Today: Something From Nothing, tours of the Toronto Botanical Gardens, LGBT beach volleyball, and Eternal Summers at the Garrison.
GARDEN TOURS: Whether you’re looking for a little beauty in the city or scoping out wedding–photo shoot locations, a tour of the Toronto Botanical Garden and neighbouring Edwards Gardens is a great start to the day. Learn about plants, landscape design, the history of public gardens, and other flowery stuff with 90-minute guided walks through more than 17 themed gardens. For groups of up to six only. Toronto Botanical Gardens (777 Lawrence Avenue East), 10 a.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Starting tonight, Cascade Theatre group presents Something From Nothing, which was selected as one of the best kids’ productions at this year’s Fringe Festival. Adapted from Phoebe Gilman’s classic children’s book, the play uses songs and puppets to tell the story of Joseph, who weaves a narrative while transforming his baby blanket into a coat, a vest, a tie, a kerchief, and finally a button. Directed by Jerry Silverberg and featuring Marlene Matos Jones, Andrew Joseph Richardson, and Daniel Cook. Wychwood Theatre at Artscape Wychwood Barns, Studio 176 (601 Christie Street), 11:30 a.m., $12.30.
SPORTS: Celebrate the awesome summer weather and pay tribute to the Olympics with an LGBT beach volleyball game, presented by Get Out! Canada. This co-ed recreational game is suitable for all skill levels and abilities. Register as an individual or a team of six. Asbridges Bay East Courts, near the public washrooms (South of Lakeshore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue), 7 p.m., $10 per individual or $50 for team of six.
MUSIC: Eternal Summers—the Roanoke, Virginia, band made up of Nicole Yun, Daniel Cundiff, and Johnathan Woods—brings its unique brand of ’80s-flavoured lo-fi to Toronto tonight. The group was a duo until its newest album, Correct Behaviour (Woods is the newcomer), so expect a fuller sound, with more harmonic tracks like the debut single, “Millions.” The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), doors at 8 p.m., onstage at 11 p.m., $11 advance, $13 at the door.
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