Posted in Theatre
Contributed by Christopher Jones
09/29 2011

A Bold, Boisterous Game of Chess

Tim Rice with Toronto cast of Chess
British lyricist, Sir Tim Rice, centre, was in the house at the Princess of Wales Theatre for yesterday’s opening night performance of Chess: The Musical. A big hit with critics, the show — which has never played in Toronto before — is boisterous and bold with a graphic stage set, camp costumes and virtually non-stop singing from a veteran West End cast. The show runs through October 30.

Photo by Tracey Nolan

Posted in Art
Contributed by Christopher Jones
09/29 2011

The Heart of The Heart Machine

Christine Irving and her wild band of collaborators won a people’s choice prize at last year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche with Flux and Fire and this year they’re fanning the flames even harder. Irving is a leader of Toronto’s Interactive Arts, the amorphous collective behind The Heart Machine, a flame throwing, interactive sculpture built for the 2010 Burning Man festival (above).

The Heart Machine finally debuts for a hometown crowd this Saturday night and promises to be one of the more spectacular works on display. The piece features a 6-foot by 10-foot industrial heart surrounded by four 16-foot “arteries”. Control points allow participants to manipulate the rhythm and size of fireballs that shoot up to 25-feet into the sky. READ MORE

Posted in Art
Contributed by Christopher Jones
09/28 2011

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: Protest Panel

Protest is the name of the game at this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, or at least a principle underlying theme. Curators of the event checked into the Drake Hotel yesterday evening for a Nuit Talks panel addressing the subject at the heart of this Saturday’s “all night art thing,” taking over downtown streets beginning at 7 pm. Curators (above from left) Candice Hopkins, Shirley Madill and Nicholas Brown each detailed the thinking suffusing their NB zones.

As panel moderator, David Liss (Artistic Director and curator of MOCCA) below, observed, “the organizing theme of the core initiatives this year is how artists and curators use contemporary art as a platform to raise awareness, to make a statement, to tell cultural, social and political stories.”

A number of artists participating in the various zones were on hand to explain and discuss their works. The final Nuit Talk takes place Saturday afternoon (October 1) from 3:30 – 5:30 in the City Hall rotunda (100 Queen Street West).

Posted in Architecture
Contributed by Christopher Jones
09/27 2011

AGO Unveils Weston Family Centre

Tony Gagliano
Art Gallery of Ontario president Tony Gagliano shares a laugh with Senator Linda Frum, left,  and AGO CEO Matthew Teitelbaum and Tamara Rebanks (George Weston Limited VP), all of whom spoke at this morning’s opening of the new 35,000 square foot Weston Family Learning Centre at the AGO. The new facility offers innovative art education programming to children, youth, families and students of all ages, and features 6,000 square feet of studio space. The new wing was designed by Toronto firm Hariri Pontarini Architects.


Posted in Family, Festivals
Contributed by Christopher Jones
09/26 2011

Mini Franco-Fête

David Pecaut Square was humming yesterday with a musical festival celebrating Franco Ontarians or more properly, le Jour des Franco-Ontariens et des Franco-Ontariennes. These photos were taken near the end of the celebration as choruses of young singers joined arms to sing “Notre Place.” It was a very welcoming, family-oriented event.

Photos by Christopher Jones