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 02-04 2017
Experience the best of tap during this three day festival with choreographic debuts from local commissioned artists. Featuring international headliners, Heather Cornell, Arthur Duncan and more.
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), 07:00 PM
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.
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.
Jun 21-24 2017
This season’s The Decades Project concerts reach an ecstatic climax with Carmina Burana, a choral spectacular that rejoices in the pleasures of life: springtime, food, wine, and love! You’ll also enjoy the virtuoso fireworks of Polish composer Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. The TSO Chamber Soloists will give a free pre-concert performance in the auditorium at 6:45pm. Latecomers will not be admitted.
Mar 05 - Jun 25 2017, 11:00 AM
Come and explore the Royal Ontario Museum with our plushy friends! Animal Explorers provides a series of fun scavenger hunts for kids ages 12 and under. Children can team up with one of our cuddly Animal Explorers and take them along as they explore the ROM.
Jul 06 2017 (Thursday), 08:00 PM
Two of music’s most captivating live performers will share the stage this summer when multi-platinum selling and multiple Grammy Award-winning global superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull reunite for a co-headlining tour with CNCO as support, announced today.
Jul 07-08 2017
Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and record producer. He was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.
Apr 18 - Jul 09 2017
Artists have always had an interest in the body, but their representations of the human form have changed dramatically over the last 250 years. In the 1600s and 1700s, sculptors Giovanni Battista Foggini and François Lespingola approached the body with extreme precision: in their renderings of mythological figures, muscles and tendons appear ready to burst through the bronze surfaces. The Francis Bacon painting on view shows how many 20th-century artists shifted away from anatomical exactness. His work, whose subject is ambiguous, represents the body in a more abstract and provocative way. It was once conventional for artists to present lifelike depictions of external features; many now forgo accuracy in order to explore the intangible emotions that exist below the surface.
Apr 18 - Jul 23 2017
The Decades Project: 1930–1939 is the fourth in a series of installations organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The series brings together visual art and music to reveal how artists and composers expressed the exhilaration and anxiety of their times.
Apr 22 - Jul 30 2017
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is set to present a major retrospective of pioneering American painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), featuring over 100 works of art by one the 20th century’s most successful and influential modernists. The exhibition will examine O’Keeffe’s entire career, charting the progression of her practice from her early abstract experiments to her late work, in addition to her trajectory west, and her profound influence and legacy.
from Dec 16 2016 to Jul 31 2017
From colonies to country… Canada revealed. Canada's heritage is one of diverse cultures and deep roots. Originally influenced by English, French and Aboriginal cultures, and more recently by a mosaic of international ethnicity, the essence of Canadian-ness and its changing emblems and symbols of identity play a key role in placing context around the collections in this growing gallery.
Aug 01 2017 (Tuesday), 08:00 PM
Aug 11-12 2017
Due to overwhelming demand, Shawn Mendes has added a SECOND show to Toronto, as this is a hometown show for the Canadian solo artist. Shawn is touring in support of his sophomore album Illuminate (Island Records), which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and features hit singles “Treat You Better” and “Mercy.” “Mercy” has been certified Platinum a - See more at:
Aug 21-22 2017, 07:00 PM
After surfacing in 2000 with the breakthrough single "Yellow," Coldplay quickly became one of the biggest British bands of the new millennium, honing a mix of introspective Brit-pop and anthemic rock that landed the British quartet a near-permanent residence on record charts worldwide
Aug 24 2017 (Thursday), 07:00 PM
A pop music force of nature, Lionel Richie has been making sweet music for over 50 years, both with the funk outfit The Commodores and as a solo artist. He has an Oscar, five Grammys and 16 American Music Awards to his name, with his songwriting talents matched only by his megawatt charisma and old-time showman stage persona. 2017 see Richie heading out on a nationwide tour, with a very special guest in tow - none other than pop diva Mariah Carey, taking a break from her Vegas residency.
Sep 02 2017 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
The legendary American pianist Garrick Ohlsson focuses all his insight and strength on Beethoven’s broadest, most regal concerto. Conductor Jirí Belohlávek brings matchless authority to a fascinating symphony by his fellow Czech, Martinu, and TSO Principal Clarinet Joaquin Valdepeñas shines in Debussy’s fanciful rhapsody.
Jul 17 - Sep 03 2017
Explore the life, traditions, and sacred stories of the Anishinaabeg as told through their powerful art over the last two centuries.
Mar 11 - Sep 03 2017
Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story retells the story of nine blue whales that died tragically in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2014, and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation that has resulted. In this amazing ROM original exhibition, see the enormous skeleton of one of the recovered blue whales and discover how they evolved, the size of their heart, how they communicate, and more of the mind-blowing biology of Earth’s largest animal…ever. Gain insight into the decline of blue whales, what's being done to protect them, and how the ROM is using DNA to unlock some of the secrets of these elusive creatures.
Sep 03 2017 (Sunday), 07:30 PM
Depeche Mode are an English electronic band that formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group consists of founders Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher.
Jun 11 - Sep 10 2017
Walking tours of Toronto. ROMWalks encompass the diverse aspects of Toronto's vibrant neighbourhoods including history, architecture, arts of all varieties, education and more. Most tours are free. For additional information regarding scheduled walks, download a copy of the ROMWalks brochure (PDF). Also available are Private Group Walks that are perfect for clubs, community groups, or out-of-town visitors. These group walks are arranged specifically for you and can be scheduled for any day and time.
Sep 19 2017 (Tuesday), 07:00 PM
Canadian composer Mychael Danna’s Academy Award–winning film score to Life of Pi, based on the novel of the same title by Canadian author Yann Martel, makes its world première on the TSO stage as a new orchestral suite. Canadian violinist James Ehnes demonstrates versatile mastery in Chausson’s dreamy Poème and Saint-Saëns’s dynamic Rondo Capriccioso.
Sep 22-23 2017
Genius. Innovator. International superstar. The TSO pays tribute to the life and legacy of legendary pianist Glenn Gould in a must-see concert including music that defined his career. Plus, witness the world première of Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy’s new orchestral work inspired by Gould. Jan Lisiecki marshals all the nobility and turbulent drama of Brahms’s First Piano Concerto, a piece that Gould made uniquely his own. (Pictured: Glenn Gould, piano)
Sep 27-28 2017, 08:00 PM
Scored for two vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra, and setting German-language texts from the Lutheran Bible, A German Requiem is Brahms’s most expansive and moving composition. The concertmasters of the TSO, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the National Centre Arts Orchestra pool their talents in an intriguing new concerto by Alexina Louie. (Pictured: Erin Wall, soprano)
Oct 03-05 2017
The TSO celebrates the incredible catalogue of the most-honoured film composer of all time: John Williams! For decades he’s been providing memorable themes for an incredible lineup of classic movies, collecting an unequaled 50 Oscar nominations (and five Oscars) in the process. You’ll enjoy all your favourite Williams themes, including the Star Wars series, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and many more, conducted by TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. (Pictured: Steven Reineke, TSO Principal Pops Conductor)
Oct 07 2017 (Saturday), 07:30 PM
Celebrate the evocative culture of Canadian Indigenous peoples in a singular concert curated and directed by Sandra Laronde, founder and artistic director of Red Sky Performance. Experience the world première of Adizokan—a new genre-bending creation that explores Indigenous connections to ancestral origins. This image-rich experience is a potent mix of dance, video, electro-acoustic, and orchestra by Canadian composer Eliot Britton.
Apr 18 - Oct 15 2017
Manasie Akpaliapik was born in 1955 in a hunting camp near Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), Nunavut, on north Baffin Island. He spent his youth in Arctic Bay, relocated to Montreal, then settled in Toronto where he created all of these carvings. Now based in Ottawa and Montreal, Manasie is known for his animated and ambitious sculptures that sympathetically utilize the unique material and structure of bone, ivory and stone. Deeply connected to the culture and traditions of the Arctic, his works reflect a concern for the vulnerability of his homeland. They offer unflinching depictions of social ills that have impacted northern communities and reflect the belief that humans must live in balance with and respect all living things.
Oct 19-20 2017
One of the finest voices of her generation, Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester dazzled audiences worldwide. Honouring her memorable life and career, these performances feature a new song cycle for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by Howard Shore, performed by Canadian Susan Platts, plus one of Forrester’s signature works: Mahler’s symphonic song cycle, Das Lied von der Erde.
Oct 21-22 2017
This all-Canadian program—curated by renowned conductor and Canadian music champion Victor Feldbrill—explores Canada’s rich history of classical composers. Notable Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico is the featured soloist in the Romantic-style Piano Concerto by Québec composer Claude Champagne. (Pictured: Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano)
Oct 25-26 2017, 08:00 PM
Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena, Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, returns to lead Schubert’s rich, broadly-scaled final symphony. In soloist Marc-André Hamelin—a member of the prestigious Gramophone magazine Hall of Fame—Ravel’s ingenious, jazz-tinged Concerto for the Left Hand finds its ideal interpreter. (Pictured: Juanjo Mena, conductor)
Oct 28 2017 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
The illustrious Israel Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Toronto after an absence of many years, for a one-night-only event that’s sure to be a highlight of the season! Under the baton of internationally revered music director Zubin Mehta, the IPO presents the mighty deeds and soaring romance of Strauss’s tone poem A Hero’s Life, and the heady atmosphere of a suite from Ravel’s super-sensuous ballet, Daphnis et Chloé. (Pictured: Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conductor)
May 06 - Oct 29 2017
The Family Camera invites you to see family photographs differently. Tucked away in a box, framed on the wall, or saved to the cloud, personal photos are all around us in abundance. For Canadians, family photographs are often linked to stories of migration. Whether recent or in the distant past, over short or long distances, international or even within Canada, photographs play an important role in these experiences. From departures and arrivals to everyday moments and milestones, they capture these journeys and keep us connected; even the family photos that are lost or destroyed along the way can still linger in our imaginations. Exploring the relationship between photography and the idea of family, The Family Camera looks at family photographs as a cultural practice through the lens of migration. It considers the social, political, and technological influences that impact how we conceptualize and represent family. Cultural shifts, such as same sex marriage and transnational adoptions enhance our notion of family, while the arrival of Polaroid cameras, smart phones, and the digital age have transformed the moments we capture and how we share them. With nearly every photograph featured in this exhibition coming from a Canadian home, The Family Camera sheds light on how family photos reflect and shape our sense of self, family, community, and nation.
Sep 17 - Oct 29 2017
Roger O. Thornhill is a suave and successful advertising executive, abducted by thugs who insist he is a man called George Kaplan. There’s obviously been a mix up. When they don’t believe him, that’s infuriating. When they try to kill him, that’s frightening. And when they pin a murder on him, that’s time to run! From New York to North Dakota, Thornhill is chased by spies, Feds, crop-dusting planes and the inevitable cool blonde. Years before the James Bond films there was NORTH BY NORTHWEST—a lightning paced thriller that mixed glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail. This is an unmissable theatrical spectacle, where the magic of film and theatre collide live on stage.