The top must-see shows in Toronto this month

The Rolling Stones, Oprah Winfrey and Billie Eilish are all in town

The Rolling Stones
Although it was touch and go for a while, when His Majesty Mick Jagger released a Twitter video of himself shaking and shimmying like a young man of 65, local concert-goers knew the show was on and the legendary Rolling Stones would indeed play their show at Burl’s Creek north of Toronto on June 29. Although the band, responsible for a few familiar tunes over the years from “Brown Sugar” to “Satisfaction,” is remarkably well preserved, this may be one of the last chances to see one of the great bands in the history of rock ’n’ roll.

Physical Thinking
The venerable National Ballet of Canada presents Physical Thinking: William Forsythe Programme with three stunning works from the revered American choreographer once called the high priest of post-structural contemporary dance. The program includes The Second Detail, an astonishing work that was created for the National Ballet of Canada in 1991, Approximate Sonata 2016 and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. Physical Thinking runs June 1 to 8 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Oprah Winfrey
The one-and-only Oprah Winfrey will be sitting down with 20,000 friends at the Scotiabank Arena on June 14 for a bit of a gab session. Winfrey will share personal stories and life lessons as only she can. Bring tissues.


Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish
Since her debut in 2016, Billie Eilish has established herself a legit force in pop music with a certain charming edge that allows for some crossover appeal. She’s an artist upon whom the music nerd dad and Taylor-loving daughter can both agree. Eilish arrives in town June 11 to play Budweiser Stage in support of her new album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

The Black Drum
Soulpepper has partnered with the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf to bring the deaf musical The Black Drum to their Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Written by deaf playwright Adam Pottle, the signed musical “tells the story of a young woman, whose life is upturned when her tattoos come alive and propel her on a fantastical journey in search of her own inner music.” It runs June 15 to 29.

Adam Sandler
Happy Gilmore has returned to standup for a new tour dubbed 100% Fresher, which coincides with the release of a new comedy album culled from Sandler’s Netflix special and, of course, a new Netflix movie release slated for June 14. Expect laughter, frivolity and a side of potty-mouth songs. Adam Sandler will cajole his way onto the Budweiser Stage on June 7.

Circus Sessions
Toronto contemporary circus company Femmes du Feu is bringing together international artists from the emerging and professional circus community. Over the span of two weeks, at Toronto Centre for the Arts, circus artists will work with mentors and experts in their field (including Toronto’s Monica Dottor and Bahia Watson and Michelle Man of Spain/U.K.) on two different productions that will be showcased on the weekends of June 21 to 22 and June 28 to 29.


Circus Sessions

The Full Light of Day
This multimedia theatrical production from the creative minds of writer Daniel Brooks and director Kim Collier tells the story of Mary, an aging matriarch in a wealthy Canadian family. As she approaches the end of her life, Mary is forced to contend with her husband’s legacy and the misdeeds that brought her family money, privilege and prestige. The film-theatre hybrid runs at the Bluma Appel Theatre, June 7 to 13.