Have you ever dreamed of owning a piece of original art inspired by your favourite riot grrrl or metal band? You might just be in luck at the Art vs. Alt Gala, a collaboration between Rosie the Rebel Boutique and the Canadian Alternative Arts Collective. Your $4 cover will get you into the event, which also features music from Food Water Shelter and a surprise guest speaker. You are welcome to purchase any of the art on sale, all of which is priced under $400, or feel good knowing your cover goes to the Collective in support of contemporary alternative artists.
Is there a more fitting way to see a David Suzuki-endorsed film than in the great outdoors? Fort York is host to the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park Project as it screens Project Wild Thing, a feature-length documentary about kids’ increasing disconnection from nature. The film is the centrepiece of an evening that also includes live jazz by Battle of Santiago, Steam Whistle beer (by donation), and an exhibition of green design ideas, as well as crafts and food. Not convinced yet? Perhaps a campfire with all-you-can-eat marshmallows, including a vegan option, will sway you to get out to the Fort.
Since they’re sooo cool, the curators of The Black Museum are playing a bit of hooky this month. Taking a break from schooling horror fans on the finer details of the genre, they’ll be kicking back with a screening of 1985’s atmospheric vampire flick Fright Night. To top it off, attendees will be the first to find out the topics and presenters of the next few lectures.
Toronto-based Local 164 released their debut album, Dreams From Belle County, in December, and are taking to the stage tonight in support of the roots/country record produced by Andrew Penner of the Sunparlour Players. The band goes on at 10:00 p.m., and the Tranzac is right around the corner from a handful of Toronto Fringe Festival venues, so you can cap off your night of supporting local indie theatre by supporting local indie music. You might even find yourself humming one of the band’s folksy murder ballads on your way home.
Summer music season is here, the ’90s are back—surely Lilith Fair is due for a return? Until the organizers of that storied festival see enough Doc Martens on the feet of girls born in 1993 to give the go-ahead, we’ll have to find an alternative for lady-driven alt-rock. Fortunately, the Beaver is here to fill that void with Birkenrock, a night of drinking and dancing to your favourite females in rock, so throw on your Lisa Loeb glasses and head down to the Beaver. Birkenstocks don’t appear to be a requirement.
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.
With more than 130 shows and additional programming, the Toronto Fringe Festival can be overwhelming. And since the shows are picked mostly via a lottery system, finding one that will be worth your time and money can be a crapshoot—though the best shows can and have gone on to eventual Broadway runs and major film adaptations. We’ll help you get the most out of your Fringe experience with a rundown of the festival’s promising and potentially can’t-miss shows—and we’ll be back with reviews as the festival progresses.
The festival begins with opening ceremonies behind Honest Ed’s at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, and features some afternoon and evening premieres that day and Thursday, July 3. The festival really kicks off on Friday, July 5, and there’ll be programming every day from noon to midnight until Sunday, July 13.
You’d be hard-pressed to think of a filmmaker more frequently linked to his national cinema in the popular imagination than Satyajit Ray, whose work in the 1950s brought an independent streak to the production of Indian cinema as famously as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless countered the establishment of French costume dramas around the same time. Yet prior to the 1990s, you might have found it equally difficult to name a major international figurehead who was as underrepresented at repertory screenings, so dire was the state of the films’ prints.
Twenty years after the Academy Film Archive restored the Bengali director’s deteriorating and otherwise endangered negatives and made proper retrospectives possible, TIFF Cinematheque offers “The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray,” a far-ranging program that gives Toronto audiences the opportunity to see the fruit of that labour as well as the work of arguably India’s most influential filmmaker.
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.
Our fascination with fame and celebrity isn’t new—and this is illustrated in Izzy Gallery’s newest exhibit, Terry O’Neil: The Man Who Shot the Sixties. A photographer from the U.K., O’Neill snapped iconic shots of everyone from The Beatles and Rolling Stones to Brigitte Bardot and Faye Dunaway. The opening party features an appearance by O’Neill himself, and his “photographs from the frontline of fame” will remain on display until the end of August.
If you haven’t heard of Twelve Angry Men, you’ve likely seen it parodied in a number of movies and television shows over the years. Now here’s your chance to see the real deal, on stage, thanks to the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Watch the drama unfold in a claustrophobic deliberation room as one dissenting juror unravels what is supposed to be an open-and-shut murder case.