Fashion on Yonge

  • Trinity Square (9 Trinity Square)
  • 4 p.m.

The seasons will soon be changing, which means it’s time to start thinking about wardrobe makeovers! Check out Fashion on Yonge to get a sneak peek at the fall clothing collections you’ll soon be able to snag in over 600 retail stores in downtown Toronto. DJ J-Lah will start things off before three separate fashion shows hit the runway, each one reflecting the styles found on Yonge Street—urban, vibe, and chic.

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CaribbeanTales Film Showcase

  • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
  • 6:30 p.m.

The CaribbeanTales Film Showcase returns to Toronto for its eighth year, bringing films and documentaries from over 25 different countries. The opening-night gala features the world premiere of Christopher Laird’s No Bois Man No Fraid, which sees two Trinidadian martial artists enter the dangerous world of Kalinda (stickfighting). Over 10 feature pieces, and 30 short films will screen during the festival, many of which will include discussions with the respective directors.

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Poster Party

Steam Whistle's September art show celebrates the mass distribution poster as an art form. Image by Kyle Michael Murray.

Steam Whistle's September art show celebrates the mass distribution poster as an art form. Image by Kyle Michael Murray.

  • Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard)
  • 7 p.m.

Steam Whistle’s September art exhibit is courtesy of a group of artists who became friends while studying Printmaking at OCAD. Poster Party celebrates mass-produced and distributed art for the general public, and consists of posters that have been created to promote art events, bands, and tours. Some of the featured artists include Jordan Warmington, Rebecca Ladds, Miles Ingrassia, and Eunice Luk. The exhibit runs all month.

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Hollodeck Follies: Episode 8

  • Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

The crew of the U.S.S. Albatross returns for yet another episode of Holodeck Follies, a monthly Star Trek-inspired variety show presented by The Dandies. Episode Eight sees the crew go on an adventure to pick up a special package from Starfleet Academy. The show also features non-Trekkie stand-up from Rush Zilla, sketch comedy from Fancy Sluts, and music from Petra Breiner and Nicole Bauman.

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Terrific Women Live

  • The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue)
  • 9 p.m.

Steph Kaliner and Sara Hennessey are two very funny ladies—you might even call them Terrific Women. Which, oddly enough, is the name of their new regular comedy show at The Ossington. This month, they’ve enlisted the talented Sandra Battaglini, Phil Luzi, Chris Locke, Kathleen Phillips, and Jeremy Mersereau to join them onstage for a night of silliness.

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

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day

The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.

Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada.

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A Sampling of the Stratford Festival

Scott Wentworth as Tevye, with Jacquelyn French (Hodel), Keely Hutton (Chava) and Jennifer Stewart (Tzeitel) in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Scott Wentworth as Tevye, with Jacquelyn French (Hodel), Keely Hutton (Chava) and Jennifer Stewart (Tzeitel) in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

If Fringe and SummerWorks aren’t enough to satisfy your summer theatre cravings, the world-renowned Stratford Festival is now only a bus ride away from downtown Toronto, thanks to the new Stratford Direct bus route (“the best thing [the Festival] has done in years” according to one usher at the Avon Theatre). Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has put together a season to please tastes from the traditional to the extravagant. Here’s what we think about five of Stratford’s current productions.

Details: A Sampling of the Stratford Festival

Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea

  • Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
  • All day

Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea is a new exhibition from the Toronto Reference Library that gathers a number of rare items that explore the theme of the possible and the impossible. Some of the highlights on display are La vingtième siècle: la vie électrique (a rare French book that shows how scientific discoveries would have affected people in 1955), Tame (a sci-fi pulp magazine), and Worldly Wisdom (watercolour that depicts a Leonardo da Vinci-like figure creating a winged flying machine). You’ll find the exhibition in the library’s TD Gallery.

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BEARS IN THE STREETS *the world as I’ve seen it

Image courtesy of Jeff Blackburn.

Image courtesy of Jeff Blackburn.

  • Gallery 431 (431 Roncesvalles Avenue)
  • All day

BEARS IN THE STREETS *the world as I’ve seen it is a solo art exhibition by Jeff Blackburn featuring works that involve bears, which act as guides through various cityscapes (see above for example). Visitors will have the chance to see different public spaces from around the world (with bears!). The opening reception will be held on September 1st and will start at 7 p.m.

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The World According to “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

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  • Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
  • 10 a.m.

Ai Weiwei is a 56-year-old artist confined to his home in Beijing for creating work critical of the Chinese government and Chinese culture. There are video cameras outside his house, his phone lines are tapped, his blog was deleted, his Shanghai studio was destroyed in 2010 by authorities, and his passport was confiscated in 2011. To this day, he’s unable to leave his country. Even so, Ai Weiwei has had a large presence in Toronto over the past few months.

This past June, he did a performance piece with artist Laurie Anderson during the Luminato Festival, using Skype. His Zodiac Heads have been installed, temporarily, in the reflecting pool in front of City Hall. At this year’s Nuit Blanche, a large-scale version of his sculpture of bicycles, Forever, will take over Nathan Phillips Square. And beginning August 17, the Art Gallery of Ontario is displaying “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”, a retrospective of the work he produced before and after the Chinese government’s crackdown on his activities helped him find new international acclaim.

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Angels in America Is Worth the Marathon Running Time

An Angel (Raquel Duffy) appears to AIDS patient Prior Walter (Damien Atkins) in Angels in America. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

An Angel (Raquel Duffy) appears to AIDS patient Prior Walter (Damien Atkins) in Angels in America. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Many people now routinely consume television series in marathon benders, blowing through DVDs or Netflix downloads in a few evenings or a weekend. It’s that sort of experience—but live, of course—that awaits audiences at Soulpepper’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, which offers over six hours of impeccably staged and performed theatre either in two long evenings or over the course of one full day, with multiple intermissions and a meal break.

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Second City’s New Show Is a Heroic Effort

Allison Price, about to lose her patience with Stacey McGunnigle. Photo courtesy of Second City.

Allison Price, about to lose her patience with Stacey McGunnigle. Photo courtesy of Second City.

  • Second City (51 Mercer Street)
  • 8 p.m.

You might expect a show called We Can Be Heroes to be a send-up of superhero films, but Second City’s new mainstage production is actually a celebration of minor, everyday acts of heroism ranging from giving advice to a bullied child to managing not to be a jackass at your friend’s wedding.

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Fortune and Men’s Eyes Needs to Refocus

David Coomber, Alex Fiddes, Cyrus Faird, and Julian DeZotti play four inmates in Fortune and Men's Eyes. Photo by Guntar Kravis.

David Coomber, Alex Fiddes, Cyrus Faird, and Julian DeZotti play four inmates in Fortune and Men's Eyes. Photo by Guntar Kravis.

  • Dancemakers Studio (9 Trinity Street)
  • 8:05 p.m.

The drama that happens within prison walls is perfect material for storytelling, hence the prevalence of jailhouse material in action movies, TV dramas like Oz, and plays like John Herbert’s controversial 1967 hit, Fortune and Men’s Eyes. Though Fortune is one of Canada’s most published scripts, modern audiences haven’t heard from inmates Smitty, Mona, Queenie, and Rocky in quite some time. BirdLand Theatre, known for successful productions of Assassins, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and last year’s Gruesome Playground Injuries, is currently mounting the play in a Distillery District dance studio. Their aim is to showcase this iconic piece of Canadian theatre history, known for exposing the mental and sexual abuse that happens to people in confinement. Unfortunately, this version carries little of the original production’s impact.

Details: Fortune and Men’s Eyes Needs to Refocus

Eamon McGrath’s Celebrated Summer Residency

Eamon McGrath appears with different musician friends every week at the Dakota Tavern. Image courtesy of Eamon McGrath.

Eamon McGrath appears with different musician friends every week at the Dakota Tavern. Image courtesy of Eamon McGrath.

  • Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue)
  • 9 p.m.

Folk-punk rocker Eamon McGrath is making the best of summer with a residency at The Dakota Tavern. He’s curated a plethora of Canadian bands to take the stage with him every week, ranging anywhere from country to brash rock and roll. Donovan Woods kicks off the series on August 14, followed by acts like Nick Everett (August 28), Camp Radio (September 18), and many more.

Details: Eamon McGrath’s Celebrated Summer Residency