Mar 09, 2016
By Valerie Massie
On Now to April 9
SOUSATZKA is set in London, England in 1982 and tells the story of a musical prodigy torn between two powerful women from vastly different worlds: his mother, a political refugee from South Africa and his piano teacher, a brilliant eccentric with a shattered past. These two proud women must ultimately cross cultural and racial divides to find common ground, or else jeopardize the young musician’s destiny. SOUSATZKA stars Victoria Clark, Montego Glover and Judy Kaye. Elgin Theatre. Buy tickets online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone 1-855-985-5000.
On Now to March 19
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Canada Blooms 2017. It’s North America’s largest garden event at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. “Everybody’s growing to Canada Blooms” to experience a paradise of glorious gardens in full bloom, meet Canada’s gardening experts and shop ‘til you drop in their Marketplace. Tickets are available at the door or visit canadablooms.com and your ticket to Canada Blooms also provides free same day admission to The National Home Show.
The annual DAREarts Leadership Awards celebrates six DAREarts youth who have turned their lives around and become leaders in their lives and communities. The event also honours an individual who has led the way in cultivating culture for Canadian youth with the Cultural Award. This year’s honouree is Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director of The Stratford Festival. For more info visit: www.darearts.com
Zoomer Radio welcomes music icon NEIL DIAMOND to The Air Canada Centre Wednesday, June 7 as part of his 50th Year Anniversary World Tour. He has sold over 125 million albums and has 37 “Top 40” hits. For tickets go to livenation.com.
THE TORONTO HUMANE SOCIETY 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.
MANHATTAN CONCERT CYCLE – DOWNTOWN, MIDTOWN, UPTOWN
On Now to March 18
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s presentation of the Manhattan Concert Cycle. Albert Schultz is your conductor and tour guide on this three-part journey through the history, culture, and rhythms of New York’s original neighbourhoods. Join an all-star line-up of talent for an unforgettable concert. On stage starting March 4 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
March 31 to April 15
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s award-winning musical Spoon River. Edgar Lee Masters’ poems of the dead are brought to life, in this original production that was named Best New Musical by both the Dora Awards and the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards. See it in Toronto before it tours to New York City this summer. On stage starting March 31 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
TRUE PATRIOT LOVE
April 11 to 15
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s concert production True Patriot Love. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Artistic Director Albert Schultz andMusic Director Mike Ross have created a performance essay of iconic Canadian images, music and texts, celebrating our nation’s cultural gifts to the world. On stage April 11 – 15 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
FOR COLORED GIRLS
May 5 to June 3
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s production of for colored girls who have considered suicide. Through music, poetry and dance, seven women weave their stories of love, heartache, violence and joy into a powerful mosaic of the experiences of African-American women. Don’t miss this seminal work celebrating the power of reclaiming one’s voice. On stage starting May 5 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
PORGY & BESS
May 27 to June 1
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s concert performance of Porgy & Bess. The Gershwins blended folk tunes with classical opera to create what has become one of the most enduring works of the 20th century. Hear it brought to life on the Soulpepper stage by Toronto’s leading jazz, blues and gospel singers. On stage starting May 27 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
THE BEST OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN
April 18 and 19
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Media Partner” of the TSO’s Pops Series sponsored by Scotiabank. Coming up next is “The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein”, April 18 and 19 at Roy Thomson Hall. This fabulous concert brings you unforgettable songs from every one of the eleven Broadway musicals that this legendary team created—solid-gold classics such as The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, Oklahoma!, and The King and I, with appealing rarities like Cinderella and Flower Drum Song, too. For more information or to order tickets visit TSO.CA or call (416) 593-4828.
A TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD
June 6 and 7
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Media Partner” of the TSO’s Pops Series sponsored by Scotiabank. Coming up next is “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald”, June 6 and 7 at Roy Thomson Hall. 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. For more information or to order tickets visit TSO.CA or call (416) 593-4828.
PEACE RIVER COUNTRY
On Now to March 19
Inspired by the real-life story of Reverend Wiebo Ludwig and his decades-long battle with the Alberta oil and gas industry, Peace River Country follows the lives of a close-knit traditional family as their land, health, and way of life become increasingly threatened by mega-corporations and big government. Visit Tarragontheatre.com or 416-531-1827 for tickets.
THE MILLENNIAL MALCONTENT
On Now to April 9
Moxie is fed up with her husband Johnny who’s decided to have an affair with Faith. Add to the mix a vain YouTube Star, his Québécois cousin, a PhD student and a music blogger and the stage is set for a raucous exploration of the social posing, sexual frankness and emotional minefield of the Millennial generation. Visit Tarragontheatre.com or 416-531-1827 for tickets.
MIDSUMMER ( A PLAY WITH SONGS)
April 18 to May 28
Bob & Elena meet in a bar. She’s totally out of his league. He’s not her type at all. They absolutely should not sleep together. Which is, of course, why they do – over the course of a great lost weekend of ill-advised romance, honest humour, and poignant pop songs. Visit Tarragontheatre.com or 416-531-1827 for tickets.
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra brings timeless classics like In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Pennsylvania 6-5000, String of Pearls and Tuxedo Junction to the stage. Even 50 years after founding his famous orchestra Glenn Miller’s music is alive and well. 18 musicians and singers bring the unforgettable Glenn Miller sound. This is a show not to miss for jazz and swing fans or the incurable romantics who want to step back in time. At Mississauga Living Arts Centre. For tickets visit livingartscentre.ca or call 905 306 6000.
SPOTLIGHT AUSTRALIA FESTIVAL
March 29 to May 7
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Canadian Stage’s Spotlight Australia Festival, March 29 to May 7 at The Berkeley Street and Bluma Appel Theatres. Spotlight Australia features 6 weeks of mind-blowing storytelling, song, dance and circus from Down Under with 5 amazing shows including The Return, by Circa. For information or tickets call (416) 368-3110 or go to canadianstage.com.
April 7 to 16
Zoomer Radio is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “887”, April 7 to 16 at The Bluma Appel Theatre. A dazzling autobiographical spectacle from stage visionary Robert Lepage back in Toronto after a sold-out run at Panamania. For information or tickets call (416) 368-3110 or go to canadianstage.com.