MARCH 6-10 The Royal Winnipeg Ballet brings perennial favourite The Sleeping Beauty back to the stage. Last presented in 2008, this romantic storybook classic features the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky, performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, united with the iconic choreography of Marius Petipa, who is regarded as one of the art form’s greatest creators. Lavish sets, gorgeous costumes and ethereal classical dance define this critically acclaimed production. Be transported to a fairytale kingdom where good triumphs over evil — and be rocked by the power of true love’s kiss. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 204-956-2792.
Live Art Dance presents the Trilogy Project at the Dalhousie Arts Centre January 17-19
January 6: Saint Cecilia Concert Series Cellist Denise Djokic and the rest of the musically gifted Djokic family reunite for the annual Family Traditions concert.
January 12: Impersonator Thane Dunn marks the King’s birthday by bringing the Annual Elvis Birthday Tour to the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue.
January 16: Canada’s top junior hockey players, including Halifax Mooseheads star Nathan MacKinnon, showcase their talents for big-league scouts at the CHL Top Prospects Game at the Halifax Metro Centre.
January 17 to 19: Live Art Dance Productions presents The Trilogy Project at the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Featuring a solo by Susanne Chui and original scores by Christine Fellows-Dodson, this is a rich and varied contemporary dance show by Lesandra Dodson.
Continuing: One of Halifax’s top contemporary galleries for 20 years, Studio 21 recently moved to a new home on Hollis Street, about a two-minute walk from the Via Rail station.
DECEMBER 20-23, 29 & 30 A regional family favourite, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet gives Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker a hometown twist. Timeless choreography melds with local charm in this annual production. The ballet features delightful characters from the original tale brought to life on stage in enchanting costumes; show-stoppers include dancing toys and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy. Set in a grand manor on Winnipeg’s Wellington Crescent, a snowy game of pond hockey and a battle on Parliament Hill make this Christmas fantasy quintessentially Canadian. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 204-956-2792 or visit here.
(photo: Bruce Zinger)
NOVEMBER 10 T0 25 Back by popular demand, the National Ballet of Canada combines classical dance and sheer imagination in its production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which first wowed Toronto audiences in 2011. Created by British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale also features innovative set design and costumes that bring the beloved characters to life. Don’t be afraid to tumble down the rabbit hole—this performance transports the entire family to a magical new world. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, $25 to $239; call 416-345-9595 or visit here for showtimes and to purchase tickets. —Ana Taveira
Ballet BC photo by Michael Slobodian
Put on your dancing shoes! Ballet BC presents new works choreographed by Jacopo Godani, Nicolo Fonte and Emily Molnar in In/verse (pictured; Nov. 22 to 24), at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Discover Dance! showcases ballet (Oct. 25) and bhangra (Nov. 29) at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.—Sheri Radford
Gait to the Spirit 2012 celebrates Indian dancing
You may know the foxtrot, the pasodoble, and heck, you may even know krunk, but what about odissi or bharata natyam? Well, thanks to the Gait to the Spirit 2012 classic Indian dance festival, you soon will. Watch renowned performers in action, including Shalini Patnaik, former choreographer for Madonna and Ricky Martin, then attend a workshop to learn how to jingle and swivel on your own.—Jennifer Patterson
Spanish Flamenco star David Romero makes his first visit to Halifax for the Fall for Flamenco Festival. Photo: Soda Plaza
October 4 to 8: With a midway, petting zoo, live entertainment, animal displays and much more, the Maritime Fall Fair at Exhibition Park on Prospect Road is a rite of autumn for Halifax families.
October 8: Cape Breton fiddle legend Natalie MacMaster returns to Halifax, with a Celtic-tinged concert at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.
October 13: From 6pm to midnight, the streets of downtown Halifax are abuzz with excitement, energy and art aplenty. Nocturne is a free fall festival featuring art exhibitions and performances in public spaces throughout the city. Visit their website to plan an itinerary.
October 11 to 19: Even with autumn’s chill in the air, the Fall for Flamenco festival offers a fiery blast of music and dance. Venues around the city host workshops and performances, showcasing locals and visiting talent. And organizers have saved the best for last: on October 19, Spanish flamenco star David Romero makes his first visit to Halifax, joined by guitarist Flavio Rodrigues and vocalist Pedro Obregón.
October 28: The city’s major-junior hockey heroes the Halifax Mooseheads take on their Maritime rivals P.E.I. at the Metro Centre.
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October 16 to 20: The Halifax Pop Explosion is the East Coast’s biggest annual celebration of indie/alternative music. This year, the lineup includes Dan Mangan, Al Tuck, Wintersleep and many more.
Dean and Britta at performing until Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Theatre Junction GRAND.
Thursday, September 20 Be sure to check out the Calgary Home + Design Show at the BMO Centre, running until Sunday, September 23. The weekend event will feature inspirational design solutions and helpful home advice. The show will host over 350 exhibitors and a variety of industry experts including Sarah Daniels and Philip DuMoulin, hosts of HGTV’s Urban Suburban; Bruce Hopkins (more…)
The tenth annual GlobalFest fireworks competition is on now, taking place at Elliston Park in the city’s southeast. Nightly presentations include a spectacular fireworks display set against a backdrop of powerful music.
Beginning at 6 pm nightly, the festival includes the OneWorld night market, showcasing numerous global food and artisan vendors as well as four performance stages with music and dance performances. Fireworks commence at sundown, between 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets $15, children under five free. Parking available along 17th Avenue SE. Shuttle buses run between Marlborough Mall and Elliston Park each night, $6 for a round-trip ticket.
The finale at last year’s GlobalFest. Photo: Courtesy J&J Photography Ltd.
Don’t miss this week’s presentations from: China, tonight, Brazil Wednesday, August 22 and The United States, Friday, August 24.
Where Recommends: The Eclipse finale show (Sunday, August 26), designed by Canadian Patrick Brault. The show features a stellar playlist including songs by indie-pop rockers Modest Mouse and Icelandic vocalist-guitarist Jonsi.
Enjoy Calgary’s beautiful August weather at these great outdoor events this weekend and relax on Sunday by watching the Summer Olympics’ closing ceremonies.
AFRIKADEY! FESTIVAL Saturday Aug 11
On Saturday, the Afrikadey! Festival at Prince’s Island Park celebrates Calgary’s rich African culture, 10 am until 10 pm. Merchants and food vendors will be set up around the park, and the main stage features a star-studded lineup including Sudanese hip-hop act Emmanuel Jal and contemporary Ethiopian ensemble Krar Collective. Tickets $25 adult, $20 youth, available at the gate.
MARDA GRAS Sunday Aug 12
Experience that vibrant New Orleans Mardi Gras atmosphere right here in Calgary at this weekend’s annual Marda Gras festival. The event will be held between 33rd Avenue and 34th Avenue SW in the Marda Loop neighbourhood. (more…)
Interior of the Chinese Cultural Centre. Photo: Courtesy Travel Alberta.
This Saturday, the annual Chinatown Street Festival takes place in the vibrant historic area between Centre Street and First Street SE and along Second Avenue and Third Avenue SE.
Savour the flavours of authentic Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese eats in the Dragon City Mall shopping complex or at one of the food booths located along Third Avenue. Merchant booths will also be set up along Third Avenue with various clothing, accessories and gifts for sale. Karaoke, tai chi and other demonstrations will be held along Second Avenue SE. (more…)
Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson tribute show. Photo courtesy OSA Images, copyright 2011 Cirque-Jackson I.P., LLC
August 10 and 11
Experience the King of Pop’s music as never before. This month, Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson—The Immortal World Tour invades Rogers Arena for two evenings of electrifying performances. Dancers, acrobats and athletes bring to life classic MJ music and choreography, melding Cirque du Soleil creativity with Jackson’s spirit and passion.—Sheri Radford