For an organization that constantly talks about innovation and the new (and which even has a highly paid vice-president of innovation), the Toronto Symphony Orchestra unveiled a somewhat underwhelming 2016-17 season on Wednesday to celebrate its 95th year. While there are certainly gems scattered among the orchestra’s 102-concert lineup, the spark of true originality –… Read More

Title The Marriage of Figaro Venue Four Seasons Centre City Toronto Runs Until Saturday, February 27, 2016 An opera in which the servants outclass the masters and women outsmart the men, the Mozart/Da Ponte classic The Marriage of Figaro has been a gold mine for directors interested in class struggle and gender politics. German director… Read More

By Reporter Disney star Tiffany Thornton’s husband Chris Carney and his friend Ezekiel Blanton were intoxicated when they were killed in a solo car crash last December . According to the coroner’s results, obtained by TMZ on Saturday, Ezekiel – who was driving – was nearly three times over the permitted alcohol limit when their… Read More

Maurice White, the founder of R&B funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, died in Los Angeles at age 74, a band spokesman said. White died at his home on Wednesday night from natural causes, publicist Mark Young said. White had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1994. “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed… Read More

Amanda Palmer has never let a lack of prep time stop her from doing her thing. During Vancouver’s inaugural TED conference two years ago, she mounted a pay-what-you-can, off-site concert with two days’ notice, a lineup she secured in part by trolling the TED hallways and a stage manager who volunteered over Twitter about 24… Read More

The problem with this year’s Juno Awards isn’t just that too few women were nominated. It’s that unit sales remain a significant – and sometimes the significant – factor in eight of their most important award categories, from album of the year to breakthrough artist of the year. McDonald’s and Harvey’s don’t make our best… Read More