year running.  For those that couldn't afford the price of a ticket to Austin last month, MOVE Music Festival is the alternative.  Move is an indie music festival that premiered last spring and is completely focused on spotlighting diverse and emerging talent, much akin to the early days of SXSW.  It takes place on Saturday, April 27.

“The idea behind Move is to giving regional bands a chance to launch their careers in the independent music scene,” comments festival owner and founder Bernie Walters.  The festival is the perfect platform for these bands to gain experience in performing live to a local audience as well as to industry insiders,” he continues.

Move will ho…

Nine Pianists, Six Grand Pianos: Piano Ecstasy April 26 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Soundstreams presents:
April 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Koerner Hall

Nine pianists, six grand pianos, works by Reich, Cage and Shostakovich, and a world premiere.

Soundstreams continues its 30th anniversary season with Piano Ecstasy at Koerner Hall on April 26 at 8:00 pm. A celebration of music for multiple pianos, this concert features nine virtuoso Canadian pianists, six grand pianos, works by Steve Reich, John Cage, Dmitri Shostakovich, Witold Lutoslawski, and Colin McPhee, and the world premiere of Glenn Buhr’s Two Pieces for Three Pianos.

The nine featured pianists from across Canada are James Parker (Gryphon Trio), Christina Petrowska Quilico, Russell Hartenberger (NEXUS), Serouj Kradjian (Amici Chamber Ensemble), Gregory Oh and Simon Docking (Toca Loca), Chris Donnelly, Tania Gill, and Glenn Buhr. They will perform together in various configurations throughout the evening in a dazzling display of technique and versatility.

Opening the concer…

CD Release: Feisty Folk with Jon Davis and 'Open Shore' - at the Rivoli Toronto April 26 2013

From a media release:

CD Release:
Jon Davis Releases ‘Open Shore’
Open Shore will surely open doors for this songster who serves up feisty folk, indie-seasoned rock and fluff-free pop

Opening set: Matt Tomlinson
The Rivoli, 334 Queen St W, Toronto
Friday, April 26, 8:30pm
$10 adv / $15  (416) 596-1908

- Jon Davis has achieved full lift-off with the launch of his sophomore release – Open Shore - a powerful, 11-track album showcasing a painterly ability to translate human emotion into delicate aural canvasses of light blue steel and shale grey, with vibrant splashes of golden hue.

Possessed of a delicate, almost chameleonic voice, you can hear distant similarities in style from James Taylor to Nick Drake, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Royal Wood, to Lindsey Buckingham. Anyone looking to appreciate this for themselves should earmark Davis’ CD release on Friday, April 26th at Toronto hotspot, The Rivoli.

Having endured a traumatic head injury in ’06, Davis found himself hurtling along a path…

Atom Egoyan Returns to the COC with his Acclaimed Production of Salome April 21 to May 22 2013

From a media release:

celebrated canadian director Atom egoyan returns to the coc with his acclaimed production of RICHARD strauss’S visceral and shocking opera, salome
April 21 to May 22, 2013
at the Four Seasons Centre for the Arts, Toronto

– The Canadian Opera Company’s 2013 spring season marks the return of celebrated Canadian director Atom Egoyan with his searing, critically acclaimed COC production of Richard Strauss’s Salome.  At the opera’s 1905 premiere, the audience and critics were shocked by its subject matter and erotic themes; Salome’s world of voyeurism and sexual abuse still elicits an equally visceral response today.  In past presentations of this production, in 1996 and 2002, the COC’s Salome was described as a “brilliant modern day interpretation” (Classical 96 FM) that is “marvelously wicked and wickedly marvelous,” (The Globe and Mail) and “relevant to a 21st-century audience” (NOW Magazine).  COC Music Director Johannes Debus conducts his third opera of the s…

Hot Docs 2013 - April 25 to May 4, 2013: Six More Picks

From a media release:

Picks from my friends at GAT PR:
Hot Docs Film Festival
April 25 to May 4, 2013
in Toronto

15 Reasons to Live – Directed by Alan Zweig -  World Premiere
When documentarian Alan Zweig discovered Ray Robertson’s non-fiction book Why Not? Fifteen Reasons To Live,  (and came to know Ray Robertson), he was intrigued by the concept of organizing the panoply of life itself into a list. Said 15 reasons are: Love, solitude, critical mind, art, individuality, home, work, humour, friendship, intoxication, praise, meaning, body, duty and death. To savour them all would presumably be to truly live. Thus was born 15 Reasons To Live, the most ambitious work to date by Zweig (Lovable; I, Curmudgeon; Vinyl), with his first use of a crew, a wide location schedule (stretching a thousand miles from North Carolina to Montreal), and a first-time use of animation mixed with live documentary.

Attending Hot Docs: Director Alan Zweig, Producer Julian Rosenberg
Premiere - Sat, Apr 27 - 6:30 PM - T…

The NFB at Hot Docs 2013 April 25 to May 4, 2013

From a media release:

Festival lineup includes five world premieres
from National Film Board of Canada

Hot Docs Film Festival
April 25 to May 4, 2013

Toronto –
Six National Film Board of Canada productions or co-productions will be featured at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto from April 25 to May 5, 2013, including five world premieres.

Premiering in the Canadian Spectrum section are NCR: Not Criminally Responsible (J.S. Kastner Productions/NFB/CBC/documentary), directed by John Kastner; Chi, directed by Anne Wheeler; Buying Sex, co-directed by Teresa MacInnes and Kent Nason; The Auctioneer, directed by Hans Olson; as well as Sam Decoste’s short film Mary & Myself, screening with Chi. Making its Ontario premiere is Alphée of the Stars (Esperamos Films/NFB), directed by Hugo Latulippe.

The NFB is also partnering on the festival’s free 20th-anniversary outdoor screening, Docs at Dusk, reflecting the NFB’s longsta…

Art Gallery of Mississauga Annual Art Auction May 2, 2013 - Preview Week April 25 - 30

From a media release:

Art Gallery of Mississauga
10 | Annual Art Auction
May 2, 2013
Live Auction begins at 7 pm

To purchase:
Contact Reception at the AGM 905 896 5088 /
All proceeds go to supporting exhibitions, artist projects and education initiatives.

Tickets are $75 each. This includes a $50 voucher used towards any one item in the live auction. All proceeds go to supporting exhibitions, artist projects and education.

Auction Preview Week: 
Thursday, April 25 - Tuesday, April 30

Preview Week Event Highlights:
Preview Opening Reception for 10 | Annual Art Auction
Thursday, April 25, 7 pm    New to Collecting Art?    + Free Event.
Speakers: Joan Murray, Dev Ramcharan and Stuart Keeler
Sunday, April 28, 2 pmArtist Soiree!  Come meet the Artists!   + Free Event
Sunday, April 28, 5 pm     MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - The Art Gallery of Mississauga raises the bar on excellence with 10 | Annual Art Auction. This year's event will feature works by approximately 100 regio…

English Language Premiere: Imago Theatre Presents Carole Fréchette's Thinking of Yu April 24 - May 5 2013

From a media release:

Quebec English-language premiere!
IMAGO Theatre
Thinking of YU

Written by Carole Fréchette Translated by John Murrell
Directed by Micheline Chevrier
Wednesday, April 24 – Sunday, May 5, 2013

Thinking of YU is a play about one woman’s fixation with Yu Dongyue, a young Chinese journalist who was imprisoned for 17 years for having thrown paint on a poster of Mao during the Tiananmen Square student protests. Her obsessive research is interrupted by a lonely single father who mistakenly received her mail and a young Chinese woman who desperately wants to perfect her English grammar. Their unexpected companionship prompts each of them to question the consequences of fighting against injustice. Each comes to grips with their relationship to the world as they wrestle with notions of bravery, change and hope.

With Shiong-En Chan, Danielle Desormeaux and Kwasi Songui

Thinking of YU
Imago Theatre
At Centaur Theatre
453 St. François-Xavier  April 24-May 5, 2013


World Premiere: Tarragon Theatre Toronto Presents David Yee`s carried away on the crest of a wave April 16 - May 26 2013

From a media release:

carried away on the crest of a wave
By David Yee
Directed by Nina Lee Aquino

"Because we are all connected. And we are, none of us, alone."

TORONTO (March 22, 2013) -
Tarragon Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of carried away on the crest of a wave, written by acclaimed playwright-in-residence David Yee. This moving exploration of the effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami previews from April 16, opens April 24 and runs to May 26, 2013 in Tarragon's Mainspace (with previews beginning April 16). Tickets range from $27-$53 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling the box office at 416.531.1827 or by visiting

A singular, cataclysmic event - the Boxing Day, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami - took the lives of more than two hundred thousand people. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.

A series of vignettes about the ripple effects of this heartbreak…

Creativity Rocks! 2013: Drawings, poems, stories & dance by kids April 15-21, 2013 in Toronto

From a release:

Creativity Rocks! 2013
Drawings, poems, stories & dance by children & youth
April 15-21, 2013 - Neilson Park Creative Centre

• Opening reception April 17, 2013 - 6-8:30pm

Etobicoke -
The Exploring Creativity in Depth concept has been adapted over a period of twenty years for a variety of populations, including elementary school students, youth with special needs, classroom teachers, and museum visitors. By activating the creative imagination participants gain access to their authentic creative potential and express emergent images and feelings in various media. By engaging the deep structure of the creative process, the program promotes self-awareness and self-esteem, mutual understanding and reciprocity, and respect and wonder for the transformative power of art.

EXHIBITION: 130 drawings by 65 students selected from over 300 children and youth (Grades 2 to 8) in seven West Toronto schools. The artwork was created during Exploring Creativity in Depth programs provide…

love u lovecraft [lab]; a new collective creation: April 16 - 20 2013 in Montreal

From a media release:

Witness the creative process…
in collaboration with Infinithéâtre presents

love u lovecraft [lab]; a new collective creation
Inspired by the world of H.P. Lovecraft
Directed by Stacey Christodoulou
Mark these dates in your spring calendar

Tuesday, April 16 – Saturday, April 20, 2013
at Bain St-Michel, Montréal

- Inspired by the world of H.P. Lovecraft*, The Other Theatre manifests a little bit of horror, a little bit of fear.  A young girl’s mysterious disappearance, a mother’s broken memories, prophecies, secret gardens, games in the forest - stories of the unknowable and the unnamable. As part of its creative process, The Other Theatre invites the audience to a week-long public lab, into a world out of time and out of joint. In English and French.

With: Anana Rydvald, Sarah C. Carlsen, Dean Makarenko, Alexandra Montagnese and Cedrick Roy Designed by: Amy Keith, Marija Djordjevic, David Perreault Ninacs

love u lovecraft [lab]; a new collective…

Canadian Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico Concerts in April/May 2013 & More News

From a media release:


- Canadian piano virtuoso Christina Petrowska Quilico celebrates her instrument in a number of intriguing artistic events in the coming weeks.  All take place in the Toronto area.

Widely renowned for her performances of contemporary composers and little-known repertoire, Petrowska Quilico is featured in the following presentations:

Thursday-Saturday, April 18, 19, 20, 2013 - 7:30 pm at the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street:  Rite Redux, a co-production of York U’s Departments of Dance and Music, celebrates the centennial of the iconic ballet Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, to the score by Igor Stravinsky.   Petrowska Quilico will perform works by Satie and Debussy, also written in 1913. & in

Tickets & info

Friday, April 26, 2…

William Christie Conducts Charpentier's David et Jonathas April 17 - 21 2013 at BAM (Brooklyn)

From a release:

David et Jonathas
Apr 17—Apr 21, 2013

Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Part of 2013 Winter/Spring Season

By Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Les Arts Florissants
An Aix-en-Provence Festival production
Conducted by William Christie
Directed by Andreas Homoki

Buy Tickets

“Conductor William Christie brings the score dazzlingly to life… through buoyant, tripletime dances and aching laments.” —The Guardian (UK)

BROOKLYN - Following their landmark revival of Atys in 2011, venerated conductor William Christie and early music group Les Arts Florissants return to BAM with a Baroque gem fashioned from the roiling dramas of the Old Testament: French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s (1643—1704) rarely staged sacred tragedy David et Jonathas, directed by Andreas Homoki.

The deepest of male friendships must contend with jealousy, a witch’s premonition, and, ultimately war in this story of the begrudging King Saul’s rash decision to banish his son’s best friend on the eve of b…

The Canadian Opera Company Presents Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor April 17-24 2013

From a media release:

the Canadian Opera Company:
donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece, lucia di lammermoor, returns to the coc with an acclaimed production created for and starring soprano anna christy
April 17 - 24, 2013

Toronto –
Opening the Canadian Opera Company’s 2012/2013 spring season is Gaetano Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece, Lucia di Lammermoor, starring American soprano Anna Christy in a production created especially for her by director David Alden at English National Opera.  American conductor Stephen Lord, named one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” by Opera News, leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Donizetti’s cascading romantic melodies.  Last presented by the COC in 2004, Lucia di Lammermoor returns for nine performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on April 17, 20, 26, 30, May 9, 12, 15, 18 and 24, 2013, and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.

One of the world’s most influential and prolific directors of opera, American Dav…

David Yip's Gold Mountain on Stage in Montreal April 16 - 27 2013

From a media release:

Part of Les Deux Mondes’ 40th anniversary season!
Les Deux Mondes presents a co-production with Unity Theatre, Liverpool (with French surtitles)
Gold Mountain
Written by David Yip and Kevin Wong, Directed by Daniel Meilleur
Tuesday, April 16 – Saturday, April 27, 2013
At Théâtre Aux Écuries, Montreal

“You must leave, go and bring honour to your family. Find your gold mountain, make your fortune.  Then and only then can you return.” 

Montreal - Award-winning Montreal theatre company Les Deux Mondes is excited to present their internationally acclaimed show, Gold Mountain, for the first time in their home theatre, Aux Écuries, from April 16-27. Written by talented British playwright, actor and filmmaker David Yip, along with Kevin Wong, the play is performed by the original actors: David Yip as father figure, Yee Lui and Eugene Salleh, as his son, David Yee. This visually stunning multimedia presentation is the collaboration of the inspired Les Deux Mondes creative team: d…