Toronto Masque Theatre’s Geoffrey Sirett

Just a few weeks ago a relative and I were talking about how glamourous it would be to attend a classic masked ball. To my surprise, just days later, I received an invitation to Les Roses de la vie: A Parisian Soirée. Not quite a masked ball, but a chic soirée nonetheless.

So what can you expect at this fete? On February 7th, 8th and 9th, Toronto Masque Theatre will transform the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse into a candlelit, multi-media Parisian bistro. Travel across la vie from the medieval period to the present day through a celebration of the melodious tunes and poetry of Aznavour, Couperin, Chopin, Debussy, Marais, and Poulenc, Appolinaire, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Verlaine.

This multi-media filled evening will also screen samples from classic films on the theme of Paris through the ages. In true Parisian style, Masque Theatre are also delighted to announce that the evening will feature a special appearance by the acclaimed corporeal mime artist Giuseppe Condello.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a true Parisian evening without  paying homage to a city full of exceptional gourmands, so naturally the evening will include decadent French wine and cheese.

The evening will feature the sounds of tenor Colin Ainsworth, sopranos Teri Dunn & Agnes Zsigovics and a small ensemble led from the violin by Larry Beckwith with Christopher Bagan, piano & harpsichord; Justin Haynes, viola da gamba, Kathleen Kajioka, violin.

Get your tickets before it’s too late and live the magic and beauty that is Paris, if only for one night. You can let the feeling take you through the rest of the bleak winter.


What      Les Roses de la vie: A Parisian Soirée Toronto Masque Theatre’s annual cabaret masque.

When     Thurs, Feb 7th; Fri, Feb 8th; Sat, Feb 9th; 2013 at 8pm. A pre-show chat with Artistic Director Larry Beckwith and guests will be held 45 minutes before all performances.

Where    Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity Street, Toronto

How       Tickets: $40; $35 (for seniors) and $20 (for under 30) available from Toronto Masque Theatre website or by phoning 416 410 4561.

Who       For more information on Toronto Masque Theatre please visit their website.

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