The Regent Park Film Festival Takes the Local Approach

A still from ALIAS.

A still from ALIAS.

  • Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East)
  • All day

The Regent Park Film Festival occupies an interesting niche in Toronto’s mini-festival circuit, as much because of its grounding in a particular neighborhood—Canada’s largest and oldest public housing project—as for its commitment to offering its programming free of charge. This year’s slate is a mix of community filmmaking, documentaries about a range of issues relevant to Regent Park residents, and mainstream features like Ryan Coogler’s award-winning Fruitvale Station, based on the true story of Oscar Grant’s death at the hands of an Oakland police officer.

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Nature Calls: A High Park Nature Centre Fundraiser

  • Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

Join local artists for an evening of music to raise funds for the High Park Nature Centre. The centre hosts a wealth of year-round guided park walks and nature education programs for enthusiasts of all ages, and is calling for the community’s support to help it continue to provide such services. The evening will feature a silent auction, as well as performances from Ania Ziemirska, Shawna Caspi, Meghan Morrison Band, I.M. Brown, and comedian Kathleen Phillips.

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FireWorks

FireWorks features three pieces by local playwrights. Image courtesy of the Alumnae Theatre Company.

FireWorks features three pieces by local playwrights. Image courtesy of the Alumnae Theatre Company.

  • Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street)
  • 8 p.m.

The Alumnae Theatre Company presents its inaugural FireWorks theatre showcase. Akin to the New Ideas Festival, this series features plays created in-house by local artists. Three pieces will be staged during the three-week run: Theory by Norman Yeung, Gloria’s Guy by Joan Burrows, and Measure of the World by Shirley Barrie. For those who want more than just stage productions, there will also be several roundtable discussions and playwright talks to attend.

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Julius Caesar

  • Unit 102 Theatre (376 Dufferin Street)
  • 8 p.m.

The Unit 102 Actors Company brings Shakespeare’s tale of power and corruption to life with its production of Julius Caesar. Taking place in 44 B.C., the play follows the events surrounding Caesar’s assassination. First performed as early as 1599, many of the story’s central issues are still relevant today.

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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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