This weekend: street musician Dr. Draw returns to Toronto, a Toronto Roller Derby tournament makes heads spin, election fraud worries bring protesters to the street, and much more.
SPORTS: It’s clobbering time! Toronto’s favourite women on wheels are inviting you to a weekend of roller derby mayhem in the form of the 3rd Annual Quad City Chaos tournament. This two-day event features a variety of teams competing it out round-robin style. The event will be taking place at the new venue in Downsview Park so make sure you bring your own blankets and folding chairs. The Bunker (40 Carl Hall Road, Studio 3), Saturday and Sunday, times and ticket prices vary.
STORYTELLING: Did you miss your public libraries? We know that we sure did. Though the millions of books that were gathering dust on shelves around the city are once again accessible, there’s yet another way to lose yourself in somebody else’s tale—the Toronto Storytelling Festival. This massive event features stories told from and about all aspects of Canadian identity with a ton of storytelling (and music) taking place all around the city. Click here to see our preview. Saturday and Sunday; locations, times, and ticket prices vary.
PROTEST: With regimes around the world toppling and new governments moving in, the phrase election fraud tends to be the ultimate buzzkill. Many voters feel the same way about Canada’s 2011 general election—especially after thousands of reports of automated calls that misdirected citizens to incorrect voting stations. To rally for change and a more thorough investigation into the matter, there’ll be a National Day of Action. Old City Hall (60 Queen Street W.), Saturday, 2:30–4:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: If you’ve been lucky enough to watch street-violist extraordinaire Dr. Draw absolutely shred his way through a set, then you already know that you’re in for a treat. Dr. Draw’s Strange Parade brings together his collective as well as a Strange Parade circus troupe (which includes clowns, acrobats, and more) for a night of music, wonder, and charity. Funds raised will help the collective travel to perform for children, hospitals, orphanages, and more. Mod Club (722 College Street), Saturday, 8 p.m., $10.
COMEDY: Free improv show? Yes, please. Saturday night delivers a spin on your regular improv shows with a little something called True Stories, Made Up Plays. The event has hand-picked storytellers tell true stories before the improv troupe takes their experiences for a ride. The show features the groups Robocop School For The Arts and Back To The Future Players. Black Swan Tavern, (154 Danforth Avenue), Saturday, 10 p.m., FREE.
BURLESQUE: If you’re the type of person who wishes the latest version of Dancing with the Stars could be a bit more like Argentina’s version (link NSFW), well … your dreams for a contest that judges how well its participants take off their clothes are about to come true. Strip Search 2012 is a competition that hopes to spotlight up-and-coming burlesque performers as they battle it out for a coveted spot in this summer’s annual Toronto Burlesque Festival; the event is also a fundraiser for said festival. Revival (783 College Street), Sunday, 7 p.m.–2 a.m., $20 advance, $25 at door.
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