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Tono, the award-winning dance piece that draws from Canadian and Asian indigenous cultures, returns for one night only. Photo by Laura Vanags.
Get ready for a packed weekend! We’ve got some art and science projects, a real-life Carmen Sandiego heist, the return of Tono, a performance by space-rock orchestra Flowers of Hell, a retro dance party to launch Worn‘s new issue, and a walking tour with
@rebelmayor Shawn Micallef.
ART: In May, the Too Cool for School Art and Science Fair redefined the old-fashioned school tradition. There weren’t any volcano dioramas here; instead, over forty creators brought projects that fused art with science, generating discussion and shattering barriers between the disciplines. From Saturday until January 2, expanded versions of selected exhibits will be on display at Harbourfront Centre, including Elissa Ross and Patrick Ingram’s table-top mathematics lapidary unit, Libby Hague‘s sculptural molecule, Doug Jarvis‘s electromagnesynthesis project, and more. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
FUN: Fans of the Carmen Sandiego computer-game franchise and its TV game show adaptation won’t want to miss a real-life Carmen Sandiego game being organized by Improv in Toronto this weekend. Our sources tell us that an artifact of great significance has been stolen by the raven-haired, trench-coated criminal mastermind. A double agent will be stationed at the appointed meeting place, ready to direct detectives to other agents who have information on Sandiego’s whereabouts and how to recover the stolen property. Be careful, gumshoes: as Rockapella warns, “she’s a sticky-fingered filcher from Berlin down to Belize.” Start at corner of Bay and King streets, Saturday 3–6 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: Tono, the elaborate, ambitious piece from Toronto’s Red Sky Performance, has had quite a year. It won this year’s Dora Maver Moore Award for excellence in the performing arts, and travelled to both the Vancouver Olympic Games and the World Expo in Shanghai. This Saturday, however, it returns home for a one-night gig in Toronto. Conceived by artistic director Sandra Laronde, Tono draws from the indigenous cultures of Mongolia, China, and Canada, and their shared focus on the horse as a symbol of strength and beauty. Betty Oliphant Theatre (400 Jarvis Street), Saturday 8 p.m., $30.
MUSIC: Synaesthesia is a neurological condition in which the senses intermingle, and for Flowers of Hell frontman Greg Jarvis, it makes for some innovative songwriting. Jarvis’s synaesthesia transforms musical timbre into shapes, creating a landscape that fuses the aural with the visual. For Flowers’ latest release, the sixteen-piece transatlantic space-rock orchestra recorded a forty-five minute single track called O. The album incorporates both improvisation and fixed-song structures, and was recorded in Toronto in a single take. On Saturday, in honour of its release, Flowers of Hell will perform in what is sure to be an epic sonic experience. St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Anglican Church (103 Bellevue Avenue), Saturday doors 9 p.m., $10.
LAUNCH: Ever feel like you grew up in the wrong decade? That instead of clothes from GAP and Jean Machine, you belonged in crisply tailored suits or mod mini-dresses? Lucky for you, Toronto’s most stylish magazine, Worn Fashion Journal, will be launching its eleventh issue with a decades dance. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in fashion from any era, as long as they’re dressed to the nines, while the music will range from ’50s doo-wop right up to ’90s grunge. There will be costume prizes for each decade, a raffle, and admission includes a copy of the magazine’s new issue. Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Road), Saturday 9 p.m., $10.
WALK: Shawn Micallef made headlines last week when it was revealed that he had been moonlighting as Twitter’s @rebelmayor, the hilarious yet keen political observer who claimed to be a reincarnation of William Lyon Mackenzie. Micallef is more than his alter ego, however—he is a senior editor at Spacing, a columnist at Eye Weekly, and author of the recently published Stroll, a book of “psychogeographic” Toronto walking tours. On Sunday, he’ll lead one of his trademark tours around Toronto’s Harbourfront and its surroundings. Meet at The Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West), Sunday 3 p.m., $6.