As the music market becomes increasingly digital and corporate-owned, it’s important that we give some love to the little guys every now and again. That’s why Record Store Day was born in 2007—to celebrate independent music retailers and spread the word about what they have to offer. More than 20 stores in Toronto will be taking part this year, with special album releases, deals, and in-store performances. The iconic Sonic Boom will play host to PS I Love You, DIANA, Greys, The Bicycles, HSY, and Unfinished Business. Check here for a list of participating shops.
Based on the real-life story of Anita Chakraburtty—who planned her own wedding before acquiring a groom—BroadFish is a live theatre experiment about reality, fantasy, and relationships. Using music, film, improv, and folktales, performance artist Melissa D’Agostino takes a look at female stereotypes, using the archetypes of the Crone, the Damsel in Distress, and the Bridezilla.
It’s here! The best spoken-wordsmiths have been identified and will take to the battlefield (a.k.a. the Royal Cinema stage) to compete in the Toronto Poetry Slam Finals. BAM! Toronto’s Youth Slam Team will open the evening with a special set before Bassam, Andre Prefontaine, Sabrina, MultiPurpose Hot Air Machine, Estefania, Prufrock, Kara, and Ketch22 show what they’ve got. New York’s Joshua Bennett will make his Canadian debut as the evening’s special guest performer.
If you’re in the mood for a murder mystery with a religious twist, you’ll want to check out The Last Confession. David Suchet (Poirot) and Richard O’Callaghan star in this play about the mysterious death of Pope John Paul I in 1978. After only 33 days in office, and having warned three cardinals that they would be replaced, he is found dead. Though the Vatican refuses to open an official investigation, Cardinal Benelli goes out in search of the truth.