Level Up returns for its third annual showcase of video game design. Check out over 50 playable games, created by graduating students from 12 participating colleges, universities, and technical institutes across Ontario.
Director James Cameron didn’t just explore the sea in Titanic. Last year, he executed a record-breaking, real-life dive to the Earth’s deepest point. Learn all about it at Deep Leadership: James Cameron’s seven-mile dive into the Mariana Trench, a presentation by Dr. Joe MacInnis, who was part of the team that supported the expedition. His talk will detail the risks, stresses, and breakdowns the mission faced, as well as the leadership principles that ultimately made it a success.
Baseball and art collide in Steam Whistle’s April art show, Season Opener. Garrison Creek Bat Co. has provided a collection of customized bats and baseball-themed art from over 30 artists and craftspeople. The opening-night party will feature live music from The Beverleys, as well as a raffle, with proceeds going to the Jays Care Foundation. The prize is a hand-turned GCBC bat, signed by the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays. The exhibit runs all month.
You know her chocolates, and you probably vaguely remember her Heritage Minute, but what exactly did Laura Secord do to become an important Canadian figure? Join Dr. Cecilia Morgan, co-author of Heroines and History: Representations of Madeleine de Vercheres and Laura Secord, as she explores the life of Laura Secord, including her role in the War of 1812.
Tonight, 20 poets will take to the stage as part of the 5th annual Poetry NOW competition. Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor, and Harbourfront Centre Artistic Associate Jen Tindall form the jury that will decide which poet will read at the 34th annual International Festival of Authors and have their book advertised in NOW Magazine. This year’s candidates include Rosemary Aubert, Josephine Dion Casey, Mathew Henderson, Al Hunter, Beatriz Hausner, Shannon Maguire, Peter Norman, Torontoist contributor Natalie Zina Walschots, and more.
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.
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.
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 Whipping Man is a 2011 John Gassner New Play Award–winning play that’s set during Passover in 1865. The show tells the tale of a confederate officer who has returned home after the Civil War to find his family missing, but two former slaves remaining. While waiting for the family’s return, the concepts of master and slave, and those of slavery and war, are explored. Directed by Philip Akin and starring Sterling Jarvis, Brett Donahue, and Thomas Olajide.
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.
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.