This weekend: a music festival at Echo Beach, a riveting play about the Holocaust featuring thousands of puppets, Doors Open across Toronto, and a whole lot more.
- Music: According to CBC’s Chris Boyce, the goal of this weekend’s CBCMusic.ca Festival is twofold. First and foremost, the CBC wants to celebrate Canadian music. Second, it wants to celebrate CBC Music, the broadcaster’s online music service, which launched a little over a year ago. Echo Beach (999 Lake Shore Boulevard West), Saturday at 2:30 p.m., $59.50. Details
- Talks: If you’re an opera fan or a lover of good musical discussion, then you’ll want to add this talk on Richard Strauss’s opera, Salome, to your to-do list. This talk features CBC Radio’s Brent Bambury interviewing Canadian filmmaker and director Atom Egoyan, as well as Norwegian stage director Stefan Herheim (who will be participating via video-link from Oslo). Together, they’ll be discussing their unique approaches to said opera. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), Sunday at 1 p.m., FREE. Details
- History: Looking to brush up your cultural and history knowledge on all things Toronto? Heritage Toronto 2013 Tours offers you an enormous chance to learn tons and tons about the city you love via walking tours, bike tours, and more. Some of the events on the agenda of this weekly series include tours of Fort York, Korea Town, Don Valley, and Black Creek. It’s running all summer long so don’t miss out! Multiple venues, Saturday at 12 a.m. and Sunday at 12 a.m., FREE. Details
- Photography: David Kaufman’s Early Sunday Morning photography exhibit simultaneously celebrates the heritage of Toronto’s architecture, while pleading for its preservation, in the face of gentrification and condo development. The building facades and structures, rich in texture and colour, are each captured at their most beautiful—basking in the light of early morning. Twist Gallery (1100 Queen Street West), Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., FREE. Details
- Music: The Lula Music and Arts Centre’s annual Lulaworld festival kicks off on May 10 with Ethiopian jazz innovators Jay Danley and Fantahun Shewankochew. The festival travels around the world for the month of May, with performances most nights (and some afternoons) from local world music purveyors Uma Nota, Cuban player Bobby Carcasses, the Ukrainian Telnyuk Sisters, and more. (For a full schedule, prices, and reservations, visit the Lula Lounge website.) Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m., FREE–$25. Details
Theatre: One theatre company from the Netherlands, Hotel Modern, takes an unusual approach in KAMP (CAMP). The production depicts a typical day at the Auschwitz concentration camp, but instead of zooming in into a closeup, it shrinks everything down, literally, into miniature. It’s the accumulation of thousands of small details that creates an enormous impact.
Harbourfront Centre, Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., $15 to $35. Details
- Theatre: Ben and Gus are on a job, holed up in a basement, wondering who is in charge, and waiting for “the call” in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. Presented by Wordsmyth Theatre, the play ranges from tense and claustrophobic to ridiculous and surreal, while posing the question: how do you escape from a situation when there is no exit? Odyssey Studio (636 Pape Avenue), Saturday at 4 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., $15-$25. Details
- Photography: Canadian indie music label, Arts & Crafts, are celebrating their tenth anniversary. As part of the celebrations, they’re showing a new exhibition from Toronto photographer, Norman Wong. The exhibition features images of various artists over the years including Feist, Kevin Drew, Emily Haines, and many more. You’ll be able to buy a book of photography there and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Testicular Cancer Canada and MusiCounts. 1093 Queen Street West, Unit 2 (1093 Queen Street West), Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., FREE. Details
- Comedy: Classic comedy series Theatresports is back for another season of improv hilarity. Now in its 30th year, this comedy tournament continues the tradition of allowing the audience members to choose the content of the scene and letting them judge the results; finals will be held at the end of May. Among the planned guests are comedic greats including Lisa Merchant and Craig Anderson (Canadian Comedy Award winners), Kerry Griffin (Second City alum), and many more. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Saturday at 8 p.m., $12. Details
- Theatre: David Yee examines life’s interconnectivity in Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave. The play follows an escort in Thailand, a housewife in Utah, and a Catholic priest in India, and how their lives are simultaneously brought together and torn apart by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $21-$53. Details
- Theatre: The Accidental Mechanics Group presents an evening of dark comedy, storytelling, and confessional theatre, all rolled into one solo performance. During El Camino or The Field of Stars, Stewart Legere assumes the role of the unnamed protagonist, recanting tales of a failed relationship, a disastrous trip to Italy, love, and the complexities of a young queer couple struggling with internalized homophobia. Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue), Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., $15. Details
- Theatre: The experience of watching The Charge of the Expormidable Moose is a lot like the experience of reading the play’s title. At first, it’s a little strange, a little off-putting, and very ambiguous. But eventually, its oddness becomes its appeal. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $13-$28. Details
- Theatre: Hold Mommy’s Cigarette is a one-woman show written and performed by Shelley Marshall (who was also nominated for Best Female Stand Up by the Canadian Comedy Awards). It tells an autobiographical tale of a street kid who grew up to be a world-renowned comedian. Directed by Linda Kash. Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street), Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m., $20-25. Details
- Music: To close out its 2012-2013 season, the Toronto Consort presents A Woman’s Life, a medley of music by female composers of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque period. Creator Alison MacKay has also enlisted actors Maggie Huculak and Karen Woolridge to join the ensemble in their professional capacity; they’ll bolster the presentation, along with projected images, in the acoustically pristine Trinity St. Paul’s hall. Trinity St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor Street West), Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m., $18–$52. Details
- Theatre: Despite the fact that the last show in Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s 2012/2013 season is titled Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical, Lady Gaga herself takes a secondary role. There are no homages to raw-meat dresses and gold-plated wheelchairs here. Instead, writer and director Alistair Newton uses the House of Gaga as a pathway into the history of the notable performance-art stars that came before her in the pantheon of queer iconography, and how she is and isn’t a construct of all of them put together. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., PWYC–$37. Details
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