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Toronto is a major scene for theatre and other performing arts, with more than fifty ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, and two symphony orchestras. The city is home to the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Notable performance venues include the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Massey Hall, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres and the Hummingbird Centre (formerly the "O'Keefe Centre"). Ontario Place features the world's first permanent IMAX movie theatre, the Cinesphere,[40] as well as the Molson Amphitheatre, an open-air venue for large-scale music concerts. Each summer, the Canadian Stage Company presents an outdoor Shakespeare production in Toronto’s High Park called "Dream in High Park". Canada's Walk of Fame acknowledges the achievements of successful Canadians, with of a series of stars on designated blocks of sidewalks along King Street and Simcoe Street.

The Distillery District is a pedestrian village containing boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, artist studios and small breweries, including the well-known Mill Street Brewery. A new theatre in the district, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, is the home of the Soulpepper Theatre Company and the drama productions of nearby George Brown College.

The production of domestic and foreign film and television is a major local industry. Many movie releases are screened in Toronto prior to wider release in North America. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most important annual events for the international film industry. Europe's largest film studio, Pinewood Studios Group of London, is scheduled to open a major new film studio complex in west-end Toronto, with five sound stages, with the first two to open by fall 2008.

Toronto's Caribana festival takes place from mid-July to early August of every summer, and is one of North America's largest street festivals.[41] Primarily based on the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, the first Caribana took place in 1967 when the city's Caribbean community celebrated Canada's Centennial year. Forty years later, it has grown to attract one million people to Toronto's Lake Shore Boulevard annually. Tourism for the festival is in the hundred thousands, and each year, the event generates about $300 million in revenue. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]

Published Press - Releases 2008 - 2009

Daughter of the House

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"I’ve sorted out the leprechaun bit,

but I still haven’t worked out how to woo Irelands women."

Daughter of the House

By Lucy Brennan Directed by Jane Carnwath


The Alumnae Theatre Company is proud to present, as part of our 88th consecutive season, the world

premiere of Daughter of the House, a new work by one of our own members, Lucy Brennan.

Dublin in the 1950’s: young people trapped in dead-end jobs, seeking adventure by following their dreams to far-flung places. Here, a young woman must decide whether to follow her love to Canada or stay in Ireland and fulfill her family’s expectations to play her role as daughter of the house by caring for her aging mother.

These are the ingredients of a wonderful new play by Lucy Brennan, one that reverberates with the humour, traditions and humanity of the Irish - at once nurturing and oppressive.

As director Jane Carnwath says, "You’ll fall in love with the MacCarthys - opinionated, articulate, passionate and scrappy - who bully, cajole, console and ultimately push Eileen toward a decision that astounds everybody. The Alumnae Theatre is proud to present this witty and insightful play."

The cast of Daughter of the House features Adrianna Prosser as Eileen (the daughter of the house), Nonnie Griffin* as Mire (Eileen’s mother), Jason Winther as Peter (Eileen’s boyfriend), Chris Reid as Andrew (Eileen’s other admirer and the token Canadian), Liam Doherty as Fergus (Eileen’s brother), Maureen Lukie as Emma (Fergus’ wife), Derek Perks as Dermot (Eileen’s brother), and Julie Burris as Deirdre (Dermot’s wife).

Joining director Jane Carnwath on the creative team is producer Diana Knight and assistant producer/dialect coach/sound operator/ultimate everywoman Catherine Driscoll, stage manager extraordinaire/lighting

operator/all-around Goddess Margot Devlin and assistant stage managers Jenny Sager, Vivien Feirson and Razie Brownstone who is also acting as costume designer, set designer Marysia Bucholc, lighting designer Paul Hardy, sound designer Rick Jones, prop designer Brandon Kleiman and master carpenter Dave

Wit: September 26 - October 11, 2008

Talking Heads: November 14 - 29, 2008

Pride and Prejudice: January 16 - 31, 2009

21st Annual New Ideas Festival: March 11 - 28, 2009

Closer: April 17 - May 2, 2009

For more information

Alumnae Theatre Company • 416-364-4170 •

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2008 – 2009 SEASON

Richard Rose and Camilla Holland are pleased to announce the Tarragon Theatre's 2008-2009 season. It is an ambitious season of ten productions, with three remounts of critically acclaimed hits as well as new works by noted playwrights from across the country.  This season Tarragon Theatre is also looking forward to partnerships with theatres throughout the country: Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Centaur Theatre (Montreal), Theatrefront (Toronto), Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg), Citadel Theatre (Edmonton) and November Theatre (Vancouver/Edmonton).


  • The hotly anticipated remount of Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad (translated by Linda Gaboriau), after a brief Toronto run this Dora award-winning production tours nationally (Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton)
  • Toronto Premiere of the acclaimed November Theatre gothic opera The Black Rider by Tom Waits, Robert Wilson and William S. Burroughs
  • English Premiere of the lyrical Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière, translated by Morwyn Brebner, Tarragon Playwright in Residence
  • Toronto Premiere of the epic MOLIÈRE by acclaimed Mexican playwright Sabina Berman (translated by Shelley Tepperman)
  • Hannah Moscovitch’s East of Berlin, the smash hit of last season returns for a limited run
  • World premiere of the ensemble creation UBUNTU (The Cape Town Project) co-produced with Neptune Theatre (Halifax) and in association with Theatrefront (Toronto)
  • From the writer of the phenomenal Tarragon hit I CLAUDIA, Kristen Thomson’s new play THE PATIENT HOUR
  • A co-production with Alberta Theatre Projects, the world premiere of long-time Tarragon playwright Joan MacLeod’s ANOTHER HOME INVASION
  • Remount of the critically acclaimed original da da kamera production of Daniel MacIvor’s A BEAUTIFUL VIEW
  • World premiere of a provocative play by Jonathan Garfinkel’s THE HOUSE OF MANY TONGUES        

    The Black Riderby Tom Waits, Robert Wilson & William S. Burroughs,
    directed by Ron Jenkins
    A November Theatre Production
    Mainspace Oct 8 to Nov 16 | Toronto Premiere

    To prove his worth as a hunter and win his lover’s hand in marriage, a mild-mannered clerk makes a devilish bargain with a sinister stranger.  This gothic musical is the brainchild of three groundbreaking and internationally renowned artists.
    The Black Rider is dark, delicious and utterly seductive…If you have to, make a pact with the devil to see this dark dazzle. - Robert Enright, CBC Radio and TV

    Bashir Lazharby Evelyne de la Chenelière, translated by Morwyn Brebner,
    directed by Jennifer Tarver
    Extra Space Oct 28 to Dec 7                                                                                    English Premiere

    Bashir Lazhar is the eager substitute teacher for a grade six class reeling from the death of their teacher.  Dispensing with conventional wisdom, he has his own ideas about what’s best for his precocious new students.  Written by renowned Quebec playwright Evelyne de la Chenelière, this poetic script is translated by Morwyn Brebner who brought us The Optimists.

    Molière by Sabina Berman, translated by Shelley Tepperman, directed by Richard Rose
    Mainspace Nov 26 to Dec 28 | Toronto Premiere

    In 17th century Paris, Molière’s comedies are the toast of the town, but not everybody is laughing.  Together with the infamous Archbishop, tragedian Jean Racine declares all-out war on his celebrated rival in a desperate bid to bring the God of Laughter to his knees.  Sabina Berman, one of Mexico’s most prolific and successful playwrights, brings this epic battle to the stage.

    Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project) created by the Ensemble, directed by Daryl Cloran
    A co-production with Neptune Theatre (Halifax) in association with Theatrefront
    Mainspace Jan 21 to Mar 1 | World Premiere

    The past and present collide as a man and woman, continents apart and drawn together by chance, unearth dark family secrets.  Featuring an acting ensemble brought together from Canada and South Africa that also performs music and dance, Ubuntu brings to life a gripping story of the clash of cultures and generations.

    The Patient Hour by Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham
    Extra Space Feb 17 to Mar 29 | World Premiere

    A young man keeps vigil in a lonely hospital room as his mother wavers on the brink of death.  In her follow up to the acclaimed hit I, Claudia, Kristen Thomson takes us on a fraught and moving journey to the other side.

    Another Home Invasion by Joan MacLeod, directed by Richard Rose
    A co-production with Alberta Theatre Projects as part of the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays (Calgary)
    Mainspace Mar 12 to Apr 19 | World Premiere

    The elderly Sadie has everything under control until a bizarre encounter with an intruder begins a nerve-wracking week.  From the writer of The Hope Slide and The Shape of a Girl comes this new one woman show about the struggle for security in a world gone awry.

    The House of Many Tongues by Jonathan Garfinkel, directed by Richard Rose
    Mainspace Apr 29 to Jun 7 | World Premiere

    A house in Jerusalem is home to an Israeli general and his adolescent son, who’s busy trying to bring peace to the Middle East through improved sexual techniques.  When a Palestinian writer returns to the house he left 40 years ago, pursued by his long-lost daughter, we realize somehow these four people are going to have to live together – if they don't kill each other first. Jonathan developed this play during his time in Tarragon’s Playwrights Unit.

    Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Linda Gaboriau, directed by Richard Rose
    Mainspace Sep 2 to Sep 28 | Remount

    A mother’s last will and testament sends twins Simon and Janine on a journey into her past.  Plunging into their mother’s history in a war-torn country, they struggle to solve the mystery of their origins.  After a highly successful run in 2006/2007, Scorched returns to Tarragon before taking off on a nation-wide tour to the Centaur Theatre, Montreal, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, and the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.

    East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch, directed by Alisa Palmer
    Extra Space Jan 6 to Feb 1 | Remount

    Haunted by his own feelings of guilt, a young German ex-patriot flies home to Paraguay to confront his father.  As he steels himself for the encounter, he realizes it will take a desperate act to finally free himself from his father’s dark past.  Fresh from its success in the 2007/2008 season, East of Berlin returns to the Extra Space for a limited run.

    An original da da kamera production A Beautiful View, written and directed by Daniel MacIvor
    originally produced by Sherrie Johnson
    Extra Space Apr 28 to May 24 | Remount

    After an intense romantic encounter, fear and circumstance drive M and L apart.  Longing for the intimacy of shared stories and shared silences, they reconnect sporadically over the years, struggling to grasp what is it that binds two people together.  From the acclaimed writer of last year’s How It Works, the original creative team brings you Daniel MacIvor’s humourous and poignant hit.

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See Broadways show in Toronto first.  Here the most famous Broadways shows are developed in cities like Toronto; thus, this one attribute alone, makes Toronto a theatre centre for Canada and Western, New York.

Farther Afield -- Don't forget that two major theater festivals -- The Shaw Festival [] []  Stratford Festival [] []  Stratford where if you are a Trekie , like me, Lenord Nemoy ( Spock ) and William Shatner ( Captian Kirk ) played.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra is world a world leader in creating top world musical conductors and directors who now work and perform  world wide.

Toronto's comedy clubs, is tough room for would be comedians such as Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, and John Candy.

Tickets ~Ticketmaster Tel: 416/870-8000 .


Notes on the 2007 - 2008 Season.


British Commonwealth of Canada - International Students / Scholars InterCultural Communications - Resources


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Yesterday's Perfume: Linda Ott's Exhibition of Mysterious and Bittersweet Art
Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, ON CA Canada

A powerful series of organic, visceral paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour, plus mixed media assemblages by Linda Joyce Ott explore issues involving expectations, wild hopes and shattered dreams. The title of the exhibition 'Yesterday's Perfume' comes from an unconventional memoir of writer Paul Bowles who peered deeply into the hearts and souls of men and women exposed to extreme environments and issues that forced them to confront the very nature of their being. Linda Joyce Ott has been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at since 2006. - Read Indepth Article at



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