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Behind the Curtain Pre-Show Talks

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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.

Casino Royale in Concert
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Casino Royale in Concert

Behind The Curtain pre-show talk
Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12 with Richard Crouse
6:30-7:00PM – in the Lower Lobby

Join us before the show on Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12, for a conversation with Toronto Film Critic and TV Host Richard Crouse and special guests. Take a look at the impact that Casino Royale continues to have on pop culture, explore David Arnold’s memorable score and go behind-the-scenes to learn how the orchestra performs live and in sync with the film. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Behind The Curtain pre-show talk is open to all ticket-holders attending the performance.  

Richard Crouse
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 ten books including the bestselling Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils and Elvis is King: Costello’s My Aim is True. Pop Life, his television talk show, airs on CTV and across the Bell Media network.


Evan Mitchell                                                                                        
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 four 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.

Etienne Charles
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Etienne Charles
Friday, November 16 with Dr. Keita Demming and Etienne Charles
6:45-7:30PM – in the Upper Gallery at the Toronto centre for the Arts


Join us before the show on Friday, November 16, for a conversation with Etienne Charles and Dr Keita Demming, serial entrepreneur and host of the podcast Disruptive Conversations. Although they have left their island to help shape the world, Etienne and Keita are Trinidadian born innovators who continue to give back to their country of origin. In this conversation, they will explore how their shared roots have led them to dream big, push boundaries, and work with the organization 868Change to aid development on their island. Dr. Demming will also take the audience though Etienne's journey and explore how his Trinidadian roots shape his career today.

Keita Demming
Keita Demming (PhD) is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the Head of Innovation and Development at The Covenant Group (TCG). At TCG, he and his team are building an online coaching platform intended for Financial Services professionals, that will act as a virtual coach for future entrepreneurs and business builders. When Keita is not building new products for the emerging future, he works as an innovation consultant and business coach. Although he currently working in the space of Financial Technology, his interest is in working with people who want to be high performers and future builders. You can also visit his podcast Disruptive Conversations where he unpacks how people who are working to disrupt a sector or system think.

Keita Dremming



Etienne Charles          
During Carnival, the island of Trinidad becomes engulfed in a cacophony of sounds – from singing minstrels, to the clash of stick fights, and lively calypso music with its hallmark steel pan cadences. As a Trinidadian raised in a musical family, trumpeter Etienne Charles feels a deep connection to the Carnival traditions. At a young age he joined his father’s steel band, performing at Carnival fetes, and immersing himself in the folklore. Through Etienne’s Guggenheim Fellowship Award, he returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture. Inspired by the noises heard throughout the festivities, Etienne’s Carnival: The Sound of a People brings the celebrations to the stage.
Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” NPR’s All Things Considered calls Etienne, “a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean music into a modern jazz conception.” Critics and audiences alike continue to praise the Trinidadian’s exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and his charismatic onstage presence. Etienne is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Teacher Scholar at Michigan State University, and has been written in to US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World.

Etienne Charles