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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Week of April 10th

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


Starting with a comic legend performing in Niagara Falls this week. A great stand up, a great storyteller, a wonderful moviestar and one of the best to ever host the Oscars. Billy Crystal is at the Fallsview Casino Avalon Ballroom on Wednesday and Thursday.

From ‘City Slickers’ to ‘When Harry Met Sally’ to ‘The Princess Bride’; Billy is a total package talent and you won’t want to miss him live on stage. 8:30pm showtimes, and his special guest will be Bonnie Hunt. Visit for tickets.


TIFF Bell Lightbox has been busy with family programming over the last few weeks, and that culminates in a full scale kid’s film festival. It is the 20th Anniversary of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, and the titles started to roll over the weekend. 160 films from over 40 countries will be featured and it’s the largest fest of its kind in North America. There are some hot titles too. The animated film ‘Rock Dog’ by Oscar-nominated director Ash Brennon, and then ‘Revolting Rhymes’, a film that pays tribute to the late Roald Dahl. Also, a short about a young jazz drummer named Kojo Odu Roney. The son of jazz saxophonist, Antoine Roney. ‘Kojo’ screens on Wednesday and Friday.

An Intro and Q&A with Brooklyn-based director Michael Fequiere will happen at TIFF on Friday. to learn more about the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. Programming continues through April 23rd


A reminder to get your last minute tickets for Jazz FM91’s annual concert fundraiser “Jazz Lives In Canada” this Wednesday. It is the station’s premiere live music event, once again at Koerner Hall. This edition features Steven Page, Barbra Lica, Heather Bambrick, David Clayton Thomas, Robi Botos, Jackie Richardson, Bill McBirnie, Shawne Jackson, The Heavyweights Brass Band, and Radio Deluxe stars John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey. What a lineup and what a night it will be. Get your tickets here:

And the Kensington Jazz Festival just keeps on rolling. The Spring Series continues Tuesday night with Jazz singer songwriter Ori Dagan in performance, featuring a preview of his upcoming release “Nathaniel” – it’s in tribute to Nat King Cole. His guests will include Sheila Jordan, Jane Bunnett and Alex Pangman. Just 35 seats available at the Poetry Café in Kensington. for info and tickets.

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