The word “occult” typically conjures images of pentagrams, candles, and conspicuous Goth characters; but it hasn’t always been that way. Professor Gillian McCann reveals a different view of Victorian/Edwardian era Toronto and the occult in her presentation, An Occult History of Toronto. Using research from her book Vanguard of the New Age: The Toronto Theosophical Society 1891-1945, Dr. McCann argues that members of the occult movement were involved in a broad range of issues such as labour debates, women’s rights, socialism, and alternative religion.
Catch a live show at Toronto’s ultimate outdoor venue: the Casa Loma terrace. Enjoy a drink, barbeque, and a spectacular view of the city while taking in the sounds of Jesse Pitcher. Let him take you on a nostalgic journey with classics from ’90s rock to current pop, arranged to fit his unique acoustic style.
Learn about the history of the conceptual literature movement straight from two of its founders: experimental poets Kenneth Goldsmith and Christian Bök. Their discussion will be followed by a reading of various conceptual texts.
The 2013 Toronto Jazz Festival descends on the city on June 21 with a huge “free for all” event. That means all of Friday, June 21′s programming at every Jazz Festival venue is, yes, completely free of charge. There will be concerts from local favourites Molly Johnson and Mary Margaret O’Hara, plus a show by Smokey Robinson and Martha Reeves, who will be launching the fest from its epicentre, Nathan Phillips Square.
Here’s a rundown of some of the shows worth checking out on Friday—and during the rest of the festival, when you’ll actually have to pay.