A cul­tural march across the globe

The best shows this month from New Zealand pop star Lorde and rocker Dan Auer­bach to the Land of Kush and an Irish film fes­ti­val

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Cana­dian Stage is bring­ing three unique works to the Berke­ley Street The­atre stage as part of its Voices3 pro­gram, and it is shap­ing up to be quite the spec­ta­cle. March 14 to 18, the pro­gram’ s se­cond in­stall­ment, is the world pre­miere of singer F ides Kr ucker’s In This Body, fea­tur­ing her in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Cana­dian song­book — we are talk­ing Joni, Ala­nis, Feist and more — with dance per­for­mances by leg­endary dancers Peggy Baker, Lau­rence Lemieux and Heidi Strauss. From March 21 to 24, pow­er­house Inuit throat singer and new Toronto ni an Tanya Tag aq shares the stage with Green­landic mask dancer Laakku­luk Wil­liamson Bathor y for an­other world pre­miere. The pro­gram launched last month with Ital y’s Musica Nuda, www.canstage.com.

Land of Kush

On March 24, the Aga Khan Mu­seum’s World Mu­sic Se­ries cu­rated by the Mu­sic Gallery will show­case Mon­treal’s Land of Kush en­sem­ble per­form­ing the new work Sand Enigma. T he groovy, avant garde group fea­tures com­poser and mu­si­cian Sam Sha­l­abi — who will play an open­ing solo set — along­side a 30-mem­ber orches­tra that blends to­gether mu­sic from across the globe. The Land of Kush has played a hand­ful of shows, mostly in Mon­treal, so this is a rare op­por tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the project first­hand at a unique venue. Not to be missed, www.agakhan­mu­seum.org.

Let­terkenny Live

W hen Jared Keeso de­cided to cre­ate a web se­ries about a fic­tional small town he didn’t have to look far for in­spi­ra­tion. Com­ing from sleepy Lis­tow­ell, Ont., Keeso was al­ready well-versed in cer­tain ec­cen­tric­i­ties of ru­ral liv­ing. Let­terkenny P rob­lems was re­leased on YouTube and it wasn’t long be­fore the net­works took no­tice and re­leased it as Crave-TV ’s first se­ries. The show, about Wayne (Keeso) and his bud­dies Daryl (Nathan Dales) and Squir­rely Dan (K. Trevor Wil­son) along with Wayne ’ s fetch­ing sis­ter Katy (Michelle Mylett), has been a bona fide sen­sa­tion ever since. Could a some­what hoser-ori­ented TV com­edy trans­late live on stage? That ’s a hard yes. On March 10, Keeso and the boys (mi­nus Michelle Mylett) bring Let­terkenny to the Q ueen El­iz­a­beth The­atre for two shows, www.let­terkenny.tv.

An­i­mal Farm

Soulpep­per gives the the­atri­cal treat­ment to ac­claimed Bri­tish au­thor Ge­orge Or­well’s po­lit­i­cal clas­sic An­i­mal Farm. W hen the barn­yard crea­tures rise up and over­throw tyran­ni­cal Farmer Jones, a muddy lit­tle utopia emerges. But for how long? Are all an­i­mals equal or are some more equal than oth­ers? For this pro­duc­tion, Soulpep­per has as­sem­bled a fan­tas­tic cast, in­clud­ing Leah Ch­er­niak and Rick Roberts, and with di­rec­tion by the wild ly creative Ravi Jain. Pa­trons should be in for a real fascis­tic treat, www.soulpep­per.ca.


Toronto’ s an­nual fes­ti­val of pop cul­ture re­turns to the Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre March 16 to 18. Comi­con fea­tures a slew of spe­cial guests none more siz­able than 7-foot Joonas Suo­tamo, the Fin­nish bas­ket­ball player best known for play­ing Chew­bacca in the cur­rent crop of Star Wars movies. Other nerd-cen­tric guests in­clude Seth Gil­liam, from The

Walk­ing Dead, along­side the tra­di­tional and very colour­ful cos play ar­eas, fam­ily zones, re­tail shops and more, www.comi­con­toronto.com.

Toronto Irish Film Fes­ti­val

Al­though most St. Pa­trick’s Day cel­e­bra­tions usu­ally in­volve a trip to the pub, it is also an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore Irish cinema, thanks to this an­nual film fes­ti­val, March 2 to 4. The open­ing night gala in­cludes the Toronto pre­miere of A Date for Mad Mar y, www.toirish­film­fest.com.

An Amer­i­can in Paris

Awak e n your in­ner Gene Kelly, the Tony Award–win­ning block­buster mu­si­cal An Amer­i­can in Paris fi­nally gets a Toronto run be­gin­ning March 27 at Princess of Wales The­atre, w ww.mirvish.com.

Get your mu­si­cal fix with ‘An Amer­i­can in Paris’ open­ing this month in Toronto

Jared Keeso

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