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The Roots take to the stage at Nathan Phillips Square as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Photo courtesy of Toronto Downtown Jazz.
PRIDE: Pride offers plenty of opportunities to shake what your momma gave ya, but it’s also full of opportunities for open discourse on queer issues both local and global. One such opportunity is Bent International, a discussion on the topic of bridging queer international human rights with panelists Arsham Parsi, Marilyn Byers, Kim Vance, and Kenji Tokawa. The panel will be preceded by a reception in the Gladstone’s Melody Bar and followed by an after party wherein you can, of course, shake what your momma gave ya. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), reception at 6 p.m., panel at 7 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Films in Bloom is a festival with the mandate of showcasing works from emerging Canadian filmmakers. Now in its second year, the festival has upgraded its screening digs to the Steam Whistle Brewery‘s John Street Roundhouse for double the seating capacity. Ten short films from new artists will be assessed by a judging panel composed of actress Sheila McCarthy, film critic Donna G., and talent agent Kyle Kofsky. The evening includes a big band cocktail soiree prior to the screening and a dance party after, with food from the inimitable Poutini’s throughout. Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Boulevard), 7 p.m., $10 general, $7 students/artists.
FILM: It’s no surprise that Torontoist has a touch of Banksy Fever, so let us take one more opportunity to encourage you to check out the Bloor Cinema’s final screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop—at least this month. The controversial documentary on guerilla street art in general and the mysterious Banksy in particular was coincidentally released in tandem with the appearance of several works around Toronto, so few can deny the film and our fair city are inexorably linked. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., $5–$10.
THEATRE: Multidisciplinary works are nothing new; one can hardly throw a stone in the performance world without hitting a dance/film/theatre/music fusion of some sort. Despite this, Cahoots Theatre Company has managed to find a bizarrely fresh twist on the cross–platform niche with A Taste of Empire, a new theatrical work combining the dramatic and culinary arts. With the intention of shining a spotlight on the relationship between culture and cuisine, writer/performer Jovanni Sy will cook the Filipino national dish Rellenong Bangus (stuffed milkfish) in real time while telling tales of imperialism and colonialism. Previews begin tonight, hors d’oeuvres included. The Market Kitchen (South St. Lawrence Market West Mezzanine, 93 Front Street East), 8 p.m., previews $20 in advance/$30 at the door, regular $30 in advance/$40 at the door.
MUSIC: A litany of excellent performances mark the middle point of the Toronto Jazz Festival tonight, including a concert by genre-blurring group The Roots. The hip hop superstars with heavy jazz influences and live instrumentation will be bringing their unique sound to the Toronto Star Stage set up in Nathan Phillips Square. If tickets run a bit pricey for this event then check the festival website for a selection of more affordable—and intimate—options, such as Korean teen sensation Grace Kelly or jazz organ wizard Tony Monaco. Toronto Star Stage (Nathan Phillips Square), 8 p.m., $45.