Left Field Brewery Open House
Right now, the building that has just been leased by Mandie and Mark Murphy, the pair of masterminds behind Left Field Brewery, is still a raw, empty space. One of a series of small industrial buildings in an otherwise residential neighbourhood in Leslieville, the property—with its huge ceilings and fragmenting paint, strange bathrooms and gnarly little office spaces—is lovely in the way that abandoned buildings loved by urban explorers are lovely. Only the Left Field Brewery banners hanging proudly from the rafters like championship pennants hint at what it soon will become, but you can see the potential in the lonely space—a poky alcove with a skylight begging to become a patio, a huge main area ready to be filled with the sound of production equipment.
V-Day Toronto has found thirteen exceptional young women between the ages of 13 and 19 to appear on stage—some in their theatrical debut—for Emotional Creature. Based on Eve Ensler’s book, I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Lives of Girls Around the World, the production is made up of music and spoken-word pieces inspired by the lives of girls from all over the globe.
Recently, the Storefront Theatre (which received an honourable mention in our 2013 Heroes section) found itself literally underwater when a water main break dumped seven feet of water in its basement. A campaign to help the indie venue recover from the flood is ongoing, but in the meantime, the show must (and will) go on: its production of SHREW, a witty adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy of the sexes using puppets and a Klondike Gold Rush setting, will close out its run at Theatre Passe Muraille.
Series 8:08 Performance Workshop
Social media slagging aside, it’s not often that regular showgoers get to provide a performer with their critiques. The Series 8:08 Performance Workshop is breaking down those walls. Its dance showcase puts the spotlight on pieces still in development or recently created by professional and up-and-coming local choreographers. Following the performances, audience members will have the chance to provide written feedback and speak one on one with each of the artists.
Something Strange: The Girl to Gorilla Show
Something Strange is going ape with The Girl to Gorilla Show! If you’re in the mood for something weird and wonderful, this savage sideshow is where you need to be. Awaiting your arrival are Gracie Klutz the Gorilla Lady, Mysterion the Doctor of Mentalism, a bug-eating Nancy Bocock, Ali Kat the Pain Proof Wild Woman of Kilimanjaro, and many more.