Tune In to The Radio Show
Last spring, a video of an elderly man named Henry made the social media rounds. Living in a nursing home, one minute Henry is virtually unable to communicate with the world around him, and the next—after getting a dose of the music of his youth through a pair of headphones—he’s singing and dancing along, able to convey memories from his past and complex ideas about the beauty of music. The video was so compelling because such a beautiful, small gesture created such a drastic change, and because we’ve all experienced some much more modest version of that—the transformative effects of a favourite song.
The Radio Show, which kicked off World Stage’s 2014 season Wednesday night, works with a similar idea. Choreographer (and recent MacArthur fellow) Kyle Abraham was inspired to create the show after two events: the only urban radio station in his hometown of Pittsburgh went off the air in 2009, and Alzheimer’s took away his father’s ability to communicate. The Radio Show is a celebration of the radio as a way to engage with popular music, discuss issues both weighty and mundane, and perhaps most importantly, create both individual memories and shared experiences that persist even after a station’s off the air.
Long Winter: Year Two, Volume Four
Tired of the snow and cold yet? Too bad! We still have another two months to go. Helping us through this misery is Long Winter: Year Two, Volume Four. It’s more than just a concert—it’s a veritable three-ring circus of performance. While a pile of bands will be playing—like TEENAGER, Sheezer, and Gingy—you can also expect dance by the Chimera Project’s Company B, an arcade, live readings, art, and food.
360 Screening: LOVE
Ever enjoyed a movie so much that you wanted to be in it? 360 Screenings can make that dream a reality. Combining film with live theatre, they allow audiences to get up close and personal with notable movies by re-enacting pivotal scenes, and then follow that with a screening of the film. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, LOVE will be the theme of the night. The catch? The (downtown Toronto) venue will be kept secret until 24 hours beforehand.
Dwayne Gretzky: Ed Sullivan presents: The Beatles
Is there anything this band can’t do? Dwayne Gretzky, Toronto’s own supergroup, is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s television debut with Ed Sullivan Presents: The Beatles. Get your dancing shoes on, warm up the vocal chords for some fan-girl screaming, and join the band as it covers a load of early Beatles tunes. Don’t fret if you can’t make it out; these guys will be playing a different show at the Horseshoe every Friday in February.
Underground Comedy Railroad Show
Black History Month is certainly important, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be serious. Kicking off the month-long observance with a bit of humour is the Underground Comedy Railroad Show. Comprised entirely of black Canadian comedians, the tour is making nine stops across Canada, starting with Toronto. Go check out the uniquely hilarious perspectives of Rodney Ramsay, Andrew Searles, Keesha Brownie, Daniel Woodrow, Gilson Lubin, Trixx, and Kwasi Thomas.