Subways, subways, subways. The transit issue is foremost on the minds of many Torontonians these days, and everyone has an opinion. Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10, York Centre) will be hosting a transit town hall in his ward, and he’ll be joined by TTC Chair Karen Stintz (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence). The two are looking for citizen feedback about subway expansion, bus service, Wheel-Trans, and more. (Light rail, perhaps?)
For the third-annual edition of the Haiku Head to Head Deathmatch, the Toronto Poetry Project is challenging (very) short-form wordsmiths to show up with three-line poems. The head-to-head challengers will eventually be whittled down to one witty, concise, and precise writer. Cynthia Gould hosts.
Adam Bailey hosts the cabaret edition of the Press Club comedy show, a weekly comedy series at the Dundas West bar of the same name, co-produced by fellow comics Veronika Swartz and Chris Brazeau. At this week’s show, Bailey’s guests will include Kristian Reimer, Laura Cilevitz, and Robin Archer.
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.
When it was originally unveiled at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (England, not Ontario), the “David Bowie Is” exhibition shattered attendance records, selling over 42,000 advance tickets. Now that the show has come to Toronto, it’s easy to see why it was so successful. Composed of over 300 objects from David Bowie’s personal archive, spanning his entire career, the exhibit is arranged and presented as a completely immersive experience, enveloping visitors in a kaleidoscopic visual and aural landscape that would be overwhelming if it weren’t so brilliantly arranged and intelligently guided.
With the gala hangovers and celluloid-induced eye strain from the 2013 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival just beginning to fade away, film addicts who are already starting to feel the itch have another movie extravaganza to check out: the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Now in its eighth year, TAD is a celebration of everything frightening, disturbing, challenging, and gloriously bloody. While the primary focus of the fest is on horror films, there will also be generous offerings of speculative fiction, unusual action movies, and cult flicks.
Like the company’s recent triumph, Angels in America, Soulpepper’s newest show, The Norman Conquests, requires multiple trips to the theatre—or a hearty constitution for a full day of marathon attendance. Unlike Angels in America, the three instalments of The Norman Conquests—Table Manners, Living Together, and Round and Round the Garden—are comic in nature and small in scope, with each instalment taking place in a different part of a couple’s house. Written by prolific British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, the three-part series features veteran members of the Soulpepper ensemble, and can be “enjoyed individually or in any combination.”
Improv comedy performers from across North America will converge on Toronto for nine days during the Big City Improv Festival, including special celebrity performers like MADtv alumni Phil Lamarr and Jeff Richards. Also on the bill is recent Canadian Comedy Award winner MANTOWN, which will perform an improv set on opening night. Local acts include Burns and Gallo, winners of the Big City TKO competition, and Mark Little and Kyle Dooley, who impressed us during last month’s Just For Laughs 42 festival.