MUSIC - Evangeline - The made-in-Canada musical, which cost $1.5-million to produce, can be yours for 25 bucks. Evangeline, Ted Dykstra’s stage adaptation of Longfellow’s epic exercise in dactylic hexameter, was the centrepiece of the Charlottetown Festival’s 50th anniversary celebration a year ago. Next week, the cast recording of the love story set amid the Great Expulsion of the Acadian people from the Maritimes will be available on iTunes. “Fair was she to behold, that maiden of 17 summers,” Longfellow wrote in 1847. More than a century later, Chuck Berry, a poet of a rock ’n’ roll sort, wrote of a damsel “too cute to be a minute over 17.” So who’s that standing over by the record machine? It’s Evangeline. (July 29) Brad Wheeler
VISUAL ARTS - Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes - First Nations and Inuit works are now such an integral part of mainstream contemporary art-making and art exhibition it’s easy to forget it has been only eight years since Norval Morrisseau became the first First Nations’ artist to score a big solo show at the National Gallery in Ottawa. Fittingly, Morrisseau is a big part of Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes that, following a 10-month berth at the New York branch of the National Museum of the American Indian, arrives this week at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The show also includes pieces by Daphne Odjig, Keesic Douglas and Blake Debassige, as well as traditional Anishinaabe art. The AGO is also hosting two site-specific commissions, The Seven Grandfathers by Robert Houle and Bonnie Devine’s Battle for the Woodlands. (Through Nov. 25) James Adams (www.bridgemanart.com)
THEATRE - The Winter’s Tale - It has been more than 20 years since actor Lisa Wolpe founded her celebrated Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Now Wolpe – a master Shakespearean actor who has played more of the Bard’s male roles than any woman in history, according to LAWSC – has travelled to Vancouver to direct the inaugural production of a new women’s theatre collective, Classic Chic Productions (tag line: “An all-female ensemble dedicated to performing the classics. ’Cause why should the boys have all the fun?”). The Winter’s Tale cast includes Classic Chic production manager Corina Akeson as King Leontes. (July 26-Aug 9, PAL Studio Theatre, Vancouver.) Marsha Lederman (Gaelan Beatty)
TELEVISION - Running Wild with Bear Grylls - Never underestimate the viewer appeal of shirtless young men in the summertime. Booked for a six-episode run, this new unscripted series follows buff British survivalist Bear Grylls roughing it in the bush with celebrities determined to prove their physical mettle. In the opener, Bear and former Disney kid Zac Efron are dropped into the northeast Appalachian Mountains and both men are stripped to the waist before the first commercial break. Taking the plunge with Bear in weeks to come: Channing Tatum, Ben Stiller and, be still my heart, Tom Arnold. (NBC, Global, 8 p.m., July 28) Andrew Ryan (NBC/BGV - Delbert Shoopman/NBC)
SCULPTURE - Be Mysterious - Be Mysterious, a new exhibition at the Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery, features work by artists who have reimagined commonplace items and turned them into sculptural works – transforming practicality into art and posing the possibility of alternative relationships with everyday objects. The inversion can be whimsical, surprising, thought-provoking and really fun. The lobby offers Montreal-based artist Mark Clintberg’s audio work, Quiet Disco, with a vinyl LP’s muffled throbbing bass suggesting a party or dance club next door, just out of reach. Inside the gallery, you can toss your own items into Singapore- and Glasgow-based artist Joo Choon Lin’s Your Eyes are Stupid – essentially a cauldron of amorphous goo – and watch them be absorbed, and thus incorporated, into the art piece. (Aug. 2-Oct. 19.) M.L.