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The members of The Foreign Exchange are ready to field your questions on race and culture, no matter how taboo. Photo courtesy of SummerWorks.
Today in Toronto: S’mores in the City, Eastern westerns, the Fort celebrates a war’s bicentennial, and all sorts of fun at SummerWorks.
SWEETS: Happy National S’mores Day, everyone! What, you didn’t have this auspicious holiday marked down in your calendar, nor a day of s’mores-related antics with which to fill it? Well, lucky for you those helpful chocolatiers at Hershey’s have got you covered with S’mores in the City. Head down to Harbourfront Centre to indulge in the gooey campfire confection, complete with tutorials from a S’mores expert from Hershey’s Kitchen. Perfect for a little lunch hour indulgence, but make sure you don’t have marshmallow on your lips before you duck back into the office. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 12–2 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Have you ever found yourself considering whether your favourite spaghetti western classics would be better with chopsticks? Well, you need not dwell on that particular hypothetical anymore, thanks to the wave of nouveau westerns coming out of the east, paying homage to classics such as Django. Thus far the most epic take on the niche genre has been Kim Jee-woon’s 2008 TIFF hit The Good, The Bad, The Weird, which you can see today on the Bloor Cinema’s marquee. Kim’s tribute to the works of Sergio Leone follows a stoic bounty hunter, a ruthless mercenary, and a bumbling thief as they race across the Manchurian desert in search of hidden treasure. Hilarity (and gunfights) ensues. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 4:15 and 9:10 p.m., $5–$10.
THEATRE: Everyone is at least vaguely familiar with the War of 1812, if only to silence smug Americans with the reminder that we once burned down the White House. Today begins Fort York’s celebration of the upcoming bicentennial of the war with Great Voices, a theatrical tour of the Fort and the prominent figures who fought for our country. Playwright and journalist Rick Salutin has written monologues for figures such as Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe, Tecumseh, and Sir Isaac Brock, while composer James Gordon provides original music performed by the cast. Campfires, fireworks, and food make the event a thrilling historical romp for all ages, and an excellent introduction to the fort that founded our city. Fort York (100 Garrison Road), 8 p.m., $25.
SUMMERWORKS: SummerWorks is offering up its usual cornucopia of theatrical goodies—check our festival preview for recurring shows worth your attention. In terms of special treats for today: The National Theatre of the World are joined in their nightly run at the Lower Ossington Theatre by musical duo Colleen and Paul and live action operatic radio play Boblo. Meanwhile upstairs, The Foreign Exchange kicks off its social experiment of an unscripted forum, in which several participants of varied ethnic backgrounds invite no-holds-barred questions on race and culture. Afterwards, several local musicians will join forces to explore the complicated process of transitioning from child to adult as Biggish Kids. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue), various times and prices.