Singular Sensation’s 2014 BackDora Awards

Singular Sensation accompanists Donavon LeNabat and Jamie Bird watch as Gabi Epstein accepts her 2013 BackDora award. Photo by Jennifer Walls.

Singular Sensation accompanists Donavon LeNabat and Jamie Bird watch as Gabi Epstein accepts her 2013 BackDora award. Photo by Jennifer Walls.

  • Statler's Lounge (487 Church Street)
  • 9:30 p.m.

The second annual BackDora Awards, a play on TAPA’s mainstream theatre Dora Awards, celebrate Toronto’s indie cabaret and musical theatre community, many representatives of which gather on a weekly basis at Statler’s Piano Bar for cabaret night Singular Sensation. This year, the recently concluded Toronto Fringe Festival is presenting a special section of awards in recognition of Singular Sensation’s support of the festival (nine different shows previewed songs at Statler’s in advance of the Fringe). There are plenty more awards and presenters, a red carpet is planned, and attendees are encouraged to wear formal dress.

Details: Singular Sensation’s 2014 BackDora Awards

Ongoing…

A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day

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.

Details: A Journey Into the Forbidden City

TIFF Cinematheque: The Homes and Worlds of Satyajit Ray

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • All day

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.

Details: TIFF Cinematheque: The Homes and Worlds of Satyajit Ray

Beaches International Jazz Festival: Best Bets

Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville. Photo by Tracey Nolan.

Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville. Photo by Tracey Nolan.

  • All day

The Waterfront Blues Festival (July 11–13), now in its 10th year, has recently “merged” with the wildly popular Beaches Jazz Festival (July 18–27), making the second half of July all-music-all-the-time in the Beach. Woodbine Park is the hub for both of these festivals, with things being rounded out by the Beaches Jazz Festival’s StreetFest along Queen Street East. Those looking for jazz will likely be disappointed by StreetFest—what you will get, though, is a fun Taste of the Danforth vibe and some epic people-watching. It’ll also be ground zero for Toronto’s well-heeled Baby Boomer set, so if you’re anxious to bust out your favourite Hawaiian shirt, now’s your chance. But if you aren’t into dancing to “Play That Funky Music White Boy” played on a pan flute, get yourself directly to one of the Beach’s fine patios, and check out one of our top picks for the Waterfront Blues Festival and Beaches Jazz Festival.

Details: Beaches International Jazz Festival: Best Bets

Bent Lens: Pride on Screen

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • All day

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.

CORRECTION: June 16, 2014, 3:50 PM 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.

Details: Bent Lens: Pride on Screen

Beaches International Jazz Festival

Woodbine Park filled with jazz fans. Photo by Thomas J. Maguire.

Woodbine Park filled with jazz fans. Photo by Thomas J. Maguire.

  • All day

The Beaches International Jazz Festival has grown over the years into 10 days chock-full of diverse programming, including a jazz run, a street festival, a food truck fest, and much more. It’s as much a celebration of the Beaches area and community itself as it is a jazz fest, although an appreciation for the music is evident throughout. Artists playing main-stage concerts include Trampled Under Foot, Paul James, and Dumpstaphunk—check out our top picks.

Details: Beaches International Jazz Festival

Best of Fringe 2014

Ruth Goodwin and Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster are two of the "random" actors in 52 Pick-Up. Photo by Vincenzo Pietropaolo.

Ruth Goodwin and Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster are two of the "random" actors in 52 Pick-Up. Photo by Vincenzo Pietropaolo.

  • Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street)
  • All day

With so many sold-out shows at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, there were plenty of people who didn’t get to see many of Torontoist‘s top picks. Not to worry: as they have for several years now, the Toronto Centre for the Arts is presenting Best of Fringe, a two-week additional run for some of the most popular shows at this year’s festival, including Theatre Brouhaha’s Punch-Up, Pea Green Theatre’s Three Men in a Boat, and The Howland Company’s 52 Pick-Up. We strongly suggest double billing shows over an evening (each show runs about an hour) and buying tickets well in advance, as each show gets only three performances.

Details: Best of Fringe 2014