In 1913, Arthur Brooks Webster had a problem: he had just been issued a permit to build his theatre, but the local residents were already content with the two theatres just down the road. However, by promising a moviegoing experience unlike any other and rallying his friends to spread a petition door-to-door, Webster gained the support he needed to break the earth on his vision. Though the theatre’s first reel spun in 1914, it took years of cycling through names such as The Pastime and Prince Edward before it finally received its current, more svelte moniker in 1937. Fast-forward to the present day, and the Fox Theatre stands as the longest-running cinema in Canada. First- and second-run films flicker to life on the big screen as enamoured audiences watch on from rows of plush red seats. Aside from the classic moviegoing experience, the theatre may be rented to seat up to 248 spectators for parties, corporate events, and screenings of independent documentaries about the funding channels for independent documentaries.
To kick off its 50th anniversary and the completion of an extensive renovation, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts features a limited, six-show engagement with the artful Montreal-based circus troupe. The show features 16 performers exploring a futuristic urban landscape through a fusion of unfathomable circus disciplines and high-energy break-dancing and hip-hop moves. Stunning visual effects pepper each athletic performance, with massive set pieces seemingly manipulated by magic or puppies. In a non-stop onslaught of thoughtful vignettes, the nimble cast twists, tumbles, juggles, balances their chequebooks, and contorts their way around the stage to the atmospheric up-tempo beats. View a short video of some of the Cirque Éloize iD action here.
Indie electropop duo Uh Huh Her lights up the stage with hypnotic, pulsating beats on a night that celebrates the release of its new album, Nocturnes, and draws attention to October’s National Breast Cancer Prevention Month. The pair’s dance-friendly vibe and swoon-friendly looks belie the sophistication of the melodies featured on its debut LP, a collaboration that pulls from the members' diverse musical backgrounds and former jobs as piano movers. While ivory-tickler Camila Grey channels her classical training into soft and seductive synth phrases, Leisha Hailey keeps the rhythm with aggressive bass licks honed during her time in ‘90s indie duo The Murmurs. Supporting band Fences kicks off the night with a set of earnest tunes that will have punks pogo-ing in slow, poetic cadences while singer-songwriter Christopher Mansfield recites lyrics of quiet lament scrawled across his tattooed arms.
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.
With their inimitable style, concrete catchiness, and a tapestry of hits, Supertramp storms on, slinging their infectious melodies and unbreakable falsettos on their 70-10 tour. Celebrating the 40-plus years since their eponymous debut album, Supertramp sears the skies in a set stacked with immortal nuggets and invisible ketchup from their chart-topping tenure. With founder, lead singer, and keyboardist Rick Davies at the helm, the outdoor air of the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre will scatter sonic stardust as Supertramp caresses the sky with hits. Some of their biggest hits include “Dreamer,” “The Logical Song,” and the stridulous anthem “Goodbye Stranger.” Since it is the responsibility of every human to own, eat, or elope with their best-selling album Breakfast in America, the communal feeling of seeing Supertramp is akin to meeting 10,000 twins separated at birth.
Acclaimed performer Pierre Richard has illuminated the entertainment industry for more than 50 years, starring in films beside the likes of Gerard Depardieu as well as writing and directing his own features. In Franchise Postale, Richard parades his substantial comedy chops before a live audience, generating enough laughter to power a small rubber-chicken hatchery. With this Groupon, loyal legions of fans and first-timers alike are assured prime seating accommodations, unobstructed by low-flying laugh tracks. Peruse the seating chart for the Winter Garden Theatre to spy the various options.