The venerable Trampoline Hall monthly lecture series, which features three lecturers on topics they are not professional experts in, kicks off its new year with a new curator in its rotation: Jordan Tannahill, one of Torontoist‘s Heroes of 2013. Tannahill has selected as his speakers Erin Brubaker, whose topic is power jewellery; Alec Toller, who’s into “friend therapy”; and Cameron Lee on Courtney Love. As always, the evening will be hosted by Misha Glouberman. The doors will open at 7:40 p.m. (and close at 8 p.m., when the lectures begin) and a very limited number of tickets will be available at the door, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Producers from Red One Theatre (Benjamin Blais), the Downstage (Brenhan McKibben), and Theatre Brouhaha (Danny Pagett) are organizing what’s essentially a theatre-script open mic with submissions given cold readings by volunteer actors at its Sing For Your Supper series. Before and after the readings, the evening will also serve as a meet-and-greet for indie theatre types. (Prospective readers are asked to show up at 8 p.m., an hour before the readings get under way.)
While the Toronto International Film Festival may have shifted into a more relaxed mode, it’s still offering plenty of opportunities to gawk at movie stars—they’re just a little more spread out. Midweek, fans could catch the premieres of Good Kill (Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg’s new bit of oddness), The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II cryptographer Alan Turing), Jauja (Viggo Mortensen, and we don’t know much else really), Laggies (Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley in a comedy about people taking their sweet time to grow up), October Gale (Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman in a thriller/drama set in a remote cabin), Pawn Sacrifice (about the chess duels between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer), The Cobbler (Adam Sandler’s latest) and Escobar (Benicio Del Toro is the famous drug kingpin).
Virginia Woolf once remarked that “on or about December 1910, human character changed.” Whether it actually did is debatable, but the curators of “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910–1918” use that year to start their exhibition of works from a tumultuous decade of innovation in European fine art.
Not content to keep it tucked away in the fall, last night the Toronto International Film Festival revealed its slate for Canada’s Top 10, the upcoming ten-day mini-festival devoted to the year’s best in Canadian filmmaking. Artistic Director Cameron Bailey joined Canadian programmer Steve Gravestock and comedian Steve Patterson to unveil the feature and short lineups, in addition to announcing a number of related talks.
Ali Eisner is already known for being a puppeteer, composer, and performer. Now she adds another line to her resumé with her debut photography exhibit, “Favourite Things.” As one might expect, each photo in the show depicts a cherished moment, person, or item in her life—you’ll find shots of everything from travelling and architecture, to puppets and musicians such as Kathleen Edwards, Ron Sexsmith, and Serena Ryder.