A Night of Music and Fine Wine at the COC’s Annual Fine Wine Auction

I had the privilege of attending the annual Fine Wine auction for the Canadian Opera Company (COC) on April 6.   Held at their home, The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the evening featured delicious food courtesy of 10ation… Continue Reading

TTC/National Ballet of Canada vs. Body Image Shows Our Lack of Interest in the Arts

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By now, everyone in Toronto has heard about the TTC “We Move You” ad, featuring the National Ballet of Canada, which has caused controversy among many body image activists.  The latter are saying the dancers project a negative body image,… Continue Reading

Royal Conservatory of Music Gala with Lang Lang

Wow, what an experience!  An extremely well-known 30-something classical pianist from China, someone who has as much fame and following as a member of a circa late 90s/early 2000s boy band member, playing at a small venue like Koerner Hall… Continue Reading

COC’s Centre Stage 2015: November 3

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Centre Stage, The Canadian Opera Company’s annual competition for its Ensemble Studio program will be held on November 3, 2015.  As many of you may know, the Ensemble Studio is a unique program where talented singers are given the opportunity… Continue Reading

Canadian Opera Company’s 2015-2016 Season to Feature Pyramus and Thisbe

As a member of the Canadian Opera Company‘s (COC) Ensemble Circle, I had the opportunity to attend last night’s announcement of the COC’s upcoming season.  I have to admit that I am very excited.  Many old favourites are back, as… Continue Reading

‘My Fair Lady’ with an Ethnic-Relations Twist

I came across a production of My Fair Lady by the Asian American Theater Project from a YouTube email I received over the weekend.  With a predominantly Asian cast, the production apparently has an interesting twist as it not only… Continue Reading

Operanation 10: A Decade of Music, Style and Temptation

The Canadian Opera Company’s event, Operanation, which raises funds for the Ensemble Studio, celebrated its 10th event on October 24, once again with an amazing party at the COC’s home, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.  Inspired by… Continue Reading

Arts, Culture, Opera and DelectablyChic!

Recently, I asked readers on Facebook what they’d like to see more of on this site.  Possible answers included the usual fashion, dining and travel…as well as “arts and culture,” which encompasses theatre, classical music, dance and so forth.  As… Continue Reading

Book Review: MockingJay (book 3 in The Hunger Games)

Continuing on in the trilogy Mockingjay skips no time in where Catching Fire leaves you. With the previous arena destroyed Katniss find herself rescued by the rebels. The book explores more into District Thirteen, the destruction of District twelve and… Continue Reading

Late Canadian Composer Leaves Over $14 M to Canadian Women’s Foundation

When Canadian composer and philanthropist, Ann Southam passed away last year, she knew what she wanted to do with a portion of her money. The donation to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, which is more than $14 million, “stunned” Beverley Wybrow,… Continue Reading