The folks behind the Brewer’s Backyard series always keep the food and drink lineup under wraps for their Queen Victoria’s Secret, of which they’re hosting their third annual edition this Victoria Day. But good craft beer and tasty vittles from Toronto and Ontario are always on offer at their events, so we’re confident in recommending you check it out, drinks list and menu unseen.
Stand-up comic Tim Gilbert is one of Toronto’s favourites—among those in the comedy community, anyway. The Laugh Sabbath stalwart, whom television audiences may recognize from his past interview segments on MTV Showtown, hasn’t yet achieved the same level of recognition as, say, his fellow Showtown star Chris Locke. Gilbert’s fixing to change that by recording his first comedy album over two nights at The Ossington. Night one is hosted by James Hartnett, and features Nick Flanagan, Ron Sparks, and Andrew Johnston as guests; night two will be hosted by Adam Christie, and feature Sara Hennessey, Tom Henry, and Pat Thornton.
While the Toronto International Film Festival may have shifted into a more relaxed mode, it’s still offering plenty of opportunities to gawk at movie stars—they’re just a little more spread out. Midweek, fans could catch the premieres of Good Kill (Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg’s new bit of oddness), The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II cryptographer Alan Turing), Jauja (Viggo Mortensen, and we don’t know much else really), Laggies (Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley in a comedy about people taking their sweet time to grow up), October Gale (Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman in a thriller/drama set in a remote cabin), Pawn Sacrifice (about the chess duels between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer), The Cobbler (Adam Sandler’s latest) and Escobar (Benicio Del Toro is the famous drug kingpin).
“The greatest art always returns you to the vulnerabilities of the human situation.” – Francis Bacon
“In the human figure one can express more completely one’s feelings about the world than in any other way.” – Henry Moore
These quotations, which welcome visitors to “Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” immediately establish the exhibition’s tone and focus. Each artist’s distortions of the human figure, shaped by their wartime experiences, capture the vulnerability of our mortal forms.
The Distillery District is stunning on its own, but it’s about to get a whole lot prettier, during the weekend-long Artfest. Take a couple of hours and explore the historic site while perusing the pottery, jewellery, painting, food, and glassware of more than 75 artisans from across the country. On a budget? Just hang around and take in the (free) live painting and musical performances instead.
If you’re planning on running away to join the circus, you won’t have to go very far this weekend (and if you change your mind by the end of the weekend, no one has to know). HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival rolls into Harbourfront Centre for three days of family-oriented programming, aiming to foster imagination among children. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, dancers, and more will be on site for a variety of shows and activities.
We’re nearing the end of Tarragon Theatre‘s 2013/2014 season, and it appears we’ve also arrived at the final stage of its theme: love, loss, wine, and the gods. But that doesn’t mean the Tarragon, which has seen some major hits this year in Lungs, The Double, and The Ugly One, is phoning it in. Sean Dixon’s ambitious new script, A God in Need of Help, has produced not only one of the longer plays in the Tarragon season, but also easily the most dense and layered, mixing as it does historical fact and fiction with timeless issues of art, religion, and politics. Fortunately, that makes it the strongest mainstage show of the season thus far (we’ll see how Tarragon’s final show, The God That Comes, co-created by and featuring Hawksley Workman, performs in June).
After a month of “spring break,” Danny Michel’s School Night Mondays return to their weekly residency at the Dakota Tavern. The previous March residency had special guests like astronaut Chris Hadfield and fellow local songwriter Royal Wood, and given that every previous edition has sold out (it’s door tickets only, so get there early), the night is likely to continue to feature quality guests (plus Michel and his band, of course).