Dec 16, 2019
By Valerie Massie
AURORA WINTER FESTIVAL
On Now to January 5
Just in time for the festive season, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is transforming the Ontario Place West Island into a spectacular celebration of light and adventure as the 2019 Aurora Winter Festival comes to life for a second consecutive year. This magical winter wonderland features four distinct worlds for guests to explore, as well as enchanting characters, stunning light installations, fabulous food experiences, marketplaces, amusement rides and more! For tickets and more info visit aurorawinterfestival.com.
LIL’ RED ROBIN HOOD
On Now to January 4
Don’t miss Ross Petty Productions’ original musical, LIL’ RED ROBIN HOOD! Rich or poor, the whole family will be hood-winked by LIL’ RED ROBIN HOOD this holiday season. LIL’ RED ROBIN HOOD will play for 42 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre from November 29, 2019, to January 4, 2020. For tickets and more info visit: http://www.rosspetty.com/current-show/.
THE WARD CABARET
December 12 to 22
Experience the songs and stories of Toronto’s “Lower East Side”! The Ward Cabaret reimagines the vibrant sounds of Toronto’s first cross-cultural community, which was “crowded, dirty, dangerous… and full of life!” Grammy-nominated musician and producer David Buchbinder is joined by a collaborative team of award-winning musicians, singers and actors for the first full production based on the inspiring book “The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood,” published by Coach House Books. The Ward Cabaret is produced in partnership with Harbourfront Centre and Small World Music Society. Location: Harbourfront Centre Theatre. For tickets visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call 416-973-4000.
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL BALLET THEATRE’S THE NUTCRACKER
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “Toronto International Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker” at Meridian Hall (formerly The Sony Centre) on Saturday December 14 at 2 pm and 7 pm. The Guest Artists are principle dancers from world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Don’t miss this family Holiday Classic. For tickets visit The Meridian Hall Box Office or go to meridianhall.com or torontoballet.ca.
December 19 and 20
The Dreamboats are bringing back good old rock ‘n’ roll this Holiday Season to get you twisting ’round the Christmas tree! Thursday, December 19, 2019 AND Friday, December 20, 2019. For tickets and more info visit www.livingartscentre.ca or call 905-306-6000.
BRAVISSIMO! NEW YEAR’S CONCERT
Bravissimo! – December 31st at Roy Thomson Hall. A spectacular performance of opera favourites, with 4 international opera stars and a 40-singer opera chorus backed by Opera Canada Symphony. Centuries of opera highlights include Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Tosca, and more…
SALUTE TO VIENNA NEW YEAR’S CONCERT
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert on January 1st at Roy Thomson Hall. This wonderful tradition will waltz you into the New Year with its celebration of Viennese music, featuring champion ballroom dancers, exquisite ballet, and famous operetta hits performed by top European singers backed by the Strauss Symphony of Canada.
SHEN YUN 2020
January 8 to 12 & March 24 to 29
Zoomer Radio is the official radio sponsor of the all-new “Shen Yun 2020″ at TWO DATES AND LOCATIONS: The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga on January 8 to 12 and the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto from March 24 to 29. Shen Yun is an unmatched theatrical experience that takes you on a journey to discover 5,000 years of wisdom, beauty, drama and humour live on stage with a full orchestra. For tickets go to shenyun.com.
AGAINST THE GRAIN THEATRE’S AYRE
The Royal Conservatory presents 21C Music Festival Against the Grain Theatre’s Ayre and other works by Osvaldo Golijov. Ayre is a thrill to experience with its lush fusion of Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic folk melodies. Lebanese-Canadian soprano, Miriam Khalil, sings this deeply moving song cycle staged by AtG’s Joel Ivany. Golijov introduces the evening with his works Mariel, K’vakarat, and Tenebrae. Musicians include Jamey Haddad, Barry Shiffman, Gabriel Radford, Michael Ward-Bergman, Juan Gabriel Olivares, and Cantor Alex Stein. Location: Koerner Hall. For tickets and more info visit: https://www.rcmusic.com.
SOULPEPPER PRESENTS MOTHER’S DAUGHTER
January 14 to February 9
Keep your enemies close, and your family closer. The Tudor throne is empty, and three would-be Queens contend for the crown. Sisters turn against each other in a deadly struggle that threatens to tear the country apart. With Hennig’s trademark style and wit, the story of ‘Bloody Mary’ becomes a thrilling contemporary exploration of women and power. For tickets and more info visit: https://www.soulpepper.ca/perf
PHILIPPE SLY & LE CHIMERA PROJECT: WINTERREISE
The Royal Conservatory presents 21C Music Festival
Philippe Sly & Le Chimera Project: Winterreise. This fresh 21st century theatrical take on Schubert’s final masterpiece blurs the line between concert and theatre. The song cycle, 24 songs based on poems by Wilhelm Müller, is newly arranged for violin, clarinet, trombone, and accordion — a traditional klezmer ensemble. For tickets and more info visit: https://www.rcmusic.com.
HUMANS BY CIRCA
Ten astounding acrobats from the fearless, boundary-pushing Circa Entertainment take you on a stirring journey of what it means to be human. For tickets and more info visit www.livingartscentre.ca or call 905-306-6000.
31ST ANNUAL DRAGON BALL
Zoomer Radio is an “Official Radio Sponsor” of Canada’s most lavish Chinese New Year celebration The 31st Annual Dragon Ball – Saturday, January 25th at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre in support of senior care at Yee Hong Centre and the construction of 3 new long-term, care Senior homes. Enjoy a fantastic evening of fine cuisine, spectacular entertainment and fabulous auction items. For more information or to purchase tickets go to: yeehongdragonball.org or call (416) 321-0777.
JESUS HOPPED THE “A” TRAIN
January 23 to February 19
When justice locks you up, what sets you free? Gripping from start to finish, two notorious men await trial for murder, only to discover justice and goodness where it is least expected. Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis delivers an uncompromising drama about contradiction, contrition, and hypocrisy. For tickets and more info visit: https://www.soulpepper.ca/perf
LAGRIME DI SAN PIETRO
February 1 & 2
The Royal Conservatory presents Lagrime di San Pietro with Los Angeles Master Chorale, staged by Peter Sellars. “Lagrime is a major accomplishment for the Master Chorale … sang and acted brilliantly. It’s also a major accomplishment for music history.” (Los Angeles Times) From the creative mind of acclaimed director Peter Sellars comes a ground-breaking production of Renaissance master Orlando di Lasso’s final work, a collection of 27 emotionally-charged madrigals sung a cappella in seven parts by 21 singers. At Koerner Hall. Tickets: 416.408.0208 www.rcmusic.com.
RADICAL VITALITY: SOLOS AND DUETS
February 5 to 9
Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Mesmerizing. Shocking. Notorious. Sensual. Original. Marie Chouinard, one of Canada’s most creative and controversial dancers and choreographers, delves into her company’s vast repertoire to present reworked solo pieces and duets. Edgy, experimental and boundary-pushing, these dance miniatures reveal Chouinard’s unique power and vision. For tickets and more info visit: canadianstage.com or call the box office at 416.368.3110.
CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!
There are no auditions, and the audience becomes the choir – just show up and Toronto’s YouTube-famous Choir!Choir!Choir! will teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. For tickets and more info visit www.livingartscentre.ca or call 905-306-6000.
The Royal Conservatory presents Takács Quartet. The New York Times has lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more.” Works by Beethoven, Bartók, and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel. Part of The Conservatory’s Beethoven 250 Festival. At Koerner Hall. Tickets: 416.408.0208 www.rcmusic.com/performance.
LEONARD COHEN’S DANCE ME
An exclusive dance piece approved and inspired by Montreal poet, artist and musician, Leonard Cohen, performed by the famous Ballets Jazz de Montreal. For tickets and more info visit www.livingartscentre.ca or call 905-306-6000.
UNFORGETTABLE: THE NAT KING COLE STORY
A salute to the 100th anniversary of the great American pop/jazz singer, Nat King Cole, and his iconic hits like ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Nature Boy’, and, of course, ‘Unforgettable’. For tickets and more info visit www.livingartscentre.ca or call 905-306-6000.
Zoomer Radio is the Official Media Partner of TIFF‘s “Cinematheque” programme. This year-round programme at the TIFF Bell Lightbox is devoted to film classics and favourites, rarities and recent restorations. Each season “Cinematheque” features curated retrospectives, national and regional spotlights, experimental and avant-garde cinema and in-cinema conversations and special guests. For tickets and info go to tiff.net.
ZOOMER RADIO PET OF THE WEEK
We’re proud sponsors of The Toronto Humane Society and each week we highlight a different pet who is in need of finding it’s “forever home.” Check our website every Monday for each weeks updated pet or learn more about the adoption process by visiting torontohumanesociety.com.
MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS
March 3 to 5
Celebrate the undisputed king of movie music with a look back at four decades of John Williams’s beloved works. It’s going to be a feast of film scores including themes from Jaws, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones, Hook, and more—join in and let the magic begin! For more information or to order tickets visit tso.ca.