Ride for Heart

The Ride For Heart. Photo by Philip Jackman from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • Exhibition Place (Lakeshore Boulevard and Strachan Avenue)
  • 6 a.m.

If you’ve been itching for the chance to ride your bike on the highway (which is how it should be everyday), then now’s your chance with this year’s Ride for Heart. This annual event challenges entrants to ride along the Don Valley Parkway/Gardiner Expressway for 25, 50, or 75 kilometres. Even better, all proceeds from the event go towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation to raise awareness of and fund medical research into heart disease and strokes. Click here to register.

Details: Ride for Heart


9th Annual Waterfront Blues

Eugene Hideaway Bridges played the 2012 Waterfront Blues, and is back this year. Photo courtesy of Waterfront Blues.

  • Woodbine Park (Eastern Avenue and Coxwell Avenue)
  • 12 p.m.

Woodbine Park’s 9th Annual Waterfront Blues, the outdoor festival that bills itself as “metro Toronto’s only Blues festival,” runs for three days over this weekend. Aficionados of the music form will certainly recognize acts like Fathead. Past hit performers at the festival like Eugene Hideaway Bridges are back, as well as new performers (to the festival) like Deanna Bogart. The festival is all ages, and free to all.

Details: 9th Annual Waterfront Blues

All Praise The Book of Mormon

  • Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West)
  • 2 p.m.

If you’ve been paying attention to musical theatre news over the past two years, you know that The Book of Mormon has a passionate and devout following of fans who swear it’s the long-awaited saviour of the artform. The show won nine Tonys in 2011, the cast recording reached number three on the Billboard chart, and tickets for its Broadway run are rare and expensive.

Details: All Praise The Book of Mormon

El Camino or The Fields of Stars

  • Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue)
  • 2 p.m.

The Accidental Mechanics Group presents an evening of dark comedy, storytelling, and confessional theatre, all rolled into one solo performance. During El Camino or The Field of Stars, Stewart Legere assumes the role of the unnamed protagonist, recanting tales of a failed relationship, a disastrous trip to Italy, love, and the complexities of a young queer couple struggling with internalized homophobia.

Details: El Camino or The Fields of Stars

The Dumb Waiter

  • Odyssey Studio (636 Pape Avenue)
  • 4 p.m.

Ben and Gus are on a job, holed up in a basement, wondering who is in charge, and waiting for “the call” in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. Presented by Wordsmyth Theatre, the play ranges from tense and claustrophobic to ridiculous and surreal, while posing the question: how do you escape from a situation when there is no exit?

Details: The Dumb Waiter

Arts & Crafts X Norman Wong Photography Exhibit

  • 1093 Queen Street West, Unit 2 (1093 Queen Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

Canadian indie music label, Arts & Crafts, are celebrating their tenth anniversary. As part of the celebrations, they’re showing a new exhibition from Toronto photographer, Norman Wong. The exhibition features images of various artists over the years including Feist, Kevin Drew, Emily Haines, and many more. You’ll be able to buy a book of photography there and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Testicular Cancer Canada and MusiCounts.

Details: Arts & Crafts X Norman Wong Photography Exhibit