Getting through winter with sleigh rides, dogsled races and Formula One cars
LIFE AND TIMES
Getting through winter with sleigh rides, dogsled races and Formula One cars
Feb. 13-April 2: Jack Shadbolt Exhibition, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Prints, watercolors and drawings from the Second World War to the present by the prolific and influential British Columbian artist.
Feb. 15-17, 19: Swan Lake, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver. The American Ballet Theatre and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra combine to present Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet.
Feb. 16-26: Calgary Winter Festival. A collection of winter-celebrating events ranging from a Mardi Gras party in Olympic Plaza to outdoor sports in Canada Olympic Park.
Feb. 19-March 4: Canada Winter Games, Grande Prairie. The nation’s largest annual amateur sporting meet is expected to draw 3,500 athletes and coaches in 21 events.
Feb. 22-27: Evita, Centennial Auditorium, Saskatoon. Eight performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s enduringly popular 1978 hit about the wife of Argentine dictator Juan Perón.
March 10-12: Winnipeg Première Program, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Centennial Concert Hall. The Royal presents four works new to Winnipeg, including the Canadian première of Twyla Tharp’s innovative 1973 modem dance piece, Deuce Coupe IV.
Feb. 17-26: Canadian International Auto Show, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and SkyDome, Toronto. More than 250,000 visitors are expected to inspect 1,000
cars and trucks at Canada’s largest automotive show. Additional attractions include an outdoor four-by-four test track and, for the first time, a $l-million Formula One hydraulic simulator that re-creates the feeling of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 2.2 seconds.
Feb. 22, 23, 25: Peer Gynt, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s concert version of Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 dramatic poem, with music by Edvard Grieg, is read by renowned actor Christopher Plummer. The production also features the combined forces of the TSO, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and guest soloists Monica Whicher, soprano, and Norine Burgess, mezzo-soprano.
Time to curl
It is championship season in curling, Canada’s other game on ice. In the last weeks of winter, months before hockey finally wraps up, curlers across the country meet in hundreds of bonspiels— from smaller competitions such as the one hosted by the Top of the World club in Dawson City, Yukon, to the sport’s crowning events: the Scott Tournament of Hearts, the women’s national championship, which will be held this year in Calgary from Feb. 18 to 26, and the men’s version, the Labatt Brier, scheduled for March 4 to 12 in Halifax.
In Canada, already the world’s premier curling nation, the sport is booming. In 1994, for the first time Canada scored a clean sweep in international competition: the men’s and women’s world titles and the junior men’s and women’s. That sort of success, coupled with
curling’s impending arrival as a full medal event at the next Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, in 1998, has fuelled a curling surge. Participants now number 1.5 million, according to the Canadian Curling Association, and three million Canadians are expected to watch at least part of the televised finals of each of the 1995 men’s, women’s and world championships (held in Brandon, Man., in early April). The professional side of the game is also flourishing. The World Curling Tour, known as the Gold Trail, now features more than 70 cash bonspiels as well as top curlers such as Rick Folk of Kelowna, B.C., 1994 Brier and world champion. Full-time curlers such as former world champion Russ Howard of Ontario can earn more than $100,000 a season. A modest income by NHL standards, perhaps, but at least curlers don’t have to play in June.
March 2: Connexions, National Museum of Science and Technology, Ottawa. The opening of a new permanent gallery dedicated to the history of electric and electronic communications in Canada, from the telegraph to fibre optics and satellites, as illustrated by the museum’s trove of artifacts.
To April 9: Gauguin and the Pont-Aven School, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition features over 100 works by Paul Gauguin, Emile Bernard and their circle, all of whom worked in Brittany in the late 19th century.
March 14-15: Joan of Arc at the Stake, Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Charles Dutoit leads the orchestra in its rendition of French composer Arthur Honegger’s dramatic oratorio, complete with children’s chorus.
NEW BRUNSWICK March 10-17: St. Patrick’s Week, Saint John. In fine Irish style, the Irish Rib Night is held before the celebration’s Grand Opening and “wearing of the green.”
Feb. 20-25: Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival, Dalhousie Arts Centre, Halifax. More than 10,000 student performers
compete for scholarships and cash prizes in various instruments, choirs and individual voice.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND March 5: Spring Splash, Mill River Provincial Park. Despite the name, the event is actually a last chance for winter sports, as horse-drawn sleighs take participants to the skating and skiing sites. The taste of spring comes with the children’s treats—hot maple sugar cooled and stretched in snow.
NEWFOUNDLAND Feb. 23: Ballet British Columbia, Arts and Culture Centre, Labrador City. The 16 classically trained dancers of the nation’s fourth-largest ballet company perform three pieces, including artistic director John Alleyne’s The New Blondes.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES March 1-5: K’amba Carnival, Hay River Reserve. Traditional Dene games accompanied by dogsled races and a native fashion show on the south shore of Great Slave Lake.
Feb. 20-26: Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, Whitehorse. The Gold Rush year of 1898 is re-created with such events as dogsled races, mad trapper competitions, beard-growing contests and cancan shows.
A sampling of upcoming diversions
Dance Me Outside Canadian director Bruce Macdonald and a native cast adapt W. P. Kinsella’s tales of life on the reserve.
Queen Margot Vira Lisi plays mother to Isabelle Adjani in a screen version of the Alexander Dumas classic.
The Secret Life of Roan Inish John Sayles abandons realism in an Irish fable about a magic seal that turns into a woman.
Losing Isaiah A drama about interracial adoption: Jessica Lange is a social worker who adopts Halle Berry’s baby.
To Live Gong Li stars in an award-winning saga by Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) spanning 30 years of modern Chinese history.
Sleep with Me Eric Stoltz and Meg Tilly co-star in a lively Generation X story of infidelity.
Fresh A gritty, beautifully acted ghetto drama about a black teenager who outwits rival gangsters in the drug trade.
Calendar Canadian director Atom Egoyan and his wife, Arsinée Khanjian, star in a mock home movie about a couple who drift apart on a trip to Armenia.
Rapa Nui Set on Easter Island, this Tiki turkey is almost enjoyably bad, with lots of great scenery and tan skin.
The Information Martin Amis (Knopf). Britain’s badboy novelist has already stirred controversy about his new novel by demanding a $1.1 -million advance.
The All Seasons Gardener Mark Cullen (Penguin). One of Canada’s leading garden experts provides winter comfort to passionate gardeners.
Mother Love L. R. Wright (Doubleday). The B.C. writer tests Sgt. Karl Alberg and Cassandra Mitchell in another Sunshine Coast murder.
Trial Without End: A Shocking Story of Women and AIDS June Callwood (Knopf). A veteran journalist examines the court case of a man who knowingly infected six women with HIV.
The Golden Disk William Bell; Don Kilby, illus. (Doubleday). Illustrations and text meld beautifully in a tale of a Chinese girl’s search for the meaning of her name.
Then Again Colin James (EMI). A greatest-hits collection from the Canadian blues sensation, with three new compositions.
The Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass (Warner). The popular ensemble performs string quartets by the superstar of minimalism.
Thinkin’ About You Trisha Yearwood (MCA). The country star’s new recording includes her hit from last fall, XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl).
Wildseed National Velvet (BMG). The Toronto band returns with scalding sounds.
The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi, Amsterdam Guitar Trio (BMG). One of the most popular classical pieces gets an unusual treatment.
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