This episode: For over 30 years the instantly identifiable Canadian actor Kim Coates has electrified the big and small screen. His most popular role was the violent and often unstable Tig Trager in the FX Series about a California Biker gang, Sons of Anarchy; the show ran 7 seasons. Kim also has dozens of film credits to his name, including the cult hockey hit Goon. Given his status as an A-list cable darling, it might come as a surprise that Kim Coates is now on stage at a relatively small theatre in Toronto, The Streetcar Crowsnest. It’s his first stage role since performing MacBeth at Stratford, and his time on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire… over 25 years ago. In Jerusalem, Kim is Johnny Rooster Bryan in a modern pied piper tale. He’s an aging and outspoken daredevil, and a man who offers solace to local teens looking to escape and imbibe without judgment. When he isn’t purveying drugs and alcohol, he’s summoning magic and stories from the mystics of his homeland; all while trying to save his English countryside property from development. It’s a meaty role created by celebrated playwright and screenwriter, Jez Butterworth. He’s responsible for a collection of stage plays, but also action blockbusters like James Bond Spectre and Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow. Jerusalem starred Mark Rylance both in London’s West End and on Broadway. This new Toronto edition is directed by Mitchell Cushman. The Dora Award-winner has been involved with countless big name plays and productions, working with Soulpepper, Stratford, and now this new collaboration with Company Theatre and Outside the March. Kim and Mitchell join Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM91 studios.
And Thompson Egbo-Egbo is back with a new album, A New Standard. The talented pianist arrived in Canada at age four from Nigeria. Shortly after, he enrolled in piano lessons at Regent Park’s famous Dixon Hall Music School. It would help define him as a player and he would go on to graduate from the Humber College Jazz program, and then the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His music spans the genres, including jazz, but also working within the classical and pop realms. Thompson has also made giving back a big part of his career and code. He helps to run the Thompson T Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation, and acts as a mentor to young musicians. Thompson celebrated his new recording at the Horseshoe Tavern this week. He joins Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM91 studios.
All that, Garvia Bailey’s Giant Steps, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.
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***Looking ahead to the February 25th edition of Arts Toronto***
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