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    MARK WIGMORE'S TOP 3 – WEEK OF JULY 10th

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

    THE HOGTOWN EXPERIENCE

    This week sees the return of The Hogtown Experience; the immersive theatre event. This is the third go-around for the team behind this fun night out in downtown Toronto. Hogtown is historical theatrical experience created by Drew Carnwath & Sam Rosenthal, and is performed at Toronto's Historic Campbell House Museum.


    The story follows Toronto's blossoming political, cultural and social scenes during the 1920s. You simply arrive, get a drink, and then follow one of the dozens of characters that most interests you. You can spend your time with the politicians in the dining room, or get a little seedy in the speakeasy downstairs. I loved this show, and now it has a Dora nomination to its credit, going into this latest batch of performances. www.hogtownexperience.com for info, this newest run gets underway on Thursday.


    CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL: 50th ANNIVERSARY

    No sooner has Jazz Fest and Pride Toronto wrapped up for another year, that now we have another cornerstone of summer in the city. The Caribbean Carnival officially launches on Tuesday at Nathan Phillips Square in front of City Hall.

    Listen to Mark’s interview with Parade Manager Gerald Weekes here!


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    In the weeks to come, the Carnival Village will be setup at Daniel's Spectrum in Regent Park. There’s the Carnival Ball, the big parades, and this Thursday sees the opening of the first annual art event celebrating the sights and sounds the Carnival. The Art of the Carnival commemorate the fact that we are 50 years into this festival in Toronto. The event takes place at A Different Booklist Cultural Center, 777 Bathurst St. www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com for info


    THE REX: RALPH BOWEN & KIRK MACDONALD

    There are a couple of special nights at the Rex this week, and that's not counting Dave Young with his quintet on Friday night. On Tuesday and Wednesday it’s Guelph-gone-New York sax-man Ralph Bowen and multi Juno Award nominee and winner Kirk MacDonald taking the stage.


    Ralph Bowen & Kirk McDonald will be joined by Neil Swainson on the bass, Brian Dickenson on the keys and Montreal's Andre White on the kit. The Worst Pop Band Ever opens on Tuesday, The Ted Warren Trio on Wednesday. Cool down with some amazing jazz at the Rex this week. www.therex.ca for info.






    BONUS SUGGESTIONS:

    SOULPEPPER

    Toronto’s long running repertory theatre is the belle of the ball in New York City right now. Albert Schultz and his team have brought some of their very best to Broadway and Off-Broadway venues to perform Spoon River, Kim’s Convenience, Ravi Jain’s incredible Brimful of Asha, Of Human Bondage and a whole set of concerts featuring the great Jackie Richardson. As for Torontonians, a wide array of Canada 150 programming including Confederation Part 1 and 2, Vimy, And the return of Billy Bishop Goes to War; the story of Canadian WWI flying ace Billy Bishop. Eric Peterson, the fabulous stage actor and star of Corner Gas, he’s back in his iconic role that he’s performed so many times. John MacLachlan, the co-creator of this show, joins him on stage. If you never seen it, or you want to see how this duo have updated the show over the decades, get your tickets at www.Soulpepper.ca  


    CAVALIA: ODYSSEO

    If you had thought of see Cavalia in Mississauga, the team there has made it easier for you. Cavalia’s Odysseo has been extended. This was supposed to the final week for this incredible equestrian/cirque mashup, but instead it runs through the 23rd in the giant white tent next to the Hershey Centre. This is such an impressive show, so much to see, incredible effects, a live band, and acrobats jumping from horse to horse. www.cavalia.com/Mississauga is the place to go to get tickets.



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