Your mom and significant other may disapprove of your penchant for eating cereal while watching cartoons slightly drunk, but Spoony Toons supports it! This Sunday, bring your friends to CineCycle, grab a bowl of your favourite sugary breakfast, a themed cocktail, and escape back to the ’80s, when Canadian-made cartoons like The Raccoons, Inspector Gadget, My Pet Monster, and Beetlejuice ruled the airwaves.
You may not have known it, but Toronto’s oldest cemetery lies tucked away in a quiet Cabbagetown corner. The final resting place of many notable figures, the Necropolis is full of history, intrigue, and beauty. Join the ROMwalk through the grounds and learn about its inhabitants, markers, and mausoleums.
If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace.
“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.
Anyone seeking proof that all it takes for a radical to become part of the establishment is a little bit of endurance need only look to “Skin Flicks,” TIFF Cinematheque’s retrospective of the films of Toronto zine impresario, radical, occasional pornographer, and queercore filmmaker Bruce LaBruce.
A farm boy who left his rural digs for a more urban life in Toronto in the mid-‘80s, LaBruce first turned heads on the scene with his publication (along with partner and Fifth Column frontwoman G.B. Jones) of the seminal queer punk zine J.D.s, which distinguished itself from punk culture through its queer vision, and from mainstream LGBT culture through its aggressive DIY aesthetic and radical politics. From that fertile underground world came the first of LaBruce’s experimental Super 8 shorts, including Boy, Girl—ground zero for later thematic obsessions such as neo-skinheads and surveillance.
For ten days this June, Toronto will welcome the world to our city—a city that’ll be bursting with queer-positive cultural events, including musical performances by the likes of Tegan & Sara, special theatrical presentations by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and many more, visual art exhibitions, parties, and of course, the various annual Pride parades. All the official events are listed on the World Pride 2014 website (though we’ll also be keeping our eyes open for a few unofficial events we think readers might appreciate).
There’ll be public celebrations all over the country this weekend, but in downtown Toronto anyway, the most extensive are the Harbourfront Centre Canada Day Celebrations. Kicking off Friday and running right through to the fireworks display on Monday night, there’ll be live music—including performances from the finalists in its Soundclash Music Award Showcase—and a hip hop showcase by Maoestro Fresh Wes; a daily market; and plenty of programming for kids and adults of all ages.
Every part of our city will be drenched in WorldPride this summer, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bent Lens: Pride on Screen comprises nearly two months of screenings, exhibits, and speaking engagements that reflect the broadness of our LGBT community. Check out films under the stars in David Pecaut Square, take in a conversation with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, and much more.
This post originally stated that the outdoor screenings of Bent Lens will focus on Derek Jarman and Bruce LaBruce, but that is not the case.
Cahoots Theatre Company presents its LIFT OFF! Festival, a weekend of free workshops, play readings, and meet-and-greets in its (relatively) new studio space. Playwrights presenting new work include Donald Woo, Brooke Banning, and CANVAS―Cahoots’ own emerging artist collective.
First things first: the Tarragon Theatre mainspace is now licensed. That means that during its current production, The God That Comes, starring Hawksley Workman—which has set up the space like a dark, sultry 1930s cabaret with crystal chandeliers, long white tablecloths, and deep crimson curtains—you can sip a glass of red while one of Canada’s best rockers uses his beautiful voice to scream into your face.
Fans of oddball British humour—rejoice! The Lower Ossington Theatre has brought the genius of Monty Python’s Eric Idle to Toronto with their rendition of Spamalot. Watch as flying cows, killer rabbits, and all sorts of bizarre elements come together to tell a twisted version of the legendary story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Psst… We have some classified information for all you music snobs who like discovering bands before everyone else finds out about them. This weekend, the SoundClash Music Award will be going down at Harboufront, boasting performances by five shortlisted, soon-to-be-huge bands. Catch CANVAS, Keita Juma, and Pale Eyes on Saturday, followed by DATU and Maneli Jamal on Sunday. Vote for your favourite act, and you could help them win up to $10,000 in cash and prizes, and the title of 2014’s SoundClash Music Award winner.