Witness a whimsical meshing of Hindu myth and French-Canadian folklore today in Akshongay, presented by the Canadian Opera Company. Meaning “together” in Bengali, this show, by dancers and choreographers Nova Bhattacharya and Louis Laberge-Côté, mixes bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance) and modern dance to illustrate the connection between two artists.
Cinema Politica and the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network join forces tonight to present the Toronto premiere of Land in Revolt: Impure Gold. This documentary is the first instalment in an environmental project by filmmaker Fernando Solanas. It focuses on corruption in Argentina’s mining industry. Special guest speakers will be attendance.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ home opener is on Tuesday, and Toronto sports watchers find themselves in an unusual position.
Local fans have grown accustomed to being disappointed by their city’s teams, and so they’re understandably wary of getting too excited at the start of any given season. In spite of this tendency towards cautious optimism, it’s hard not to look at the talent on the Jays’ roster this year and wonder whether the team might have a shot at competing for a World Series title for the first time since Joe Carter touched them all. In order for these lofty aspirations to be realized, there are a number of new faces that are going to need to step in and make an impact, and they’ll need to do it alongside the nucleus of seasoned players that have joined the team in the last few years.
Legoland (not to be confused with Legoland) tells the story of the “Gruesome Twosome,” Canada’s youngest drug dealers. Feeling out of place at their boarding school, siblings Penny and Ezra decide to break free and track down Penny’s pop idol, a journey they fund by selling their prescription drugs. This contemporary Vaudeville routine is told through puppetry, ukelele music, and gangster rap.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is celebrating over 50 years of everyone’s favourite spy with James Bond: The Music. The program consists of music from more than 20 Bond films, including Goldfinger, Licence to Kill, Diamonds are Forever, and Tomorrow Never Dies. Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conductor John Morris Francis will lead the TSO, along with vocal soloists Capathia Jenkins and Ron Bohmer.
Tonight, actress Katie Boland celebrates the release of her first book, a short story collection Eat Your Heart Out, with This Is Not a Reading Series. As you might deduce from the name, this event is not just a reading. Boland will be interviewed by the Globe and Mail‘s Johanna Schneller, and there will be performances by rapper Michael Boland (Katie’s brother), and DJ Rebekah Miskin. But the highlight of the evening may well be a live reading of one of Boland’s stories by Republic of Doyle‘s Mark O’Brien.
When’s the last time you attempted to reconceptualize the dimensions of space? If it’s been a while, you might consider checking out a new exhibition called I Thought There Were Limits, which aims to do just that. This particular exhibit is unique in that the artwork forms a relationship with the site itself (in this case, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery). The work on display is brought to you by curator Julia Abraham (as part of the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto). The artists include Karen Henderson, Yam Lau, Gordon Lebredt, Kika Thorne, and Josh Thorpe.
While the Toronto International Film Festival may have shifted into a more relaxed mode, it’s still offering plenty of opportunities to gawk at movie stars—they’re just a little more spread out. Midweek, fans could catch the premieres of Good Kill (Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg’s new bit of oddness), The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II cryptographer Alan Turing), Jauja (Viggo Mortensen, and we don’t know much else really), Laggies (Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley in a comedy about people taking their sweet time to grow up), October Gale (Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman in a thriller/drama set in a remote cabin), Pawn Sacrifice (about the chess duels between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer), The Cobbler (Adam Sandler’s latest) and Escobar (Benicio Del Toro is the famous drug kingpin).
The Toronto Comedy Brawl is in the middle of a growth spurt. Despite humble beginnings, Ian Atlas’ amateur competition has grown from 64 participants to, this year, a few hundred.