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posted September 14, 2007

Ken Whiteley CD Launch

Sept 27
Hugh's Rm

posted August 30, 2007

The Prince Hamlet

Conceived and Directed by Ravi Jain
Toronto Dance Theatre
80 Winchester Street
Friday September 21, 2007 - Sunday October 21, 2007
(Previews: September 19th & 20th)
Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00PM
Sunday Matinee 2:00PM
Tickets: $25 (Sunday Matinees are Pay What You Can)

Following the exciting workshop with Theatre De Complicite's Lilo Baur and Stefan Metz, Why Not Theatre re-imagines Shakespeare's greatest play, making this 400 year old story relevant for today's audience.

Come and see this exciting and physically bold reconstruction of Hamlet, featuring an international ensemble!

Our goal is to sell out the FIRST TWO WEEKS! Please help us! Go buy your tickets in advance, right now! GO GO GO!!!

For tickets go to: or

Or call 416.262.3198

posted August 28, 2007

Moheb Soliman Presents Habib Albi is... Not a Man

September 11th, 8pm
XSpace on Ossington
Suggested donation 5$

posted June 29, 2007

Ahuri theatre presents: Yabu no naka: distruthted

Dufferin Park Staff Dan Watson co created and will be performing in this great show at Fringe:

Presented at the Toronto Fringe Festival
Venue #26, Polish Combatants Association Garage
206 Beverley st.
Tickets : 10$
Schedule :
July 5-15th - Every day - 9 pm

Inspired by one of Japan's most popular modern short stories. Physical theatre at its best - five bodies, four languages. A theatrical encounter between Lecoq training, Japanese traditional dance and butoh.

Created and Performed by: Edwige Bage, Mathieu Chouinard, Haruna Kondo, Dan Watson and Johan Westergren

For more info, check out, or View the poster HERE.

Rave reviews in Montréal Fringe festival 2007 !

"magnificient physical theatre"
Sylvie Saint-Jacques, La Presse

"Ahuri theatre's five wonderful actors amaze by their capacity for creating rich atmospheres"
Fabienne Cabado, Le Voir

"Impressive physical theatre makes Distruthted extremely effecive"

posted April 19, 2007

Music Gallery — concert update april-june 2007

Dear friends of the Music Gallery,

Starting with tomorrow night (Thursday April 19) and a visit from Amsterdam's violin/video/voice artist Monica Germino, things are looking up (and Dutch!) for this spring, and this complete listings update takes you all the way to the summer and our big BBQ send-off to the 06/07 season. Do also take a moment to check out our myspace page — (including the latest schedule) — and become our online friend before Facebook turns myspace into a "digital ghost town." We have some new audio samples up there, including tracks by upcoming artists Monica Germino, Arnold Dreyblatt and Fond of Tigers, as well as a live track by Matmos recorded here at the MG last October. Also, please note we are experimenting with a new listings format, so feel free to get back to us with your feedback.

Concerts coming up:
All presentations at The Music Gallery, 197 John St. — except May 20 at Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen W.
Box office: 416-204-1080
Advance tickets for some concerts at Rotate This, 620 Queen W. and Soundscapes, 572 College St.

posted May 09, 2007

Tasa at the Gladstone

8pm May 20, 2007
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
1214 Queen Street West
15$/10$ students

You may recognize Ravi from the park!

From Tasa's bio on

tasa was formed in June 1999. The band was created by tabla player/composer Ravi Naimpally. Though the music of Tasa is rooted in the classical music traditions of north and south India, elements of many of the world traditions are represented. Instruments from India, Brazil, Turkey, and North America blend together in such a way as to create a new and distinctly Canadian voice.

Check out the band's official website:

posted May 12, 2007

The Ray at Grossman's

Blues...and beyond
Saturday May 12th
10pm at Grossman's Tavern (379 Spadina Ave.)

Park friend Michael B. is playing at Grossman's with his band, Saturday May 12th.

"HOW it happened is beyond the understanding of the men in this band (see poster for clues).

WHY is much easier: They are simply 3 1/2 guys from the neighbourhood who won't stop their desire to express themselves through the blues...and beyond.

WHO they are: George, Stephen, the Panza, and Michael B.(who you may recognize as a guy who hangs at the market, usually wearing a fashionable hat.)"

posted May 09, 2007

Inspirations Studio Spring Sale

FRIDAY 11 MAY 2007
SUNDAY 13 MAY 2007

Inspirations Studio, a women’s art entrepreneurial initiative, is a highly regarded Toronto community program. Inspirations Studio helps disadvantaged women supplement their income through the sale of their own high quality, handcrafted ceramic pottery, artwork and original paintings.

Artists from Inspirations Studio have received awards and recognition from both the art community as well as professional art associations.

Inspirations Studio is a key project of Sistering, a United Way Member Agency, which provides practical services and support to disadvantaged women in the Toronto core area.


It would be lovely to see you!

2007 Winner of The Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Entrepreneurship

Gifts that Give Back to the Community

posted May 05, 2007

St. Christopher House Music School presents the eighth annual “Scoff ‘n Scuff”

Saturday, May 12 at 7:30.
248 Ossington Ave. (at Dundas) in the Community Hall

St. Christopher House Music School presents the eighth annual “Scoff ‘n Scuff” (Newfoundland kitchen party). The evening features traditional songs, stories and square dancing from Newfoundland.

Cash bar, door prizes and lovely sweets to eat.

Tickets: $20 adults (pre show price) $15 for seniors and students (pre-show price) $25 at the door

All the proceeds go to support the Music School of St. Christopher House.

For tickets or further information call Sherry at 416-532-4828 x127 email or visit the reception desk at 248 Ossington Ave'''.

posted April 20, 2007

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents Spring Rising

Park Staff Eroca Nicols will be dancing in this upcoming event:

a chance to see tomorrow’s contemporary dancers today
May 4-5 & 9-12, 2007 @ 8:00 pm
Winchester Street Theatre
80 Winchester Street (east of Parliament)
$15.00 General Admission, $12.00 Student/Senior/CADA

works by:
Paul-André Fortier
Danny Grossman
Mitch Kirsch
Coralee McLaren
Sharon Moore
Heidi Strauss

Box Office: 416-967-6887 /

posted April 19, 2007

The Whole Shebang 2007

May 4-5, 2007 8:00 pm
Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Tickets $20 - $35. Box Office: 416.973.4000

The Whole Shebang is an annual event that enchants audiences with a program of work by talented individuals brought together by artistic director and choreographer Andrea Nann. Book Now Tickets are selling fast!!

Souvankham Thammavongsa
Judith Thompson
Peter Mettler
Wayne Ngan
Kate Alton
Jessica Runge
Andy Maize
Josh Finlayson

Suzie Ungerleider
Aisling Sampson
John Gzowski
Samm Higgison
Charlie Angus
Greg Keelor
Andrea Nann

The Whole Shebang celebrates the individual voice by presenting artists and their work in an intimate setting. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a truly one of a kind cultural event.

posted April 12, 2007

Family Cushion Concert with Leah Salomaa

Thursday, April 19, 2007
7pm to 8pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
at Ossington Old Orchard Public School 380 Ossington Avenue (south of College)
Admission: $3/person (wow, what a deal!)
Tickets will be available only at the door on the night of the concert.

Leah Salomaa is a well known Toronto vocalist who specializes in Children's Folk Music. Her two recordings "I Like to Rise, Family Folk Songs" and "Father Sun and Mother Moon, Soulful Songs for Children" are favourites for children and parents alike. She has performed for families throughout Ontario through the TDSB, Folk Festivals, Ontario Public Libraries and private concerts. As a singer, her voice appears on numerous recordings for CBC radio, Nelvana animation, feature film and television scores.

Leah sings songs that everyone in the family can enjoy. She doesn't dumb anything down - singing with respect for children's natural sense of sophistication, when it comes to enjoying music. Harmonies are layered with interesting sonic arrangements, delivered fresh. Chris Gartner offers soulful, simple electric guitar and bass hooks, while primo Toronto guitarist Jason Fowler gives a 'down home' feel.

For info call 416-534-0366 or visit

posted March 30, 2007

St Christopher House concert announcement

The teachers at the Music School are having a fund raising concert on Sunday, April 1st at 3:00 in the hall at 248 Ossington Ave. Performers include Geordie Haley, Larry Lewis, Glen Miller,
Catherine Nunn, Louis Simao, Rimma Skeini, Edna Wolteger,
Shannon Bowles and Sherry Squires
playing a wide range of music
from classical to jazz to folk.

Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children and are only available at the door.

Also, the annual Newfoundland kitchen party, Scoff ‘n Scuff, will be on Saturday, May 12. More on that later.

posted March 02, 2007

Ken Whiteley’s “Sunday Gospel Series”

Calvin Cooke, Sacred Steel Master

Sunday, March 4, 2:00 p.m. at Hugh’s Room

Calvin Cooke is a legendary figure in the tremendously exciting kind of music called “Sacred Steel”. Sometimes referred to as “the Muddy Waters of the Sacred Steel”, guitarist Calvin Cooke can make the pedal steel guitar talk, sing, laugh and weep with spiritual fervor. Both he and his wife, singer Grace Cooke are outstanding vocalists. Calvin is a veteran of more than 40 years of playing gospel music. Ken Whiteley is also a veteran of many years and his gospel series at Hugh’s Room is always an eagerly anticipated event. Also on this show will be the wonderful Bucky Berger on drums and Ken’s son, Ben Whiteley on bass.

On April 22nd, Canadian folk music legend Penny Lang will be here from B.C. Joining Ken, Ben and Penny will be brother and sister Pat & Rhonelle Patrick. Pat has one of the country’s deepest bass voices and Rhonelle is a fabulous singer and percussionist. Rounding the lineup is the incomparable “Uncle Mike” Roestig.

Show Details:
Doors open at noon for a delicious lunch with the Gospel Show beginning at 2:00 p.m. HUGH’S ROOM is located at 2261 Dundas West, 1/2 block south of Bloor.

Tickets per show: $15 in advance / $17. at the door
For lunch reservations and show tickets contact:
Hugh’s Room at 416-531-6604 or visit

posted February 21, 2007

Clay & Paper Theatre - Puppets on Ice Workshops

Hello, Clay & Paper fan!

I’m writing today to tell you about some upcoming community puppet-building workshops. We’re building large, wearable puppets for Puppets on Ice and we hope you can join us – no experience required!

Workshops will take place: Tues. Feb. 27, 6-10
Wed. Feb. 28, 6-10 pm
Fri. March 2, 6-10 pm
Sat. March 3, 10-5 pm
…at Lamport Stadium, 1151 King Street West. Here’s a map

Come through the main entrance on Fraser Street, look for our signs to tell you where to go.

Puppets on Ice will take place Sunday March 4, from 3-5 pm at the Dufferin Grove Park rink.

No need to RSVP for the workshops, but if you’d like to drop me an email to let me know you are coming, that would be very nice!

Feel free to get in touch if you need more info.

All the best,

Krista Dalby, Clay & Paper Theatre

posted February 26, 2007

A Benefit for the Redwood Women’s Shelter

Thursday March 1 st

Doors open @ 7pm – Showtime 8:30. Minimum donation $10.00.
Dinner reservation guarantees seat.
LULA LOUNGE 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307

Emcee for the evening will be Rebecca Addelman, one of the brightest talents among a bold new wave of Toronto comics, and recent poster girl for a Toronto Star feature that asked the question: "Can Women Be Funny?" When Addelman takes the stage the answer is a resounding yes.

Addelman performs stand-up and sketch around the city, and is a writer/performer for a new XM satellite radio comedy program, "The Humber Report." She was recently nominated for the 2006 Tims Sims Encouragement Fund.

Baltic Avenue is a six piece band that reinterprets the classics of our age. Not a true cover band, nor a tribute band. A repertoire that includes the Pretenders, Neil Young, the Beatles, Byrds, Cream, Dylan, Donovan, Lovin' Spoonful, the Stones, Led Zeppelin, Lucinda Williams, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and more.

posted January 9th, 2006

Georgian Singers: Kavkasia

Some of the singers who practised in the Dufferin Rink house for years, every Sunday night, are giving a concert. Music of the Republic of Georgia:

posted December 30, 2006

Local Theatre “And what ALICE found there”

January 23 to February 4, The Great Hall Downstairs Theatre (Queen & Dovercourt), 8 pm (Sunday matinee at 2.30pm)

Many of the park on-site staff are at the park part-time, and do other things the rest of the time. They dance, or do research, or do union work, or grow food. And some of them do theatre. “And what Alice found there” is a new play about Alice in Wonderland, involving singing, dancing, video art, and puppetry. The park staff who are part of this Stranger Theatre Company (website) performance are: Lea Ambros, Sarah Cormier, and Christina Serra. Some tickets are available at the zamboni snack bar.

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