Canadian Hip Hop: From the Streets to the Suites

Shad, one of Canada's best hip hop exports. Photo by Johannes Hoehn.

Shad, one of Canada's best hip hop exports. Photo by Johannes Hoehn.

  • Toronto Public Library, Annette Street Branch (145 Annette Street)
  • 2 p.m.

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.

Details: Canadian Hip Hop: From the Streets to the Suites

HypnotiXXX—A Slightly Naughty Comedy Hypnosis Show

  • The Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliament Street)
  • 7 p.m.

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.

Details: HypnotiXXX—A Slightly Naughty Comedy Hypnosis Show

Regent Park’s Proud Young Poet

Mustafa the Poet rehearses in studio. Photo by Che Kothari.

Mustafa the Poet rehearses in studio. Photo by Che Kothari.

  • Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East)
  • 7:30 p.m.

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.”

Details: Regent Park’s Proud Young Poet

Bare Bones and Up Front Indie Music Series

  • Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street)
  • 8 p.m.

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).

Details: Bare Bones and Up Front Indie Music Series

Afterplay

  • Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

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.

Details: Afterplay

Ongoing…

The Guggenheim Comes to the AGO

20131126-AGO The Great Upheaval- Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection-2168- Photo_by_Corbin_Smith
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
  • All day
Details: The Guggenheim Comes to the AGO