Photo of Bob Dylan courtesy of Richard Flohil and Michael Gray.
LECTURE: Bob Dylan fans can learn more about the influential songwriter at a multimedia event by Michael Gray this evening. Alongside rare archival footage and excerpts from Dylan’s music, Gray—the author of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia—explores his subject’s music and its blues influences. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West), doors open at 6 p.m., presentation at 8:30 p.m., $22.50 or $25 at door.
WORDS: Descant has been publishing work from new and established contemporary writers and artists, Canadian and international, for over three decades. Tonight, it launches its winter ’08 and spring ’09 companion issues, “143/Cats” and “144/Dogs.” Writers such as Wendy Brandts, Glenn Hayes, and Denise O’Rourke will be reading from their work, with a musical performance from Les Singes Bleus. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: From April 1–17, The Drake hosts Sugar Shack, a Maple Syrup Culinary Festival. Mouth-watering offerings include a split pea soup with maple ham, and smoked brisket with cheddar, bourbon-charred onions, and, of course, maple syrup. Tonight only, there will be a cook-off and bartending competition on the newly renovated Sky Yard patio. Top chefs and bartenders from around Toronto will be in attendance, such as those from the Niagara Street Café, Oyster Boy, the Harbord Room, and Didier. RSVP at email@example.com as soon as you can. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), doors open at 5 p.m., prices vary according to menu.
MUSIC: Toronto-based actress and blues artist Shakura S’Aida has an interactive, developmental approach to her music: she invites listeners to take part in her rehearsals and asks for their input. The Juno Award–nominee will be rehearsing and debuting new songs each Monday from now until the end of the month at Joe Mama’s, before embarking on her European tour. Joe Mama’s (327 King Street West), 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: The city’s off-kilter mini-lecture series Trampoline Hall continues with the timely topic of money. As usual, the thoughtful and entertaining talks are given by people who hold no particular expertise in the subject matter. Tonight’s show is curated by comedian and improviser Becky Johnson. Andrew Gardner and Peter Stevens lecture about “the future of the future of the economy”; Sara Peel presents a financial audit of Trampoline Hall itself; and there will be a “non-lecture” about what everyone else thinks of money in general. Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., rush tickets can be bought from 6:30 p.m. for $5.
SPORT: As we mentioned yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays home opener is tonight as they take on the Detroit Tigers. Here’s hoping for a less embarrassing season. Rogers Centre (1 Blue Jays Way), opening ceremonies at 6:45 p.m., game at 7:15 p.m., tickets range from $12 to $210.