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Photo of Red Sky’s Tono courtesy of DW Communications.
MUSIC: Red Sky, the acclaimed Toronto-based dance and music group that is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year under the artistic direction of Sandra Laronde, is performing two shows in town before embarking on an international tour that will take them to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Tono, which premiered as part of Luminato 2009, is a live music and dance performance that melds together the indigenous cultures of Canada, Mongolia, and China, amidst the themes of horse culture and shamanism. Tonight’s performance features the music half of Tono—a trio of traditional Mongolian musicians in full regalia—along with local musician Rick Sacks. 197 John Street); Doors at 7 p.m., Show at 8 p.m.; $25.
ART: Our city is upholding its reputation as a world creative capital with the launch of the first annual Toronto International Design Festival. The celebration of local and international design will feature a unique blend of contemporary design events, exhibits, symposiums, and lectures, hosted by venues across the city. One such exhibition, “Cut/Paste: Creative Reuse in Canadian Design,” curated by Motherbrand and housed at the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC), explores the trend of creative reuse, recycling, and upscaling in Canadian design. The exhibition, which is on display until January 31, focuses on the practice of creating new designs from existing and salvaged products, showcasing artifacts ranging from early First Nations adaptations of European products to recent work from Canadian designers such as Tobias Wong and Douglas Coupland. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., $15–22.
TALK: Renowned British architect and designer Will Alsop, the man responsible for the design of OCAD’s Sharp Centre for Design (you know, the “tabletop” building), will present a public talk entitled “Reassembly Required.” Alsop’s distinctive modernist style, which locals may also recognize from the West Side Lofts sales office, employs bold colours and unusual forms. His talk, which is being presented in conjunction with the Toronto International Design Festival and in anticipation of OCAD’s Design Competition, will centre on urbanism and city development with a focus on Alsop’s guiding principle that architecture is both a vehicle and symbol of social change and renewal. Ontario College of Art and Design (100 McCaul Street); Doors at 6:30 p.m., Talk at 7 p.m.; FREE.
THEATRE: Down n’ Out Productions presents a comedy inspired by day-to-day life in America, exploring the dynamic relationships of family life. A. R. Gurney’s The Dining Room opened in New York in 1982 and earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. It is a satirical look at family life, appropriately set in the dining room of a house belonging to a typical well-to-do New England family during the middle of the twentieth century. Poking fun at the former white American bourgeoisie, the production unfolds with a series of overlapping vignettes. The historic Campbell House Museum, which was built in 1822 and is the oldest remaining building from the original town of York, provides a perfect venue for the production. Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15–20 (available online).
This article’s lead item, Tono, was originally accompanied by an image of the show’s dancers, and text that described Wednesday night’s performance as “showcas[ing] the agility and vibrancy of eleven dancers and musicians.” In fact, Wednesday’s event features only the music, and not the dance, half of Tono. Torontoist regrets the error—especially for only catching it so late.