Fatoumata Diawara's performance in Toronto

Concert: Fatoumata Diawara 

April 4, 8PM

Toronto Centre for the Arts

 

Hailed as one of the most vital standard bearers of modern African music, Fatoumata Diawara takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights on her new album FENFO. Boldly experimental yet respectful of her

roots, it’s a record that defines her as the voice of young African womanhood proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future and a message that is universal.

Don’t miss Fatoumata’s performance at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

 

Tickets here: https://www1.ticketmaster.ca/fatoumata-diawara-toronto-ontario-04-04-2019/event/1000558AA6E223BF?dma_id=527&CAMEFROM=CFC_TOLIVE_SOCIAL_ALLIANCEFR_FATOU

WeeFestival: your children festival in Toronto

From May 11 to May 20, the WeeFestival is back in Torontom, a 10-day celebration of arts in early childhood.

The festival will host many shows:

 

Mokatek and the Missing Star

Theatre Ondinnok (Montréal) and Vox Théâtre (Ottawa)

Type : Theatre/Puppetry

Performances in English and in French

Ages : 2,5 to 5 years old

Performances – May 14, 15, 16

One thing Mokatek loves to do before sleep every night is to count the stars. Ever since his mother disappeared beneath the river waters, he likes to recount his day to the brightest star in the sky, his compass that protects him from above: the North Star. One night, during a full moon, the North Star disappears. It is the beginning of an initiation journey to find the bright star and realize his inner strength and courage.

A theatrical blend of puppets, objects, songs and music, this multi-sensory show introduces children to Indigenous languages and First Nations cosmology. Through their close encounter with the Abenakis (“people of the land of the dawn”) and the Maliseet (“people of the beautiful river”) children will learn about the rich cultures of these First Peoples.

 



TWEET TWEET!

 

Femmes de Feu (Toronto)

Type : Aerial circus work

Ages : 0 to 6 years old

Performances – May 17, 18, 19, 20

Returning to WeeFestival after a sold-out run in 2018 and recent performances at Soulpepper’s Family Festival, TWEET TWEET! is a feast for the eyes and ears. Two little birds asleep in their nests high in a magical tree awake and discover each other and a wondrous world around them. An aerial arts and circus creation for young children performed in an intimate forest-like setting. (Without language.)

 



Tricoter

 

Foolish Operations (Vancouver)

Type : Dance

All ages

Performances – May 18, 19, 20

Tricoter is an interactive dance show for all ages that re-creates the spirit of a knitting circle. The central dancer weaves the yarn around the circle, until one and all are tangled in a large knot of bright colours. Through play and dance, our own family histories emerge.

 


 

Mwana and the Turtle's Secret

 

Théâtre L’Envers (Montréal)

Type : Theatre/Puppetry

Performances in English and in French

Ages :  From 2 to 5 yeqrs old

Performances – May 17, 18, 19

A beautiful story, spun from an African tale, of a courageous young girl named Mwana who lives in a village deep in a forest. This story takes the audience on a theatrical journey about courage, love and friendship as it explores a French proverb: “we often need someone smaller than ourselves.” This play uses storytelling, puppetry, shadow and object theatre.

 


 

The Sandbox

 

Tenon Mortaise (Québec)

Type : Puppetry/shadows/theatre

Performances in English and in French

Ages : From 2 to 6 years old

Performances – May 16, 17, 18, 19

Come play in the  sandbox! The Sandbox is an interdisciplinary piece from Quebec that introduces children to puppetry, clown and shadowplay. It is a playful and poetic journey through the five senses, staged around a sandbox that is full of surprises.

 


 

Flying Hearts 

 

Theatre Direct and WeeFestival (Toronto)

Type: Dance/theatre

Ages : 2 years old and more

Performances – May 11, 12, 14, 15, 16

Join four friends as they set off on an imagination adventure through the sights, sounds, and textures of earth, water, air, and light! Flying Hearts is an Inclusive and Relaxed Performance that combines dance, theatre and music in a multi-sensory and interactive dance/theatre creation that promises a rich and stimulating arts experience for young audiences of All Abilities.

Flying Hearts is the perfect experience for children in their early years and is especially welcoming for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disabilities, General Anxiety Disorder, or any child for whom a traditional theatre experience may be not be comfortable.

 


 

Bonne Nuit!

 

Puzzle Theatre (Montreal)

Type: Puppetry

Ages: 3 to 6 years old

Performances – May 20

It’s late. Time to go to bed! But sleep is the last thing on our minds… The bed is uncomfortable, the pillow has a mind of its own, the blanket is too short, our
pyjamas have decided to go for a run and the comforter chooses tonight of all nights to learn how to fly.

When we don’t want to sleep, well, we’re just not going to!