In today's UP: a lunchtime round dance at Yonge-Dundas Square, Videofag shows videos of dancing "sissy boys," Fucked Up's third Long Winter artsapalooza, and lots of theatre.
PROTEST: Today’s the day the prime minister (and now, the governor general) meets with First Nations chiefs. And despite the fact that the Idle No More movement is calling on those chiefs to walk out of the meeting, there’s going to be a round dance in the heart of downtown Toronto as a visible show of presence. The event will also commemorate Chief Theresa Spence’s one-month hunger strike. Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), 1 p.m., FREE.
VIDEO: New Kensington Market arts space Videofag is host to all sorts of events, but tonight it’s sticking with its namesake. The venue will be showing a selection of YouTube videos of boys being (sissy) boys, and dancing like there’s no one watching. Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: The third instalment of Long Winter, a music and art party, is tonight. Hardcore band Fucked Up produces the event, which includes music and installations of all kinds. This time around, there will be musical performances by Buck 65 and Light Fires, film from Katie Stelmanis and Scott Cudmore, a puppet show by Max Kelly and More of Everything, games from the Hand Eye Society, and much, much more. All this can be had for whatever pocket change you can spare, so long as you get there before the building hits capacity. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: When did early January become such a red-hot time for stage offerings in Toronto? In the past week, there have been openings of new plays like This is War at Tarragon Theatre and Someone Else at Canadian Stage; new adaptations like Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Drake Hotel and The Amourous Adventures of Anatol at Tarragon Theatre; and revivals like The Penelopiad at Buddies in Bad Times and Help Yourself at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. The lowest profile of all these may just be Wait Until Dark, a revival of a ’60s thriller, by Red One Theatre Collective. They’ve put together an exceptional and diverse cast, including veterans from Stratford (Tyrone Savage) and Shaw (Jonathan Widdifield). There are even some rising stars (The LA Complex‘s Dayle Mcleod). All of them will be packed into the company’s Bloor Street storefront performance space. Storefront Theatre (955 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $20.
NEXT STAGE: The Next Stage Festival, a curated “best of” offshoot of the popular Toronto Fringe Festival, runs daily to January 13. It features cutting-edge theatre about hockey, subway interactions, suburbia, and more. We’ve interviewed several of the artists, and reviewed all 10 of the festival’s plays. Many shows are selling out, so buying tickets in advance is highly recommended.
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