Thursday, December 3, 2009

Stomping Good Times in Toronto

I took a walk this evening on my way to the theatre.

Yorkville used to be the smartest place in Toronto to shop. It's become rather more ordinary the last decade or so, as other parts of the city have become more interesting, but it still maintains a certain charm.

A close up of a light-wrapped tree.

Walking past the disaster that is the ROM addition. A friend accurately described it as an expo building, one that you really isn't expected to last too long. What was it, $380 million? I've heard it leaks.

And finally to the theatre. It was the opening night of The Mummer's Masque, held in the chapel of Victoria College. Inspired by the mummer traditions of Newfoundland, composer Dean Burry created a rollicking piece, incorporating traditional carols and songs, sewn together in a madcap mummer performance, directed by Derek Boyes. Somewhere in the merriment lurked the legend of St. George and the Dragon, St. George's subsequent love for the (bearded) Princess Zebra and his fight for her hand with a Turkish knight. We were left spent from laughing, clapping, stomping, cheering, hissing and singing. The amazing cast consisted of four of Canada's finest opera singers, two delightful dancers and a bevy of adorable "Wren Girls". The orchestra was in top form, and consisted of violin, fiddle, flute and penny whistles, uilleann pipes, accordian, double bass, bouzouki and percussion, all led by Toronto Masque Theatre's artistic director and founder, Larry Beckwith.

They're performing till December 6 only!


Protege said...

Love the picture in your header.;) It is always wonderful to take a walk in the city decorated by Christmas Lights.
Actually, I think the building is not that bad, there is a certain unrestricted feeling over it,if one can say so. It resembles a butterfly ready to fly away.;)
Have a wonderful weekend (decorating your lovely tree perhaps?.;)

Betsy said...

Sounds like the perfect evening...walk, Christmas decor, theatre.....lovely!

Audubon Ron said...

That is one really weird looking building.

Blog Princess G said...

Protege: It *should* have been amazing... a crystal explosion on the side of a neo-classical building (you can't see that angle from this shot). The idea was stunning, but then they realized they were dealing with Canadian weather and most of the glass disappeared. The main problem is that the interior doesn't serve the museum well. It's all style over substance. Inside it looks shoddily made and badly finished, and the displays suffer. I should blog about this sometime in more detail. :)

Betsy: It was such a mild evening too... just lovely.

Ron: Weirder inside though. Sigh.

The Clever Pup said...

I can't stand the Crystal!! I used to work at the gift store at the old ROM and I find the whole thing is a makeshift travesty and a waste of money. But that's just me.

Blog Princess G said...

I used to shop at the old ROM store... I have at least two sets of earrings from there. I'm with you entirely on your opinion of the renovated ROM. What a shame.