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John Southworth, Sarah Slean, Andy Maize, and a number of other artists reimagine the Beatles tonight in the Art of Time Ensemble’s Abbey Road. Photo by John Lauener.
Tonight, John Stackhouse discusses the new Globe, top Canadian musicians recreate Abbey Road, Robert Lepage’s The Andersen Project sees its Toronto premiere, and the 7*a11d Festival celebrates performance art.
TALK: Earlier this month, The Globe and Mail debuted its much-hyped redesign, boasting shiny paper, a compact format, and a flashy new website. The results have been polarizing, but the change is a tactical move by Globe Editor-in-Chief John Stackhouse, who has his own ideas for the paper’s success in a web-dominated world. Tonight, in a discussion sponsored by the Canadian Journalism Foundation, Stackhouse speaks to CBC Radio producer Ira Basen about the “strategic generation” and his plan for the Globe‘s survival in the digital era. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 6:30 p.m., $15, students FREE.
MUSIC: The Art of Time Ensemble is known for its ability to reimagine classical pieces of music and literature, and in September 2009, they took on Abbey Road, the Beatles’ last recorded album. An encore presentation of last year’s sold-out show will take place tonight, featuring performances from Steven Page, Sarah Slean, Alejandra Ribera, Kevin Hearn, John Southworth, Andy Maize, and Martin Tielli as they put their own twists on classic tunes like “Something,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Come Together.” Like last year’s show, the event has sold out, but rush tickets will be available starting at 6:30 p.m., so arrive early. Koerner Hall (273 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $30–$75, $10/rush tickets.
THEATRE: Robert Lepage is one of Canada’s most innovative writer-directors for the stage, responsible for cutting-edge theatre like The Nightingale and Other Short Fables for the Canadian Opera Company and a new production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Beginning tonight, CanStage will present the Toronto premiere of The Andersen Project, a multimedia spectacle written and directed by Lepage. The play tells the story of a Quebecois songwriter who finds self-awareness and inspiration when he is commissioned to adapt an opera from one of Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tales. The production, which runs until October 30, stars Yves Jacques, known for his roles in The Barbarian Invasions and Lepage’s The Far Side of the Moon. Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $20–$92.
PERFORMANCE: 7a*11d, Toronto’s international festival of performance art, returns from tonight until October 31 with an exciting roster of performance artists from across the country and the world. This year, the festival has added Performance Art Daily, a series of daily lectures in which participating artists talk about their work, practices, and the cultures of performance art in their homelands. Tonight’s opening reception features performances from Toronto’s Jocelyn and Natalyn Tremblay, Mexico’s Pancho López, Germany’s Helge Meyer, and Norway’s Stein Henningsen. Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $10 or PWYC.