Mirvish Productions

Go to a massive beach party, explore forbidden buildings and six other things to... Go to a massive beach party, explore forbidden buildings and six other things to do this week

Get a sneak preview of the album of the summer It’s been almost three years since Aussie psychedelicists Tame Impala released their sophomore stunner, Lonerism, but it feels like they never really went away. Lead single “Elephant” stomped its way through episodes of Girls and The Vampire Diaries—not to mention an inescapable Blackberry commercial—and we’re… Read more »

See a play in an abandoned high school, bid farewell to Dame Edna and seven othe... See a play in an abandoned high school, bid farewell to Dame Edna and seven other things to do this week

See a play in an abandoned high school One of the season’s most ambitious theatre creations is Sheridan College’s Brantwood 1920–2020, an imaginative lark that takes place in the abandoned Brantwood School in Oakville. The cast will play out scenes and songs from the school’s fictional history in different classrooms. Ticket-holders arrive at Sheridan College, where,… Read more »

See a play in a pizza parlour’s basement, party with Belle and Sebastian and s... See a play in a pizza parlour’s basement, party with Belle and Sebastian and seven other things to do this week

Check out the next big Britpop star While you endure the interminable wait for Adele’s next album, check out Jessie Ware this week at the Danforth Music Hall. Last fall, the British singer-songwriter with the raspy alto released her sophomore album, Tough Love. It’s a collection of infectious soul songs tinged with gospel and R&B,… Read more »

Heroine Chic: the problem with feminist fairy tales Heroine Chic: the problem with feminist fairy tales

The Heart of Robin Hood, a new feminist fairy tale from Mirvish, morphs Maid Marion from a prissy damsel into a spunky swashbuckler By Emily Landau For little girls, the most indelible image of 2014 was that of Frozen’s Queen Elsa, shimmying and shimmering as she discarded the manacles of her regal existence. At that… Read more »

David Mirvish on the Edge David Mirvish on the Edge

David Mirvish wants to dismantle his famous father’s empire to build two giant Frank Gehry towers and a gallery for his personal art collection. He thought Toronto would be grateful. He was wrong. A behind-the-scenes story of mega-monuments and monumental egos By Leah McLaren | Photograph by Markian Lozowchuk At the end of 2011, David… Read more »

The Argument: Mirvish’s whimsical new war drama stars real-life combat vet... The Argument: Mirvish’s whimsical new war drama stars real-life combat veterans, stumps and all

By Simon Lewsen In the past few years, a handful of films have revitalized the war-story genre by fusing hard documentary with fanciful fiction. The one that kick-started it all was probably 2008’s Waltz With Bashir, which transforms the plight of traumatized Israeli soldiers into a luminous, hand-drawn animated fable. More recently, The Act of… Read more »

The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city? The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city?

You know you live in interesting times when the chief of police is the most powerful person in town. What propelled Chief Blair to the top of our Influentials list was Rob Ford’s Crackgate—a story that consumed the city for much of the last year and whose bewildering narrative is still being written. Of course,… Read more »

Elvis Stojko is starring in the musical Chicago (and other highlights from Mirvi... Elvis Stojko is starring in the musical Chicago (and other highlights from Mirvish’s 2013 anniversary lineup)

We had no idea Elvis Stojko was such a dynamo. The world figure skating champ is a full-on quadruple threat: professional skater, adult contemporary balladeer (album title: “100 Lifetimes”), martial arts aficionado and, as of March 2014, totally legitimate thespian. Next spring, Stojko will star in the jazzy, Prohibition-era musical Chicago at the Princess of… Read more »

Mirvish’s 2013–2014 season features everything from Kafka to Aladdin Mirvish’s 2013–2014 season features everything from Kafka to Aladdin

Mirvish Productions unveiled its 2013–2014 season this morning. While we complained last year about the lack of risk-taking, this year’s lineup features a charmingly bizarre assortment of 14 shows. Of course, there’s the usual array of crowd-pleasers like Les Miserables, The Lion King, Cats, Stomp, Heartbreak of Home, a new show from the Riverdance producers, and the latest… Read more »

The Weekender: Grey Cup Festival, Terminus and five other events on our to-do li... The Weekender: Grey Cup Festival, Terminus and five other events on our to-do list

1. 100TH GREY CUP FESTIVAL The Toronto Argos are going for grey on home turf this weekend, facing off against the Calgary Stampeders. For the past week, Toronto has had football fever (it doesn’t hurt that the NHL is still in lockout) with football-themed events—a mini football field in Yonge-Dundas Square, the Scotiabank Fan Zone… Read more »

Mirvish Productions announces new “Off-Mirvish” series for smaller-scale pro... Mirvish Productions announces new “Off-Mirvish” series for smaller-scale productions

This morning, at a press conference at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Mirvish Productions announced a new series called “Off-Mirvish” (get it?). The second-stage series is intended to present new, critically lauded smaller-scale productions, spreading the company’s dominance over an ever-expanding swath of the Toronto market (and supplementing its season with more adventurous fare). For the series’… Read more »

Listen to Kathleen Turner’s husky voice on five separate occasions Listen to Kathleen Turner’s husky voice on five separate occasions

In anticipation of Kathleen Turner’s upcoming role in the Mirvish production High (from May 8 to 13), Carlton Cinema has announced it will be hosting a free film fest on April 28 that will be screening Turner classics Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone, The War of the Roses and Body Heat. We’re excited… Read more »