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.
Descant Magazine salutes the mysterious with the launch of Descant 161: Into the Unknown, A Summer Reader. Contributors Richard Greene, Trista Gilbert, Linda Dobbs (on behalf of Kildare Dobbs), David Mason, Shane Neilson, and Hugh Graham will all read excerpts of their work. Raffle prizes, including handmade jewellery and magazine subscriptions will also be up for grabs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.