The Big Five: March 6–8
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The Big Five: March 6–8

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

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Throat singers Tanya Tagaq and Radik Tyulyush.

1) Toronto Park Summit

Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East)

March 7, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free. Pre-register here

We’re extremely fortunate in Toronto to have a vibrant network of more than 1,600 (for real) public parks. Hosted by Park People, this year’s summit focuses on the theme of “inspiration from across Canada” and will feature a panel discussion with representatives from urban park groups across the country. A community showcase will also profile innovative projects happening right here at home, concluding with a tour of Regent Park.

2) Radik Tyulyush and Tanya Tagaq

Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Drive)

March 6–7 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets start at $35

A showcase of two throat singers—Radik Tyulyush of Mongolia and the hugely buzzed-about Polaris prize–winnning Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq—concludes with live accompaniment for a screening of the silent film Nanook of the North (1922).

3) Walter Scott: Habitual Present

8-11 (233 Spadina Avenue)

March 7, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Show runs to March 16; gallery closed from Sunday to Tuesday)

Montreal multimedia artist Walter Scott (maybe best known to some for his serialized cartoon, Wendy, in Hazlitt magazine) presents the next chapter in his semi-autobiographical untitled narrative that has taken the form of comics, sculpture, performance, and watching Paramore videos from a mattress on the floor.

4) The Templeton Philharmonic

The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West)

March 8 at 6:00 p.m. (Part of Toronto Sketchfest; the duo performs again March 13)
Tickets start at $15

Deemed “Best Comedy Duo” at the L.A. Comedy Festival, the Templeton Philharmonic is composed of writers and performers Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton, who describe their off-kilter sketch comedy style as “delectably surreal” and “peppered with interpretive dance,” which sounds about right. Also: hilarious.

5) Live Band Karaoke

Junction Music Hall (2907 Dundas Street West)

March 7, 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
No cover

They play, you sing. It’s that simple, folks.