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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Weekend of January 6th

Friday, 06 January 2017 11:21

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


It’s wintertime… so let’s watch some TV! Awards season launches, some might say officially, this Sunday evening when NBC broadcasts the 74th Golden Globe Awards. Jimmy Fallon is the host this year, giving everyone a break from 5 years of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Ricky Gervais.

2017’s crop of best picture nominees is pretty stellar compared to recent years. In the drama category, Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, contemporary western ‘Hell or High Water’, Dev Patel stars in true story ‘Lion’, there’s the coming of age tale in ‘Moonlight’ and an epic performance from Casey Affleck in “Manchester By The Sea”.

What a stunning and devastating performance from Affleck in this difficult family story, it surely elevates his stock in Hollywood. Look for wins in numerous categories.

In the Best Picture: Comedy or Musical category, an interesting mix including Ryan Reynolds offbeat Marvel entry ‘Deadpool’, and Meryl Streep’s ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’, but look for the jazz tinged musical ‘La La Land’ starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to dominate on Sunday. The Globes air at 8pm on NBC live from the Beverly Hilton. 

Going against the Globes on Sunday night, Season 4 Episode 2 of the ever popular BBC/PBS series ‘Sherlock’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. There was definitely a specific response after episode one last weekend. ‘Sherlock’ airs at 9pm on Sunday.


Let’s head to the stage, with just a final few nights for a huge hit in this city. Mirvish broke the bank with its production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

Matilda mixes the wicked family story from beloved children’s author Roald Dahl with all the modern musical theatre magic you could hope for. Final performance is Saturday. Click here for any chance at tickets.


The Kensington Market Jazz Festival launched in the fall of 2016… but we get a second helping this winter. Singer Molly Johnson’s co-pro with Ori Dagan and Genevieve Marentette was a real hit in the downtown neighborhood. Now the fest has teamed up with The Trinity Common for a Sunday Jazz Brunch. The event runs 12-3pm each Sunday until the end of February. The first date offers bassist Mike Downes and his trio for two sets. That’s Sunday at the Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Avenue, $12 bucks is the price, and reservations are suggested. Click here for info.

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