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Tracey Norman gets interpretive tonight at Dance 2 Danse. Photo courtesy of Emma Walker.
Today in Toronto: Local treats at the Gladstone, a double shot of Green, The Selkie Wife gets our seal of approval, and Dance 2 Danse goes all kinds of funky.
EAT: Count on the Gladstone to hop aboard farmer’s market season—and why not? Fresh veggies and local cheeses are the most delicious way to support your community. For the fifth harvest season, everyone’s favourite hotel after the Drake hosts Harvest Wednesdays, where chef Marc Breton showcases fresh farm fare in his ever-changing menu. Tonight’s premiere also includes a cocktail party tasting event of wine and beer, served with hors d’oeuvres during live music. Bon appétit! The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 6:30–8:30 p.m., $20.
NETWORKING: Toronto’s fastest-growing environmental group, Green Drinks, features a smorgasbord of chatty eco-people—from academics to governmentals, students to business folk—who meet to save the earth one sip at a time. The organic, self-organizing grassroots network is a great way for making friends and contacts, hating on the tar sands, and enjoying a local brew. Green Drinks is now active in more than seven hundred cities, so here’s hoping they carpool. Grace O’Malleys (14 Duncan Street), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Also green, but not in the environmental way, is Green Day, playing tonight at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Rumour has it (or so says the trusty internet) that their marathon sets include some of their earliest material, so ignore 21st Century Breakdown if you must (though it did score Green Day their second Best Rock Album Grammy, jerk) and recall when CDs were novel and Dookie was the coolest album on the shelves. Punk rock mainstay AFI will join as special guests. Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West), 7 p.m., $90 and up.
THEATRE: The emerging not-for-profit Fly by Night Theatre Company (whose proceeds benefit orphans in Ghana) presents The Selkie Wife by Canadian playwright Kelley Jo Burke. The Toronto premiere is a contemporary twist on an ancient Celtic myth, all played out through a modern Canadian family. Seemingly normal Mary, with her husband Calum and daughter Brigit, has it all—until a surprise visit from an old pal reveals Mary’s a Selkie, a seal who’s shed her skin to mate with a human (don’t question those Celts). Will Mary stay with the fam or head back to open water? Find out tonight. The Village Playhouse (2190E Bloor Street West), 8 p.m. (each night through to Saturday, with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.), $15–$20.
DANCE: Toronto’s newest and most inclusive dance festival, Dance 2 Danse, kicks off tonight. The inaugural festival boasts nearly a whole week with two venues, four dance series, seven programs, eleven performances, forty-eight choreographers and over one hundred performers. Styles include everything from ballet to burlesque, modern to mime, and hip hop to Middle Eastern. Phew! Just be glad your only job is to sit back and enjoy. Opening night at The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $15.