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Jan 08 - Apr 30 2017, 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
With events for little kids, big kids and the whole family, there is fun for everyone. Our interactive, innovative family activities change on a monthly basis and are inspired by our ever-changing exhibitions and collections.
from Dec 16 2016 to Apr 30 2017
Four paintings explore colonialism and traditional knowledge of the therapeutic properties and spiritual significance of plants. Four paintings recently acquired by the ROM explore colonialism and traditional knowledge of the therapeutic properties and spiritual significance of plants, wisdom now lost but which we hope to reclaim. These works incorporate knowledge that is taught and knowledge that is revealed, in combination with a powerful artistic vision.
Jan 09 - May 01 2017
Raise Your Words Spoken word artist Matthew-Ray Jones (aka “Testament) has been selected by the youth at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Clubs of Weston-Mount Dennis Humber Clubhouse. Youth are excited to work with Jones to discover “the power of words, music and sounds.” From 9 January to 1 May 2017, he will inspire youth through words in his workshop series, Raise Your Words. In response to the traditional story-telling which infuses Maria Hupfield's artwork, youth will learn how to share personal narratives through spoken word, hip-hop, and rap.
May 03 2017 (Wednesday), 08:00 PM
Peter Oundjian and the TSO transport you on a journey of vibrant orchestral colours and unforgettable melodies inspired by the Arabian Nights legends, in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. You’ll also enjoy a boisterous curtain-raiser by the Czech-Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz, and an impressive early piece for soprano, chorus, and orchestra by Frenchman Pierre Boulez.
May 04 2017 (Thursday), 02:00 PM
The eighty-plus members of the TSO rise magnificently to the occasion as Hungarian genius Béla Bartók puts them through countless thrilling paces in the twentieth-century classic, Concerto for Orchestra. Remarkable Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki appears as soloist in Schumann’s impassioned and poetic concerto.
May 05 2017 (Friday), 07:00 PM
Darenots Skillfully combining the best of hip-hop, reggae, trap, and rock with earworm hooks, Toronto’s Darenots are the genre busting sound of the city. DJ Conor Cutz Conor is a Red Bull Thre3style ambassador and has played exclusive engagements for institutions such as the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
May 05 2017 (Friday)
In the darkness of the sea, whales depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, raise their young and defend against predators. But over the last century, human activity has transformed the ocean’s delicate acoustic habitat, challenging the ability of whales and other marine life to prosper, and ultimately survive. With hope for a quieter ocean, Sonic Seas, a 60-minute documentary, sheds light on the impact of industrial and military noise on marine life by telling the story of Ken Balcomb, a former US Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery involving a mass stranding of whales in the Bahamas; forever changing the way we understand our impact on the ocean. Narrated by Rachel McAdams, Sonic Sea features the musician, human rights and environmental activist, Sting, in addition to renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau. The film was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs. Sonic Sea was directed and produced by Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld, written by Mark Monroe (The Cove, Racing Extinction) and scored by the Grammy-winning composer Heitor Pereira (Minions, Itʼs Complicated).
May 05 2017 (Friday), 07:30 PM
The three greatest Canadian Men’s figure skaters ever will tour together for the first time when Investors Group Stars on Ice presented by Lindt brings its award-winning show to Canada in 2017. Four-time World Champion and four-time Canadian Champion Kurt Browning, three-time World Champion, 2014 Olympic Silver Medallist, and eight-time Canadian Champion Patrick Chan, and two-time Olympic Silver Medallist, three-time World Champion, and seven-time Canadian Champion Elvis Stojko will headline Canada’s premier figure skating tour, which will visit Toronto on Friday, May 5 for a 7:30 PM performance at the Air Canada Centre. -
May 05-06 2017
ince 2012, Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not undeniably, um, idiosyncratic) voice. Whether by virtue of his lyrics, which routinely defy the presumed polarities of wit and empathy; his live performances which may perhaps be described best as “intimately berzerk," or the infuriating line he seems to occupy between canny and total fraud online or in interviews, Father John Misty has cultivated a rare space for himself in the musical landscape - that of a real enigma. See Father John Misty May 5th and 6th in support of his new upcoming album "Pure Comedy."
May 05-06 2017, 08:00 PM
Raging Dreams: into the visceral transports audiences into a dream-like world of haunting melodies and striking images created by a cast of airborne performers. This audience favorite, performed behind an omnipresent wall of rain, is a pulse-stopping, multi-sensory experience that uses live percussion, original vocal score and rope-climbing choreography to conjure a subconscious scarred by the impact of societal violence.
May 05-07 2017
This award-winning company of dancers and musicians presents a provocative and captivating evening of flamenco and Spanish dance performed with passion and elegance. Voted by NOW Magazine readers as Toronto’s Best Dance Company in 2015.
from Sep 29 2016 to May 07 2017
Exploring the experimental energy of an era, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 brings together more than 100 works by 65 artists and collectives to highlight an innovative period in Toronto art history. Amidst the social and political upheavals of their time, the generation of artists that emerged in Toronto during the 1970s and 1980s pushed the boundaries of conventional painting, sculpture and photography, exploring new ways of art making including video, installation and performance.
May 07 2017 (Sunday)
Revisit the Entertainment District, rich in the early history of city expansion and immigration, now a vibrant area filled with theatres and upscale hotels. This walk will focus on the Arts and Entertainment of the past and present. It will include architecture as well as public art by Canadian artists.
Apr 22 - May 07 2017
The Bellydance Blossom Festival features discussion, workshops and performances with international artists and scholars. The festival's objective is to create a space where the true soul of Bellydance can reveal itself through collaborative art and discussion – a place where all the myriad styles and expressions of Bellydance meet and share common ground.
May 09 2017 (Tuesday), 07:30 PM
The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra brings timeless classics like In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Pennsylvania 6-5000, String of Pearls and Tuxedo Junction back to the stage. Even 50 years after founding his famous orchestra Glenn Miller’s music is alive and well. Over 20 musicians and singers bring the unforgettable Glenn Miller sound and perform those songs that everyone remembers... This is a show not to miss for jazz and swing fans alike or the incurable romantics who want to step back in time. The legendary Glenn Miller was the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and '40s.
May 10 2017 (Wednesday)
Step into spring with a tour in wine country. Beginning with a visit to an organic winery, we will then have lunch at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Lunch will be followed by a special performance of Me and My Girl at the Shaw Festival Theatre. Finally, we will head home and take in the sites along the scenic Niagara Parkway.
May 12-14 2017
Kambule, which means “street procession” in the Kikongo language of the Congo, pays homage to our African ancestors, our forefathers, who marked the end of slavery by taking banned cultural expressions out of hiding and onto the streets. The Kambule is a powerful manifestation of culture, spirituality, beauty, royalty and pride.
May 14 2017 (Sunday)
Join Egyptologist Gayle Gibson as she explores some of Ancient Egypt's greatest Pharaohs through the lens of this fascinating archaeological site, and guides you through the significant contributions ROM scholars have made to the field. From ROM founder Charles Trick Currelly's first excavations to the work done by countless staff, students, and volunteers over the last 100 years, Ms Gibson will shine a well-deserved light on the early New Kingdom.
May 19 2017 (Friday)
Curious about our security guards and their perspectives on art in our collection? Check out the AGO’s Youth Council project created in collaboration with artist Abbas Akhavan. In 2015 they interviewed eight security guards about their lives, their role at the Gallery and their favourite work of art. The project’s title is taken from one of the interviews.
May 19-20 2017
Now in its third year, Circus Sessions is a week-long creative laboratory where 12 national and international contemporary circus artists work together under the guidance of a mentor. Come witness two performances of new work created throughout this week.
from Dec 10 2016 to May 21 2017
Sir Anthony Caro (British, 1924–2013) revolutionized the medium of sculpture in the 1960s when he moved away from making elaborately modelled, figurative works cast in bronze, instead creating large, abstract assemblages out of prefabricated steel and aluminum elements that he installed directly on the ground. Anthony Caro: Sculpture Laid Bare honours the legacy of this titan of modernist sculpture with four of his late works. Monumental in scale, lyrically evocative and openly constructed, these sculptures also foreground their brute materiality and the unvarnished signs of their manufacture. As art and matter struggle against one other, the drama of artistic creation is made physically present and palpable for the viewer.
Apr 18 - May 22 2017
Over the last 50 years Toronto's public art landscape has grown dramatically, embracing new artists, mediums, policies and funding sources. However, this development has been concentrated in particular neighbourhoods and has prioritized certain forms of practice over others. This map shows who has access to the vast majority of the artwork and who does not. It also illustrates what type of work has received the most support.
May 26 2017 (Friday)
The Weeknd - Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour
May 26-28 2017
Renowned TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis leads a globe-trotting program that includes the famous of all Norwegian concertos, pauses in the USA for an Impressionist interlude spotlighting the Orchestra’s esteemed Principal Flute, and concludes in Vienna with Beethoven’s most exhilarating symphony.
May 30 2017 (Tuesday), 07:00 PM
GRAMMY®-nominated artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers left it up to their fans to decide whether or not they’d release an album, and the clamor has been heard across the world. In response to popular demand, the duo has announced that they will release their debut album this year via Columbia/Disruptor Records.
Apr 18 - Jun 02 2017
Come visit the Kids' Gallery at the AGO, a space created especially for children and families. Together you can experience art first-hand, learn and have fun. In this second exhibition of paintings, sculptures and photographs in the Kids' Gallery, you’ll encounter children and pets from long-ago times and faraway places. You’ll see cats and dogs and even a rabbit.
Jun 02-03 2017
Sir William Walton’s spectacular biblical oratorio—tracing the liberation of the Hebrew slaves from captivity in Babylon and powered by a 200-voice mass choir—is the climax of a program conducted by TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis that includes the eloquent violin concerto that Alban Berg composed in tribute to a young woman who had died at eighteen.
Apr 18 - Jun 04 2017
Visionary art collector Murray Frum began his collecting journey in the 1950s, when he and his first wife, journalist Barbara Frum, purchased an ancient Egyptian statuette from a museum gift shop. Over more than three decades, Murray and Barbara amassed one of the world’s most significant private collections of African art. Part of this collection can be seen on the second floor of the AGO.
Jun 06-07 2017, 08:00 PM
This swinging tribute to Ella Fitzgerald—in celebration of her 100th birthday—presents some of the most glorious songs that she made her own, including Blues in the Night and They Can’t Take That Away from Me. You’ll also hear top hits by her sister jazz greats, including Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan, as well as the music of inimitable Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson.
Jun 08 2017 (Thursday), 08:00 PM
This concert marks a highly anticipated Canadian debut of Metropolitan Opera and international opera star, soprano Hibla Gerzmava (“the warm-voiced soprano with affecting poise and strong-willed intensity” – New York Times). In this special performance, she joins our favorite guests: the legendary Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Maestro Vladimir Spivakov. Moscow Virtuosi sell out around the world showering the audience with encore after encore and always “live up to their name” says New York Times. The concert also features the Canadian debut of astonishing 14-year-old Israeli cellist Danielle Akta – a laureate of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.
Jun 10-11 2017
This heartwarming program takes you on a nostalgic journey through the best of popular music from Canadian stage and screen. Hear classic tunes such as the “Log Driver’s Waltz” and “The Hockey Theme” (from Hockey Night in Canada), as well as a symphonic suite from Canada’s longest-running musical based on one of the country’s most beloved books, Anne of Green Gables... and so much more!
Jun 14-15 2017, 08:00 PM
Two great works featuring strings—Barber’s poignant Adagio and Bartók’s riveting exploration of the instruments’ possibilities (the potent third movement appeared on the soundtrack of the classic horror film, The Shining)—share a program with Kurt Weill’s satirical “sung ballet”, The Seven Deadly Sins, starring mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta in a new, semi-staged production directed by Joel Ivany.
Apr 29 - Jun 18 2017
A wanderer is someone who sets out on a journey with no real plan. Three years ago, photographer Joanne Ratajczak got into her car and left her Toronto home driving north to continue her series photographing the ends of roads, and she eventually found herself in the Yukon. This exhibition is part of an ongoing series entitled Yukon Sketchbooks made up of photographs, sketches and working journals from Ratajczak’s explorations. She reveals the Yukon as an inimitable place vastly different from the gold rush and the new age bolt hole stereotypes, a place that embodies both the physical and philosophical power of the land. The Yukon, for Ratajczak, is a case study of how an environment can lead an artist to a theme that mirrors the artistic journey: driving north and away but finding answers to the here and now.
Jun 23 2017 (Friday)
Explore the art of Canada’s First People in this unique boutique tour. It will begin with a visit to Anishinaabeg: Art & Power at the ROM. Offering a greater appreciation of the art and culture of one of North America’s largest Indigenous communities, this striking exhibition features Woodland School paintings and intricate beaded regalia. The tour will then visit two galleries that specialize in Indigenous art, the Kinsman Robinson Gallery and Fehely Fine Art, and end with a curator-led visit to see the Art Gallery of Ontario's collection.