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The 2022 edition of Uncovered will run November 8-10 at Toronto's Koerner Hall.Dahlia Katz/Handout

ABBA UnCovered

One year since ABBA released its comeback/farewell album Voyage after decades of relative inactivity, the renaissance of the seventies pop superstars continues, even if the four members themselves are only peripherally involved at this point. At a custom-made venue in London, the Dancing Queen singers are currently performing not in the flesh but as digital avatars. The jukebox musical Mamma Mia tours steadily, and, in Toronto, the Musical Stage Company celebrates the band’s 50th anniversary with imaginative arrangements and orchestrations of songs by Sweden’s second-cheesiest export behind Herrgardsost. Nov. 8 to 10, Koerner Hall, Toronto

Skinnamarink! A Celebration of Sharon, Lois & Bram

Nostalgia for things gone or disappearing holds a special place in our hearts. Canadians fondly remember stubby beer bottles, polite political discourse and, for those of a certain demographic, Sharon, Lois & Bram. The children’s music trio that formed in 1979 believed in smiling singalongs, friendly elephants and the power of “skinnamarinky dinky dink” and “skinnamarinky do.” While Lois Lilienstein died seven years ago and Bramwell Morrison and Sharon Hampson no longer tour, the two surviving members will appear in a hometown concert hosted by comedians Deb McGrath and Patrick McKenna, with guest appearances by Sloan’s Chris Murphy and unannounced others. Nov. 5, Wintergarden Theatre, Toronto

Marcel Proust: Music Remembered

“The memory of a particular image is but regret for a particular moment.” Continuing with the theme of nostalgia (see the above listings), a group of musicians and actors celebrate In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust’s novel about childhood recollections. A concert presented in French commemorates the centenary of the author’s death with readings and chamber music by his favourite composers: Debussy, Fauré, Franck, Hahn and Ravel. Nov. 20, Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


The Chutzpah! Festival (an annual presentation of movement, music, theatre and comedy through a lens of Jewish experiences) offers Hourglass, a dance-and-music creation set to Philip Glass’s Piano Études. The world premiere from Vancouver’s Ne. Sans Opera explores the passage of time with dancers of varying ages, backgrounds and body types. Pianist Leslie Dala accompanies. Nov. 5 and 6, Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver

A Gala Celebration with Yo-Yo Ma

In recognition of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 100 years of existence, Yo-Yo Ma appears with TSO music director Gustavo Gimeno and his orchestra for Anton Dvorak’s chops-testing Cello Concerto. Also on board is Jeremy Dutcher, who performs the Mi’kmaq Honour Song (with string arrangement by fellow Polaris Music Prize-winner Owen Pallett). Nov. 16, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto

The Golden Record

There are gold records, and then there are Voyager Golden Records. The latter are a pair of LPs sent into space by NASA in 1977 in an effort to melodiously portray Earth’s culture to any extraterrestrials who might have a record player. The music carried by the pair of interstellar probes represented a playlist of the planet that listened to Bach, Chuck Berry, Bulgarian folk songs, West African music, and greetings in 55 languages. A storytelling concert from Soulpepper Theatre acknowledges the communicative power of music and endorses cosmic Johnny B. Goode diplomacy. Nov. 9 to 20, Soulpepper’s Baillie Theatre, Toronto

Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express

Long associated with with his band the Legendary Hearts and the 1988 pop hit Something to Live For, Barney Bentall currently traffics in country-leaning roots music. He tours an Old West‐inspired variety show annually, raising money for local charities. This year’s romp covers 10 cities in Vancouver and Alberta, with a one-night appearance at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Theatre (Nov. 10). Guests for that event include musicians Leeroy Stagger, Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley, along with sports broadcaster Ron MacLean and retired Olympic ice dancer Tessa Virtue. Donations benefit rural, underserved and Indigenous children. Nov. 5 to 26, with dates in British Columbia, Alberta and Toronto.

Dear Canada – Letters from the Second World War

Presented as a radio play in the style of the wartime era, a musical Remembrance Day commemoration uses actual letters from Canadians during the Second World War to tell a story of loss and longing in a time of conflict. Singer-violinist Miranda Mulholland created the production that also features Julian Taylor, Patricia O’Callaghan, Jamie Drake, Tak Arikushi and Vikki VanSickle. Nov. 11, National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Women’s Blues Revue

Canadian singer-songwriter Angelique Francis performs at the Women’s Blues Revue this month.Handout

The profile of the Ottawa-born blues artist Angelique Francis is on the rise, helped in no small part by her hosting duties at this summer’s Maple Blues Awards and this month’s Women’s Blues Revue, an annual all-female concert. On new album Long River, Francis plays a variety of instruments and sings with an assured manner of a much more experienced artist. For the revue she shares the stage with Garnetta Cromwell, Miss Emily, Selena Evangeline, Suzie Vinnick and Ann Vriend. Nov. 25, Massey Hall, Toronto