This monthly Critical Mass downtown ride, which occurs on the last Friday of every month, will be the first of 2013 that won’t (hopefully) require dressing for cold weather. Cyclists of all ages will gather for the 6:30 p.m. departure from the southeast corner of Bloor and Spadina, and travel in a pack on a random route through the city’s core.
Emily Pearlman and Nicolas Di Gaetano of Mi Casa Theatre, in town for a week to do some filming with the proprietors of Videofag, are capping their visit with a two-night stand of their vaudeville show Live From The Belly of A Whale: A Concert With Stories. It’s the Ottawa-based pair’s first performance back in Toronto since their 2010 SummerWorks show Countries Shaped Like Stars, which ranked among our very favourite things at that fest.
When The Wavelength Music Series celebrated its 13th year with their annual festival, among the many highlights was the return of a local supergroup that boasts Maylee Todd, Laura Barrett, and members of The Bicycles and Born Ruffians in its roster. As a collective, The Adorables coalesce around one man: Henri Fabergé, a mercurial and outlandish persona. Many of The Adorables have been involved in recent Henri Fabergé projects, like the Feint of Hart, a theatrical mini-series being remounted this summer at Videofag; but this Dan Burke-assembled showcase will be the first full headlining set for the collective in years.
The first Uma Nota event of 2013, Uma Nota: Hot Spring Edition will feature Brazilian-born and Toronto-based songstress Aline Morales, Foly Kolade’s Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble and DJs K-Zar Dubwise, and General Electric.
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.
For someone well known for her expressive and awwww-inducing drawings of pugs, U.K.-based illustrator Gemma Correll came to her love of the animal late. “I was always a cat person growing up, so I think the pug was like my gateway dog,” she said at Magic Pony, an art and design shop on Queen West that is currently hosting The Mr. Pickles Fan Club, the first Canadian exhibition of her work.
Spring in Toronto is marked by an influx of bikes on the streets, people returning to our parks, and, of course, the Hot Docs festival.
While the weather has so far not fully cooperated with the first two of those activities, rain and cold weather aren’t a hindrance to catching some world-class documentaries. The festival turns 20 this year, but a quarter-life crisis is nowhere in sight. The largest non-fiction film shindig in North America continues to impress, with 205 documentaries screening over 10 days, including 44 world premieres, and films from 43 countries. It’s a lot, but we’re here to help!