Today the TTC's head of chief customer talks about transforming transit, a new art show opens up at Steam Whistle, a tribute to female vocalists from Dolly Parton to Lady Gaga, and a whole lot more.
- Civic Engagement: Tonight the Toronto Public Library presents Chris Upfold, the TTC chief customer service officer, as part of their Thought Exchange program. Join him for TTC Transformation: Service, Safety and Customer Satisfaction as he discusses future plans for the system, including improvements to customer service, safety, and accessibility. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 6:30 pm, FREE.
- Film: In celebration of International Women’s Day, Vireo Research is hosting a screening of Miss Representation. In this film, writer and director Jennifer Siebel Newsom aims to expose mainstream media's failure to portray women in positions of power and influence in America. Proceeds benefit Because I am a Girl, Plan Canada. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Vireo Research partner Jacquelyn Salnek. Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 6:30 pm, $15.
- Art: Steam Whistle Brewing gets biblical with their March art show, Voice of Patmos, inspired by the Book of Revelation and its rich descriptions of otherworldly scenes. The show features Toronto-based illustrators Andrei Georgescu, Ginette Lapalme, Patrick Kyle, and Chris Kuzma who have each created pieces based on their own interpretation of the text. The opening gala is tonight, the show runs all month. Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard), 7:00 pm, FREE.
- Music: The ladies of The Songbirds are coming together tonight to pay tribute to some stellar female vocalists. They've taken your favourite tunes, and re-arranged them to suit their unique four-part harmonies. No genre is forgotten, as they salute everyone from Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton to Lady Gaga. Revival (783 College Street), 7:00 pm, $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
- Comedy: Let's Get Hot! boasts a lineup of some of the best emerging and established stand up comedians in Toronto. Come celebrate the birthdays of hosts Chris Locke and Aaron Eves with Brian Barlow, Adam Christie, Nick Flanagan, Jordan Foisy, Dylan Gott, Todd Graham, Amanda Brooke Perrin, Kathleen Phillips, and The Kids in the Hall‘s Scott Thompson. Yuk Yuks (224 Richmond Street West), 8:00 pm, $11.50 plus tax.
- Comedy: If there’s one thing that’s particularly impressive about Second City’s new mainstage show, The Meme-ing of Life, it’s how well balanced it is. As the title implies, Meme-ing is nominally a show about the internet, and certainly there is a fair bit of internet-centric humour. (One sketch, about a boy who falls into a YouTube-induced coma that can only be cured by reading, is particularly on point.) That said, it isn’t just a series of jokes about cat videos. Instead, it’s a well-thought-out show that manages to offer something for pretty much everyone, without stretching itself too thin. Second City (51 Mercer Street), 8:00 pm, $24-$29.
- Theatre: World Stage presents Lear, a retelling of Shakespeare's tale of family, legacy, and tragedy, with Canadian legend Clare Coulter in the title role and director Philip McKee. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen's Quay West), 8:00 pm, $15-$30.
- Theatre: One of Canada's most acclaimed and prolific young playwrights, Hannah Moscovitch, has her own mini festival at Tarragon Theatre this season. It started with This is War in January, and continues into March with three one-act plays, all concerning children. Two of those three plays form the double bill now on: Little One and Other People's Children. (We've got a full review right here.) Later this month Other People's Children will continue, paired with another one-act piece called In This World. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8:00 pm, $13–$53.
- Theatre: The Canadian premiere of Ashlin Halfnight's Laws of Motion, about an accident that sparks a chain reaction of events, boasts a powerhouse ensemble assembled by Small Elephant Co-Op and director Chris Stanton, and is staged in a second-floor jam shop in Leslieville. The show has now been extended to March 23—but they absolutely have to close after that. Jam Factory Company (2 Matilda Street), 8:00 pm, $23.53.
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