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Hong Kong "ghost comedies" show in Toronto's Asian Heritage Month

The finale of this year's Asian Heritage Month celebrations in Toronto will be highlighted by a presentation of two classic Hong Kong "ghost comedies" -- "Esprit D'Amour" and "The Occupant" -- at the Innis Town Hall of the University of Toronto th...

'PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT MUSICAL' Rolls Into Canada

The Canadian Press Broadway World 11.12.2008
'PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT MUSICAL' Rolls Into Canada

Priscilla will make its North American premiere in fall 2009 in Toronto at a David Mirvish theatre. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is rolling into London's West End in March 2009 and parking at the Palace Theatre.


Benefactor bailout boosts beleaguered Ballet BC

Financially-troubled Ballet BC will break even on its winter production of the Nutcracker, improving the odds that the company will survive to dance another year.

Frank Gehry says revamped Art Gallery of Ontario will make Canada proud

TORONTO — The revamped Art Gallery of Ontario opens to the public on Friday and its designer, world-renowned architect and Toronto native Frank Gehry, is confident it will make Canada proud.


Danny, Kaitlyn, axed on 'So You Think You Can Dance Canada'

TORONTO — Danny and Kaitlyn have been eliminated from "So You Think You Can Dance Canada." With voting now based on individual competitors, instead of couples, a new record of more than 1.7 million votes from across the country made the decision W...

Toronto-Raised Joseph Boyden Wins Giller Prize For Through Black Spruce

A jubilant Joseph Boyden nabbed the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize on Tuesday night for his second novel "Through Black Spruce," saying he wants his win to inspire native youngsters to pursue their artistic dreams.


Mozart's 'Abduction' sweeps us away

JOHN COULBOURN Jam! Showbiz 11.11.2008
Mozart's 'Abduction' sweeps us away

TORONTO - When it comes to Mozart's Abduction From the Seraglio, it's easy to get carried away. In fact, when one considers that the opera tells a story set in Turkey, using an Italian style of comedy, German lyrics and English dialogue, it's not ...

Gallery cancellation reveals divide between Ottawa and the West

PATRICK WHITE The Globe and Mail 11.11.2008
Gallery cancellation reveals divide between Ottawa and the West

One of the leading champions of the construction of a national portrait gallery in Ottawa is applauding the federal government's decision to axe a controversial bidding process that could have shipped the Portrait Gallery of Canada to a western city.


Sarah McLachlan to sing at 2009 Cultural Olympiad marking one year to Games

VANCOUVER - Vancouver singing star Sarah McLachlan will open the 2009 Cultural Olympiad, marking the one-year countdown to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Police, city officials pull plug on Insite street concert

Vancouver police helped city officials stop a free street concert Thursday night before it could begin in the Downtown Eastside. More than 100 officers descended on the 100 block of E. Hastings Street, where hundreds of people had gathered to atte...


The Tudors, Mayerthorpe win Geminis

Alex Strachan Canada.com 24.10.2008
The Tudors, Mayerthorpe win Geminis

Mayerthorpe, CTV's tightly wound docudrama about the 2005 murder of four RCMP officers on an Alberta farm, won the 2008 Gemini Award for best TV movie Wednesday in Toronto.

Cockroach earns the book nomination hat trick

Vit Wagner Toronto Star 22.10.2008
Cockroach earns the book nomination hat trick

Rawi Hage's Cockroach, already nominated this year for the Scotiabank Giller and the Rogers Writers' Trust prizes, added a Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction nomination to the list yesterday. It is the only novel in the running for all ...


Artists mobilize against funding cuts

Ottawa Citizen 08.10.2008
Artists mobilize against funding cuts

Artists across Canada united in protest against cuts to arts funding on Monday. The series of cross-Canada performances, dubbed the "Wrecking Ball," had been organized to draw attention to of the $45 million in arts funding cuts recently made by t...

Toronto's Gil Adamson wins First Novel Award for 'The Outlander'

TORONTO -- Gil Adamson has won the annual First Novel Award for "The Outlander." The prize is worth C$7,500. Set in the early 1900s, "The Outlander" (House of Anansi Press) tells the story of a woman on the run in Alberta after killing her husband.


Vancouver artist takes home $50,000 Sobey Art Award

TORONTO -- A Vancouver artist who has drawn on Neil Young and the Beastie Boys for inspiration has been handed this year's $50,000 Sobey Art Award.

Writer's Trust short list announced

The Globe and Mail 03.10.2008
Writer's Trust short list announced

Sixteen writers, including Miriam Toews, Rawi Hage and Margaret Visser, are in competition for a total of $155,000 in prize money as part of the annual Writers' Trust of Canada awards honouring excellence in fiction and non-fiction.


Toronto actress Jane McLean joins Dexter

Guy Dixon The Globe and Mail 26.09.2008
Toronto actress Jane McLean joins Dexter

Toronto -- The Philippines-born, Toronto-raised actress Jane McLean is joining the cast of Dexter.

Neil Diamond set to shine on Toronto

JANE STEVENSON Toronto Sun 24.09.2008
Neil Diamond set to shine on Toronto

Neil Diamond, Yes and Usher all announced Toronto concert dates yesterday. Diamond touches down at the Air Canada Centre on Dec. 2 in support of his latest album, Home Before Dark, produced by previous collaborator Rick Rubin.


Extensive Norman Jewison archives on display at University of Toronto

Canadian director Norman Jewison's prized mementoes, including the screenplay for "The Statement," production photos from "Fiddler on the Roof" and wardrobe notes from "Moonstruck," are on display at his alma mater, the University of Toronto.

Luminato, Toronto Arts Council launch new grant

JAMES BRADSHAW The Globe and Mail 19.09.2008
Luminato, Toronto Arts Council launch new grant

The Toronto Arts Council and the city's Luminato festival will announce a pilot project today called Incubate, which will provide seed funding for innovative musical endeavours, The Globe and Mail has learned.



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