If you’ve been itching for the chance to ride your bike on the highway (which is how it should be everyday), then now’s your chance with this year’s Ride for Heart. This annual event challenges entrants to ride along the Don Valley Parkway/Gardiner Expressway for 25, 50, or 75 kilometres. Even better, all proceeds from the event go towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation to raise awareness of and fund medical research into heart disease and strokes. Click here to register.
The Inside Out LGBT Film and Video Festival is back for another year of cinema created for and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) people. The festival usually draws around 35,000 people and will be screening over 200 films during the two weeks it’s running. Click here to see some of our highlights from last year’s festival.
Over the next few days, don’t be surprised if you see a lot of red noses, yellow wigs, and rainbow-coloured suspenders around town. The Toronto Festival of Clowns is back with a trunk full of tomfoolery, plus plenty of great live performances.
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!
Woodbine Park’s 9th Annual Waterfront Blues, the outdoor festival that bills itself as “metro Toronto’s only Blues festival,” runs for three days over this weekend. Aficionados of the music form will certainly recognize acts like Fathead. Past hit performers at the festival like Eugene Hideaway Bridges are back, as well as new performers (to the festival) like Deanna Bogart. The festival is all ages, and free to all.
Delve into the world of dating, love, and marriage—sans commitment—with Angelwalk Theatre’s presentation of the off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Offered as a series of vignettes set to music, the show focuses on the disastrous, hilarious, and touching aspects of love and dating.
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.
If you’ve been paying attention to musical theatre news over the past two years, you know that The Book of Mormon has a passionate and devout following of fans who swear it’s the long-awaited saviour of the artform. The show won nine Tonys in 2011, the cast recording reached number three on the Billboard chart, and tickets for its Broadway run are rare and expensive.
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?
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.
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.