Welcome to the March edition of the We’ve Been Expecting You eNewsletter – a monthly newsletter customized for members of the hospitality, tourism and service sectors. Each newsletter includes:

  • an e-guide to events for quick reference
  • helpful information on what there is to see and do in Toronto
  • details on the We’ve Been Expecting You initiative

In this issue:

Below are just a few of the March events taking place in Toronto this month! See a more complete list of what is happening.


Festivals and Events

Celebrate Toronto – City’s 185th Anniversary Festival

Celebrate Toronto artwork. City scape in background. colourful circles and splashed in foreground.On March 9th and 10th, non-profit organization Celebrate Toronto will be hosting their annual Festival celebrating the City of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square. The Festival is free to the public, and gathers the community together in pride of the city. Complete with musicians, artists, local vendors, food trucks, contests and interactive activities, this family-fun festival will transform Nathan Phillips Square into an event dedicated to Toronto’s 185th Anniversary to celebrate the city’s history and diversity. Celebrate Toronto will be collecting non-perishable food donations in support of Daily Bread Food Bank on site during the festival, and proceeds from Celebrate Toronto branded merchandise will also be donated to the charity.

For a full list of participating vendors and programming, please visit www.celebratetoronto.ca/festival.

It’s time to Celebrate, Toronto! #CelebrateToronto

Seeking Volunteers for Doors Open

Doors Open volunteers at table in City HallEvery May our city celebrates its heritage and diversity by inviting citizens and guests to one of the most significant cultural events, Doors Open Toronto. More than 150 buildings open their doors and invite you to discover their fantastic architecture, significant social impact and their meaningful stories. Our incredible volunteer community plays a significant role in producing this event.

This year Doors Open Toronto will celebrate its 20th anniversary. It will be an outstanding opportunity for more than 3000 volunteers to become a part of this historical event.

The City of Toronto would like to invite you to be a part of this cultural celebration and become a Doors Open Toronto Volunteer in 2019! By contributing your time, you have an opportunity to enrich your cultural experience, meet new interesting people, and continue to make Toronto one of the most attractive cultural capitals of North America.

All potential volunteers should be 16 years and older, fluent in English with good comprehension. To learn more:

Doors Open Toronto Recruitment Sessions

  • Date: Sunday, May 5th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. Committee Room 2

To attend this session please RSVP back to spevvol@toronto.ca.

Myseum Intersections Festival

Myseum Intersections artwork. Green background, text.What are the lost or hidden stories that have been paved over and forgotten? How do we reclaim those histories?

From March 1 to 31, Myseum of Toronto invites you to explore these questions during Myseum Intersections; a city-wide festival of exhibits, events, and interactive community experiences that cover a range of historic and contemporary issues.

The theme for this year’s festival is Revisionist Toronto, which revisits and re-imagines some of the dominant narratives that shape our understanding of the city. Projects featured in this year’s festival explore lost or hidden stories that have been paved over and forgotten, and seek to reclaim important perspectives from Toronto’s past.

To learn about, and register for the many free exhibits, events, and experiences happening during the month of March please visit: www.myseumoftoronto.com/exhibition/revisionist-toronto/.

Family Fan Day at the Sony Centre

yellow banner, spiraled, with text. Family Fan day.Don’t miss this year’s Canadian Screen Awards Family Fan Day! Come meet your favourite stars on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts! Hosted by Suki & Spencer from The Zone on YTV, it’s a FREE event with unlimited fun for the whole family!You can meet cast members from CBC’s Kim’s Convenience; take a photo with Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Abby from Sesame Street; meet Chase and Rubble from Paw Patrol; learn how to make slime from the cast of Family Channel’s Bajillionaires; learn a dance combo from Victoria Baldessara from The Next Step; and so much more!

First 100 guests receive free swag bags! Lots of giveaways including your chance to win a pair of wristbands to this year’s iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards!

Visit academy.ca for more info!

Comicon Returns to Toronto!

Artwork banner. Black and green, text. Toronto Comicon.Toronto Comicon, a pop culture convention for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, cosplay, anime and gaming, is returning to take over the city this March Break from March 15 to 17. The 3-day extravaganza is packed with exciting, family-friendly activities and Celebrity Guests including Hellboy star Ron Perlman, “Steve Urkel” himself, Jaleel White, John Rhys-Davies from Lord of the Rings, Tommy Flanagan and Ryan Hurt from Sons of Anarchy and more!This year’s event will feature an expanded, 10,000 sq. ft. Family Zone with fun and educational activities including a Harry Pottery Sorting Hat Ceremony, Computer Coding workshops, Quidditch Games, Slime Making classes and more! Don’t miss out on this FAN-tastic March Break event!

Single day tickets starting at:

– $10 for Children and Youth
– $45 for a Family (2 adults and up to 4 children)
– $20 for Adults

Tickets on-sale now at comicontoronto.com.

40th Annual Toronto Storytelling Festival

Storyteller at mic on stage
Photo credit: Joe Tamko

Come celebrate live storytelling, traditional and contemporary, with the 40th annual Toronto Storytelling Festival, presented by Storytelling Toronto. Taking place March 2 to 24 at various locations throughout downtown Toronto. This is one of the world’s largest and oldest urban storytelling celebrations.

The festival theme for this year is, “Stories told eye to eye, mind to mind, heart to heart” (Scottish Traveller proverb) and features visiting tellers Donald Smith, Peter Chand, Sharon Shorty, PKCtheFirst, Jess Smith, Louise Profeit-LeBlanc and more.

Tickets for the festival are currently available on the website, with prices going up on Feb 28th. Also as an added bonus, Storytelling Toronto has included many free and pay-what-you-can events throughout the duration of the festivities so that festival-goers can celebrate and experience live storytelling, traditional and contemporary, for perhaps the very first time. Please refer to the event schedule for more details. All are welcomed and free to join!

Culinary Events

Toronto Winter Brewfest

hand holding beer glass, pouring pint.After three sold-out years, Toronto Winter Brewfest has relocated to Evergreen Brick Works for the fourth and largest installment of the must-attend craft beer festival. Beer lovers can discover over 150 craft brews from Ontario and Quebec while nibbling on gourmet bites from Toronto’s best food trucks. This year’s event offers an all new outdoor activation area with warm beverages, a cozy fire pit and a natural skating rink. Inside, guests are invited to discover the hidden speakeasy or try their hand at one of many interactive games. Expert cicerones will be available to answer questions and suggest beer samples.The event is 19+ and Brew Bucks may be purchased on-site with cash or credit.

Session 1: March 1st, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Session 2: March 2nd, 12 p.m.to 5 p.m.

Session 3: March 2nd, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Price: $20.99 to $27.58. Tickets: brewfest.ca/toronto/tickets.

Sugar Shack TO

Maple taffy on snow - with sticks
Photo info: Maple taffy

Toronto’s urban cabane à sucre experience returns to the waterfront for a sweet weekend of winter fun and plenty of fresh maple syrup.

Tap into your inner Canadian this March break at the fourth annual Sugar Shack TO, presented by Redpath. From March 9 to 10, Sherbourne Common will be transformed into a maple wonderland that will include; two sugar shacks, ice activities and games, delicious maple-infused food, skating (weather permitting), specialty bar, battle of the chainsaws, a warming station and much more.

  • Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside Drive, Toronto.

2019 partners include: Redpath Sugar, Waterfront Toronto, Menkes Developments, RBC, Tridel/Hines/First Capital, CTV, Cision and the Westin Harbour Castle.

To keep up to date with event details visit www.sugarshackto.ca and follow @sugarshackto on Instagram.

Popera: Canadian Opera Company x Drake One Fifty

open mouth. Popera superimposed over image in green.See, hear and taste the excitement! Cultural and culinary worlds collide on March 24, when the Canadian Opera Company joins forces with Drake One Fifty for the latest edition of Popera, an intimate pop-up concert in the heart of the financial district. Sip on a signature cocktail while listening to rising stars from the COC Ensemble Studio perform heartwarming vocal works, perfect for a cozy Sunday. A three-course tasting dinner is the grand finale!Tickets are $50, including prix-fixe and performance, or $15 for the performance only.

For more information, visit: www.thedrake.ca/popera/.

Getting Around

Group Day Pass available this March Break!

Subway car pulling out of station. Subway platform with people.This March Break take advantage of the Group Day Pass deal. From March 9 to 17, purchase a day pass for just $12.50 for one day of unlimited travel on the TTC. A great deal for sightseers! Group Day Passes can be used for:

  • two adults or
  • two adults and four youths (13-19 years of age) or
  • one adult and five youths (13-19 years of age)

Remember, children 12 and under always ride for free!  Get around the city with your group this March Break. You can buy a TTC Group Day Pass in advance at most subway stations or participating TTC Fare Agents.  Passes are valid from the date shown on the pass until 5:30 a.m. the next day.

Attractions and Exhibits

Haunted High Park at Colborne Lodge

People in robes with candlesDiscover the chilling legends and ghostly tales that haunt High Park after dark. Learn about 19th century funeral and mourning traditions and experience a ghoulishly, giddy theatrical séance.13+ (Teens must be accompanied by an adult).

Haunted High Park at Colborne Lodge. March 1, 2, and 3. 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Buy Tickets.

Immersive Experiences at Toronto History Museums

Womnn in Victorian dress, blood on mouth. hand outreachedThis winter, participate in an eclectic set of experiences which bring Toronto history to life.

Explore the Victorian’s obsession with death, from their fetish for post-mortem photos, to Dracula and Frankenstein to their fear of being buried alive. Victorian Gothic: The Roots of the Macabre at Mackenzie House. Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Buy Tickets.

Come dabble in divinations using a Ouija board, Tarot cards and palm readings. 18+. Curious Clairvoyance: Seeing the Future…From the Past. Spadina Museum. Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Buy Tickets.

Outlander fans and Heughligans! Using 19th-century fashion, herbalism and hygiene, explore how the world of Jamie and Claire Fraser compares with the struggles and triumphs of a real Scottish rebel, William Lyon Mackenzie. Outlander Meets Mackenzie. Mackenzie House. Thursday, March 14. 7 p.m to 9 p.m. Buy Tickets.

Revisit Nifty Fifties fashion with Jonathan Walford, curator of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, ON. After his illustrated talk, mix and mingle over 1950s music, mocktails and appetizers – 1950s attire encouraged! From Paris to Poodle Skirts: Fashions of the 1950s. Todmorden Mills. Sunday, March 31, 4 p.m to 6 p.m. Buy Tickets.

TIFF Picture Palace Interactive Exhibit

TIFF Picture PalaceTIFF Artwork. Graphics in red, pink, blue - circles, triangles, lines. is a brand new exhibition, running at TIFF Bell Lightbox from March 2 to July 28. It is an immersive experience anchored in the magic of moving picture and sound, placed within the charm and nostalgia of a beloved bygone era. The exhibition is curated by TIFF Co-Head, Cameron Bailey, and offers a deeper understanding of how that magic is brought to life on the big screen with nine interactive experiences.

Guests will be able to explore how camerawork, visual effects, lighting, sound combine to create powerful stories that can impact us for life. Highlights include: an exploration of how sound creates meaning through narration, Foley and soundscape design; a showcase of camera movement and how it can energize a scene and guide viewer attention; an opportunity to see firsthand how dance expresses emotion and conveys character on-screen; and an in-depth look at lighting as film’s most powerful tool in creating dramatic changes in character and mood.

The Moon Is Here at the Aga Khan Museum

Black and white image of the moon.Did you know the moon has a mass of 80,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons? Discover the moon in new ways at the exciting new exhibition, The Moon: A Voyage Through Time, launching March 9. Stand on an actual piece of the moon, experience centuries-old paintings and contemporary art inspired by the moon, and be sure to lie down under the 5-meter wide illuminated moon sculpture featuring NASA imagery.

Also, on March 9th, enjoy a talk from exhibition co-curator Dr. Christiane Gruber, who will discuss the many meanings of the moon in science, faith, and the arts in the Islamic world. And during March Break, bring the family for moon-themed hands-on activities.

At the end of the month, visit for Minding Memory: Alzheimer’s and the Arts, a week of programming that showcases how creative therapies are helping those with dementia.

Watch a free screening of the film I Remember Better When I Paint on March 27, or visit for a screening and panel discussion with leading dementia experts on March 29.

Visit agakhanmuseum.org for details.

March Break at the Ontario Science Centre

closeup - skateboard on floorChallenge. Own. Defy! The Science of Skateboarding – March 9 to 17.

Catch inspirational skateboarding athletes from CJ’s SKATEPARK performing amazing tricks that seem to defy physics! Learn about the art and evolution of skateboarding, the science behind its incredible stunts, and its social impact around the world.

Show times: Daily 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Free with general admission to the Ontario Science Centre.

Fehn Foss: A Broader Sense of Belonging opens at the Ryerson Image Centre

Image info: Build Up Break Down, video still, 2018. Credit: Fehn Foss. Hands building rock wall
Image info: Build Up Break Down, video still, 2018. Credit: Fehn Foss

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) is pleased to present Fehn Foss: A Broader Sense of Belonging, on view from March 7 to April 7, in the RIC Student Gallery.

A Broader Sense of Belonging looks at the blockades that we construct and their impact on our psyche. The dry stone walls in the Irish countryside, which are created from the distinct rock beds of each specific region, are a starting point for the artist. This method of wall building is practiced on most continents, reflecting the similar ingenuity of people, globally. Please celebrate the opening of Fehn Foss: A Broader Sense of Belonging on Thursday, March 7, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Admission to the gallery is free. Free exhibition tours daily at 2:30 p.m. www.ryersonimagecentre.ca.

Dive With Sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium

scuba diver underwater surrounded by fishHave you always wanted to dive with sharks? Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s public S.C.U.B.A. dive program allows guests to get up close to the sawfish, sharks, turtles and fish on this 30 minute guided dive in Dangerous Lagoon. Join them for underwater Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Please note you must be a certified Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent, 16 years of age or older, been diving in the past two (2) years, and complete a medical waiver in order to be allowed to dive.

For more info visit: www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/programs/discovery-dive/.

Ai Weiwei at the Gardiner Museum

Ai Weiwei staring into camera - black and white. Hands at eyes.
Photo credit: Ai Weiwei’s studio

The exhibition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken is now open! This must-see exhibition marks the debut of a new large-scale LEGO zodiac, and features some of Ai’s most renowned works, including Sunflower Seeds and Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, on display in Canada for the first time.

Dive deeper into the exhibition’s themes with the AWW Free School, a series of interdisciplinary workshops presented in partnership with Ryerson University. The first session takes place on March 5, and features an in-gallery spoken word exercise followed by a contemplative clay session.

Become a Gardiner Friend for unlimited free admission to the exhibition throughout its run, and explore all the exhibition programming here.

Visit Toronto Zoo This March Break!

closeup of orchids. dark and light pink.The Zoo is the place to be during March Break beginning Saturday, March 9 through Sunday, March 17! It’s going to be a full week of March Break fun including on-site animal encounters, Carnivore Enrichment Feedings and daily keeper talks. Don’t forget to visit the Zoo’s Orchid Oasis in the Malayan Woods Pavilion to see a hand-picked variety of orchid species or stop by the Wildlife Health Centre Viewing Gallery you may catch a glimpse of the Veterinary Team in action. Plus, kids up to 12 years of age can bring their favourite plush animal* for their annual check-up at the Toronto Zoo’s Wildlife Toy Animal Hospital. All check-ups include a vaccination and a health certificate for your animal! *No live animals please.Check out torontozoo.com for full details on upcoming events. Be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter @TheTorontoZoo for all the latest news.*

*Events subject to change

What’s On at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Image info: DEMOS – A Reconstruction by: Andreas Angelidakis. stack of foam pieces - multicoloured.
Image info: DEMOS – A Reconstruction by: Andreas Angelidakis

Visit MOCA Toronto for their next phase of exhibitions, February 14 to April 14. Located in the Junction Triangle, the museum is housed in the historic Tower Automotive Building. Onsite is a café, book shop and artist studios.

On Floor 1, which is always free to the public, they invite you to interact with Andreas Angelidakis’s DEMOS – A Reconstruction, an installation of 74 foam modules that you can move and rearrange.

On Floors 2 and 3: In the Mirror and NOW by renowned filmmaker Chantal Akerman speak to the issues that Akerman has explored throughout her career: trauma, gender, belonging and identity.

Basma Alsharif’s exhibition intertwines four major works, each one presented as a staged setting.

On Floor 4: Light Therapy by Apolonija Šušteršič is a room filled with a generous amount of light to simulate a bright, sunny day. Exposure to light is used as a treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and milder winter blues.

TD Gallery Presents For The Record: An Idea of the North

Photo info/credit: Happens all the Time: Lou Robinson of Dream Warriors. Peter Power. 1992. Toronto Public Library. Toronto Star Photograph Archive.. man leaning against car. Black and white photo.
Photo info/credit: Happens all the Time: Lou Robinson of Dream Warriors. Peter Power. 1992. Toronto Public Library. Toronto Star Photograph Archive.

Visit the TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library for this new, free interactive mixed media exhibition that illuminates the role Soundsystems and DJs played, as the backbone of hip hop culture, in the emergence of Toronto’s now globally successful popular music scene. This exhibit features photographs, vinyl record covers, music industry awards, graffiti art, listening stations and more. Visit for weekly guided tours, a DJ talk series and a panel discussion featuring journalists and magazine publishers who will explore the impact of independent music magazines in the 1990s and 2000s.

See full details at tpl.ca/tdgallery. For The Record: An Idea of the North runs until April 28 and is produced in partnership with Northside Hip Hop Archive.


March at the Royal Ontario Museum

Image info: Sarpech (Turban Ornament), second half of 17th century, fabricated in gold with champlevé and overpainted enamels; worked in "kundan" technique and set with emeralds and diamonds, 13/16 × 2 1/16 × 1/2 in. (17.3 × 5.3 × 1.3 cm), credit: The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al Islamiyyah, Kuwait
Image info: Sarpech (Turban Ornament), second half of 17th century, fabricated in gold with champlevé and overpainted enamels; worked in “kundan” technique and set with emeralds and diamonds, 13/16 × 2 1/16 × 1/2 in. (17.3 × 5.3 × 1.3 cm), credit: The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al Islamiyyah, Kuwait

The ROM celebrates International Women’s Day with the ROM Speaks lecture History vs Women, featuring media critic and advocate Anita Sarkeesian on March 5.

Opening on March 9, the special exhibition Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India features the alluring jewellery, lavish tents, and opulent decorative arts of one of India’s greatest former kingdoms.

From March 9 to 17, family friendly adventures await this March Break at the ROM! Explore art, culture, and nature from around the globe, with special programming running daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Discover the ancient history of Chinese cuisine and food culture on March 26 at the ROM Speaks lecture Uncovering the History of Food Culture in China: An Archaeological Perspective. Archaeologist Gary Crawford will explore over 8000 years of Chinese agricultural history to uncover its influence on Chinese culture and cuisine today.

Hockey Hall of Fame’s 9 & 99 – The Howe Gretzky Exhibition

9 & 99 show artwork. text in circle.Never seen before. Never seen again. Opening March 8than exhibition unlike any other, paying homage to the most prolific scorers of our generations. Explore the greatest compilation of milestone artifacts and rare personal memorabilia, all hand-picked by Hockey Hall of Fame curators from the Howe and Gretzky family collections. Revel in the legacy and indelible bond of Mr. Hockey and The Great One. Out of its case for March Break only, snap a photo with the net that became a part of history when Wayne Gretzky scored his 802nd goal, surpassing his idol, Gordie Howe, for all-time goals scored.

Visit HHOF.com for March Break promotions and extended hours.

Last Chance to See Crosscurrents: Canada in the Making

People looking down at textile display on white shelf, lit from behind.
Photo info: Visitors to Beads, they’re sewn so tight, on until May 26th at the Textile Museum of Canada.

There’s a lot going on in March at the Textile Museum! Most importantly, it’s your last chance to see Crosscurrents: Canada in the Making before it closes on March 31. They have an exciting March Break planned with a Thread Journeys Drop-in Program from March 12 to 14 (1 to 4 p.m.) and on March 16, attend a free Appliqué & Embroidery Workshop from 1 to 4.p.m. The free Textile Teach-in program continues this month with finger weaving – come learn a new textile technique on March 9th (1 to 4 p.m.) and March 20th (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.).

On Saturday, March 23rd, enjoy an interactive tour with artist Vanessa Dion Fletcher who will engage participants on a reflection of the political, social and emotional meaning of language through quill embroidered response cards.

Located just steps away from St. Patrick Station and open 7 days a week (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Pay-what-you-can evenings on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

Textilemuseum.ca/programs for more information!


Live Performance

Toronto Premiere of Blood of Our Soil

Photo info: Featured, Lianna Makuch. Photo credit: Mat Simpson. Dilapidated barn in background. woman in colourful dress in foreground.
Photo info: Featured, Lianna Makuch. Photo credit: Mat Simpson

Inspired by personal accounts from war-torn Ukraine in 1944 and true stories from the country’s current conflict, Pyretic Productions, in association with Punctuate! Theatre, presents the Toronto premiere of Blood of our Soil, written by Lianna Makuch. This multi-faceted production integrates dramatic storytelling, with live Ukrainian folk music, and will be presented at Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, March 7 to 16.


March at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Photo info: Fred Penner
Photo info: Fred Penner

March 5, 6 and 7 bring The Second City Guide to the Symphony with Canadian comedian Colin Mochrie, TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and the legendary Second City comedy theatre. Try not to smile…

Outstanding women are the stars of March 9 and 10: conductor Gemma New leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich Symphony 5, and TSO Principal Flute Kelly Zimba and Principal Harp Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton perform a heavenly double concerto by Mozart.

Don’t miss Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert, March 20 to 23! The TSO performs the music of John Williams live under conductor Sarah Hicks as the audience watches the action on the big screen.

March 27 and 28, the TSO performs Schubert’s beloved “Unfinished” Symphony and Bruckner’s magnificent Ninth Symphony under revered conductor Günther Herbig.

Legendary Canadian entertainer Fred Penner teams up with conductor Mélanie Léonard and the TSO on March 30 – an uplifting, must-see program full of Penner’s big-hearted music and boundless positivity.

Visit www.TSO.CA or call 416-598-3375 for details!

Toronto Premiere of No Woman’s Land

Photo info: No Woman's Land, credit: Zahra Saleki. People dancing, wrapped in gold cloth. in water.
Photo info: No Woman’s Land, credit: Zahra Saleki

Toronto’s Jaberi Dance Theatre (JDT) proudly makes its DanceWorks Mainstage debut with the Toronto premiere of No Woman’s Land, an evocative new work based on real stories of women in refugee camps.

Choreographed and directed by JDT Artistic Director Roshanak Jaberi, and created with a powerhouse artistic team and an ensemble of six performers, this interdisciplinary and dynamic dance theatre work runs for 3 nights only – Thursday, March 14 through Saturday March 16 – at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, direct from its Public Energy world premiere at Peterborough’s historic Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (March 9 and 10).

No Woman’s Land integrates responsive video design, original and verbatim text, live singing as well as original composition and sound design – taking audiences on a journey that reveals the plight and resistance of refugee women.


The 10th Anniversary Concert Season Continues at Koerner Hall.

Photo info: A scene from Farruquito. Performers on stage, white spotlights, pink back lights.
Photo info: A scene from Farruquito

Noa and Mira Awad, both from the Middle East, share the stage and “show a situation that we believe is possible” on March 2. Noa, who will perform her heartfelt songs with long-time collaborator Gil Dor is Israel’s leading international singer/songwriter, having shared the stage with superstars such as Sting. Palestinian singer, songwriter, actress, and cultural activist, Mira Awad, will perform with her pianist, Guy Mintus.

Farruquito is the “heir to one of the most renowned flamenco dynasties in Spain.” (The New York Times) On March 7 and 8, he will unveil his most personal side – staying true to traditional roots while also presenting the current state of flamenco, as he sees it, including improvisation.

Finally, the gifted vocal students from The Glenn Gould School present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s popular The Magic Flute in Koerner Hall on March 20 and 22, conducted by Nathan Brock and directed by Joel Ivany.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.rcmusic.com/performance.


Isitwendam Premiers at the Aki Studio

Photo credit: Michael Kast. Person on sage. Holding circle. near dome structure. Fire projections on screens.
Photo credit: Michael Kast

A World Premiere of Isitwendam (An Understanding), written and performed by award-winning Ojibway actor and playwright Meegwun Fairbrother (from CBC’s hit series Burden of Truth). A powerful, heart-wrenching, humorous theatrical production, Isitwendam is the story of a young man in search of a truth whose journey leads to a discovery about the father he loathed and lost, and an awakening of himself and his generation.

Fusing western and Indigenous storytelling, the production includes Ancient Indigenous Sign Language, drumming, dance, and song to explore various perspectives of atrocity and the steps we all need to take to find Isitwendam.

March 17 to 31, 2019 at Aki Studio (585 Dundas St East). For more details and tickets, visit nativeearth.ca/isitwendam.


World After Dark Premiers at the Harbourfront Centre

dancer, contorted, on hands and knees.Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, presents the World Premiere of World After Dark, reclaiming the night – a metaphor for the sensual, the embodied and the feminine. World After Dark is directed and choreographed by Shannon Litzenberger, featuring lead performances by renowned Canadian dance artists Louis Laberge-Coté and Linnea Swan and an outstanding ensemble of performers. The production is presented at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, March 6 to 9.

Sharp Shorts and Sold Out Shows at Soulpepper!

Photo info: Wedding At Aulis. Illustration - green background, woman with long hair. flowers and bird. 
Photo info: Wedding At Aulis

On Soulpepper’s stages in March are some exciting works! Continuing its run through March 10th is Little Menace: Pinter Plays by master playwright Harold Pinter. This collection of ten of Pinter’s rarely seen short plays unmasks the passions and absurdities that live in us all.

Also beginning in March is the World Premiere of Wedding At Aulis, a version of Iphegenia in Aulis by Euripides written by Sina Gilani.

To get the one thing he wants, Agamemnon must destroy the one thing he loves. A uniquely immersive experience places the audience to the precipice of the Trojan War.

After selling out the run before it even started, Wedding At Aulis has been extended through March 22nd. Be sure to grab your tickets quick!

Soulpepper Theatre Company just announced a new Summer-Fall season – visit soulpepper.ca to check out all the new programming! To learn more follow on Twitter; or call the Young Centre Box Office at 416-866-8666.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at The National Ballet of Canada

Ballerina in red dress and crown. White background.Follow us down the rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! A phenomenon around the world, Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the most delightful and popular productions to enter the repertoire in recent history. Hailed “a brilliantly theatrical, superbly designed extravaganza of colour and costume, madcap action and fluent dance” (The New York Times), Alice is onstage March 7 to 17.Also, on stage in March is Apollo, George Balanchine’s neoclassical masterpiece that changed ballet forever, with Night and The Sea Above, The Sky Below and Paquita. On stage March 1 to 3 and 20 to 21.Buy tickets or call 416 (toll free 1 866) 345-9595.

SIGMA Comes to St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

blue, red and yellow repeating graphic. Faces and shoes..TO Live, in association with Nova Dance, present Sigma, Gandini Juggling’s exploration of the world of Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance), juggling and percussion.Gandini Juggling have a reputation for innovation – pushing the boundaries of their art form by combining contemporary circus with dance and narrative. The results have challenged perceptions of what juggling is and can be and have forced the threshold of the genre in its own unique direction.

The New York Time’s chief dance critic Alastair Macaulay said “Even though Gandini Juggling owes much to many other artists, this British group’s work feels like a whole new genre. Here, juggling becomes flights of inspired poetry, musical choreography with strong dance elements, crazy-comedy surrealism, breathtakingly dexterous virtuosity, darkly absurdist drama. Gandini opens windows in the mind.”

The UK-based company developed Sigma in partnership with Seeta Patel, a specialist in bharatanatyam aesthetics, dancer Indu Panday, and pioneering jugglers from Gandini Juggling Kati Ylä-Hokkala and Kim Huynh.

www.tolive.com for more information.

Tafelmusik Welcomes World-Renowned Bach Specialist Masaaki Suzuki

thorny vine with red flower buds - white backgroundTafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir welcomes world-renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki to direct Bach St Matthew Passion, March 21 to 24. In a standout highlight of Tafelmusik’s 40th anniversary season, Masaaki Suzuki, multi award-winning conductor and founder of the Bach Collegium Japan, makes his Tafelmusik debut conducting one of Western culture’s most iconic masterpieces. Bach’s musical telling of Christ’s final hours is a monumental work for vocal soloists, two orchestras, and two choirs including members of the Toronto Children’s Chorus. It combines drama with devotion, questions as much as it reassures, and contains some of Bach’s most beautiful and exquisitely crafted music. In its depth and spirituality, St Matthew Passion is a work that speaks to the whole of humanity. Tickets are selling fast! Call 416-964-6337 or visit tafelmusik.org.

Alumnae Theatre’s 31st Annual New Ideas Festival

Historic painter painting modern face.Running from March 6 to 24, at the historic Alumnae Theatre at Adelaide and Berkeley, this popular festival features 4 different shows and one full-length reading each week.This year, a new production team has chosen 15 compelling new works (including a musical) that explore a wide range of issues, from gender identity to sexual freedom, from corporate misogyny to Italian cooking. “Whether you’re a theatre buff wanting to check out a new crop of playwrights or just looking for an entertaining night out, there’s something for you,” says executive director and producer Ilana Linden.

Shows run Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. matinees on weekends and readings on Saturdays at noon. Flex passes are available. Don’t wait too long to make your plans. Shows usually sell out.

For more information and to buy tickets, go to www.alumnaetheatre.com.

The 14th Annual Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

Photo info: Sasheer Zamata. Woman smiling. pink background
Photo info: Sasheer Zamata

Toronto’s longest running comedy festival will welcome over 75 sketch comedy acts from cities across North America and beyond from March 6 to 17. Previously announced headliners for TOsketchfest19 include Sasheer Zamata, Scott Thompson’s The Buddy Cole Monologues, The Grawlix, Adam Ruins Everything, K Trevor Wilson and APTN’s The Laughing Drum Live at The Great Hall, and four marquee shows at The Streetcar Crowsnest with Flo & Joan, The Lusty Mannequins, Generally Hospital and A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza.

Additional highlights from TOsketchfest19 include: full length revues from comedy duo Soul Decision featuring Christian Smith (The Second City TourCo) and Kevin Vidal (Come From Away), Middle Raged! By Geri Hall (This Hour has 22 Minutes) and Gary Pearson (MadTV); and a live recording of the hilarious podcast My Gorgeous Son by Mark Little and Andy Bush (CBC’s Cavendish).

Eclipse Theatre Comes to the Don Jail

Performer on red stage. Black outline of a window - 1/2 circle. With bars.Toronto’s hottest new musical theatre company, Eclipse Theatre Company, presents an innovative and site responsive performance of Kiss of the Spider Woman, presented at the Don Jail in Toronto, March 6 to 10. The production will be directed by Evan Tsitsias, and star Tracy Michailidis and Kawa Ada, for 7 performances only, and will be the first theatrical event ever produced at the Don Jail.

Second City Presents She The People

She does the City word graphic - text based. Pink and black text.The future is here and it’s female! Second City presents She The People – a sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City! This mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray roasts the patriarchy, taking on everything from having it all…to having that sick feeling your government is trying to send you back to the Middle Ages. It’s time for women everywhere to shout- comedy is our weapon and we’re here to slay!

What’s Bringing People to Toronto

Toronto skyline from water. CN Tower. Lights reflected in Lake Ontario.,Below is a sample of the events and performances taking place in Toronto this month:

For more information on live performances across the city, visit www.whatsontonight.ca. Or check out the venue event listings directly at:

No matter what kind of music you enjoy or what kind of venue you like best, there’s always something playing in Toronto. Visit the City’s Music page for links to concert listing and information on the music sector.

Catch a game.

Visit the websites of the major conference centres for information on other events, conferences and shows: Exhibition Place, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) and the International Centre (in Mississauga).

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Toronto Branded Merchandise

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We’ve Been Expecting You (WBEY) Training: Free training covering customer service principles and providing helpful information about Toronto. Currently available online at www.wbeytoronto.ca. Email wbey@toronto.ca for more info or to ask about face-to-face session.

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