East end outdoor theatre company Shakespeare in the Ruff will announce its upcoming summer show at the Ruffing It event, a fundraiser that will feature company members performing another Shakespeare play on the fly, reading from “sides” featuring only their lines. In addition to the performance, there’ll be a post-play DJ, door prizes, and a photo booth for playgoer-partiers.
Toronto took a big hit to its tree canopy over this past winter due to the December ice storm, which felled as much as a fifth of our trees. Mayor Rob Ford has contentiously opposed planting more trees to replace them, despite obvious benefits the tree canopy provides, such as improving air quality, helping the city dissipate heat during the hot summer months, helping soak up storm water, and much more. The City’s LEAF program is hosting a free meeting entitled Benefits of the Urban Forest, where you can learn more about the organization and get involved in conservation efforts in your neighbourhood.
Riding high on great reviews of their new album, Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs are back for a two-night stand in Toronto. Night one on Monday takes place at The Horseshoe Tavern and features their tour mates, White Laces (the ‘Shoe is where the band played their first few appearances in Toronto). Night two on Tuesday is at Lee’s Palace, where Toronto’s own Andre Ethier is their opening guest.