Outdoor Documentary Screening: Lost Rivers

  • Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Boulevard)
  • 7 p.m.

Celebrate the beginning of warm summer nights (well, hopefully) with an outdoor screening of Lost Rivers. Presented by the Homegrown National Park Project, the documentary examines waterways that flow, unseen, beneath our cities. Why is this any better than the other outdoor screenings around town? They’ll have food trucks, a campfire, and marshmallows for toasting! Bring your own blankets or small folding chairs.

Details: Outdoor Documentary Screening: Lost Rivers

La Belle Éparkdale Concert #1

  • The Atlantic (1597 Dundas St West)
  • 8 p.m.

Miranda Mulholland, the “fiddle ninja” behind Great Lake Swimmers and Belle Star, has revived the salons of La Belle Époque with a concert series in a variety of intimate and unusual venues. The first show in La Belle Éparkdale features performances by Patricia O’Callaghan with Greg Oh, and Miranda with Joe Phillips. Specially tailored snacks and drinks will be provided by gourmet Krysta Oben, and chef Nathan Isberg.

Details: La Belle Éparkdale Concert #1

Trivia Club

  • Cardinal Rule (5 Roncesvalles Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

Grab a partner, or up to five friends, and get ready to strain your brains at Trivia Club. This edition celebrates all things Joss Whedon, while throwing in some pop culture and general knowledge trivia questions, too. Take a break between each of the three rounds—Classic Trivia, Roger Ebert Game, and Jeopardo—to make the most of the food and beverage specials. Or just power on and partake in the drinking games! There are great prizes to be won, after all.

Details: Trivia Club

I Seen You On TV

  • Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

We all know those actors, the ones that seem to be in every commercial and show on TV. The ones that plague you with the question “where do I know them from?” Now for your pleasure, or perhaps frustration, they’ve all been corralled into one place for the I Seen You on TV improv spectacular. Catch the talented Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D), Albert Howell (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Susan Coyne (Slings and Arrows), Matt Baram (Seed) and more, as they celebrate the birthday of Kids in the Hall‘s Mark McKinney.

Details: I Seen You On TV

Holodeck Follies

Anything is possible when you combine improv and Star Trek. Photo courtesy of The Dandies.

Anything is possible when you combine improv and Star Trek. Photo courtesy of The Dandies.

  • Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Avenue)
  • 9:30 p.m.

The Dandies present Episode 5 of their comedy series, Holodeck Follies: Lights. While there will be Star Trek-themed skits, the whole night is not for Trekkies alone. Expect stand-up by Vanessa Dangerstorm, improv from Twos Company, sketch from Burns & Gallo, music from the 10-Forward band, and more.

Details: Holodeck Follies

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A Guide to the 2013 Toronto Jazz Festival

The Bobby Sparks Trio.

The Bobby Sparks Trio.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

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.

Details: A Guide to the 2013 Toronto Jazz Festival

The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

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While the Toronto International Film Festival may have shifted into a more relaxed mode, it’s still offering plenty of opportunities to gawk at movie stars—they’re just a little more spread out. Midweek, fans could catch the premieres of Good Kill (Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg’s new bit of oddness), The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II cryptographer Alan Turing), Jauja (Viggo Mortensen, and we don’t know much else really), Laggies (Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley in a comedy about people taking their sweet time to grow up), October Gale (Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman in a thriller/drama set in a remote cabin), Pawn Sacrifice (about the chess duels between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer), The Cobbler (Adam Sandler’s latest) and Escobar (Benicio Del Toro is the famous drug kingpin).


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Details: TIFF 2014 Scenes: Tuesday–Thursday Nights, Featuring Good Kill, Maps to the Stars, The Imitation Game, Jauja, Laggies, and More

Films “With Heart” Find A Home At ReelHeart International Film Festival

Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley in Go Ganges!. Image courtesy of ReelHeart International Film Festival.

Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley in Go Ganges!. Image courtesy of ReelHeart International Film Festival.

  • Big Picture Cinema (1035 Gerrard Street East)
  • All day

While most festivals are geared towards some specific audience—like the Inside Out Festival or the Jewish Film Festival, for instance—where ReelHeart International Film Festival separates itself from the pack is by welcoming all submissions, as long as they have what the organizers deem to be “real heart.”

Details: Films “With Heart” Find A Home At ReelHeart International Film Festival

New Toronto Production of Cats Meets Expectations

Cats Ensemble. Photo by Racheal McCaig.

Cats Ensemble. Photo by Racheal McCaig.

  • Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street)
  • 7:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

Cats is a challenging musical to stage for a number of reasons. The narrative is thin and strange; the lyrics are drawn primarily from T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, with more borrowed from some other Eliot poems, “Rhapsody on a Windy Night” (which original director Trevor Nunn adapted into the song “Memory”) and “Moments of Happiness.” The result is not so much a story as ideas and character sketches. Old Deuteronomy, patriarch of the Jellicle Cats, calls the creatures together once a year to celebrate, and for one cat to be chosen to ascend to the Heaviside Layer (essentially, to die and be reincarnated). Most of the songs detail the adventures and virtues of a single cat in particular, essentially serving as that cat’s audition for the honour of ascension.

Details: New Toronto Production of Cats Meets Expectations

Passion Play‘s Journey Through Time

The Director (Jordan Pettle) speaks to "J" (Andrew Kushnir) while they rehearse the crucifixion scene.

The Director (Jordan Pettle) speaks to "J" (Andrew Kushnir) while they rehearse the crucifixion scene.

  • Eastminister Church (310 Danforth Avenue)
  • 7 p.m.

There are a lot of chefs in the kitchen for the Canadian premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, a triptych set in three time periods that tells the stories of amateur actors (played by real actors) involved in staging performances of the story of Christ. Three different Toronto independent theatre companies, all with reputations for innovative staging and creation in their past work, each tackle one of the three acts. Ordinarily, such a complicated arrangement would be to a show’s detriment, but not in this case. While you need to be prepared for a marathon of theatre (the show runs four hours, incluing two intermissions), you’re certainly going to get your money’s worth.

Details: Passion Play‘s Journey Through Time