As part of Black History Month, the Toronto Public Library presents a discussion with hip hop author and promoter Dalton Higgins. Canadian Hip Hop: From the Streets to the Suites will take a look at the progression of our country’s urban music scene and touch on the artists who paved the way for artists like Drake.
Do you like being the centre of attention? Are you brave enough to take a journey into the depths of your subconscious—in front of a live audience? If so, you’ll want to check out Brandon the Hypnotist’s HypnotiXXX—A Slightly Naughty Comedy Hypnosis Show. Willing volunteers will succumb to the power of suggestion and entertain their peers with hilarious and risqué hijinks. While dirtier than your typical hypnosis show, have no fear—no one will be ridiculed, demeaned, or goaded into revealing deep dark secrets.
Mustafa Ahmed has been meaning to assemble and record the best of his spoken word repertoire, but the 17-year-old artist, emcee, and actor has managed to garner widespread praise without releasing an album. Since he caught the media’s attention five years ago, he has performed at Roy Thompson Hall and TedX Toronto, and has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Nelly Furtado, Pharoahe Monch, and Margaret Atwood.
This evening, Ahmed debuts his self-titled EP in his local Regent Park, the neighbourhood that has shaped his life and his art. “It’s very humbling, because these are stories of my own,” he tells us in a phone interview. “I want people to know that this is where I started. Even the album cover has pictures of the buildings in Regent Park.”
The Toronto Centre for the Arts is stripping away the glossy layers of the music industry with their Bare Bones and Up Front Indie Music Series. Every Wednesday for eight weeks, two local musicians will be given the chance to show off their songs and skills in an intimate setting. Some of the featured acts include Rehan Dalal (March 12), Meredith Shaw (March 26), and Lindy (April 9).
What would happen if two characters from different books were to meet up outside their narratives? This is the basis of Brian Friel’s Afterplay, which explores the hypothetical relationship between two Anton Chekhov creations—Sonya from Uncle Vanya and Andrey from Three Sisters. For the price of admission, you’ll also get to indulge in authentic Russian tea during the performance, courtesy of the Campbell House.