For strolling around Corktown on warm summer days, one of the best places to head for has to be the Distillery!
Starting in the first year of this millennium, these thirteen acres of what had been, in the 19th and 20th centuries, home to Gooderham & Worts, the world’s largest distillery, have now become a centre for arts, culture, entertainment and all round good-living. It’s one of the must-see attractions for tourists around the world. Corktowners are suddenly waking up to find the best of everything is in our neighbourhood!
One of the top attractions at the Distillery is the theatre complex created in the old Tank House area. The Young Centre for the Performing Arts, as it is now called, is home to its resident company Soulpepper, which, at ten years of age, is regarded as one of the best classic repertory theatres in the world.
Under Artistic Director, Albert Schultz, Soulpepper presents a year-round season of the best in Canadian and world theatre. There are four theatre spaces of varying sizes in the Old Tank House area. The building and its facilities are shared with the Theatre Faculty of the George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology, so there are constant opportunities for students to observe and share in all aspects of the work of a first-class theatre company. It also opens its doors to outside companies for special presentations, such as Video Cabaret‚ The War of 1812, one of Michael Hollingsworth‚ seriously humorous satires of Canadian history. The War of 1812 was featured at the Stratford Festival last summer and this year is at the Tank House Theatre for the entire month of May.
In June, Soulpepper is presenting The Barber of Seville, a modern adaptation of the singing barber and his philandering master, Count Almaviva. You‚Äôll also be able to take in the return engagement of Kim‚ Convenience (pictured), the smash hit of the 2012 season, set in a Regent Park Korean convenience store.
In July, Soulpepper presents Entertaining Mr. Sloane by Joe Orton, a black comedy from the 1960, angry young men, a movement in England. In addition, in contrast to Orton play, Soulpepper will stage the Dickens’ classic, Great Expectations.
For tickets and additional information: call the Young Centre Box Office at 416-866-8666, or check on-line at soulpepper.ca.
And while you’re wandering around the Distillery, take time to explore some of the museums, artists‚ and studios ‚there are 15 of them! Craft exhibitions, and lots of wonderful restaurants, often with patios and live music. There is something for every taste at the Distillery!