Veteran post-punk band …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead released a new album, Lost Songs, in 2013, but its current tour is more focused on its 2002 hit album Source Tags and Codes. The rockers will be playing that album in its entirety at their Lee’s Palace stop here in Toronto, but if you’d like a free sample first, the band will do an in-store set at Sonic Boom earlier in the evening—it’s free if you bring a food bank donation.
There’s a packed bill of Canadian film, theatre, and comedy stars for the Holler 4 Health Care fundraiser, an event to protest the Harper government’s slow abandonment of federal health care funding. Acts scheduled to appear include cult film legend Julian Riching; musical theatre star Brent Carver, recently awarded a Governor General’s award; and sketch troupe Women Fully Clothed.
If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace.
Playwright Bobby Del Rio was inspired to write The Trial of Ken Gass, a Kafkaesque look at a man’s encounter with an officious bureaucrat, by the ousting of Factory Theatre’s artistic director by its board of directors (who earned themselves a place in our Villains roster in 2012). The play is less interested in the scandal’s details, however, and more in the different ways people react when confronted by an unreasonable person who’s the gatekeeper for an uncaring system. To drive the point home, as in the original production, Del Rio has cast a different performer every night to play the title character, who’s put through the wringer by a mercurial investigator played by Jess Salguiero. Among the guest “Gasses” are playwright Matthew Edison, comedian Sandra Battaglini, and cabaret performer Ryan G. Hinds.
Ichimaru—once one of Japan’s most famous geishas—left the profession in the 1930s to pursue a career in entertainment. Never really leaving her past life, she became known for adorning herself in the traditional geisha garb when performing in concert or on television. “From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru” exhibits several decades’ worth of outfits and personal effects, shedding light on the woman behind the makeup.
Veteran balladeer Danny Michel will be spending his March Mondays at the Dakota Tavern with his band and special surprise guests. The first edition’s guests included down-to-earth astronaut Chris Hadfield, who snapped the banner image above. Michel’s calling his residency School Night Mondays, and tickets are available in advance for each Monday (and will likely go fast).