Boy’s Choir from France perform locally Reply

Editor’s Note: The following concert took place last week but the critique could not be (technically) uploaded until today. Apologies.  ETG

Review by
Judith Caldwell

                Maitrise Des Hauts de France, young singers of Lambersart, gave a concert At St. Thomas’ Catholic Church in Waterdown on Sunday evening. Francois Verschaeve was their translator/ interpreter for their North American tour and in exchange requested a concert in his home town of Waterdown.  He promised Father Lobsinger of St Thomas’ that he would fill the church for it – he got his wish on both counts. The choir was led by Conductor Jerome Cupelli and accompanied by Martine Betremieux on piano or organ.

The choir performing in Waterdown

The choir performing in Waterdown


Planting the “SEEDS” of dissention Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson

               Annabel Soutars documentary play, Seeds, plants dissention. Scientists, researchers, industry representatives, advocacy groups and farmers argue the safety of genetically modified organisms, commonly called GMO’s. Through verbatim trial transcripts, interviews and speeches Soutar crafts a powerful mine field of what if’s.Though obviously attempting to appear unbiased, Soutar’s script weighs heavily on the side of banning GMO’s. And the production, at the Blyth Theatre, is at its most powerful and poignant when the playwright strips away her attempts at being objective and presents her true feelings no holds barred.  Photo courtesy of  Terry Manza

David Fox & Severn Thompson in a dramatic "SEEDS" moment

David Fox & Severn Thompson in a dramatic “SEEDS” moment


“Barbiere”; not ‘grand’ but certainly ‘great’ opera 1

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Hamilton has been fortunate to be the home of, and recipient of, the musical largesse of an artistic virtuoso. Boris brought us his eponymous classical music festival; Boris brought the National Academy Orchestra here, making Hamilton the Mecca for young graduates. Last evening, Boris brought back opera to Hamilton, after a two year hiatus. Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia performed at Mohawk’s McIntyre was a brilliantly creative take on this opera comique.

Dunham; Menzies & Burrage hoping to escape "piano, piano"

Dunham; Menzies & Burrage hoping to escape “piano, piano”


“The LADY FROM THE SEA” @ Shaw; Spellbinding Reply

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson
The Shaw Festival’s production of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea is sheer perfection. The backstage elements, the direction, and the acting combine to create an otherworldly, enchanting experience. This is not typical Ibsen. Although there is the usual strong female protagonist who struggles against the conventions of middle class morality, as in The Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler, this play goes deeper. The added mythological dimensions, the heightened poetic language, and the ever present pulse of nature overpower the domestic storyline.  Photo courtesy of  Shaw’s David Cooper

Moya O'Connell; Kyle Blair & Andrew Bunker in "Lady from the Sea"

Moya O’Connell; Kyle Blair & Andrew Bunker in “Lady from the Sea”


The Hamilton FRINGE, 2015 1


Ham'n Fringe logo       After a three-year hiatus, the editorial staff of ONTARIO ARTS REVIEW has decided to conclude its boycott, citing a positive change in the Fringe’s Directors. Every Festival demands only the highest level of professional attitude. 

NYC- ‘Garner; Ferguson- Brown; LA- Ford; CLEVELAND- Rice; MADISON- Robinson, all recent front-page headlines about Police shootings, even Toronto had one on the TTC. But the follow-ups about what really happened or the effect on the officer usually end up buried in section two – BTF. Writer/producer Bryan Boodhoo and director Luis Arrojo scrutinize and explore the emotional effect on said police officer. More…

The WATERSHED—A visceral wonder Reply

 Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson

Images powerfully portray the message at the heart of Annabel Soutar’s play, The Watershed—that it’s time for Canadians to stand up and protect their water supply. Soutar’s message was most powerfully communicated subliminally through a visceral encounter with the land. A CanStage production, projection designer, Denyse Karn creates a sense of movement, atmosphere and mood through a series of projected images on the walls, floor and ceiling. The Environmental Lakes Area (ELA) near Kenora came alive through the projections of ice particles dancing in the air. More…