Entertainment

The Marigolds

Acoustic Harvest presents The Marigolds, June 2, at 8 p.m., at 1512 Kingston Rd. (St. Nicholas Church).  Consisting of Gwen Swick, Suzie Vinnick and Caitlin Hanford, The Marigolds “pack a diverse repertoire with a winning delivery.”
The group’s second CD, That’s the State I’m In, contains 14 original tunes, and was nominated for a JUNO Award. For more information on the group visit themarigolds.ca.
Tickets for The Marigolds are $22 for adults, $22 for seniors and students, and are available at the door (it’s always advisable to arrive early). For more information on this and other upcoming shows at Acoustic Harvest call 416-264-2235, or visit acousticharvest.ca.

Scottish-born but long-time Beach resident and jazz vocalist Michael Danso will be performing a special cabaret concert at The Green Door Cabaret Theatre, 100A Ossington, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. The show is called From Harlem to Hollywood, and will feature the songs of Harold Arlen and Cole Porter. Accompanying Danso is well-known composer/arranger Charles Cozens.
A table for two can be reserved for $60, or general seating is $25 per person. Reservations can be made at lowerossingtontheatre.com.

The Scarborough Players presents that classic 60s story of a young man coming of age in The Graduate, June 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23 at the Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. at Markham. Based on the 1967 Oscar-winning movie, this production stars Adam Grech as Benjamin Braddock, the young graduate who must choose between ‘plastics’, the seductive Mrs. Robinson (played by Phyllis Ellis), and his true love, Elaine Robinson (played by Kayla Whelan). Also starring in the play are Sarah-Liis Jones, René Marck, Jorie Morrow, Sam Wertman, and Daniel Wyse. The play is directed by Joe Pagnan.
The Graduate runs evenings at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on June 17. There will be talk-back sessions following the performances on June 17 and 21. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, with $10 rush seats available. They can be ordered by calling 416-267-9292, or online at theatrescarborough.com.

The 13th Annual Muhtadi International Drumming Festival takes place in Woodbine Park June 9 and 10. This family-friendly event brings international cultural percussion to the Beach with drummers and percussive artists from around the globe.
The festival was founded in 1999 by Trinidadian native Muhtadi Thomas, who came to Canada in 1974. The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival celebrates the drum, its universality as an art form, and its presence in all cultures. This year the festival introduces a free hand-drumming workshop with master drummer Amara Kante. To find out more visit muhtadidrumfest.com.

Dawna Joy Wightman is a Beach actor who starred in last year’s Guild Festival Theatre production of Chekov’s  The Cherry Orchard. Since then Wightman has written a one-woman play called Life As A Pomegranate (more about the play will appear in the June 12 issue).
In order to raise funds for the production, Wightman is holding the Sell Your Heart Out Bake Sale at the Bank of Montreal, corner of Queen and Hambly, on June 9 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Join Knead Bakery and several of Wightman’s Beach neighbours/bakers as they help launch a new play from the Beach to the rest of the world. And stay tuned for more information about Life As A Pomegranate in the June 12 Entertainment Beat.

Father’s Day weekend wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the 2012 Beach BBQ  & Brews Festival, June 15 to 17 in Woodbine Park. Dad will enjoy plenty of tasty barbecued treats supplied by ribbers from across North America, as well as live entertainment, barbecue competitions and of course the famous Beer & Beverage Garden.
The Beach BBQ & Brews Festival runs June 15 from 3 to 11 p.m., June 16 from noon to 11 p.m., and June 17 from noon to 8 p.m. For more information visit beachbbqandbrews.com.

Cantemus Singers, under the direction of Michael Erdman, present My Spirit Sang All Day, a special concert of part-songs and anthems from the 19th and early 20th centuries, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Church, 70 Silver Birch at Queen. The 16-voice a capella choir specializes in introducing music from the Renaissance and early Baroque beyond the usual four-part harmonic structure. For more information visit cantemus.ca.
Tickets for My Spirit Sang All Day are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and will be available at the door. Call 416-578-6602 to arrange to have tickets set aside.

The Beach Youth Theatre is a new and exciting performing arts company serving young artists in the Beach and area. This summer it is running a drama workshop for young thespians 8 to 16 years old. The two-week sessions will  teach such theatrical skills as acting, improvisation, voice and movement. Students will also gain communication skills, self-awareness, self-confidence, empathy and tolerance. Each session wraps up with a live performance.
Session one begins July 3 and runs until July 13, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. To find out more, call Jeff Stevenson at 416-818-5807, or visit beachyouththeatre.com


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