Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could redo parts of your life with the knowledge you have now? The Open Book Literary Salon is exploring this idea with Advice for Myself, gathering three Torontonian authors—Stacey May Fowles, Brian Francis, and Michael Winter—to talk about what pointers they would give their younger selves. Whether you’re an amateur writer yourself or a book lover just looking to take in an interesting conversation, this is an event worth attending.
We Happy Few has taken the best elements of William Shakespeare’s work and thrown them into a metaphoric blender. The result: a completely improvised play. Considering the playwright’s penchant for murder, unrequited love, and cross-dressing, Shakespeare Forgive Us: The Third Act will be anything but boring.
There’s a new monthly music showcase in town! Offering more than the typical music-and-beer nights across town, Liberty Live! pairs performances by up-and-coming Torontonian artists with presentations on various music industry topics. This inaugural event features music from Steve Lewin, Erin Carter, Oliver Pigott, and Beth Moore, and keynote presentations by Zack Leighton, Executive Director of the Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association, and Sean Hayden, a composer at Daisy Dog Music Productions and Eggplant Collective.
Believe what you will about love at first sight, but that’s apparently what happened when Brighton, England, artist Victoria Melody met a basset hound puppy she soon named Major Tom. He was twice the size of his littermates and the last one to find a home; she was in a committed relationship and wanted to see if she and her partner Mitch could handle the responsibilities of parenthood. But the two instantly clicked over their shared stubbornness, among other things. He not only found an owner in Victoria—he found a collaborator.
Melody and Tom’s epic stubbornness is now on stage—we said stubborn, not shy—in the show Major Tom, on now with World Stage for a limited run at the Enwave Theatre. (Major Tom does seem to prefer limited runs, sometimes refusing to walk even a few paces to get his favourite treat.) Melody’s stubborn streak comes out in her storytelling: in this one-woman, one-dog show, Melody explains how it was that she and Tom became immersed in the world of dog shows and beauty pageants, and persevered despite the odds stacked against them.