HEART MONTH ARTS
39th Rhubarb Festival of new works hits Hogtown
Looking for the shows that everyone will be talking about next month? Look no further. Here are February’s finest and most intriguing cultural events. Robert Plant With a growling tenor voice and a presence that exudes rock ’n’ roll, Led Zeppelin great Robert Plant has managed to craft an incredible solo career post-“Stairway to Heaven.” Each new album brings accolades and awards, and his latest release, Carry Fire, is certainly no different. Torontonians have a chance to catch the iconic singer in the city’s finest venue, Massey Hall, on Feb. 17. Tickets are gone, but this quality of show makes a resale purchase worth the credit card hit. Oh, and Chrissy Hynde will be there. What are you waiting for? Masseyhall.com. Rhubarb Festival The city is blessed with an abundance of new theatre and stage festivals, but there is only one Rhubarb Festival, the country’s longest running festival of new works. This year, Rhubarb runs over two weeks, Feb. 14 to 18 and Feb. 21 to 25, with a regular program and special presentations later in the evening (yes, an immersive installation called Speak
to the Vagina is one such presentation; this is Buddies in Bad Times people). They’ll also feature new talent with their Emerging Creators Unit, Buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Art of Time’s Leonard Cohen This event looks fantastic. Obviously, we are all looking for ways to get a little more Leonard Cohen into our lives since the passing of the great artist last year. Toronto’s venerable Art of Time Ensemble may have nailed it with this event, which combines numerous readings by leading authors, such as Michael Redhill, Madeleine Thien and Barbara Gowdy, and music by Steven Page, Sarah Slean, Tom Wilson, Sarah Harmer and Gregory Hoskins. Wow, Art of Time’s artistic director Andrew Burashko has created something special, Artoftimeensemble.com.
Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant at Massey Hall, oh my