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Ticket Giveaway- The Royal Ontario Museum’s #FNLROM: Wicked

It’s that time of year – who’s ready to go to the ROM?

I’m giving away a pair of FNLROM tickets every week until the end of November 2019.

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me what you are excited to see at #FNLROM by Wednesday Oct 23, 2019.

Good luck!

Here’s what’s on tap this Friday at FNLROM!

Art. Culture. Nature. Remixed.

Start the Halloween season with a night of fright. Cackle in our eerie galleries while experiencing wicked entertainment and cuisine.

The ROM is committed to inspiring a greater understanding of the world around us and promoting the values of diversity, inclusion, and respect. We ask guests to be respectful of cultural heritage and sensitive to harmful stereotypes when considering costume choices. In order to ensure a safe and fun filled evening for all staff and visitors alike, we ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines should you be attending in costume.

1) No masks of any kind are permitted. Your face must always be clearly visible. The Invisible Man, we need to see your face!

2) No weapons of any kind are permitted on ROM property. This includes but is not limited to, guns, knives, swords, axes, daggers or any replica there of.

3) No props are permitted. Captain America? Please leave the shield at home. Wonder Woman? No need for a magic lasso!

4) No balloons or any other inflatable item, helium or otherwise.

The ROM reserves the right to amend the above restrictions without notice. The ROM reserves the right to deny entry should a costume be deemed inappropriate.

Early bird tickets have flown.

#FNLROM @ROMtoronto


FEATURED EXHIBITION

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collectionpresenting sponsor Cosmo MusicSpace is limited. Last entry to exhibition at 10:00 PM. Exhibition surcharge applies, FREE to ROM Members.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Program Partner: Pride Toronto

DJ Craig Dominic
His signature ‘Jack of all trades’ style has given a new perspective on the DJ scene blending top 40, urban, house & more into one cohesive experience, like few others can.

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DJ Sofia Fly

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DJ John Caffery
Toronto based DJ who loves to dance and make you dance. DJ John Caffery specializes in new and classic disco and house music.

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Jacklynne Hyde

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Seyoncé

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Kasper the Queer Ghost

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Nookie Galore

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James Abrazado Creepy Dance Crew

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EXPERIENCES

In Conversation:

Gain a deeper understanding of the art featured in It’s Alive! from ROM Curator Arlene Gehmacher.
(8:00-10:00 PM – exhibition surcharge applies, FREE to ROM Members)

Transformation Station
Whether you’re just starting your transformation or adding a final touch, theatrical makeup accents by Mabel Moon will definitely enhance your Halloween look.

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FOOD VENDORS

King Catering
Specializing in Caribbean cuisine with a North American twist. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, & halal options.

ChotiPLATE
Tangy fusion flavours inspired by Indian street food. Vegetarian & halal options.

My Crème Caramel
French desserts handmade from scratch. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options

Delight Bite
The best fresh Mexican food. Vegetarian, vegan, & gluten-free options.

Preserve Indulgence
Elevated Filipino street food. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and lactose-free options.

Basil Box
Tasty and fresh boxes and snacks! All gluten-free. Vegetarian, vegan, & dairy-free options.

Mnandi Pies
Hand crafted Zimbabwean-style  pies made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Vegetarian options.

Ice Volcano Ice Cream
Freshly made ice cream using 100% Canadian dairy and made with liquid nitrogen. Served with special Ice Volcano presentation!

Date & Time

  • Friday, October 25. Event runs from 7:00 – 11:30 PM

Location

Contact

416.586.8000
info@rom.on.ca


ROM Membership

ROM membership is your best value! Join now and save on selected programs and events.


TICKETS | What you need to know

  • Early bird tickets available now.
  • $20 adults*, $15.50 students/seniors*, $5 members* *Taxes not included
  • Entrance is guaranteed to early-bird ticket holders before 8 pm. After 8 pm, all entrance is based on capacity
  • All guests enter via the Bloor Street Entrance
  • Ticket Holders: Please join the “GOT EM” line
  • Wanna be a star? Chances are you will be! By entering the ROM Friday Night Live premises you consent to having your image captured and displayed for promotional and/or documentary use
  • Unlawful resale of ROM tickets is prohibited. The ROM does not guarantee the authenticity of tickets purchased from any non-authorized third-party re-seller, such as brokers or individuals; therefore, we recommend that you purchase tickets directly through the ROM Website at www.rom.on.ca

The fine print: ROM general admission tickets are not valid for FNL. FNL is a specially ticketed event for adults 19+ only and you will be asked for valid ID (government-issued, not yet expired, with photo and date of birth).

The Canadian Opera Company presents Dvořák’s “Rusalka” (12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 2019)


Toronto – A classic mermaid myth dives to new depths when soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the title role in a spellbinding new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Canadian Opera Company. Water nymph Rusalka lives an idyllic, immortal life until a charming, earth-bound prince changes everything. Desperate to join him on land, she enlists the dark magic of a witch, sacrificing her shimmering voice for a chance at love. But Rusalka soon discovers this prince has a fickle heart – and there’s only one terrible solution to reversing her fate. Rusalka runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on October 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 2019.
Canadian-American Sondra Radvanovsky, “one of the great sopranos of the 21st century,” (OperaWire) returns to the COC following her triumphant run in Anna Bolena in 2018. The Toronto Star says that Radvanovsky “at the peak of her powers is something extraordinary to behold” and she is joined in this production by an impressive cast. Cited as “a tenor on the rise” (OperaWire), Czech tenor Pavel Černoch is the Prince who captures Rusalka’s heart. Slovak bass Stefan Kocan has been called “a gifted scene-stealer” by New York Magazine; in a role debut, he takes on the role of Rusalka’s father, Vodnik. Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina last appeared at the COC for 2014’s A Masked Ball and returns to sing the role of Ježibaba, the witch. American soprano Keri Alkema is the Foreign Princess; Alkema is a familiar face to Toronto audiences having brought her “strong stage presence and warm soprano” (The Stage) to several previous COC productions including Anna Bolena (2018), starring opposite Radvanovsky.
Sir David McVicar makes his COC debut at the helm of this gorgeous production. Knighted in 2012 for his services to opera, McVicar has worked with the world’s leading opera houses, including Royal Opera House, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Opera. Scottish set designer John Macfarlane brings Rusalka’s watery realm to life with a rich palette of jewel-tone blues and greens that come alive under a luminescent moon; the moody and, at times, ethereal lighting was created by David Finn. German costume designer Moritz Junge is the creative force behind the cast’s elaborate and whimsical wardrobe and Welsh choreographer Andrew George lends his expert touch to whirling ballet sequences.
Dvořák’s sweeping score is full of nocturnal serenades and includes the beloved “Song to the Moon” aria; COC Music Director Johannes Debus skillfully leads the COC Orchestra through its many intricacies with Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst leading the COC Chorus.
Rusalka is sung in Czech and presented by the COC with English SURTITLES™.

Review:
If you see anything from the Canadian Opera Company this Fall season, it has to be Rusalka. There is something about Slavic operas that makes my mouth drop open in awe with emotional fatigue. Dvořák’s Rusalka is magical, vulnerable and contemplative. It will move you.
Sondra Radvanovsky as Rusalka is awe inspiring. I felt for her. I wanted to let her know everything was going to be alright. Being a cheer leader for our Rusalka is right where Sondra wants you to be. If you are looking for a Disney version of The Little Mermaid, you won’t get it. The sentiment of love and good tidings is there, but when Pavel Černoch as the Prince enters the scene, you may feel a stir in the audience that something is amiss. Rusalka, is a modern day heroine. She is willing to make sacrifices for love whilst also fighting for what she wants on her terms.
I appreciated the forest scenes that were so beautifully curated by COC’s staging team. I felt like I wanted to sit under the trees and take in the dark ambience of a different kind of fairy tale. Rusalka echoed Hans Christian Andersen but without his fairy tale niceties. The audience is enveloped in a production that weaves in an aria into tree leaves that will hold your stomach tight for the length of the production. Reflect on the old men trees, glorious harvest moon and serene misty waters. We have some dangling relationship threads of our own that need mending.

“Song to the Moon” is the aria of arias which tells the story of Rusalka giving up her voice in return for human form and the love of her Prince. It is epic and gut wrenching. How can we not root for our girl when when we know she has given up a piece of herself for love? Would you do the same? It raises the question – in all her strength and fight, were there any other motives for her besides love? I made a note to dwell on the lyrics when I returned home, “Moon, glowing in the heavens, tell me where my lover is, tell him that I hope he’s dreaming of me”.
Enjoy the delicious sugar plum fairy wardrobe that looks like they were hurt in a thunder storm. Welsh choreographer Andrew George encouraged ballet sequences that were robust, mesmerizing and will encourage you to forget that you are watching an opera. With such an uplifting and sad love story, the dance sequences reminded me of the highs and lows of love. Nothing is ever what it seems.
Rusalka was beautifully articulated and a truly wonderful way to kiss the opera season good bye until the New Year.
http://www.coc.ca

Ticket Giveaway- The Royal Ontario Museum’s #FNLROM: Dig it

It’s that time of year – who’s ready to go to the ROM? 🙂

I’m giving away a pair of FNLROM tickets every week until the end of November 2019.

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me what you are excited to see at #FNLROM by Wednesday Oct 16, 2019.

Good luck!

Here’s what’s on tap this Friday at FNLROM!

Art. Culture. Nature. Remixed.

Put on your dancing shoes and dig into the hottest performances, fab food and drinks! Can you dig it?

BUY TICKETS

Book Member Tickets

#FNLROM @ROMtoronto


ENTERTAINMENT

The Free Label
Following in the tradition set by R&B greats, The Free Label’s quality of music is equally as captivating as their stage presence. Their musical talent, vibrant personalities, and highly energetic live sets bring an unparalleled vibe to any space they perform in.

Your Boy Brian performing

Beam Me Up Disco
Beam Me Up’s understanding of Disco is far-removed from the AM radio polyester-set, focusing instead on the soul, funk and jazz which is at the core of this genre-bending movement. Its expressive, eloquent message is the furthest thing from formulaic, with a four on the floor beat that is tailored for the dance floor and an egalitarian nature that is inclusive, loving and full of positivity. This is the evidence that embodies the Beam Me up belief; Disco is not dead. Beam Me Up is a weekly event in Toronto at the Baby G on Fridays, with special parties popping up all over the place.

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Bangs & Blush
This collective of ladies has been shaking up Toronto’s dance party scene since 2009. They can be found every Saturday night at Clinton’s playing throwbacks, rap, and hip hop at Worst Behavior.

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EXPERIENCES

Living Roman History
Step back in time to catch a glimpse of ancient Roman military and civilian life featuring special living history guest edutainers from Ontario’s Roman re-enactment community. (7:30-10:30 PM)

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Piecing Together the Past
Try your hand at reconstructing historic ceramics with the Archaeological Institute of America – Toronto Society. (7:00-10:00 PM)


FOOD VENDORS

King Catering
Specializing in Caribbean cuisine with a North American twist. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, & halal options.
ChotiPLATE
Tangy fusion flavours inspired by Indian street food. Vegetarian & halal options.
My Crème Caramel
French desserts handmade from scratch. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
Gushi
Delicious Japanese street food specialized in fried chicken.
Tita Flips
Elevated Filipino street food. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and lactose-free options.
Shucks
Fresh oysters in the half-shell with creative garnishes and deliciously innovative seafood plates. Gluten-free & dairy free options.

Date & Time

  • Friday, October 18. Event runs from 7:00 – 11:30 PM

Location

Contact

416.586.8000
info@rom.on.ca


ROM Membership

ROM membership is your best value! Join now and save on selected programs and events.


TICKETS | What you need to know

  • Early bird tickets available now.
  • $20 adults*, $15.50 students/seniors*, $5 members* *Taxes not included
  • Entrance is guaranteed to early-bird ticket holders before 8 pm. After 8 pm, all entrance is based on capacity
  • All guests enter via the Bloor Street Entrance
  • Ticket Holders: Please join the “GOT EM” line
  • Wanna be a star? Chances are you will be! By entering the ROM Friday Night Live premises you consent to having your image captured and displayed for promotional and/or documentary use
  • Unlawful resale of ROM tickets is prohibited. The ROM does not guarantee the authenticity of tickets purchased from any non-authorized third-party re-seller, such as brokers or individuals; therefore, we recommend that you purchase tickets directly through the ROM Website at www.rom.on.ca

The fine print: ROM general admission tickets are not valid for FNL. FNL is a specially ticketed event for adults 19+ only and you will be asked for valid ID (government-issued, not yet expired, with photo and date of birth).

Ticket Giveaway- The Royal Ontario Museum’s #FNLROM: Thanks Canada

It’s that time of year – who’s ready to go to the ROM? 🙂

I’m giving away a pair of FNLROM tickets every week until the end of November 2019.

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me what you are excited to see at #FNLROM by Wednesday Oct 9, 2019.

Good luck!

Here’s what’s on tap this Friday at FNLROM!

Art. Culture. Nature. Remixed.

Celebrate all things Canadian at Thanks Canada, where the drinks will be the only things served cold. Hot entertainment and tasty cuisine will have you dancing the night away. Eh?

Please note Level 3 and 4 will be closed. 

BUY TICKETS

Book Member Tickets

#FNLROM @ROMtoronto


ENTERTAINMENT

ayaz v
From the moment he started to sing, the Grand Prize winner of Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program 2016 has been writing songs that tell his story. With influences spanning from ’90s Bollywood to disco, reggae, hip hop, and R&B, it’s clear why ayaz v doesn’t like to compare himself to others – his music reflects the diversity that raised him.
Program Partner: Canada’s Walk of Fame’s RBC Emerging Musician Program

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Your Boy Brian
Known for getting crowds off their feet, local favourite and party lord Your Boy Brian seamlessly blends all genres into a feel-good party mix.

Your Boy Brian performing

Tom Boy
Tom Boy demonstrates the continuing evolution of Nate Daniels and Dante Berardi and their predilection for invention. Formerly members of the Toronto-based band CAIRO, the pair is now doing what they want on their own terms, and they’re shaking up the world of pop one song at a time.

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EXPERIENCES

You Guessed It!
How well do you know Canada? Test your Canadian history knowledge with Historica Canada’s Trivia Questions.

Heritage Minutes
Take in some new Canadian Heritage Minutes (and some classic ones too!) courtesy of Historica Canada.


FOOD VENDORS

King Catering
Specializing in Caribbean cuisine with a North American twist. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, & halal options.
ChotiPLATE
Tangy fusion flavours inspired by Indian street food. Vegetarian & halal options.
My Crème Caramel
French desserts handmade from scratch. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
Gushi
Delicious Japanese street food specialized in fried chicken.
Tita Flips
Elevated Filipino street food. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and lactose-free options.
Shucks
Fresh oysters in the half-shell with creative garnishes and deliciously innovative seafood plates. Gluten-free & dairy free options.

Date & Time

  • Friday, October 11. Event runs from 7:00 – 11:30 PM

Location

Contact

416.586.8000
info@rom.on.ca


ROM Membership

ROM membership is your best value! Join now and save on selected programs and events.


TICKETS | What you need to know

  • Early bird tickets available now.
  • $20 adults*, $15.50 students/seniors*, $5 members* *Taxes not included
  • Entrance is guaranteed to early-bird ticket holders before 8 pm. After 8 pm, all entrance is based on capacity
  • All guests enter via the Bloor Street Entrance
  • Ticket Holders: Please join the “GOT EM” line
  • Wanna be a star? Chances are you will be! By entering the ROM Friday Night Live premises you consent to having your image captured and displayed for promotional and/or documentary use
  • Unlawful resale of ROM tickets is prohibited. The ROM does not guarantee the authenticity of tickets purchased from any non-authorized third-party re-seller, such as brokers or individuals; therefore, we recommend that you purchase tickets directly through the ROM Website at www.rom.on.ca

The fine print: ROM general admission tickets are not valid for FNL. FNL is a specially ticketed event for adults 19+ only and you will be asked for valid ID (government-issued, not yet expired, with photo and date of birth).

The Canadian Opera Company presents Puccini’s “Turandot” (September 28, October 4, 9, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 27, 2019)

Toronto – After a 15-year wait for music lovers, Puccini’s Turandot returns to the Canadian Opera Company in a striking new production from visionary director Robert Wilson at the Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts. Princess Turandot has a fierce reputation that precedes her royal name thanks to a high-stakes challenge she has issued: answer her three riddles correctly and win her hand in marriage. Answer incorrectly and pay dearly – with your life. As a steady stream of admirers land face-to-face with the executioner, Prince Calaf takes on the deadly game and has a mystery of his own for Turandot to solve. Turandot runs for nine performances on September 28, October 4, 9, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 27, 2019.
Wilson is a renowned multidisciplinary artist who has collaborated with a wide range of cultural icons including composer Philip Glass, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, and singer/songwriter Lady Gaga. For this highly anticipated COC debut, he teams up with co-director Nicola Panzer to lend his innovative visual artistry to one of opera’s biggest blockbusters. With clean lines and sleek minimalism, Wilson and co-designer Stephanie Engeln have created a modern, abstract set that creates space for audiences to experience and react to Turandot’s story in their own unique way. With co-lighting designer John Torres, he paints the stage in dramatic chiaroscuro and, against this backdrop, costumes by Jacques Reynaud create striking figures, cloaked in rich colour, shape, and texture. Makeup by Manu Halligan has been thoughtfully designed to accentuate the slightest of changes in expression, providing subtle insights into each character’s state of mind; and Tomek Jeziorski completes the creative team as the production’s video artist.
American soprano and Richard Tucker Award-winner Tamara Wilson shares the title role with soprano Marjorie Owens, in role debuts for both artists. In Wilson’s last COC appearance as Desdemona in Otello this past spring, NOW Magazine predicted her “powerful, full-bodied soprano… bodes well for her turn as Turandot.” Opera News has praised Owens for her “star quality” and “vocal stamina” – two attributes that will certainly serve her well in this role.
Russian tenor Sergey Skorokhodov brings his “clear, glowing focal point as a soloist” (Texas Classical Review) to his COC main stage debut as the daring Calaf; Skorokhodov shares the role with Bulgarian tenor Kamen Chanev, who returns to Toronto after singing Cavaradossi in the COC’s Tosca in 2017. American bass David Leigh returns to Toronto after making his COC debut in the world premiere of Hadrian (2018); he shares the role of Calaf’s father, the vanquished King Timur, with Turkish bass Önay Köse. Lebanese-Canadian soprano and Juno Award nominee Joyce El-Khoury was recently praised for the “extraordinary intensity” (The Telegraph) she brought to Roberto Devereux at Welsh National Opera; she and Colombian-American soprano Vanessa Vasquez, whose voice is full of “creamy, opulent tones” (Broadway World), share the role of devoted Liù.
For this production, the names of Turandot’s three ministers have been changed to align with the creative team’s vision for a more abstract Turandot that moves away from previous iterations while preserving Wilson’s Vaudeville influences for the trio’s characterization. Moldovan baritone Adrian Timpau, praised for his “smooth base and ringing timbre” (Bachtack), is Jim (originally Ping); Korean-American tenor Julius Ahn brings his “lithe, multi-faceted” (Opera News) performance skills to the role of Bob (originally Pang); and Taiwanese-American tenor Joseph Hu rounds out the ensemble with his “fine singing” (Pittsburgh Post- Gazette) as Bill (originally Pong). London-born tenor Adrian Thompson brings his “indefatigable” (Opera Magazine) power of performance to the role to Emperor Altoum.
Bass-baritone Joel Allison, of Ottawa, is in his second year of the COC Ensemble Studio, a career-changing training program for emerging opera talent; he will be singing the role of the Mandarin, while Toronto-based tenor, and first-year Ensemble Studio member, Matthew Cairns makes his COC main stage debut as the Prince of Persia.
Italian conductor Carlo Rizzi has been lauded by singers and audiences alike for his mastery of the operatic craft; he leads the COC Orchestra through a score that was designed to thrill and that features the widely-performed classical crossover masterpiece, “Nessun dorma.” The COC Chorus, led by Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst, performs some of opera’s most epic music together with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company.
Turandot is sung in Italian and presented by the COC with English SURTITLES™.
Turandot is a COC co-production with Teatro Real Madrid, Houston Grand Opera, and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Vilnius.
TICKET INFORMATION Single tickets for Turandot range from $35 – $250 with Grand Ring seats available at $290 and $350. Tickets are on sale now, available online at coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office (145 Queen St. W.). $22 tickets are available for guests between the ages of 16 and 29 through the COC’s Opera Under 30 program and other specially priced tickets are available to young people under the age of 15. For more information on booking student groups, standing room, and rush tickets, please visit coc.ca.

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Review:
When I think of Turandot, I think of Patricia Arquette sending Nicholas Cage on a wild goose chase to win her heart. If he could get her “J.D. Salinger’s autograph, a black orchid and a Bob’s Big Boy statue — a Caddy-size piece of fiberglass sculpture,” she would grant him her heart. In the case of Princess Turandot, death was the gift to her suitor if he was unsuccessful. Indeed dark but the drama is worth it on a Friday night at the Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts with the Canadian Opera Company.
The staging experienced at Turandot was stark and intimidating at best. Not the norm for the Canadian Opera Company. Turandot demanded it. The vibe in the room echoed that you weren’t invited to the party but it was fine that you were sitting in a dark seat away from the popular kids. The costumes and make up were maniacal and isolating. Think lurid reds, midnight black, dull silver, angry armour along with corpse white faces, black slashed eye makeup and draping garments that oozed historical Asian nods. Consider your dreams to be effected by the gothic colours in the days to follow.
American soprano, Tamara Wilson, plays Princess Turandot. Wilson is truly a force to be reckoned with. The audience will feel winded listening to the depth of her performance. At times gutt wrenching, venomic and heartache facing. How can you not relate?
Russian tenor, Sergey Skorokhodov, plays Prince Calaf and demonstrates to the audience  quietly eloquent strife. Lebanese-Canadian soprano, Joyce El-Khoury, plays Liù and brings her blood curdling contributions that only amplifies the hues of red on stage.
Italian conductor Carlo Rizzi work was a treat to take in whilst exhaling the “Nessun dorma.” Be sure to enjoy the COC Chorus, led by Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst, performs some of opera’s most epic music together with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. The layering of craftsmanship from these three groups of artists added a dimension not often experienced in a traditional piece of operatic work.
Be sure to enjoy Turandot with the Canadian Opera Company before it wraps up before Halloween. It will be sure to exercise your opera knowledge and creative soul.
http://www.coc.ca

Ticket Giveaway- The Royal Ontario Museum’s “#FNLROM: Nuit Noire”

It’s that time of year – who’s ready to go to the ROM? 🙂

I’m giving away a pair of FNLROM tickets every week until the end of November 2019.

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me what you are excited to see at #FNLROM by Wednesday Oct 2, 2019.

Good luck!

Here’s what’s on tap this Friday at FNLROM!

Let’s get ready to dance, drink, and embrace the night at Nuit Noire, where live music, delectable cuisine, and stunning galleries will keep you on your feet before the sun comes up.

BUY TICKETS

Book Member Tickets

#FNLROM @ROMtoronto


FEATURED EXHIBITION

Enjoy complimentary access to It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett CollectionSpace is limited. Last entry to exhibition at 10:00 PM.

Credit: Jesse MilnsCredit: Jesse Milns


Cale Granton (Official DJ of the Toronto Maple Leafs)
Music producer and DJ Cale Granton was introduced to the music world at an early age. He is known for his open-format style and ability to rock crowds. Cale’s tireless work ethic and keen ear has led to working alongside some of Canada’s top musical talents such as Classified, Kardinal Offishall, and Alexisonfire and he is the current resident DJ at Drake’s members-only Sher Club. He has provided music for the Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, and is entering his fourth season as the official DJ for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Maylee Todd
Maylee Todd is a multimedia artist and consultant. Her creativity derives from a wide range of artistic disciplines: song writing, production, performance art, dance, 3-D projection mapping, and curation. She is known for her Virtual Womb show which has toured internationally, and has released her third self-produced record Acts Of Love, which has glowing reviews from CBC, NPR, Vogue Japan, and Okay Player.

Maylee Todd standing in front of solar system backdrop

D.W. Waterson
Director, DJ, and drummer D.W. Waterson is mainly known for her multi award-winning digital series THAT’S MY DJ and her live shows that combine DJing dance anthems with live drum solos. Voted as one of the top DJs in Toronto three years in a row, D.W. most recently completed her first sold out North American tour with Mystery Skulls and has debuted her music video ‘Things I Do’ on PRIDE.com.

D.W. Waterson standing in front of colourful backdrop

Cozmic Cat
Cozmic Cat is familiar face on the Toronto nightlife scene and has headlined at countless clubs, festivals, and high-profile events both at home and abroad, taking the crowd on dancefloor journeys from the mainstream to underground. After a steady stream of dance music tracks signed to international record labels in 2019, Cozmic releases her second full-length solo album FREEDOM  on Oct 23rd, and is thrilled to be able to premiere new material in her ROM set, which will also feature live performances by Jay Light and C. Paige.

Cozmic Cat posing in Toronto

Featuring Jay Light and C. Page:

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Blood Opera
Blood Opera features the baddest rock ‘n’ rollers the world had ever known! Revel in their sound as these toxic abominations take you to a place where the undead rock the earth. Welcome, to the opera!!

Blood Opera animated poster


EXPERIENCES

Vintage Horror Film Visuals
Inspired by our exhibition It’s Alive, visuals curated by Eric Veillette, Programming Director at Revue Cinema.

It’s Alive Pop-Up
Experience a horror-inspired selection of touchable specimens from the ROM’s permanent collections. (7:00–10:00 PM)


FOOD VENDORS

King Catering
Specializing in Caribbean cuisine with a North American twist. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, & halal options.
ChotiPLATE
Tangy fusion flavours inspired by Indian street food. Vegetarian & halal options.
My Crème Caramel
French desserts handmade from scratch. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
Gushi
Delicious Japanese street food specialized in fried chicken.
Tita Flips
Elevated Filipino street food. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and lactose-free options.
Shucks
Fresh oysters in the half-shell with creative garnishes and deliciously innovative seafood plates. Gluten-free & dairy free options.

Date & Time

  • Friday, October 4. Event runs from 7:00 – 11:30 PM

Contact

416.586.8000
info@rom.on.ca


ROM Membership

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TICKETS | What you need to know

  • Early bird tickets available now.
  • $20 adults*, $15.50 students/seniors*, $5 members* *Taxes not included
  • Entrance is guaranteed to early-bird ticket holders before 8 pm. After 8 pm, all entrance is based on capacity
  • All guests enter via the Bloor Street Entrance
  • Ticket Holders: Please join the “GOT EM” line
  • Wanna be a star? Chances are you will be! By entering the ROM Friday Night Live premises you consent to having your image captured and displayed for promotional and/or documentary use
  • Unlawful resale of ROM tickets is prohibited. The ROM does not guarantee the authenticity of tickets purchased from any non-authorized third-party re-seller, such as brokers or individuals; therefore, we recommend that you purchase tickets directly through the ROM Website at www.rom.on.ca

The fine print: ROM general admission tickets are not valid for FNL. FNL is a specially ticketed event for adults 19+ only and you will be asked for valid ID (government-issued, not yet expired, with photo and date of birth).


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<!–Supporting Sponsor: Peroni Italy; Media Partners: Now & Indie88

Supporting Sponsor: Peroni Italy; Media Partner: Now

–>For more information on corporate partnership opportunities in association with the Friday Night Live program please contact Sara Zerehi at saraz@rom.on.ca or at 416.586.5546.

Have a performance or activity you would like us to consider? Submit a proposal or get in touch with us at festivals@rom.on.ca.

Parkbus, Your Ride to the Great Outdoors!: Let’s Check out Algonquin Provincial Park!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Getting out of the city to catch the Fall colours should be on your mind too. If you don’t have a car and want to leave the driving to someone else after a busy week – Parkbus can help!

With that goal in mind, I chose the Algonquin Provincial Park with Active Days and Parkbus (https://activedays.parkbus.ca/) trip. Active Days encourages folks to try something new, expand their comfort zone and/or engage in something they already love. I went for it and joined their group hike to Algonquin Provincial Park!

I met the Active Days crew at 34 Asquith in Toronto which is located about 100 meters from Bloor-Yonge subway entrance (Yonge Street Entrance). They will drop you off at the same location. The group of hikers were a nice mix of young and old. Experienced and not so experienced hikers. Some even visiting from other parts of the world.

We were on our way by 7:00 a.m. heading towards Algonquin Provincial Park. Algonquin Provincial Park is a provincial park located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Ontario, Canada, mostly within the Unorganized South Part of Nipissing District. Established in 1893, it is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Additions since its creation have increased the park to its current size of about 7,653 square kilometres. For comparison purposes, this is larger than the state of Delaware or about one and a half times the size of Prince Edward Island or about a quarter of the size of Belgium. The park is contiguous with several smaller, administratively separate provincial parks that protect important rivers in the area, resulting in a larger total protected area.

After picking up some passengers at the Major Mackenzie and Hwy 400 Park and Ride we were on our way to our first pit stop, for snacks and a bathroom break. I made sure I packed a lot of snacks for my trip, a book, bananas, good hiking boots, a light day pack, a baseball hat, water and bug repellant.

When we arrived at the drop off to start hiking we were ready! The hike took place on the traditional territories of the Ojibway and specifically the Wasauksen First Nation. The hike was a moderate to intermediate hike. Tough but so worth it once you got to the look out point. Taking in the Fall colours was spectacular and very humbling. Think golds, rustic reds and delicious orange colours. J

We did the Track and Tower Trail is a 7.6 kilometer loop trail located near Nipissing, Ontario, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail provides wonderful views for Instagram pictures and videos.

In terms of food options there isn’t a lot to buy on the grounds. My suggestion is to pack a few sandwiches for your trip.

We also checked out Ragged Falls Oxtongue River trail. The trail is only 1 km long but it offers a great view of the Ragged Falls. It is just off Hwy 60 near the Algonquin Park border. Its proximity to Algonquin Provincial Park makes this protected waterway almost an Algonquin appendage, but it’s a park in its own right, and for good reason. Oxtongue River – Ragged Falls contains many features of local significance. The small plunge basin at Gravel Falls demonstrates the powerful, erosive force of glacial melt-water. There are nine distinct forest communities in the park. A marked gravel road provides access to Ragged Falls. Also accessible are the parking lot, washrooms and marked hiking trails that lead to a lookout over the falls. Ragged Falls has been named one of the 10 best waterfalls in Ontario.

After a long day of hiking, climbing rocks, watching waves, feeling the sun on our skin and enjoying good company, we were on our way back to Toronto. We had a great time saying hello to the Fall with Active Days and Parkbus. They are a few hikes still available going into the Fall. Be sure to check them out.

A heartfelt thank you to Parkbus, they are gifting my readers with a 5% discount using the referral code, 1039euiwod. Tell them I sent you and have fun! @ParksCanada @Parkbus @mec @environmentca @OntarioParks @TourismeOntario #OurNature #goodtimesoutside #parkbusgotmehere @Algonquin_PP @ontarioparksNE

Have fun! Looking forward to my next trip with Parkbus!

https://www.parkbus.ca/index

https://activedays.parkbus.ca/

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