As part of the Toronto Pride Week festivities, the Annual Dyke March will be making its return ahead of Sunday’s Pride Parade. This march offers a voice for women and trans people to come out and take over the Toronto streets. Following the march, there will be a rally in Allan Gardens at 3 p.m. Click here for the full parade route.
True Stories, Made Up Plays isn’t your average story-telling event. Here, storytellers share their truths followed by improvisers who in turn bend them. This weekend’s instalment (which is the very last show so go out and support them!) features storytellers Zabrina Chevannes, Jess Beaulieu, and Sage Tyrtle and improvisors Bad Dog Repertory Players, Corgi in the Forest, and the All-Star Jam.
Red One Collective and their friends at The Storefront Theatre are big fans of the early TV work of Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Andy Kaufman, Danny DeVito, et al, obviously. Because they’re performing an episode of TAXI Classics Live with members of the theatre company. Dave Tompa, Dayle MacLeod, and David Reale will play the iconic characters of Jim, Tony, Latka, and the rest. After Saturday’s performance, a free party (for Taxi watchers and those dressed in 70′s threads) featuring a performance by the Pigott Brothers will take place.
Beat the heat with some laughs at a comedy show called Double Digest. And for all you Archie fans out there, yes, this is a reference to the “apple-pie” comics you’ve probably come across in news and supermarket stands. The cast will be improvising a tribute to these comics, turning the stories we all know and love upside down.
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.