Odysseo - Review

Odysseo - Review

Cavalia’s Odysseo bills itself as “like no other show on earth!” Now, that’s a big claim…but it’s not wrong. If you’re not familiar with Cavalia, you probably will be soon. Like their better-known cousins Cirque de Soleil, they are a Montreal-based entertainment company that combines circus arts, live music, and film with the beauty and vigour of horses. It’s an usual combination that sometimes feels hard to pin down. Is it an athletic competition, a concert, an equestrian exhibition? I’m not sure, and I’m not sure I would even try to classify it. The bigger question is – does it work? And to answer that, I can give you a resounding yes. Whatever else Cavalia’s Odysseo is, it is undeniably full of spectacle, movement, and excitement.
 
The evening begins as we enter the White Big Top, Cavalia’s custom-designed venue. From a distance, the tent looks like a turreted castle straight out of a fairy tale. Inside, a wide stage is filled with a packed sand surface surrounded by trees and vines. The sand is real, the trees are not, but the effect is mysterious and lovely all the same. Stadium seating ensures that no matter where you sit, your view is unimpeded, and it’s surprisingly comfortable. It may seem odd to mention it but trust me, after a two and a half hour show, I was very grateful for those seats. Flamenco guitar was playing softly as we took our seats. I assumed it was recorded, but when the lights went down I could see musicians tucked away in the wings.

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ONE Restaurant’s 10 Year Anniversary Party

ONE Restaurant’s 10 Year Anniversary Party

As soon as the weather warms up, Torontonians and tourists flock to ONE Restaurant’s patio. However, all year long, you can find tables filled every day and night inside the dining room. This 'see and be seen' hotspot in Yorkville has been a favourite in the city for many years. I recently attended ONE’s ten-year anniversary party, which was quite a remarkable event.

Situated in the posh Hazelton Hotel, the restaurant is a popular spot for diners looking for a chic atmosphere with fabulous food. Stop by the tree-lined, candle-lit patio if you’re looking to unwind and be taken care of while enjoying a cocktail or two.

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Adelaide Eats Food Market

Adelaide Eats Food Market

If you’re looking to change your lunchtime routine or simply just want to get out of the office, take some time to stop by Adelaide Eats in downtown Toronto. For it’s third year, the second floor terrace of Adelaide Place (150 York Street) has been turned into a food lover’s paradise. From now until July 28, you will find a variety of different food vendors to satisfy your appetite. The market is open on weekdays, and on Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Enjoy every moment of summer and those sunny days by having lunch outdoors at this downtown food destination.

I was thrilled to attend on the first evening to try samples from each vendor. To start off, I opted for red wine sangria, which was a refreshing start to the evening. As for the food, I started with the fried chicken sandwich at District 28. The crispy chicken is topped with a dill pickle, mango slaw, chipotle maple aioli, and Tahitian treat BBQ sauce, sandwiched between a fresh brioche bun. The sweet, savoury, and spicy flavours all pair very well together and make for a really tasty sandwich. 

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical - Theatre Review

Strictly Ballroom The Musical - Theatre Review

Baz Luhrmann is one of those directors whose aesthetic is immediately recognizable – and not to everyone's taste. Personally, I love the technicolour glossiness of a Luhrmann film. I love the staginess taken to extravagant lengths, the lush visuals and golden light, the swooning romance and sneering villians. Clothes are never just clothes, but costumes. Places have a feeling of unreality about them. In Luhrmann's world, everything is fake, but that doesn't mean it's not true. He makes movies where we know everything is artificial. Everything has been designed, chosen with care, for the single purpose of showing us an emotional truth. In other words, the more unreal it seems, the more it resonates in the heart. 

When it comes to competitive ballroom dancing, think of the athletically choreographed steps, the illusion netting, the million-watt smiles. A good dancer never lets the audience see her bleeding feet or his bad knees. Yet the grace and fluidity they bring to the stage is breathtaking. Their bodies tell a story and become part of the theatrical experience. In fact, the only thing I can think of that's more stagy than competitive dance is a musical. So the creation of a stage musical using Baz Luhrmann's 1992 film Strictly Ballroom as source material is a pretty natural progression. In fact, Luhrmann adapted the movie from his own stage play – a rare example of a story going from stage to screen to stage again. The show has its North American premiere run right now in Toronto.

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