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    MARK WIGMORE'S TOP 3 – WEEK OF JUNE 26th

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

    TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL

    The TD Toronto Jazz Festival’s new home in Yorkville proved to be a hit over the weekend. The intimate street setting and the many free shows available to attendees have given the annual event a fresh look and feel. The Festival continues through the end of the long weekend.

    Here are some of my top picks!

    The Dilectica Saxophone Quartet at The Church of the Redeemer - Monday at 7pm. Get there early as it is general admission and good seats fill up fast. The act features Shannon Graham, Chelsea McBride, Jennifer Tran and Samantha Etchegary.

    Mark Kelso and The Jazz Exiles at The Hazelton Avenue Stage – A free show Monday at 8pm featuring Rich Brown, Jeremy Ledbetter, Luis Deniz and Joey Martel.

    Bill McBirnie in The Laneway at Yorkville Village – A free show at 6:30pm Monday.

    Julian Fauth at The Oval within Yorkville Village – A free show at 1pm on Monday.

    Kandace Springs and Robert Glasper Experiment at The Concert Hall – 8pm on Tuesday.

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    Guido Basso at The Jazz Bistro - Wednesday night with shows at 7 & 10pm.

    Hiromi with Edmar Castaneda at Koerner Hall - The duo will perform Wednesday night at 8pm. A cool classical/jazz mix on stage.

    Jeff Coffin & Felix Pastorius w/ Michael Occhipinti’s “In Orbit” at The Rex Hotel and Bar – This sneaky little show is sure to attract an enthusiastic audience on Wednesday at 10pm.

    Ingrid and Christine Jensen at The Jazz Bistro - The powerhouse jazz siblings will perform two shows on Thursday night, 7 & 10pm.

    www.Torontojazz.com for tickets and info.


    CANNES FILM FEST COMES TO TO: OKJA & THE BEGUILED

    An interesting film and industry story is happening this week. Okja features a great South Korean cast augmented by stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Tilda Swinton. The story follows the King Kong-esque tale of a strange and massive Korean creature captured by a major corporation for its own gain.

    Okja was written and directed by Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-jo, and was a major consideration at last month’s Cannes Film Festival. It opens in theatres Wednesday, but also drops on Netflix that day. Netflix has had trouble getting online and theatrical releases happening at the same time, so its a feather in the company’s cap, but it should be noted the world cinema crowd booed the Netflix logo that preceded the film screening at Cannes. Okja is unconventional and follows a strange narrative, so maybe that helped its simultaneous release. www.Tiff.net for theatrical timing -- or watch it on Netflix!

    The Beguiled is a remake of the early 1970s film starring Clint Eastwood, and follows a civil war officer who stumbles upon a stately girl’s school in Virginia where he is taken in to mend his wounds. There’s all kinds of menace and sexual tension going on, and eventually he needs to be dealt with in the most grisly of ways. Sofia took home Best Director honors at Cannes and now we get to see her vision of the Thomas Cullinan novel. Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dundst, Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell star. The Beguiled opens on Friday.


    SONY CENTRE: HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE: IN CONCERT

    Harry Potter have been spoiled lately. Not only did author J.K. Rowling just announce that there is another character named “Harry Potter” in her beloved fantasy series, but the Sony Centre will screen the first film in the billion dollar franchise with a live symphony orchestra presenting the score.

    This ‘live’ treatment is very popular these days. The enhanced screenings begin Tuesday and running through Thursday. www.SonyCentre.ca or www.harrypotterinconcert.com for tickets. And just a moment to make you feel old. This first Harry Potter movie went into production 17 years ago… in the year 2000. Tim flies, and so does Harry when he plays quidditch.


    BONUS IDEAS!

    Its summertime, so that means outdoor film screening events are back.

    Starting with City Cinema which happens every Tuesday night at Yonge and Dundas Square beginning Tuesday and running through August 29th. The screenings begin at sunset. I just spoke to Dave Thomas last week about the upcoming Bob and Doug McKenzie reunion happening at The Second City. That’s apropos given City Cinema’s free screening of Strange Brew, starring Thomas and his old pal Rick Moranis. www.ydsquare.ca for details

    And the Open Roof Film Festival begins Tuesday as well. It takes place at 99 Sudbury every Tuesday for the next 10 weeks, and each screening is paired with food vendors and live music. This week, the much talked about and strange new rom-com monster movie Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. The event begins at 7pm. www.openrooffestival.com








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