There are many unique opportunities at the Sony Centre to attend engaging and informative pre-show or post-show talks or demonstrations by experts. These ‘talks’ are as wide-ranging and educational as they are entertaining.
Attend a pre-show or post-show talk, and you can uncover a wholly new and informed insider’s perspective on what you are about to see. Do not miss the chance to be a theatrical insider.
These talks and demonstrations take place in the lower lobby, unless otherwise specified.
Behind the Curtain – Pre-Show Chat
Friday, December 15
Sony Centre Lower Lobby
Join us in our lower lobby for a pre-show chat with BJM’s Artistic Director Louis Robitaille and Toronto-based dance critic Deirdre Kelly. Together, they will explore a behind-the-scenes look at Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, one of the world’s top dance companies, and provide further insight about the Toronto Premiere of "Dance Me/Music of Leonard Cohen". Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Deirdre Kelly is a Toronto-based journalist, author and internationally recognized dance critic and style writer. She writes for Dance Magazine in New York, the Dance Gazette in London, and NUVO in Vancouver, and is a contributor to the International Dictionary of Ballet (St. James Press) and AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds (Vintage Books). A staff writer at The Globe and Mail for the last 32 years, she was her newspaper's award-winning dance critic, from 1985 until 2001, before transitioning to the Style section as its senior fashion reporter in Milan, Paris, New York and cities across Canada. Her other accomplishments at Canada's paper of record include stints as an investigative reporter in the visual arts with a focus on art crime, a weekly lifestyle columnist covering the Toronto International Film Festival and celebrities, rock critic, business writer and cultural bureau chief in Montreal covering the arts in Quebec and Eastern Canada. The best-selling author of Paris Times Eight and Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, she has also written for a wide range of international titles, including Marie Claire in London, Elle in New York and Vogue Australia. Recipient of the 2014 Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism (Long Form Category), Canada's most important arts writing prize, she is presently at work on her next book, an examination of The Beatles and their style.
Thursday December 28 show
6:30pm-7:00pm in the Sony Centre Lower Lobby
Join us before the show on Thursday, December 28, for a conversation with Toronto Film Critic and TV Host Richard Crouse and Conductor Evan Mitchell. Together, they will share a closer look at Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, Jurassic Park, and the impact it had and continues to have on pop culture. They will also explore John Williams’ memorable score and share a behind the scenes look of how the orchestra performs live and in sync with the film! Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Richard Crouse is the film critic for CTV’s News Channel and CP24. His syndicated radio show, The Richard Crouse Show, originates on News Talk 1010 in Toronto. He is the author of nine books including the bestselling Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils and Elvis is King: Costello’s My Aim is True. His weekly Metro column appears on Fridays and Pop Life, his new television show airs across the Bell Media network.
Evan Mitchell is proving to be one of the most able and imaginative young conductors in Canada. Having recently finished successful residencies as Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver and Kitchener-Waterloo symphony orchestras, Mr. Mitchell has enjoyed three triumphant seasons as Music Director of the Kingston Symphony Association. During his various residencies, Mr. Mitchell conducted over 200 concerts, acted as a Canadian ambassador during a historic two-week tour of China, Korea, and Macau, and served as an official consultant to the Vancouver Olympic Committee and Assistant Producer for the recording of the medal ceremony national anthems. Mr. Mitchell is a champion of initiatives designed to enhance the live concert experience, such as insider videos, informational podcasts, pre-concert talks, and special concerts devoted to live, onstage insights into major orchestral works. He is a regular guest conductor with the Toronto Symphony and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. He has also led orchestral collaborations with the Barenaked Ladies, Judy Collins, and Pink Martini.