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Toronto Buzz this week: Opera Atelier Gala, Night for Rights, Mass Exodus, Fucked Up Underground

Opera Atelier Hosts Versailles Gala at The Carlu
Opera Atelier celebrates its 25th year with a romantic gala at the swanky Carlu. Hosted by Jeanne Beker, guests will be serenaded with special performances by Measha Brueggergosman, Michael Maniaci and Kreimir Spicer, all three of whom will also be in Opera Atelier’s upcoming performances of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. A company rooted in both opera and dance, artists of Atelier Ballet will also marvel guests with their nimble and enchanting movement. If the ticket price of $400 per person or $6000 is out of your league than consider purchasing a ticket to one of their upcoming performances this season. Swoon for opera for it will enrich your life! Wed April 6

Ryerson Mass Exodus
This is the annual fashion extravaganza that brings together 5000 students, media and fashion industry peeps to celebrate and evaluate the grads as they make the transition from fashion school to the school of real life. And just because it comes a week after LGFW doesn’t mean that it’s any less exciting. This year the theme or show title is “Zenith and Nadir.” Quoi? Students explain like this, “Zenith+Nadir is not a definable term but rather an open-ended interpretation of the idea of the unknown. It explores the question of what is above, what is below, and what lies between the reality in which we exist.”  Ticket info here. Thursday April 7 and Friday April 8

Images Festival opening reception for John Sasaki installation at The AGO
Toronto-based artist Jon Sasaki will present a new installation that recontextualizes the iconic images of the Canadian landscape famously depicted by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Inspired by the artist’s childhood visits to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the National Gallery of Canada, Jon Sasaki: Pine features work created and conceived on a visit to Algonquin Park, where Thomson created some of Canada’s most recognizable paintings. Opening reception will take place in the Young Gallery on Wednesday, April 6 from 5 to 7 pm. The Young Gallery is adjacent to FRANK, the AGO’s signature restaurant. More on Images Festival here.

Night for Rights: Annual fundraiser for Journalists for Human Rights
You probably didn’t know but jhr, or journalists for human rights, is Canada’s largest media development organization and their mandate is to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights. For budding journalists, or anyone who simply cares about human rights, this is an important fundraiser to attend. And a really fun one. Premium tickets will get you access to a private cocktail at 7:30 where you can network with some of Canada’s top journalists and get learned by jhr Co-founder Ben Peterson and Toronto Star Editor, Michael Cooke. In case you weren’t aware press like to, er, knock ’em back; consider yourself warned! More info here.
Friday April 8 @ 99 Sudbury. Tickets are $70 or $100 for private reception and party. 

Images Closing Night: Fucked Up to accompany West of Zanzibar screening

Yep, this is cool. Polaris winning band, Fucked Up, will play as the 1928 silent cult classic screens at Toronto Underground Cinema. More info on Images Fest site.
Saturday April 9, 8:30 PM.

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