In today's Urban Planner: Trampoline Hall returns, Canadian theatre veterans tell back-stage anecdotes, and comedians band together to raise money for flooded-out Calgarians.
- Talks: At this month’s edition of Trampoline Hall, curated by Mark Reale, Zemina Meghji lectures on human-robot relations, Colin Gribbons about bringing golf into the street, and Adil Dhalla on the ramifications of sleeping at the office (alone, we presume). As always, the night is hosted by Misha Glouberman. Advance tickets will be available at Soundscapes (and sell out), and a few rush tickets will go on sale at 6:30 p.m., well before the strict 8 p.m. start. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $5–$6. Details
- History: Inspired in part by Slings & Arrows (and this comedy series), there are going to be four nights of Canadian theatre veterans spinning ribald yarns about backstage antics. Hosted by Diane D’Aquila, the first night of Drunk Theatre History will cover the Stratford Festival exclusively, followed by nights focusing on the sordid tales of Canadian theatre in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, with guests like playwright Brad Fraser, Governor-General Award winner Paul Thompson, and director Peter Hinton. Tickets can be reserved by calling The Downstage at 416-997-7018, or via email (email@example.com). The Downstage (798 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., $10. Details
- Fundraisers: There are a lot of comedians and performers in Toronto who hail from Calgary, especially performers who started out improvising at the Loose Moose Theatre. (The theatre is on dry ground, but cancelled a string of shows due to road conditions during the recent flooding.) Many of those alumni are banding together for The Calgary Stamp-Aid Fundraiser, to raise funds for the Red Cross Alberta Relief Fund. Hosted by The Rumoli Bros, the bill includes Canadian comedy heavyweights like Ron James, Gavin Crawford, and Ryan Belleville; the star-studded cast of Fringe show The Soaps; and musical guests like Terra Hazelton and Jay McCarrol. It’s PWYC, though the comics hope you’ll throw in a $20 for the Red Cross—and bid on a wide variety of auction items between sets. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC fundraiser. Details
History: The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.
Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), 12 a.m., $27 (Includes general admission). Details
Theatre: So we’ve had a few long weekends, a few Jays wins, and a few sweltering days followed by a few rain showers…so why doesn’t it truly feel like summer yet?
Because the Toronto Fringe Festival has yet to begin! But don’t worry, it will soon. Soon being Wednesday, July 3.
From July 3 to 14, some of the world’s most exciting performers and theatremakers (as well as plenty of total unknowns) will be performing at the annual arts festival, which is curated solely by a random lottery. With almost 150 shows and over one thousand artists involved this year—the Festival’s 25th anniversary—there are bound to be some extraordinary shows, some mediocre ones, some gruesome ones, and most of all, something for everyone. Multiple venues, 12 a.m., Tickets $11 advance, $10 door. Details
- Art: “To Be Near You” is a new art exhibition that explores the relationship of colours and experiences to our existence. These uniquely abstract pieces of art come to you via artist Christina Wollesen. The opening reception is on July 4 at 7 p.m. While you’re at Hashtag, you also have the chance to check out their “Send-A-Postcard Wall”, which lets you send art to anyone in the world so they can enjoy the show too. #Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas Street West), 12 a.m., FREE. Details
- Theatre: Soulpepper Theatre collaborates on a Joe Orton play, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s artistic producer Brendan Healey. Guest director Healey has coached some Soulpepper theatre stalwarts—Stuart Hughes, Fiona Reid, Michael Simpson, and David Beazley—for this dark comedy about a charming lodger who incites illicit passions among his other housemates. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 8 p.m. and 8 p.m., $5-$68. 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, 12 a.m., FREE. Details
- Dance: Like something out of a movie (except, you know, Footloose), you can spend your summer nights dancing in the open air of the Town Square. Join Dexter and Janice of DjDance as they lead Latin Salsa classes twice a week, all summer. Shops at Don Mills (1090 Don Mills Road), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
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