There were ten artists who became collectively known as Canada’s “Group of Seven” or ‘The Algonquin Club’. Of these, the most famous was Tom Thomson and he was actually more of an associate than an actual member. His mysterious death is the subject of Jim Betts’ musical “COLOURS IN THE STORM”, and Sheridan’s performing Arts faculty has enlisted him to direct 18 undergrads in a creative, moving interpretive presentation at the Studio Theatre.
Review by Danny Gaisin
Change is difficult; change is normally resisted (oftimes vigorously); change usually evolves, rather than precipitates. The mid to late nineteenth century witnessed reformation in the arts, philosophy, science, and design. Frank Wedekind’s 1890 “SPRING AWAKENING, a children’s tragedy”was, and still is, controversial.
On Saturday evening at Grace Lutheran Church, the Oakville Ensemble gave us a Christmas Concert of Renaissance music sung à cappella. The concert was taped for later airing by Cogeco™. It will be aired several times before Christmas.
As in other disciplines, the Renaissance was a time of innovation and change for music. There was a demand for serious music as entertainment, not just for liturgy, and musical education led to the growth of those educated amateurs who wished to play publicly.
Review by Benjamin Kibblewhite
For many of my peers, William Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies has been forever spoiled by uninspiring High School English teachers. Thankfully, the Lower Ossington Theatre’s production, adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams and directed by Darcy Evans, banishes those painful memories. The novel is primarily an allegory for the tenuous nature of civilization, and the strain between easy groupthink and the frustrations of individuality as well as democracy.
Il ne pas necessaire d’etre bilingue; but it helps! UTM’s Theatre Erindale has taken Dianne Graves’ book about women during the war of 1812 and created a stage representation. As the school’s administration did for the 2010- ‘a Child of Survivors’; they re-invited director Ralph Small to work with the students. This result may be totally different, but the effect on audiences will be just as impacting. Photo courtesy of James Smagata – UTM