April 5 to 30
The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts invites you to spend an evening with the ancient drama Hercules, as presented by the Canadian Opera Company. The score, composed by George Friedrich Handel, is widely considered one of his top pieces. The orchestra will be conducted by Harry Bicket, and the main stars include Eric Owens, Alice Coote, and David Daniels.
April 8 to 20
The annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival aims to promote diversity and dialogue between cultures through films for kids. The week-long program focuses on elementary school children and includes talks with filmmakers, storytelling, and more. Organizers have also prepared a special interactive digiPlaySpace feature.
April 9 to 11
All fans of the National can get ready for three consecutive concerts of the American indie heroes at Massey Hall. The National are currently one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands. Their latest release, “Trouble Will Find Me,” earned rave reviews, and recently, a documentary about the National’s tour Mistaken for Strangers was completed. The band will be supported by UK up-and-coming band Daughter.
April 24 to May 4
The Hot Docs festival is here once again to showcase the best documentary films of the year. Visitors will get a chance to choose from over 180 films from all over the world. Besides featuring documentaries by established names in the industry, organizers also offer great opportunities to young creative filmmakers. The festival takes place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
Soul legend and winner of 17 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Aretha Franklin is coming to Toronto. The tour was announced in support of her newly released Knew You Were Waiting the Best of Aretha Franklin 1980–1998 . You can look forward to hearing such hits as “Respect,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “Ain’t No Way.”
April 30 to June 15
One of the most popular musicals based on a Disney story of all time, The Lion King returns to Toronto. Directed by Julia Taymor, the musical version features all the timeless songs we remember from the motion picture, such as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Come out with your whole family and follow the story of Simba as he fights against his evil uncle.