Musicians, writers, and athletes are coming together to Get Lit in support of a great cause. Several notable Canadians will take the stage to read from pieces of literature that inspired their success. Participants include Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham, the Globe and Mail‘s Robyn Doolittle, Olympic hurdler Perdita Felicien, artist and fashion designer Jeremy Laing, the Lang & O’Leary Exchange‘s Amanda Lang, and Frank Viva, the creative director of Viva & Co. All proceeds from the event will go to The Running & Reading Club, an after-school program that promotes literacy and physical activity among economically challenged children across the country.
What do you do when you’re the founder of one of the longest-running music blogs in Toronto and you hit a milestone age? Well, you throw a birthday party show, of course. Mechanical Forest Sound presents I’m Forty Now, a night of celebration featuring performances by Light Fires, Sacred Lamp, Marker Starling, and Not the Wind, Not the Flag.
Most unsolicited messages from admirers to famous writers do not result in collaborations: but when Lindsay Cochrane, kindergarten teacher and English literature grad, emailed Yann Martel, the acclaimed author of Life of Pi, about adapting one of his novels into a stage play, the two ended up joining forces. The result is Cochrane’s first play, Beatrice & Virgil, on now at Factory Theatre (in a co-production with Ottawa’s National Arts Centre). With the help of director Sarah Garton Stanley, Cochrane has made an impressively valiant effort to wrangle some large, abstract, and troublesome ideas into a well-crafted work of live theatre.
In the city there exists an event where the beer flows freely and the spirit of competition inspires top-notch comedic performances. That event is BeerProv’s The Draft. What is it? A slew of amateur improvisers going head to head in a series of elimination games in hopes of getting the honour of drinking from the Mini-Mug of Champions. Watch Anesti Daniels, Dale Wells, Emma Viola-Robinson, Jordan Markowski, Nicole Dunn, Simon McCamus, and many others give their all in what should be a brew-tal battle.