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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Weekend of April 21st

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


April 22nd marks Record Store Day, and that means retailers all over the GTA and Southern Ontario are putting on special promotions and are stocked with Record Store Day releases, over twenty locations will take part within Toronto alone. Special releases you can expect include material from Allan Toussaint, Sharon Jones, Frank Zappa, The Beatles, Prince, David Bowie, Bill Evans, The Dead, Robert Johnson, Thelonius Monk, Wes Montgomery, Dolly Parton, Sun Ra, Madonna, Jaco Pastorius and The Boss… and that’s a small sample size. for info.


She is a modernist master and one of the most striking American artists to find prominence in the 20th Century. Georgia O’Keeffe’s story is told by over 80 of her paintings and dozens of photographs adorning the walls of the AGO. It’s an exhibition put together in cooperation with the Tate Modern in London.


On display, her desert landscapes painted while she lived in New Mexico, her New York City nocturnes, her early abstracts, and Georgia’s ubiquitous depictions of flowers that still have people debating their use of sexuality to this day.

Mark Wigmore spoke to the Associate Curator of the exhibit, Georgiana Uhlyarik.

This is the only North American stop for a very prestigious show. What a life Georgia O’Keeffe lived, her tale is as interesting as her paintings, and you learn about both at this major Art Gallery of Ontario Exhibit. for info.


There’s a legend in town on Saturday night.

Buddy Guy, the blues legend, plays Massey Hall this weekend. A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, an 8-time Grammy winner, a Kennedy Center Honoree, a Presidential National Medal of Arts recipient, and at 80 years old, one of the last connections to Chicago’s West Side sound.  Buddy is known for his soulful voice, his stinging riffs, and for wearing polka dots! Saturday marks a perennial visit to Toronto, visiting the region for the last 13 years in a row. for tickets.

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