When Theatre Passe Muraille opened in 1968, it transformed the historic landmark Nasmith Bakery and Staples into a sanctuary for new Canadian art. But true to its name, the theatre is not constrained by any walls?literally or figuratively. Besides encouraging independent and experimental works, Theatre Passe Muraille expands beyond its brick-and-mortar location to stage innovative site-specific performances throughout Toronto. They practice a collaborative philosophy in order to achieve their far-ranging goals, valuing value risk higher than success or number of bouquets tossed onstage.
Legendary actor, singer, author, philanthropist, and force of nature William Shatner captains generations of fans on a warp-speed ride through seven decades of his wild career in How Time Flies: An Evening with William Shatner. A fixture of television more vital than the remote control, Shatner has owned acreage in the hearts, minds, and living rooms of fans since the times of phaser prohibition. Best known for his seminal roles as James Tiberius Kirk, T.J. Hooker, and Boston Legal's Denny Crane, Shatner's inimitable chops, charming machismo, and genuine love of his fan base permeates this special evening of memoirs and bon mots. During the show, the unparalleled Renaissance man enchants audiences with his live autobiography, recanting Star Trek secrets, Esperanto anecdotes, and possible dirt about Adrian Zmed, gifting the audience with his unique singing skills between orations of memories and monologues.
Shiatsu and LaStone therapist of Transense Healing Arts Holistic Centre employs two distinct therapy treatments to help clients reduce pain and discomfort. She uses her knuckles, thumbs, palms, knees, and elbows as instruments of relaxation, drawing from shiatsu techniques and Japanese-style acupressure to pinpoint and expunge stress. Alternatively, she uses heated basalt rocks formed from volcanic lava during LaStone therapy, loosening up knotted muscles.
Her experience stems back to the Aveda Institute in Victoria, B.C., where she graduated from in 1998 in esthetics. Since 2000, she has added LaStone therapy to her repertoire, which allows her to stimulated the autonomic nervous system and increase oxygen in the body. Her subsequent interest in shiatsu led her to Shiatsu School of Canada, which enables her to continue her journey of educational growth through her daily practice.
Improv actors help audiences sharpen their sleuthing skills during murder-mystery dinners at Mysteriously Yours... Mystery Dinner Theatre. After dining on three-course meals, guests band together to solve murder mysteries full of unexpected and humorous plot twists. Further complicated by the actors' false accusations and refusal to speak English, the two-hour caper ends with the unveiling of a killer.
With a backdrop of Lake Ontario and the city skyline, Echo Beach ignites its sophomore season with the Sam Roberts Band, who the Montreal Gazette proclaimed “straight-on, loud rock n’ roll at its most crowd-pleasing.” The outfit’s live shows draw from a four-LP-deep discography in energetic performances that led Spinner.com to crown them a Can’t Miss Act. As dusk recedes into twinkling night, the outdoor stage's moody lighting adds atmosphere to early hits such as the folksy “Brother Down” as well as new material from last year’s Collider. Recorded in Chicago with producer Brian Deck, known for his work with Modest Mouse and Iron and Wine, the album marked new terrain for the chart-toppers and multi-Juno winners. Tracks such as “The Last Crusade” brew a soulful atmosphere by interweaving horn-fed funk with the needling guitar of Dave Nugent.