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Today in Toronto: Hot Docs, You Can’t Take It With You and more

A Florentine Tragedy and Gianni Schicchi A death-in-opera double bill. Composer Alexander Zemlinsky based his one-act tragedy on a play by Oscar Wilde that explores the restorative impact a murder might have on a failing marriage. Schicchi, Puccini’s sole, memorably tuneful attempt at operatic comedy, revolves around changing a dead man’s will. Find out more »

Hot Docs Oddsmakers, take note. Last year, North America’s biggest documentary fest screened two docs that went on to nab Oscars nominations, as well as all the films on the Genie Awards short list for the genre. This year’s edition, its 19th, will also be occasion for the unveiling of the recently revamped Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, which will screen non-fiction all year round. Find out more »

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Soulpepper announces its 2012—and 15th anniversary—season

Ins Choi (Image: Leon Aureus)

Today Soulpepper announced the 12 plays that will make up its 2012 season—which happens to mark the company’s 15th anniversary—including 10 new productions, two remounts and a revisit. Opening the season on January 12 is Soulpepper’s first original full-length play, Kim’s Convenience, written by Ins Choi and directed by Weyni Mengesha, both Soulpepper Academy alumni. “One of the great discoveries of these last few years is the fascination our young artists have had with the city in which they live,” said Albert Schultz, Soulpepper’s artistic director, in a statement. “This very funny, insightful and touching play…marks an astonishing debut for this multi-talented Canadian artist.” The play is set in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood and follows a family that must deal with its past and confront its future. Check out the rest of Soulpepper’s 2012 season after the jump.

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