Woofstock

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

Another year, another reason to see why dogs are superior to cats in every way imaginable. Woofstock invites dog-lovers and their furry friends to a weekend of pure canine fun. Besides the cuteness overload they’ll have going on, there will be a costume contest, a trick contest, an agility course, a fashion show, and much, much more. This will be taking place at various area around the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. Click here for the map.

Details: Woofstock

Dundas West Fest 2013

  • Multiple venues
  • 11 a.m.

The first annual Dundas West Fest is inviting the local community and Torontonians everywhere to come on down for an afternoon of live music, food, busker zones, and best of all, no cars! The whole thing runs 12 blocks between Lansdowne Avenue and Roxton Road, and is a pretty awesome way to check out some of the mixed cultures this city has to offer.

Details: Dundas West Fest 2013

Jen Kirkman I Can Barely Take Care of Myself Book Tour


  • Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West)
  • 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Comedian Jen Kirkman, who has made the rounds on shows like Late Night With Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, has a new book coming out: I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, which explores the joys of going through life without offspring. To celebrate, she’s going on tour. During this appearance she’ll be doing some stand-up comedy.

Details: Jen Kirkman I Can Barely Take Care of Myself Book Tour


Ongoing…

Toronto Flower Market

  • 99 Gallery (99 Sudbury Street)
  • 10 a.m.

If you’re looking to branch out from your plant-buying habits, which may or may not include getting all your greenery from Metro, the Toronto Flower Market might just be for you. This spring/summer-long market offers a variety of fresh and high quality flower types all pulled from Ontario greenhouses (plus, they’re affordable). You’ll also get a chance to interact with the growers themselves.

Details: Toronto Flower Market

The Sketchbook Project

  • Trinity Square (9 Trinity Square)
  • 11 a.m.

Boasting a library of thousands of sketchbooks crowdsourced from around the globe, NYC-based Art House Co-op brings their Sketchbook Project tour to Toronto for a weekend residency at Trinity Square in the Distillery District. They encourage attendees to check out some of their hard copies (and digital ones) at the installation—and maybe contribute your own work.

Details: The Sketchbook Project

All Praise The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon
  • Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West)
  • 2 p.m., 8 p.m.

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.

Details: All Praise The Book of Mormon

The Barber of Seville is Not the Sharpest Shave

Gregory Prest as Count Almaviva and Dan Chameroy as Figrao in The Barber of Seville. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Gregory Prest as Count Almaviva and Dan Chameroy as Figrao in The Barber of Seville. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 2 p.m., 8 p.m.

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.

Details: The Barber of Seville is Not the Sharpest Shave

Arts & Crafts X Norman Wong Photography Exhibit

  • 1093 Queen Street West, Unit 2 (1093 Queen Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

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.

Details: Arts & Crafts X Norman Wong Photography Exhibit

The Script Tease Project

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 7 p.m., 9 p.m.

Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram of The National Theatre of the World have created “an actor’s nightmare and a playwright’s dream” with The Script Tease Project. They’ve arranged for celebrated Canadian writers to pen the first two pages of a play, sealing them in an envelope afterwards. Then, on stage in front of an audience, the envelope is opened, the pages read cold, and a completely improvised play is born! A new writer’s work will be featured every night of the showcase.

Details: The Script Tease Project

Kim’s Convenience

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa in Kim's Convenience. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa in Kim's Convenience. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

One of the Fringe Festival’s greatest successes, and definitely Soulpepper’s biggest post-millennial hit, Ins Choi’s corner store comedy Kim’s Convenience returns for another extended run into the the summer season. Most of the principal cast, including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as larger-than-life patriarch Appa, are back. Here’s our review of the first Soulpepper remount.

Details: Kim’s Convenience

An Interview With Carmen Choreographer Davide Bombana

National Ballet of Canada Performers rehearse for Carmen.

National Ballet of Canada Performers rehearse for Carmen.

  • Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West)
  • 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m.

Even if you aren’t familiar with the opera Carmen, chances are you’re familiar with at least some of its score (if you are, chances are equally strong that you’ll have a difficult time getting this melody out of your head today). Though initially a flop when it debuted in 1875, Carmen went on to enjoy critical acclaim and has since become one of the most performed operas of all time. It’s now omnipresent in popular culture.

Details: An Interview With Carmen Choreographer Davide Bombana

Jen Kirkman

Jen Kirkman, author of I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, comes to town on her stand-up tour. Detail of a photo by Deborah Feingold.

Jen Kirkman, author of I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, comes to town on her stand-up tour. Detail of a photo by Deborah Feingold.

  • Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West)
  • 10:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Comedienne Jen Kirkman, best known for her work on Chelsea Lately (and her hilarious storytelling for Funny or Die’s “Drunk History” series) has recently published her first book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From A Happy Life Without Kids. She’s touring the book, and an all-new stand-up set, here in Toronto for three shows, with some excellent local openers. For Friday’s show, she’s joined by Darrin Rose and Diana Love; Saturday’s early show has Kristeen von Hagen and Evany Rosen; and the late show, Christina Walkinshaw and Mark Little.

Details: Jen Kirkman