One of the most charming of the many holiday traditions this city has to offer has to be the annual performance by Puppetmongers, the brother and sister puppet masters Ann and David Powell. This year’s performance is a repeat of their hit Cinderella in Muddy York, a delightful adaptation of the Cinderella story set in 1834 York. This year’s performance marks the pair’s 23rd anniversary of entertaining children and parents alike.
Ann and her brother David use their puppetry skills to create a witty and spell binding work that has earned the two a Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from l’Union International de la Marionette in 2010.
Cinderella in Muddy York sets the traditional story back in the days when Toronto was called York and was just a muddy backwater town. The traditional marionette setting for this adaptation has been transformed to reflect the rural atmosphere with puppets in period costumes. Even the music is authentic of the era.
Cinderella in Muddy York runs Dec. 28 through Jan. 5 at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace Theatre, 16 Ryerson Ave. All performances are at 2 p.m. There are no shows on Jan. 1. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors, students and children. Family packs of four cost $75. Tickets can be purchased through the box office at 416-504-7529, or online at artsboxoffice.ca.
For more information about Puppetmongers go to the website puppetmongers.com.
Relish Bar & Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave., presents a full line-up of music for every taste. Catch Bentroots, a New Orleans-style blues band fronted by Little Nicky Balkou, as they host Blue Mondays, from 8 to 11 p.m. Every Wednesday, Relish presents Jazz with the BTBs, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday evenings is Stir It Up Sunday, an open mic event from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
The Jazz Collective performs Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19 and March 5, each night from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday night is New Music Night with performances by up-and-coming singer-songwriters, including Khamsina, Dec. 29; Andrew Black, Jan. 5; and Rory Cummings & The One Shot Band, Jan. 12.
For more information call Relish Bar & Grill at 416-425-4664, or visit relishbarandgrill.com.