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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of February 8th

Monday, 08 February 2016 11:35

It’s Monday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top arts and entertainment picks for the week ahead.


Black History Month festivities are in full gear, and this newer, but important cornerstone in the GTA gets underway on Wednesday and runs through the weekend. The programmers at TBFF have done a bang up job for this 4th edition. The festival comes at a unique time in cinematic history when the world has had enough of the singular focus of Hollywood. What better event than TBFF to bring in dynamic and refreshing talent and stories to an Oscar So White world. The festival opens with the coming of age sibling story out of South Africa, SOBABILI (The Two of Us), which screens at the Isabel Bader on Wednesday night. On Thursday, four films screening in Toronto, including this one:

Director Stanley Nelson presents THE BLACK PANTHERS: Vanguard of the Revolution on Thursday here in Toronto. In the provocative film, you get voices of those who lived through the events that lead to a Black Panther revolution including Police, the FBI, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and the Black Panthers themselves. It should be an eye opener. Click here for further information.


The Leonard Cohen cannon gets a fresh coat of paint over at Theatre Passe Muraille until the 21st.

Chelsea Hotel comes to the GTA fresh off a sold-out national tour. The question remains: How do you put a fresh spin on the dark pleasures put forth by the Ladies Man of song? This musical theatre Theatre Passe Muraille production seems to have harnessed new energy to charge up the Tower of Song. It’s being staged in cabaret style and features new arrangements by six performers. Click here for tickets and info.


Emilie-Claire Barlow is celebrating two Juno Award nominations for her new album.

Emilie is already a Juno winner, but the current swell of excitement around this record is apropos given her upcoming performance on the Massey Hall stage this Wednesday night. She will be with her band and a large orchestra for a lush evening of jazz. The album and concert have been a real labor of love, and a lot of planning has been put into the celebration of the release of her 11th album, Clear Day. Don’t miss what will be an impressive night of music. Click here for tickets.

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