HEART MONTH ARTS

39th Rhubarb Fes­ti­val of new works hits Hog­town

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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

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