Olivia Chow presents a free screening of NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, a film by Torontonian Emmy award-winner John Kastner. The story follows the struggles of Sean Clifton, whose mental-health disorder led to him stab a young woman. After years in mental institutions, he aims to get his old life back, despite his victim’s fear that he’ll hurt her again.
Want to make music for a living, but can’t stomach the idea of being the stereotypical starving artist? It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many revenue streams available to business-smart artists, including licensing, royalties, streaming, and direct-to-fan solutions. But how does it all work? Join MusicOntario’s Making a Living Making Music workshop to find out. Rodney Murphy (SOCAN), Andrew Karis (ACTRA RACS), Benji Rogers (PledgeMusic), and a representative from Coalition Music make up the event’s panel of industry experts.
The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown, presented by the Vancouver Aquarium, is making its return to Toronto. In support of sustainable seafood, 13 Toronto chefs—and their chowder recipes—will be going head to head in hopes of being crowned the Chowder Champion. Attendees will be able to taste all of these creations, which will be paired with a variety of local beers, before voting for their favourites.
After a successful run at this year’s SummerWorks Festival, the cast of Iceland reunites for a special one-night performance. The play—starring Christine Horne, Kawa Ada, and Claire Calnan—focuses on an immigrant escort, a businessman, and a rental evictee whose lives become entangled, their connections laid out against the bleakness of the banking crisis.
If the name Shakespeare Bash’d sounds familiar, it’s for good reason. For two years in a row, the collective creative effort founded by James Wallis and producer Rob Kraszewski has been upending the way local audiences experience the Bard’s work. In 2012, Shakespeare Bash’d’s Fringe Festival staging of The Taming of the Shrew, at Mirvish Village’s Victory Café, earned citywide praise.
Tarragon Theatre presents ten days of innovative onstage creations as part of Play Reading Week. The showcase will debut new works from members of the 2013 Playwrights Unit, and many of the plays will go on to be developed further in Tarragon’s WorkSpace program and mounted as full productions in future seasons. A different burgeoning playwright will find him or herself in the spotlight each night. On the roster are Kate Cayley, Anna Chatterton, Jordi Mand, Amy Lee Lavoie, Maria Milisavljevic, Jessica Anderson, Adam Paolozza, Diane Flacks, Marilo Nuñez, and Gord Rand.
Comedian David Dineen-Porter was recently voted “Best Male Stand-Up” in NOW Magazine‘s annual Best of Toronto readers’ poll, surprising many people familiar with his eccentric and outlandish style. Many comedians consider him one of Toronto’s most original talents, but peer recognition doesn’t always translate into popular appeal. That said, Dineen-Porter and Tom Henry, co-hosts and co-producers of the monthly Don’t Get Bored of Us and Leave show at The Ossington, garnered considerable attention in the U.S. at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival this past summer.
We spoke with Dineen-Porter about his and Henry’s upcoming anniversary show, how he’s pranked his co-host and the audience in the past, and what to expect on Tuesday (the only sure bet is cake).