The first Trampoline Hall of summer 2013 has been chosen by freshman curator Naomi Skwarna, and features Theo Gallaro on the Masking of the Histories; Julia Michiko Hori on Hand-Made Love; and Jared Bland on Cannibalism. As always, the evening will be hosted by Misha Glouberman. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. (and close at 8 p.m., when the lectures begin) and a very limited number of tickets will be available at the door, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The 1st Time Project is a Toronto-based project in the works, detailing womens’ first sexual experiences around the world. Currently fundraising to support a website, a feature-length documentary feature, and more, the 1st Contact Concert will be a big kickoff party for the project, with hopes to push the campaign past its first funding benchmark. Hosted by CBC’s Garvia Bailey (Big City, Small World), the musical performers on the bill include Zaki Ibrahim, Tanika Charles, Saidah Baba Talibah, and more.
When Dave Hartley was last in town, it was as the bassist for rock band The War on Drugs. Now, Hartley returns to Toronto with his own bedroom recording project, Nightlands. His sophomore album Oak Island reaches further back into the haze of AM radio summer sounds, with a dark undercurrent of echoed choral layering.
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.
In 1996, Theatre Columbus premiered playwright Michael O’Brien’s “freely adapted” take on the famous Beaumarchais play The Barber of Seville, which was written in 1775. O’Brien’s version mixed in music from the 1816 opera of the same name by Gioachino Rossini, as well as original tunes by composer John Millard. The adaptation also propelled the story forward a couple centuries, with pop culture references galore. With Theatre Columbus co-founder Leah Cherniak at the helm, the musical ended the season with six Dora Award nominations (it won three) and plenty of critical acclaim.
Seventeen years later, Soulpepper Theatre is remounting this zany reimagination of The Barber of Seville, updated once again by O’Brien, Millard, and Cherniak. But, for some reason—the change in decade, or company, or sense of humour—whatever had made the original so magical, has faded, save for a few key performances.