In today's Urban Planner: David Cronenberg Consumed, a farmers' market in condo-ville, and Cirque's steampunk dream.
- Books: Canadian film icon David Cronenberg has decided he wants to upload his disturbing and evocative imaginings directly into your brain via the printed word. The horror auteur has just published his first novel, Consumed, and will be speaking about the book, his long film career, and the connections between the two mediums with Geoff Pevere, as part of Indigo’s events series, In Conversation. Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West), 7 p.m., $32 + fee, GST. Details
- Art: “Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes“ is a collaborative effort of the AGO and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in New York City, where the exhibition recently wrapped up after a one-year run. The displays are organized by themes relating to Anishinaabe concepts of place and spirituality, and how they interact with the outside world. One of the most intriguing themes is “cottager colonialism,” which suggests that the colonization of indigenous land continues by way of vacationing tourists. Political statements are scattered throughout the exhibition, from Nadia Myre’s bead-covered pages of the Indian Act to the use of historical indigenous status documents in Robert Houle’s “Premises” series. Floral beaded bags and leggings, meanwhile, provide inspiration for the contemporary paintings of Christi Belcourt, an Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award recipient. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $19.50 (included with general adult admission). Details
- Theatre: Only about two hours away from Toronto, madness is infiltrating the town of Stratford, Ontario—but fortunately, it’s the kind that produces delightful results. bus service to and from downtown (in its second year), it’s easy to get a taste of what the mania is all about. Here’s Torontoist‘s take on a sampling of this year’s festival offerings—Ira Glass and his opinions notwithstanding, a whole lot of people would welcome a chance to spend some time with the Bard and some of Canada’s most esteemed artists. Multiple venues, all day, $25–$133. Details
Art: Alex Colville’s paintings include some of the most recognizable works of Canadian art. Prints of his iconic Horse and Train and To Prince Edward Island hang in homes and classrooms and art shops around the world. And yet the Toronto-born artist, whose career spanned seven decades, is not often celebrated for the incredible influence he had on artists of many media.
With its new exhibition, “Alex Colville“, opening August 23, the Art Gallery of Ontario has mounted a show that not only documents the career of one of Canada’s most prolific artists, but also examines the nature of inspiration in art, literature, film, and beyond. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, . Details
Performing Arts: Cirque du Soleil is magical. Across from T&T Supermarket on Cherry Street, the pop-up striped tent transforms Polson Pier into a scene of fantastical fun—it’s a better location than any Las Vegas hotel or Orlando strip mall. And when you walk into the Grand Chapiteau venue, you’re welcomed into a bizarro steampunk contortionist dream.
Kicking off its North American tour in Toronto, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s latest show. The official plot explanation is abstract and boring: there’s a Seeker in his own imaginary world called Curiosistan finding inventions with robots that smell like leather. It’s confusing to even layer a narrative over the spinning, jumping, flying and balancing. No one had no idea what was going on–but everyone loved the show. Grand Chapiteau (51 Commissioners Street), $55–$150. Details
- Markets: Although living in the centre of downtown is awesome, it does have its drawbacks—namely, the lack of nearby farms and the delicious fresh produce they provide. But not anymore! Every Tuesday until October, CityPlace Farmers’ Market will be setting up shop in Northern Linear Park, nestled in the heart of condo-ville. Drop by to stock up on fruits, vegetables, and other goods, grown, made, and sold by local farmers. Canoe Landing Park (Fort York Boulevard and Dan Leckie Way), 3:30 p.m., FREE. Details
- Theatre: These days, vacationers flock to Australia for the outback, the Great Barrier Reef, and, of course, kangaroos. But back in 1788, the only people travelling Down Under were the thieves, murderers, and prostitutes exiled from Britain. Our Country’s Good tells the story of some eager convicts who decide to make the best of their situation by putting on a play, unintentionally humanizing themselves in the eyes of their captors. Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West), 8 p.m., $25–$99. Details
- Theatre: To the delight of those who fell victim to ticketing website crashes last year, The Book of Mormon is back! The brainchild of South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, this expectedly crude musical follows two 19-year-old Mormons as they travel to Uganda in hopes of converting the inhabitants of a small village. As one might imagine, hilarity ensues (with the help of some pretty catchy songs). Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West), 8 p.m., . Details
- Music: Maybe you’re not like the majority of people you see on dating sites, who apparently spend all of their time travelling the world, tasting foreign delicacies, and posing in front of landmarks. Maybe you like to hang around your own city—and that’s totally okay, especially considering that other cultures are going to come to you via the Small World Music Festival! Experience the sounds of Germany, Serbia, Brazil, Pakistan, and more as various venues across the city showcase esteemed international artists like Zakir Hussain, Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestra, Kobo Town, and Kiran Ahluwalia. Multiple venues, 8 p.m., FREE-$75. Details
- Theatre: It’s 1968 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. takes solace in his room at the Lorraine Motel as a storm rages outside. Exhausted, having just delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, he orders room service. The Mountaintop gives a sneak peek into the mind of this iconic leader as he launches into an intimate conversation with the young and mysterious maid that arrives with his meal. Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas Street East), 8 p.m., $15-35. Details
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