The Canadian Opera Company brings a season of dark fairy tales to Toronto

This fall, the Canadian Opera Company is putting a chill in the air with two very different, dark fairy tales.

Rusalka Oct 12 To Oct 26, 2019

The mermaid Rusalka leaves behind her watery home to be with her prince charming. Will he stay true to her sacrifice? Based on The Little Mermaid’s original tale, this romantic opera stars Met sensation Sondra Radvanovsky.Gorgeous sets, costumes, and choreography make this production a fairytale spectacle reminiscent of ballets Ondine and Giselle and films like The Shape of Water.

Turandot Sept 28 – Oct. 27

Princess Turandot knows that marriage can be a dangerous commitment. That’s why all her suitors must answer three riddles – and if they get even one wrong, they face the executioner’s blade. Despite the mortal risk, the exiled prince Calaf is determined to try and win her heart.

I haven’t been to the opera in several years, and I’m very excited to see these performances!

Take a peek at the new season from the Canadian Opera Company. If you’re under 30, you can get tickets to the opera for only $22.

15 Nuit Blanche projects you should definitely see

It’s my favouite time of year…Nuit Blanche! The city comes alive and people wander the streets in search of art. What could be better? This year brings us almost 90 art projects set to the theme of Continuum. It all goes down on October 5th from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Here are my top picks of what to see.

Chasing Red | Downtown

A dynamic light installation depicting the northern lights is created by Bekah Brown, an artist of Anishinaabe descent who grew up on Dene territory.

Transformation | Downtown

This immersive, multi-sensory exhibit will bring the beauty of nature to life inside the soaring MaRS atrium, highlighting the urgent need to protect our ravaged planet.

Ephemeral Artifacts | Scarborough

This sonic, sculptural and performance installation offers the experience of slowing time, space and the senses. The dancing bodies of Scarborough are honoured here. (more…)

[ Picture This ] Cirque du Soleil’s revamped Alegria is pure magic

There’s something oh so magical about spotting the Cirque big top tent in Toronto. It always fills me with anticipation for a new Cirque du Soleil. I was invited to a preview of the revamped show, Alegria. It’s been 25 years since this iconic show was performed. I didn’t see the original, but I loved this rendition. It’s been updated with new costumes and set design, a renewed acrobatic vocabulary, and new musical arrangements.

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[ Picture This ] Expanding my Reality with Refinery29’s #29Rooms

 

It’s easy to dismiss Toronto’s newest pop up installation as your standard Instagram bait. However, once you step inside 29Rooms, you can easily see that it’s so much more than that. This installation is a wonderful blend of art, creativity and whimsy. It’s all about the experience, art and okay fine, also the insta factor.

This is the first Canadian stop for Refinery29’s Expand Your Reality Experience tour. It’s been touring around Chicago, New York and Atlanta, to name a few.

29 Rooms is in Toronto until October 5th at the Exhibition Place, and tickets are $34.50.

Here were my favourite experiences throughout the evening. Thanks for snapping photos with me, Neetu!

THE TRAVELLING BILLBOARD TORONTO In Collaboration with HATECOPY

I was super excited to hear that Toronto based artist, Maria Qamar aka HATECOPY had an installation in 29Rooms. I’ve been a fan of her pop art style illustrations. Her installation is “inspired by Desi sisterhood and how powerful it can be. It’s a reflection of the women who I’ve seen, the women I love, and the women who I’ve been.” Here, guests can pick up a brush and get creative with paint by numbers.

 MAKE YOUR MARK: When is the last time you picked up a paintbrush or put pencil to paper to capture what you see in front of you? Art is not just a final product meant to be seen; the beauty is as much in the process as it is in the product. Here, creativity comes to life as you work live in the space; creating, improvising and unleashing. Enter this studio bravely, ready to express yourself and make your mark. Guests will be able to get hands on with two interactions within the space – a speed round circuit training of mini art class exercises, and a collaborative sculptural color by number, designed in collaboration with HATECOPY.

DANCE BREAK

This room was so much fun! They only play R&B hits from the 2000s. You pick a song and sing while dancers start the dance party around you.

We’re throwing a dance party and everyone is invited. Behind these doors, you’ll encounter the soundtrack to your city and characters that will inspire you to make room, make moves and release. We just need your energy to kick things off, so get in there and start moving…This is your dance break! (more…)

Cath Kidston comes to Toronto

One of my favourite British designers, Cath Kidson, is having a pop up in the GTA this month! The cheerful floral print show will hit the road and visit Markham, Toronto and North York.

  • Fairview Mall on September 9th;
  • Markville Mall on September 11th;
  • Toronto Eaton Centre on September 19th.

Each store will stick around until the end of December and are expected to be 800 to 1,200 square feet. Shoppers will find stationery, clothing, kids wear and home goods in store.

“Canadians have a soft spot for all things British, Cath Kidston will surely be well-received. The shops definitely bring a bright and joyful presence to our market.” says Carole Teitelbaum, President of Halcyon Brands Inc. “Cath Kidston is a global success story and Canada is a natural home for her.”

I can’t wait to check out a location!

[ Win it! ] Rides, food and fun are back for another year at the CNE

The CNE is back for another year! This is a yearly summer tradition that I never miss. The CNE is in town from Aug 16 – Sept 2, 2019. Last summer, a whopping 1.5 million people attended the fair. So what’s new this year?

CNE will host the Canadian premiere of the traveling exhibition “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic,” comprised of iconic images that defined the 21st century ranging from the striking portrait of Afghan Girl by photographer Steve McCurry, to a haunting photo of The Titanic taken 4000m below sea. (more…)

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