Spend your lunch hour with singers and dancers from Opera Atelier as they descend upon the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for a free performance, thanks to the Canadian Opera Company. In preparation for their upcoming production of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Persée, they’ll be giving a sneak peek at the show, which follows the heroic journey of Perseus as he fights Medusa in an effort to save the life of Princess Andromeda.
A champion of the 21st-century family, TouchWood Editions is celebrating the release of their fifth book on the topic, A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. This anthology looks at lesbian, gay, and transgender relationships and families, and includes personal essays by straight writers who have LGBTQ parents or children. The launch will feature live readings by Kate Barker, S. Bear Bergman, Nathan Burgoine, Jason Dale, Dorianne Emmerton, Bruce Gillespie, Max Mosher, Maya Saibil, and Keph Senett.
The Storefront Theatre presents two great plays for the price of one, with the Swell Broad and The Homemaker Double Bill. Set in the 1950s, Brooke Banning’s Swell Broad follows an unlikely relationship between the hopelessly romantic Stuart, and Delilah, a woman with a less-than-favourable view of love, men, and commitment. Continuing in a similar vein, Laura Anne Harris’s The Homemaker examines the life of small-town 1960s housewife Janette Pettitpas, who tells the story of her marriage—and alcoholism—though poetry, dance, puppetry, and song.