The Williamson Playboys (Paul Bates and Doug Morency). Photo by Christine Latimer.
Their gigs these days are fewer and farther between. Maybe age is finally catching up to The Williamson Playboys (Doug Morency and Paul Bates), whose musical careers span, in their telling, nearly two centuries. Self-credited with inventing every musical genre popular in the 20th century, the two will riff on their storied history and current events tonight at the John Candy Box Theatre; for very, very long-time fans, not to worry—it’s an accessible venue.
Sunday April 23, Second City John Candy Box Theatre (99 Blue Jays Way, third floor), 9:30 p.m., $5-$10.
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Despite the many excellent women and women-fronted acts playing at Canadian Music Week, the talk in media and music circles over the festival has focused on the spate of industry panels that were ludicrously all male, such as a panel of all older men on popular podcasts and, astoundingly, an all male panel entitled “What Women Want.” That sort of stunning lack of representation will be refuted tonight at this month’s Bechdel Tested. The screening and panel series will start with a showing of Carmen Jones, the 1950s musical starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, and will then feature a special panel coproduced with Toronto Women In Music!, featuring guests such as Aliya Pabani, host of Canadaland’s The Imposter, Robyn Phillips of the band Vallens, and Samantha Slattery of Women In Music Canada.
Photo by HiMY SYeD from the Torontoist Flickr Pool
After last month’s showdown over the Scarborough subway extension (the worst idea in Toronto transit and current suburban fetish object), next week’s council session is comparatively routine. There are three motions about heritage building protection—from councillors David Shiner (Ward 24, Willowdale), Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth), and Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina)—that all essentially want to conduct a survey to take stock of the heritage buildings in the city and to develop strategies to protect them.
Council will receive the ombudsman’s report, extending from its investigation into the TTC’s oversight of its transit enforcement unit. The investigation was sparked after an incident at Union Station in 2015, where transit enforcement cops became entangled with a father and son after a hockey game. (The two men have brought a lawsuit against the TTC and the two transit officers in question.)