The Blyth Festival, set in the rural village of Blyth, produces solely Canadian plays that touch on the shared experiences of local Ontarians. Blyth Memorial Community Hall, an intimate theatre with a 444-person capacity, hosts a diverse sampling of plays from within its charming brick edifice. Whether forcefully clicking ruby slippers throughout the six nostalgic vignettes of Hometown or pondering the realities of romance during the bittersweet love story Rope’s End, onlookers will uncover familiar subject matter explored in surprising ways. Audiences praise the performances for capturing the experiences of their day-to-day lives, instead of reeling back in terror from plays performed by their evil doppelgängers.
Based on the American classic by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati's Tony Award–winning stage adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath represents an onstage gale of acting chops, emotion, and clever puppet commentary from the opera box. Antoni Cimolino, general director of the theatre, also directs this classic Great Depression–era tale of a family's migration from Oklahoma to California in the 1930s and the challenges they face in a series of migrant-worker camps. The cast includes award-winning veterans of The Canadian Stage Company, Vancouver Playhouse, and collaborators of visionary thespian Robert Lepage. Both an entertaining and educational windfall, this production of The Grapes of Wrath creates opportunities for field trips, peer bonding, or an undeserved afternoon of fun for complacent dependants. This play is suitable for ages 12 and older.
The second-annual Stratford Blues & Rib Fest teams up award-winning rib chefs from across North America with Maple Blues Award– and Juno-nominated music acts. Today's deal grants admission to the weekend festivities, where more than 20 scheduled bands and musicians, such as Jordan John, Michael Pickett, and Danny Brooks, pluck, strum, and warble on indoor and outdoor stages. Renowned ribbers such as Ontario's own Jack the Ribber and the Kentucky Smokehouse of Louisville tickle meaty keyboards in competition for cash prizes and immortalization in lyrical ballads. Slake rib-induced thirst with fresh suds and draft root beer in the beer gardens (food and drink prices vary by merchant and are not included with this Groupon), browse shiny rides at tractor and motorcycle shows, and belt out spiritual ditties at Sunday's Gospel Music Festival. Patrons can savour the festival's sounds and tastes while enjoying views of the Avon River's peaceful banks and Lindy-hopping swans.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was founded out of necessity; in 1945, the Grand Philharmonic Choir was preparing a recital and needed tuneful accompaniment for the harmonic voices. Once its backup duty was over, however, the newly convened orchestra quickly established itself as an independent source for both classical and pops concerts performing more than 100 concerts annually in the Waterloo region. Now home to 52 on-staff musicians, the orchestra continues its decades-long tradition at venues around Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and Cambridge. From his position as music director, Edwin Outwater oversees the joyful noise, which ranges from baroque to Beethoven to the Beatles and Broadway. Since assuming the role in 2007, Outwater has been one of the orchestra's most vigorous boosters, arranging the group's first commercial recording in a decade, engineering an exploration of prog rock in collaboration with the Institute for Quantum Computing, and knitting sweaters for each musician's instrument.
During Reel Babies movie showings, theatres transform into child-friendly arenas where new parents can enjoy recent releases while tending to tykes. Empire Theatres keeps the auditorium lights dim and lowers the volume on new films such as Our Idiot Brother, One Day, and The Debt, ensuring an environment conducive to child-care. Parents can transport their mini-me to the auditorium's "exersaucer", baby swing, and play mat, allowing young minds to expend energy otherwise spent solving Fermat's Last Theorem. Additionally, a changing table and bottle warmer ensures parents can remain in the theatre for all reunion scenes between protagonists and their coffee makers.
Initially conceived as a one-off event in 2010, The Smoker's Club has since expanded, presenting fans with tours that unite skilled rappers and expert beat makers. One of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy-winning wordsmith Method Man spouts off dexterous rhymes in a gravely voice obtained by chugging asphalt smoothies everyday for breakfast. Curren$y gently cradles ears with laid-back flow, and frequent Smoker's Club collaborators such as Smoke DZA and Fiend buoy the evening with additional verbal fireworks. The Kool Haus provides a vibrant environment for the musical proceedings, ensconcing guests in a hip nightclub atmosphere with music mixed by Toronto-bred DJ Agile. An enormous dance floor proffers guests with ample space for unabashed rug cutting and wind sprints between marching bands.