Toronto Theatre – What’s On

Preview: Together/Apart (Opera Atelier)

Old meets news as Opera Atelier ventures into this brave new world of virtual performance with Together/Apart on May 20 at 8 PM, EST.  Together/Apart is a one-hour virtual showcase of music and dance to connect, uplift, and inspire — featuring an all-star line-up of Opera Atelier’s longstanding and audience-favourite artists from around the globe, streaming at OperaAtelier.com . All 14 artists on the program have personally curated their performance selections with an eye to sharing the joy and power of the creative experience during this extraordinary time.

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Virtual Shows and Concerts for the Week of April 13, 2020

Virtual Shows that Caught Our Eye This Week

I have decided that I hate the term ‘new normal’.  I’ve heard it often in the past couple of weeks and it’s really grating on my nerves.  Should we pine to go back to our ‘old normal’? No!  I really do (mostly) like the slower pace of things as they are now.  But I think there has to be a happy middle ground where we can all find a  balance that includes doing a bit less, or doing more things with meaning each day.  We have all had time for reflection in the past few weeks, and whether we have taken that opportunity or not, we have a chance to really delve deeply into what holds meaning for us.

One of the things that holds meaning in my household is the arts.  The kids dance, my partner is a theatre creator and writer, and I write (not enough, but that’s a whole other thing!)  And we all love being a part of a thriving arts community.  So now we are looking – as are all of you – for online options to continue to participate in and support the arts.  Here are this week’s varied performance options that you can watch from the comfort of your own home while we all continue to be responsible social distancers. Please keep checking back here on the regular to see if there’s anything new coming up. 

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Virtual Shows and Concerts for the Week of April 5, 2020

Virtual Shows that Caught Our Eye This Week

As another week of social distancing starts up, I am definitely starting to feel the cabin fever set in.  And I’m an Introvert, so I’m sure that took longer than for a lot of you! I’m also finding that the amount of screen time that I – and my kids – are getting between work (me), school (them), dance classes and extracurricular activities (all of us) is starting to seem a bit overwhelming.  So this week I am setting a goal of 90 minutes (responsibly!) outside in the fresh air each day.  But that doesn’t mean that I still won’t use my screen time to get my arts fix!

Here at Mooney we are going to continue to do what we can to keep this list updated daily as new events cross our desk to give you all sorts of performance options that you can watch from the comfort of your own home while we all continue to be responsible social distancers. Please keep checking back here on the regular to see if there’s anything new coming up.  See you online!

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Virtual Shows and Concerts for the Week of March 30, 2020

Virtual Shows that Caught Our Eye in Toronto for the Week of March 30, 2020

We’re trucking right along digitally this week.  If you’re like me most of my time is learning (or relearning!) technology.  The kid’s dance classes are on YouTube and Zoom, their school is (a bit) virtual (and a lot of having experiences and hands-on things at home), and work has moved to MSTeams and eLearning platforms.  But I have learned that my favourite way of getting in touch is by making a phone call and hearing someone’s voice.

We’re doing what we can here to keep this list updated daily as new events cross our desk, and we’ll keep at it to give you all sorts of performance options that you can watch from the comfort of your own home while we all continue to socially distance. Please keep checking back here on the regular to see if there’s anything new coming up.  See you online!

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Preview: Converge Against Corona & The Corona Variations (Convergence Theatre)

Photo of red phone handset with cord by Negative Space

How will you participate in this “Phone Play”?

Every industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, and the performing arts are no exception, with a projected $500 million loss in ticket sales for arts organizations in Toronto alone. Seasons are cancelled, artists are out of work, and people are scared. Conversely, however, there has been an explosion of innovative creation since the lockdown, with livestreamed sing-alongs, balcony concerts, writing challenges, and virtual rehearsals.

Convergence Theatre, generator of such theatre events as Worry Warts (Summerworks 2019), The Unending (Fringe 2016), and The Gladstone Variations (Fringe 2007), is responding to the pandemic with Converge Against Corona, and has issued a call for participants and patrons alike.

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