Oct 01 - Nov 30 2018
In 1991, during his tenure as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Henry N. R. Jackman donated his historic collection of toy soldiers to the Royal Ontario Museum. While there are a few of these collectables currently on display in the J.F. Driscoll Family Stair of Wonders, this new installation will showcase almost all of the Hal Jackman Toy Soldier Collection, which traces the historic life span of Britains Ltd., one of the world’s pioneers in the manufacturing of toy soldiers. Visitors are invited to enjoy the artistry and detail of this outstanding collection, and learn about the legacy of Britains Ltd.’s years of lead toy production from 1893-1966.
Jul 20 - Dec 01 2018
June Clark’s works explore the intersection of family history, recollection and identity. Clark grew up in Harlem, a major centre of Black cultural and artistic excellence. In 1968 she moved to Toronto, where she continues to live and create art. Both cities have played important roles in her art and life. Clark began working in photography, with Toronto’s Baldwin Street Gallery, and later co-founded the Women’s Photography Co-op. Today, her practice extends to sculpture, collage and photoetching, and revolves around the memories and stories that have deeply impacted her life.
Jun 16 - Dec 01 2018
From spinning webs, dancing, swimming, to even losing a limb and growing it back, spiders are one of the most amazing animals on the planet! Spiders: Fear & Fascination will bring you face-to-face with over 200 live and preserved specimens, interactive and augmented reality experiences, and even a live venom-milking lab. Ignite your curiosity, conquer your fear, and see spiders in a whole new light.
Dec 04 2018 (Tuesday), 08:00 PM
Chris Botti is one of the best selling American instrumental artists, counting four number one jazz albums as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards as a few of his many accomplishments.
Dec 07 2018 (Friday), 08:00 PM
Eurodisco superstars who’s Caribbean background can be heard throughout their dance-able catalog What you’ll hear: chart toppers from the ’70s and ’80s, including “Rivers of Babylon” and “Daddy Cool” What you’ll see: a classic, high-energy show that features outrageous costumes and a live disco-funk backing band
Aug 07 - Dec 15 2018
This Mountain Loves You is a tribute to and recreation of Leonard Knight's “Salvation Mountain”, a large scale folk art environment located in the desert of Southern California. Created by the AGO Youth Council in collaboration with Mexican/Canadian artist Ani Castillo whose cartoons and drawings depict themes of self-love and empowerment, the youth council drew on their own experiences and thoughts to generate positive messages for their own mountain. Over a 7 week period of time youth hand painted messages on brightly coloured fabrics and then stitched them together to create a large scale quilt, covering the surface of the mountain. Unveiled on July 14th at the annual youth party and on display in Walker Court for the week of July 15 - 22, This Mountain Loves You, aims to counter and resist the current climate of Trump era politics.
Dec 12-16 2018
Corteo is springing back to life and marking its triumphant return to the circus arena after a two-and-a-half year hiatus. The newly built stage brings audiences closer to the circus performers and will feature 260 costumes, 51 acrobats, musicians, singers, and actors.
from Sep 28 2018 to Jan 06 2019
World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier have created a powerful series of new photographs, including large scale murals augmented by film extensions, film installations and augmented reality (AR) installations, that take us to places we are deeply connected to – but normally never see.
from Jul 23 2018 to Mar 01 2019
Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) was among the most significant artists to emerge in Germany after the Second World War. He is best known for his sculpture and performance art, and often used found objects and everyday materials in his work. Beuys also drew constantly: drawing allowed him to experiment with different concepts and create a reservoir of ideas for other projects. This selection of works on paper revolves around the theme of death and reveals his sculptor’s approach; building up the paper’s surface with collage. Beuys not only challenged artistic traditions and expanded the definition of sculpture, but expressed through his nuanced practice a deep concern with political activism and social change.
Mar 01-15 2019
See one of the world’s truly magnificent countries. The setting for much of this African trip is the stunning veldt where you will experience big game safaris and bush walks from our base at a private game reserve lodge. We will visit “the Cradle of Humanity”, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a renowned expert, Dr. David Evans of the ROM. We will also visit the site of his remarkable find… a dinosaur nursery! We will tour the award winning “wine district” for some fabulous food and drink and see penguins at the tip of the Cape of Good Hope. We will visit Robben Island, near Capetown, site of Nelson Mandela’s long captivity, visit the house he was arrested in, and learn about the apartheid era.
from Dec 01 2018 to Mar 31 2019
Striking wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and the remarkable beauty of our natural world are captured in Wildlife Photographer of the Year. As the longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world, this exhibition returns to the ROM for the sixth year and features one hundred extraordinary new photographs that will amaze and move viewers.
from Jul 23 2018 to Apr 14 2019
The First World War is recognized as a period of mass violence and destruction, but also as a beginning. The war ushered in technological innovation, mechanizing and recording war in ways previously impossible. The growing pervasiveness of photography resulted in a conflict well-documented by military officials, press agencies, and amateurs alike. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) holds nearly 500 albums from this period, a unique and extensive collection donated in 2004 by a private collector. The albums reveal different aspects of the relationship between warfare and photography; retrospectively, all of them—personal, official, and commercial—engage in a dialogue with history by presenting unique visual narratives that uphold or challenge historical perceptions of war. The breadth of albums and accounts—British, French, German, Canadian, Austrian, American, Australian, Italian, Czech, and Russian—expose the multiplicities of experience as well as the commonalities of war.
Jan 12 - Apr 22 2019
Gods in My Home examines a combination of Chinese ancestral paintings and traditional popular prints, with a focus on the fascinating connection between these two seemingly separate genres in the context of Chinese Lunar New Year. These images reflect a unique Chinese view of spirituality and the belief that these portraits and prints were capable of blessing and protecting the prosperity of family lines.
Feb 16 - May 05 2019
Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more brings masterpieces from around the world to the AGO, including great paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs and film from the period.
from Dec 15 2018 to May 20 2019
Come face to face with Zuul crurivastator (Zool CRUR-uh-vass-TATE-or), an exciting new species of armoured dinosaur recently unveiled by ROM scientists! Aptly named after the fictional monster Zuul in the 1984 film Ghostbusters, crurivastator means ‘destroyer of shins’, for its extraordinary weapon-like tail. From Zuul’s skull to its menacing tail club, this 75-million-year-old, plant-eating dinosaur skeleton is the most complete of its kind, and was found with a diversity of fossilized plants and animals from the same period.
Mar 05 - Sep 01 2019
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.
Mar 09 - Sep 02 2019
From one of India’s greatest former kingdoms come the sumptuous royal arts of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Intricate paintings, dazzling jewellery, meticulous textiles and luxury decorative arts tell stories of conquest, kingship, strategic alliances, gender roles and life at court. These treasures were produced under the patronage of a dynasty that ruled this desert kingdom for centuries, until India’s independence in 1947. They reflect a cosmopolitan culture sustained by a delicate balance between local and external influences, tradition and modernity.
from Jul 14 2018 to Sep 30 2019
Explore East Asian art in a different and provocative way when contemporary design meets traditional forms in Designing Asian Design. Featuring objects from the ROM’s East Asian collections, this exhibit displays both ancient and modern artifacts from multiple countries together including China, Japan, and Korea. With a focus on design and visual impact, the function, cultural affiliation and origin of these objects takes a backseat to colour, shape, and form.
Nov 15 2018 (Thursday)
Ensemble Made in Canada, Canada’s premier piano quartet, brings together four musicians with solid individual careers: Angela Park, piano; Elissa Lee, violin; Sharon Wei, viola; and Rachel Mercer, cello. Awarded the 2006 Galaxie Stars Award, EMIC has performed extensively throughout Canada, and has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Western University since 2014.
Nov 16 2018 (Friday), 08:00 PM
A Rachmaninoff favourite plus two lush late-Romantic masterpieces. ANNE LOUISE-TURGEON Pianist SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN Conductor A Rachmaninoff favourite plus two lush late-Romantic masterpieces RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini BRUCKNER Adagio from String Quintet HARRY STAFYLAKIS Ashes To Light The Sky BACEWICZ Sinfonia
Nov 16 2018 (Friday)
As a Trinidadian raised in a musical family, trumpeter Etienne Charles feels a deep connection to the Carnival traditions. At a young age he joined his father’s steel band, performing at Carnival fetes, and immersing himself in the folklore. He returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture. Inspired by the noises heard throughout the festivities, Etienne’s Carnival: The Sound of a People brings the celebrations to the stage.
Nov 16 2018 (Friday)
This popular Southern comedian is a celebrated actor, Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and a member of the now legendary Blue Collar Comedy team.
Nov 16 2018 (Friday)
Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story.
Jun 30 - Nov 17 2018
Today, the bicycle is a mainstream mode of transportation for almost a million riders in Toronto, yet sharing the road has been a challenge for city builders and city users for well over a century. Showcasing over a dozen bicycles, archival photographs, early advertisements and artifacts from private and public collections, Bike City tells the story of the bicycle and its impact on Toronto, past, present and future.
Oct 11 - Nov 17 2018
Following a critically acclaimed and record-breaking world premiere run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre this brand new musical biopic comes to you this season. Telling the story of the group behind some of Motown and beyond's biggest hits, expect to hear some of their greatest tunes including 'My Girl', 'Papa Was a Rollin' Stone','Just My Imagination' and more as the action unfolds. Follow the extraordinary journey that led The Temptations from the streets of Detroit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Travelling back five decades, see how their signature dance moves and incredible harmonies helped them to rise to the top of charts. But it's not all singing and dancing - this moving and personal story will reflects their early friendship - and the betrayal that nearly tore them apart.
Nov 15-17 2018
Experience your favorite wizard all over again with the music of a live symphony orchestra and the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition.
Nov 14-18 2018
Internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter's (Political Mother) latest work is a spectacularly bold and ambitious production featuring ten dancers and six musicians. At once comic, bleak and beautiful, Grand Finale evokes a world at odds with itself, full of anarchic energy and violent comedy. Filtering this irrepressible spirit, Shechter creates a vision of a world in freefall: part gig, part dance, part theatre and wholly original.
from Dec 10 2017 to Nov 18 2018
Ian Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, is delving deep into the gallery’s vaults to make a very personal selection of works of art for his first curated show since taking the reins of the gallery. Dejardin promises many classic favourites, but also some that have been rarely seen, and some that might surprise even an audience familiar with Canadian art. This exhibition will showcase the beauty, diversity, and artistry of the art of Canada.
Nov 21 2018 (Wednesday)
The Musical Stage Company’s signature concert features the hit songs of these two pioneering female singer/songwriters, interpreted by stars from Stratford, Shaw, Broadway and London’s West End.
Nov 23 2018 (Friday)
Get ready for the holiday season at this hands-on workshop, where you will create your own greeting cards. Light refreshments will be served.
Nov 22-23 2018
Songs of the Free will include South African classics as well as freedom songs and gospel music much loved by Mandela for whom the choir had the privilege of performing in front of multiple times. SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR is an awe-inspiring 20 member ensemble that thrills audiences worldwide with their stunning blend of African gospel music, spirituals and American popular music. Earthy rhythms and rich harmonies sung in six of South Africa’s 11 official languages are combined for a moving performance which uplifts the soul through the music and dance of South Africa.
Nov 24 2018 (Saturday)
Get into the spirit of the season with a Victorian-inspired afternoon tea. Enjoy finger sandwiches, seasonal sweets and home baked scones served with steaming cups of tea by costumed interpreters. Tour the charming, mid-19th century historic house and enjoy the authentic seasonal decorations. Recommended for children six years of age and older.
Nov 24 2018 (Saturday)
Sondra RADVANOVSKY, Soprano with Anthony MANOLI, piano From Bel Canto to Verismo A Rare Intimate Evening with One of the Great Voices of Our Time
Nov 25 2018 (Sunday)
Featuring Isabel Bayrakdarian, Brett Polegato, and Matt Chittick. At the height of the Romantic era, the impossible love of Goethe’s tragic hero is pitted against an unforgiving social environment, inspiring a wealth of melodic splendour.
Nov 01-25 2018
FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends, celebrating the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. It’s a seemingly typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride with beautiful hair enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear!
Oct 16 - Nov 25 2018
A hot button play for our times! Isabelle, a young tenure-track professor, tests the limits of free speech by encouraging her students to contribute to an unmoderated discussion group. When an anonymous student posts offensive comments and videos, Isabelle must decide whether to intervene or to let the social experiment play out. Soon, the posts turn abusive and threatening, leading Isabelle and her unknown tormentor to engage in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse that not only have Isabelle questioning her beliefs, but fearing for her life.
Nov 14-25 2018
An artist, his mother, a scholar, and a creepy guy with a moustache – We Keep Coming Back is a real life story of a Jewish mother and son who decide to visit their pre-Holocaust familial home in Poland. On their quest to discover their lost history, Michael and Mary find new friends, love, and an unexpectedly vibrant cultural revival. An intimate and humorous look at how confronting trauma and preconceptions can sometimes lead to the discovery of something beautiful and transformative.
Nov 27 2018 (Tuesday)
Over her 35 year career, Louise Bessette has gained renown for her performances and for her commitment to promoting contemporary music. In addition to many recordings as a soloist and with chamber ensembles, along with appearances worldwide with orchestras and at important festivals, Ms. Bessette regularly tours throughout America, Europe and Asia. In 2016 Louise Bessette won her eighth Opus Prize (the Quebec Junos).
Nov 28 2018 (Wednesday)
Speaker Slam is Canada’s largest Inspirational Speaking Competition bringing together the best speakers, reputable professional judges and hundreds of passionate attendees who thrive on inspiration, community and connection.
Jul 26 - Nov 29 2018
The last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night at the Inn. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine in our restored 1847 barroom accompanied by live traditional music.
from Sep 30 2014 to Nov 30 2018
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, this exhibition examines the wartime experiences of St. Catharines residents at home and at the front. Looking through the eyes of the local men and women who contributed in their own ways to the war effort, this exhibit takes viewers from recruiting office to the trenches.
Jun 30 - Dec 01 2018
Sundays are Family Days at the Aga Khan Museum. Families are encouraged to drop into the Museum’s classrooms to participate in hands-on craft activities that change regularly to reflect our special exhibitions and programs. Designed for families with children between the ages of 5 and 12. Adult accompaniment is required. Free with admission to the galleries.
Dec 01 2018 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
Back by Popular demand, Crave TV’s LETTERKENNY LIVE returns. Featuring live sketches, unseen videos and stand-up comedy from K Trevor Wilson and Mark Forward.
Dec 04 2018 (Tuesday)
Her unmistakable vocal prowess, improvisational virtuosity, and vocal style has led her to record and perform with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, and has become the first creative chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Dec 06 2018 (Thursday)
Celebrating their 25th anniversary season throughout 2018, the Gryphon Trio continues to impress critics and audiences around the world with its highly refined, dynamic performances. Repertoire from the traditional to the contemporary, commissioning – and playing – more than fifty mostly Canadian works, teaching and touring: the Gryphon does it all.