Dancing on the Pier is back for its third year! If you didn’t participate in this great dance series last year, be sure not to miss out this time around. For the uninitiated, this weekly series offers different live bands and instructors to help you find your groove along the waterfront all summer long. Featuring music by the Toronto All-Star Big Band and Ricardo Barboza.
If Academic Discipline was as sexy as the History Boys make it, a lot more kids would be aiming for failure. Following their hugely successful first event, Jeremy Willard and Michael Lyons return for a PRIDE edition reading of their column, which now appears in Xtra! Get steamy, all while being schooled on queer and trans people, events, and movements throughout history. Who says learning has to be boring?
The Creators’ Lounge is a monthly event series where local or international Japanese creators and artists are invited to come out and share their creations. The event serves to highlight contemporary Japanese culture through live performances and art exhibitions. This month’s event features visual artists Keita Morimoto, Michael Pitropov, and Chihiro Segi, as well as performances by MC Chill Cat and Winston Matsushita, and many more.
If you’re looking to support Pride and have a few laughs in the process, Laugh Out Proud has you covered. This multi-day series of stand-up comedy shows features an impressive roster of guests that changes every night (so you can go to each set if you want to). Starring headliner Jessica Kirson (The Tonight Show), Andrew Johnston, Martha Chaves, and Ted Morris, surprise guests, 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.