In today's UP: Elise Legrow and Maylee Todd's sultry sounds at the Drake Underground; the thrumming sounds of lightsaber battles; and three possible Soulpepper shows, with a Home advantage.
SOUL: Toronto’s Elise Legrow, already well known locally as the livewire lead frontwoman for rock band Whale Tooth, has been steadily rising up the adult contemporary radio charts with her solo debut single “No Good Woman“, which is poised to crack the top 5 slot on Canadian charts. Legrow is performing her first Toronto solo show (with a full backing band) since the EP’s release, in an early evening engagement at the Drake Underground (opener Maylee Todd is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.). Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
LIGHTSABERS: We’re a little uneasy about promoting a corporate event, with Geek Squad members engaging spectators to detail how Best Buy’s in-house problem solvers combat “technology fail,” but ultimately, we can’t not love the idea of a pitched lightsaber battle in the middle of the city, no matter who’s sponsoring it. Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: It’s a busy night at the Young Centre this evening. The opening of the Soulpepper Academy’s collective creation, Dirt, is technically sold out, as is tonight’s performance of the phenomenally popular Kim’s Convenience, written by Academy alumni Ins Choi. But there are still tickets available for David Storey’s Home, featuring Soulpepper stalwarts like Michael Hanrahan, Maria Vacratsis, and Oliver Dennis—and as always, Soulpepper’s excellent rush ticket pricing might give you a crack at cheap last-minute availability for all three. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street, Building 49), Home at 7:30 p.m., Dirt and Kim’s Convenience at 8 p.m., $20–$68 ($5–$22 rush ticket line-up starts one hour before show, cash only).
This post originally spelled Oliver Dennis incorrectly. The change has been made above.
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