TEDxToronto 2013

  • The Royal Conservatory of Music (273 Bloor Street West)
  • All day

By now, you’re probably familiar with TED Talks. An independently organized Toronto edition, TEDxToronto, is back for another year. This time, the theme is “The Choices We Make.” Above, you can see a clip from one of this year’s speakers, Steph Guthrie, who was also one of our 2012 “hero” nominees. The whole event will be streamed live, online.

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COC Free Concert Series Kickoff: Meet the Young Artists

  • Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West)
  • 12 p.m.

Join the Canadian Opera Company as it kicks off its 2013/2014 season of free lunchtime concerts with a special Meet the Young Artists showcase, dedicated to the late Lotfi Mansouri, COC’s former general director. Get acquainted with each member of the Ensemble Studio as they perform their favourite arias. Ensemble Studio graduate Simone Osborne will make a guest appearance.

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Louise Pitre Goes Autobiographical in On The Rocks

Louise Pitre bowing in front of accompanist Diane Leah. Photo by Michael Cooper.

Louise Pitre bowing in front of accompanist Diane Leah. Photo by Michael Cooper.

  • Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday was not a great day for feminism, if feminism means getting upset when a prominent Canadian author and University of Toronto professor says he doesn’t care much for any literature written by women, or when an engagement ring must be “earned” by making a man 300 sandwiches. Needless to say, Louise Pitre’s one-woman autobiographical show, On The Rocks, couldn’t have opened on a day when audiences were more ready to hear the personal story of one of Canada’s biggest female theatrical role models—especially in a production created by an all-female crew lead by director Jen Shuber.

Details: Louise Pitre Goes Autobiographical in On The Rocks

Find Your Voice: Standing Together to End Violence Against Women – The Wooden Sky in Concert

  • Grace Church on-the-Hill (300 Lonsdale Road)
  • 8 p.m.

Juno-nominated indie group The Wooden Sky and Classical Revolution are teaming up to bring you a show in partnership with the White Ribbon Campaign (the world’s largest movement to end violence against women). This sure-to-be-exciting set will take place at Grace Church on-the-Hill, so you already know the acoustics are going to be great. Consider revisiting our recap of The Wooden Sky’s travelling show, which was one of the highlights of SummerWorks.

Details: Find Your Voice: Standing Together to End Violence Against Women – The Wooden Sky in Concert

FIXED

Photo courtesy of Zack Russell.

Photo courtesy of Zack Russell.

  • Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

FIXED is a play by Zack Russell that describes itself as a “cross-generation mash-up of gay inventors looking for their fix.” The show’s main character, Gayle, invents a hook-up app that broadcasts men right into a user’s home. What could go wrong?

Details: FIXED

The Emergency Monologues

  • Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas Street West)
  • 8:30 p.m.

The Emergency Monologues is an evening of shock-horror comedy during which EMS ambulance driver Morgan Phillips turns true on-the-job stories into a stand-up routine. Be warned: you may hear such tales as the one about the man who cut off his own penis, the girl who got her leg caught in a bike, and more. Evalyn Parry will be opening. Check out the clip above to see what you might be in for.

Details: The Emergency Monologues

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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
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