JANUARY - FREEZING OUTSIDE, THEATRES HOT INSIDE

Three Major Cultural Events Staged On Just One (Very Cold) Day In Toronto
(Culled From Popular Weir Social Media Posts)

MORNING, JANUARY 21st. Carlton Theatres, downtown Toronto


Fabienne Colas
Colas' advice to Toronto? Buy tickets early (like today)

Award winning-actress, director, producer and film festival founder Fabienne Colas advises film lovers to buy tickets to her Toronto Black Film Festival as soon as possible.  " Like today! Don't be disappointed, these are great films and will sell out fast"
Colas hosted a morning press briefing at the Carlton Cinema to introduce the line up to this year's festival.  33 films from around the world will be shown at the Festival between February 11th and 16th at the downtown Toronto Carlton Cinemas, the TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre and the Al Green Theatre.

Keynote films include From Above (starring Danny Glover), Grigris (Chad's choice for the Oscar's Best Foreign Film category) and director Chris Eska's Civil War drama, The Retrieval.

AFTERNOON, JANUARY 21st, York University. My Data Bag Radio Show



Talking Books. Talking the RBC Taylor Prize with William Doyle-Marshall!

William Doyle-Marshall (pictured at right), long-time radio host of My Data Bag on CHYR-fm talked about this year's short-list prize this afternoon. He aired an interview with ViJay Parmar, president of RBC PH&N Investment Council who talked about RBC's support of Canada's most prestigious literary non-fiction award.

Doyle-Marshall is holding the book, The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King. The non-fiction book is on the short-list for this year's RBC Taylor Prize.  The My Data Bag host will be talking about the book next Tuesday!

EVENING, Four Season's Theatre. Canadian Opera Company. Live on Stage!

Director Atom Egoyan's ship came in on stage at the  COC dress rehearsal for his take on Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte opera. 

The singers wore model ships in their wigs to demonstrate how two of the characters in the comedic opera were supposedly drafted and had to go to sea with the Italian Navy.  Photograph by George Socka.

Two Albanians have swelled heads when appearing in Atom Egoyan's new take on Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte opera. Guglielmo and Ferrando are two Venetian gentleman who want to check on the faithfulness of their fiancees ... so they show up at their girlfriends home disguised as weirdly looking Albanians. COC dress rehearsal last night at the Four Seasons Opera House. Canadian Opera Company, Toronto.
Two Albanians - Photo by Stephen Weir



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