We should have known that the 25th-annual Toronto Fringe Festival would be one for the books. Now, after almost one week of theatre-going, beer-tenting, and underground dancing, the Torontoist team has put the fest to the test, to see which plays shone like diamonds in the rough. We were pleasantly surprised with the results. Below, we’ve got some reviews of our favourite shows so far.
The High Park Nature Centre knows the importance of family time—and activities that get kids outdoors and away from screens. Join them for a drop-in Family Nature Walk, with the focus on nature journaling. Participants will make a simple nature journal, then be led on a hike through different areas of the park to put it to use.
Let’s face it, dates are nerve-wracking. What if you can’t find something to talk about? That’s not an issue at the LGBTQ Literary Speed Dating event. Participants are encouraged to bring their favourite book, CD, or DVD to discuss with other like-minded singles. [ This event has been postponed.]
A champion of experimental music and sound art, Musicworks Magazine is expanding their reach and presenting Musicworks Editions, a collection of limited edition art by beloved Canadian musicians. They’re celebrating the launch of the project with Drum Up!, an evening of dynamic drumming by TORQ Percussion. The ticket price includes a magazine subscription.
Most of us end our cut and paste careers in elementary school, but a select few are able to turn it into a true art form. They use bits and pieces of different images to create a new whole, a different meaning or story. And it’s Collage Art that will be featured in the Steam Whistle gallery this month. Drop by the launch party to see pieces by local artists Laura Clayton, Mel Coleman, Victoria Iles, Drew Taylor, Lloyd Arbour, Sean Gadoury, Caitlin Eady, and Victoria Alstein.
Like something out of a movie (except, you know, Footloose), you can spend your summer nights dancing in the open air of the Town Square. Join Dexter and Janice of DjDance as they lead Latin Salsa classes twice a week, all summer.
Do you feel guilty about staying indoors in front of your TV when it’s nice outside? There’s a way around that—sitting by the lake and catching great films every week with Harbourfront’s Free Flicks. This year, NOW Magazine’s Norm Wilner has chosen a crop of imagination-stretching films from notable directors and writers. From Little Shop of Horrors, to The Triplets of Belleville, and That Thing You Do!, each title resides, at least a little bit, in the fantasy world.
This post originally listed Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moulin Rouge! as films being shown, when they are actually just options for the audience choice film.
Love is in the air this summer as TIFF in the Park returns for another season of outdoor film screenings, showcasing the best romances from across the decades. Bring a blanket and get comfy on the lawn (yes, the Entertainment District has green space, too) to enjoy everything from Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, to Casablanca, Sleepless in Seattle, and The Notebook.