In the Spotlight, September 19
The Starlight Lounge: An Evening of Dining & Dancing to Celebrate 75th Years
Maple Leaf Aerie 2311 Toronto
Take a trip back to the 1930s to celebrate the Eagles Club 75th Anniversary. The Fraternal Order of Eagles will be hosting an anniversary dinner dance to recognize this milestone.
Since the Eagles Club, Aerie 2311 at 17 Elm Street, received its charter in 1938, they decided to hold a 1930-style event: Starlight Lounge. These lounges were popular in most big cities during the 1930s, so the Eagles Club banquet room will be decorated in 1930 style, featuring 1930 music and guests are encouraged to wear period fashion.
While synonymous with the Depression, the music of the 1930s was far from depressing. Jazzy, and happy, it gave people inspiration, and something to cheer them up. Swing and blues produced some of the most enduring songs of all time. It was the Golden Age of Hollywood and Art Deco. In fashion hemlines went down and shoulders got broader.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles advocated for the founding of Mother’s Day, provided the impetus for Social Security, and helped end job discrimination based upon age. They support police, firefighters, and others who protect and serve. Eagle fundraising of millions yearly provide support for medical centres to build and conduct research into spinal cord injuries, kidney disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, help handicapped kids, end the isolation of seniors, and make life a little brighter for everyone.
Take advantage of this opportunity to step inside this Elm Street fixture and step back in time. Join in celebrating on Saturday September 28th from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Appetizers and cocktails from 5 p.m. with a catered meal at 7 p.m. Ticket price $25.
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Saturday, October 5, 2013 6:51pm to sunrise. All night long!
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. The eighth edition of the event will transform Toronto with 112 art projects created by more than 500 local, national and international artists. The event draws more than one million local enthusiasts and out-of-town visitors. One of the highlights for this year is world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's "Forever Bicycles" sculpture at Nathan Phillips Square. This complex and abstract installation, consisting of 3,144 bicycles, is the largest edition of this work to date. The installation is the only version of the art work to be displayed in an open air, public space.
Visitors travelling to Toronto for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on October 5, 2013 can book special Scotiabank Nuit Blanche travel packages at 15 Toronto hotels and be the first to experience the official preview event Behind the Nuit on Friday, October 4. This offer includes an opportunity to meet with the curators and be among the first to preview Ai Weiwei's "Forever Bicycles". Further information on travel packages is available at www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/travel-packages.
What's New in Downtown Yonge
Today Marks First Day of Rehearsal for Disney’s Aladdin
The full cast of Disney's Aladdin, a new musical based on the Academy Award® winning animated film, began rehearsals today in New York City. Aladdin will launch at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon) November 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014.
The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, grossing over $500 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation) and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this exuberant new musical. Aladdin’s journey will sweep audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
Tickets are on sale for the Toronto engagement at Mirvish.com or by calling (416) 872-1212 or (800) 461-3333.
Mirvish Celebrates 50 Years in Theatre
Mirvish Productions will present 18 shows and employ over 500 artists on its four stages in Toronto – the Royal Alexandra, Princess of Wales, Ed Mirvish and Panasonic theatres. This is the largest season Mirvish has ever presented and include: The Two Worlds of Charlie F; Henson Alternative’s Puppet Up! – Uncensored; The Musical of Musicals,The Musical!;Brian Bedford starring in The Last Confession; Olympic Skater Elvis Stojko starring in Chicago, The Musical; New Touring Productions of Disney’s The Lion King, We Will Rock You, American Idiot and Rain; All-Canadian Casts for God of Carnage and Dead Metaphor.
The upcoming Mirvish season for 2013-14 is divided into two subscription series – the Mirvish Theatre Subscription and the Off-Mirvish Subscription – and eight additional shows not on subscription. Subscriptions are still available for sale. Call TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.
Manifesto Community Projects
Toronto's Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture has become something of an annual tradition, and the organizers at Manifesto Community Projects have just announced the seventh installment of the event. Running from September 19 to 22, it culminates in a day-long free concert at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Among the artists included in Manifesto's Live at the Square programming are Freedom Writers, Thugli, Smash Brovas backed by the Juice Water Quartet, Sean Leon, Unbuttoned, and Souls of Mischief. More artists will be announced.
Other attractions include the Manifesto Art Show, the third annual Floor Awards (celebrating urban dance in Toronto), Last Style Standing Battle (featuring dance and interdisciplinary art), the Freshest Goods Market, and various workshops, panel discussions and more.
Manifesto is inspired by hip-hop culture, "Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit organization working to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture. Aiming to provide a platform and the resources needed to advance the growth of the arts as a tool for positive change on the individual, community and city level."
Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival
Canada’s Walk of Fame, in partnership with National Premier Partner RBC, is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for a parade of stars on Saturday, September 21. In addition to its annual red carpet show and star unveiling ceremony outside the Elgin Theatre on Yonge Street, Canada’s Walk of Fame is offering fans free performances on the red carpet from some of Canada’s most exciting acts and up-and-coming talent.
On September 21 beginning at 12:30 p.m., Canadian Indie-Electro-R&B band Dirty Radio will kick off thecelebrations, followed by performances from the winners of the RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize. Also heating up the stage will be two-time SOCAN Award and MTV Europe Music Award-winning singer-songwriter Karl Wolf. The red carpet show culminates at 3 p.m. with the celebrity arrivals and star unveiling ceremony celebrating the 2013 induction of: Bob Ezrin; Terry Fox; Victor Garber; Craig and Marc Kielburger; Oscar Peterson; Christine Sinclair; Alan Thicke; and 2013 Allan Slaight Award Recipient Carly Rae Jepsen.
Schedule of performances on Saturday, September 21 - Yonge Street, between Queen and Shuter: Dirty Radio 12:30 – 1 p.m.; RBC Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize Winners showcase 1:15 – 2:10 p.m.; Karl Wolf 2:20 – 2:50 p.m.; Canada’s Walk of Fame 2013 Red Carpet Induction Ceremony 3 – 4:30 p.m.
The Red Carpet is part of the 15th Anniversary of Canada’s Walk of Fame signature events that include Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards, where Mike Myers, Carly Rae Jepsen and Martin Short are among the superstar celebrities taking centre stage, Inductee Charity Ball, the national broadcast on Global, which will air in the fall, as well as the fourth annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival.
Returning to Toronto from September 19-21, the Festival covers three days of music, featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic performers. Concerts at Massey Hall include Burton Cummings and Band with special guest LeE HARVeY OsMOND (Tom Wilson); Serena Ryder with special guest 54-40;and Maestro Fresh Wes and Friends, celebrating 25 years of his groundbreaking career, joined by special guests K-OS, Kardinal Offishall, Classified, Shad and most recently announced special guests to join the line-up, JUNO Award-winning artists Divine Brown and Rascalz,as well asmulti-ECMA Award-winning rock band The Trews.
Tickets for Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival are on sale now. To purchase, visit canadaswalkoffame.com or call the theatre box office: 416-872-4255 (Massey Hall).
In addition to the ticketed shows, Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival will present three free performances at Monarchs Pub at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel: The Jack De Keyser Band (September 19), Groovestone (September 20) and The Michael Danckert Jazz Band (September 21). As well, Cineplex Entertainment will offer free movie screenings at their Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas cinemas showcasing the films of some of Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees. The movie screenings will run on Saturday, September 21 beginning at 9:15 a.m.
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Ryerson Image Centre’s September 2013 Exhibitions: