Today in Toronto: Ron Sexsmith, Kim’s Convenience and more

Today in Toronto: Ron Sexsmith, Kim’s Convenience and more

Evgeny Kissin If anyone can breathe new life into Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, it’s the renowned Russian pianist with the Eraserhead hairdo. The program also features a less familiar work: the overture to Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s opera Maskarade. The TSO will take a run at Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan and the suite from his opera, Der Rosenkavalier. Find out more »

Home David Storey is a former professional rugby player who rocketed to notoriety as a playwright in the 1960s, despite having no theatrical experience. Though not as well known here as his compatriots Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter, Storey shares their love of humour and surprise twists, as evidenced by this show about two aging gentlemen who aren’t quite what—and where—they seem to be. Previews from May 8. Find out more »

Kim’s Convenience Soulpepper boss Albert Schultz brings back the company’s recent smash hit—and one of the most buzzed-about new Toronto plays of the past decade—for a three-week run. Ins Choi’s loosely autobiographical story (starring Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Clé Bennett) of a Korean convenience store owner facing gentrification in Regent Park explores a corner of the city rarely seen onstage. Find out more »

Ron Sexsmith Sexsmith is a songwriter’s songwriter in the vein of his heroes Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. His hummable pop-folk tunes have been covered by Feist, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé and k. d. lang, and are never as mopey as his slightly Eeyore-ish persona would suggest. Find out more »

Shakura S’Aida Blues goddess S’Aida double-launches her new double CD, Time, with a full-band show at Revival, followed by an acoustic show at Hugh’s Room the night after. S’Aida has a remarkable ability to move from raucous vocal affability to a tear-inflected legato for the standards that have become a specialty. Find out more »