A week of performing arts programming created by artists 21 and under, The Paprika Festival features readings, theatre and dance performances, and social events that aim to encourage youth involvement in the arts and foster the creation of art by young people. The festival boasts many alumni in the arts and arts-related fields, and this year’s crop of budding writers, directors, and performers may give young-at-heart attendees a glimpse of future Dora-winning work. There’s a double bill of workshopped shows each night of the week, with readings beforehand and late-night cabaret programming afterward. Over the festival’s closing weekend, the evenings turn into full days of arts events. All main-stage shows are $5; unlimited access festival passes can be purchased for $50. Many events are free of charge. For the full programming schedule, consult the festival’s website.
The Blue Jays home opener was on Friday, and though the weather has been slow to warm, it won’t be long before summer and the major league season are in full swing. Jordan Strofolino hosts Pitch: Talks on Baseball, a new speaker series about the boys of summer. His first guests include sports columnists Shi Davidi (Sportsnet) and John Lott (The National Post), comedian Dylan Gott, and Blue Jays superfan and blogger Jared MacDonald. As a bonus, there’ll be free beer samples from Left Field Brewery, and Caplansky’s Thundering Thelma food truck will be catering.