French Baroque Cantatas and Sonatas

See? Baroque artists know how to have fun too. Image courtesy of The Musicians in Ordinary.

See? Baroque artists know how to have fun too. Image courtesy of The Musicians in Ordinary.

  • Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue)
  • 2 p.m.

This new year, we dare you to broaden your horizons and do something you might not normally do—namely, attend the Musicians in Ordinary’s presentation of French Baroque Cantatas and Sonatas. Hallie Fishel and John Edwards make up the duo who pay tribute to early music primarily through voice and lute. One of their featured guests, Irish flutist Emma Zoe Elkinson, is proof that the instrument isn’t just for band geeks. She’s performed with U2, at the Vatican, and plays everything from pop music to traditional Irish pieces. Now that doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

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The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day

The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.

Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada.

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TIFF’s First Major Original Exhibition Traces David Cronenberg’s Evolution

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  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

It’s not every day that a media tour opens with the injunction not to photograph “the sex blob,” but so began TIFF’s preview of “David Cronenberg: Evolution,” the organization’s first large-scale touring exhibition (for now, it’s stationed at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s HSBC Gallery). It’s an exhaustive, stunning look at some of the wildest, most perverse creations of a pioneer of the body-horror genre—who also happens to be Canada’s most internationally renowned filmmaker.

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TIFF Pays Another Trip to Studio Ghibli’s Enchanted Kingdoms

Still from My Neighbor Totoro.

Still from My Neighbor Totoro.

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

The rare retrospective to get a victory lap soon after its first run, TIFF’s recent spotlight on the eighteen acclaimed films from Japan’s much-admired animation studio gets a second lease on life with Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli. A major hit with families when it showed at TIFF Bell Lightbox last spring, the retrospective returns with some key modifications, including a couple of prized screenings of 1988’s Grave of the Fireflies, which was unavailable for the last round.

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Second City’s New Show Is a Heroic Effort

Allison Price, about to lose her patience with Stacey McGunnigle. Photo courtesy of Second City.

Allison Price, about to lose her patience with Stacey McGunnigle. Photo courtesy of Second City.

  • Second City (51 Mercer Street)
  • 8 p.m.

You might expect a show called We Can Be Heroes to be a send-up of superhero films, but Second City’s new mainstage production is actually a celebration of minor, everyday acts of heroism ranging from giving advice to a bullied child to managing not to be a jackass at your friend’s wedding.

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