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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Weekend of February 24th

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


It is Oscar weekend and what a good looking crop vying for this year’s top prizes. Will it be La La Land or Moonlight… Denzel or Affleck…  Emma or Isabelle? Finish your Oscar pool paperwork!

Best Picture is turning out to be a horse race between La La Land and Moonlight, and Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Mahershala Ali and Casey Affleck are acting front-runners. And here’s to hoping Canada’s Denis Villeneuve gets something for his great work on the Sci-Fi, Arrival.

And the odds are very good for Canucks in the Best Animated Short category this year. Three of the five titles have Canadians at the helm. Theodore Ushev, Robert Valley and Alan Barillaro all have nominations. You can see the Best Animated and Live Action Shorts this weekend at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Head to for timing.

And, 2016 was a year full of cinematic talking points. From La La Land’s record setting amount of nominations, to the diversity issue in Hollywood; and the return of Mel Gibson! This Sunday morning at 8 a.m. on Arts Toronto, Mark Wigmore leads a round table discussion covering these topics and more. He will be joined by two other film critics, CBC’s Karen Gordon and Now Magazine’s Norman Wilner. Also, Mark sits down with composer Justin Hurwitz for a conversation about his score for La La Land, and his three Oscar nominations. Arts Toronto airs Sunday at 8 a.m., the Oscars broadcast begins at 7 p.m. on ABC.


Let’s head to the Opera… on the silver screen.

People just love having access to the Metropolitan Opera via Cineplex Theatres. Tomorrow at 12:55 p.m., New York City’s world class operation The Met presents Dvořák’s Rusalka… live.. in HD. This is the composer’s fairy-tale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. It features some big names, Kristine Opolais, Jamie Barton and Director Mary Zimmerman. Rusalka will be broadcast in Czech with English subtitles. If you miss the live showing, you can catch an encore show on April 8, 10, and 12th. For theatre locations and showtimes, visit


A reminder that there are a couple hot shows scheduled at the Rex this weekend. The Jazz hub will feature Juno Award nominee (and one of the best electric bass players in the country) Rich Brown and The Abeng. The band performs Friday at 9:45 p.m. Saturday features another forward thinking act: The Worst Pop Band Ever plays at 7 p.m.

And this the final weekend for the Kensington Jazz Festival Sunday jazz brunch. Kevin Barrett will perform at the Trinity Common beginning at 12 p.m. Reserve your table by visiting

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