Art lovers and collectors can rejoice at the return of the Beaches Arts and Craft Show. For the uninitiated, this hand-crafted show features 150 artists from across Canada; so if you have any blank walls in your house, go ahead and fill them up with some homemade art and design products you’ll find here.
Another year, another reason to see why dogs are superior to cats in every way imaginable. Woofstock invites dog-lovers and their furry friends to a weekend of pure canine fun. Besides the cuteness overload they’ll have going on, there will be a costume contest, a trick contest, an agility course, a fashion show, and much, much more. This will be taking place at various area around the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. Click here for the map.
The first annual Dundas West Fest is inviting the local community and Torontonians everywhere to come on down for an afternoon of live music, food, busker zones, and best of all, no cars! The whole thing runs 12 blocks between Lansdowne Avenue and Roxton Road, and is a pretty awesome way to check out some of the mixed cultures this city has to offer.
Lovers of all things vintage unite for the Diamonds & Rust Vintage Market brought to you by Penny Arcade. Here, you’ll find vintage clothing, shoes, hand-made jewellery, tie-dyed pieces, records, books, and more. This is all taking place as part of the Dundas West Street Festival.
Do you love trees? Of course you do. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about your favourite green giants, join the High Park Nature centre on a Family Nature Walk to see some of High Park’s most interesting trees. You’ll also learn how they help, and are helped by, the various critters in the area.
Comedian Jen Kirkman, who has made the rounds on shows like Late Night With Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, has a new book coming out: I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, which explores the joys of going through life without offspring. To celebrate, she’s going on tour. During this appearance she’ll be doing some stand-up comedy.
Looking to brush up your cultural and history knowledge on all things Toronto? Heritage Toronto 2013 Tours offers you an enormous chance to learn tons and tons about the city you love via walking tours, bike tours, and more. Some of the events on the agenda of this weekly series include tours of Fort York, Korea Town, Don Valley, and Black Creek. It’s running all summer long so don’t miss out!
If you’re looking to branch out from your plant-buying habits, which may or may not include getting all your greenery from Metro, the Toronto Flower Market might just be for you. This spring/summer-long market offers a variety of fresh and high quality flower types all pulled from Ontario greenhouses (plus, they’re affordable). You’ll also get a chance to interact with the growers themselves.
Boasting a library of thousands of sketchbooks crowdsourced from around the globe, NYC-based Art House Co-op brings their Sketchbook Project tour to Toronto for a weekend residency at Trinity Square in the Distillery District. They encourage attendees to check out some of their hard copies (and digital ones) at the installation—and maybe contribute your own work.
In 1996, Theatre Columbus premiered playwright Michael O’Brien’s “freely adapted” take on the famous Beaumarchais play The Barber of Seville, which was written in 1775. O’Brien’s version mixed in music from the 1816 opera of the same name by Gioachino Rossini, as well as original tunes by composer John Millard. The adaptation also propelled the story forward a couple centuries, with pop culture references galore. With Theatre Columbus co-founder Leah Cherniak at the helm, the musical ended the season with six Dora Award nominations (it won three) and plenty of critical acclaim.
Seventeen years later, Soulpepper Theatre is remounting this zany reimagination of The Barber of Seville, updated once again by O’Brien, Millard, and Cherniak. But, for some reason—the change in decade, or company, or sense of humour—whatever had made the original so magical, has faded, save for a few key performances.
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.
Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram of The National Theatre of the World have created “an actor’s nightmare and a playwright’s dream” with The Script Tease Project. They’ve arranged for celebrated Canadian writers to pen the first two pages of a play, sealing them in an envelope afterwards. Then, on stage in front of an audience, the envelope is opened, the pages read cold, and a completely improvised play is born! A new writer’s work will be featured every night of the showcase.
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.
One of the Fringe Festival’s greatest successes, and definitely Soulpepper’s biggest post-millennial hit, Ins Choi’s corner store comedy Kim’s Convenience returns for another extended run into the the summer season. Most of the principal cast, including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as larger-than-life patriarch Appa, are back. Here’s our review of the first Soulpepper remount.
The critics were pretty sweet on Fairy Tale Ending when the sly all-ages musical was at the Next Stage and Fringe Festivals. This year’s remount just had a short run at the Stratford SpringWorks Festival, and now has a weekend engagement at the Wychwood Theatre in the Artscape Wychwood Barns.
Even if you aren’t familiar with the opera Carmen, chances are you’re familiar with at least some of its score (if you are, chances are equally strong that you’ll have a difficult time getting this melody out of your head today). Though initially a flop when it debuted in 1875, Carmen went on to enjoy critical acclaim and has since become one of the most performed operas of all time. It’s now omnipresent in popular culture.
Comedienne Jen Kirkman, best known for her work on Chelsea Lately (and her hilarious storytelling for Funny or Die’s “Drunk History” series) has recently published her first book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From A Happy Life Without Kids. She’s touring the book, and an all-new stand-up set, here in Toronto for three shows, with some excellent local openers. For Friday’s show, she’s joined by Darrin Rose and Diana Love; Saturday’s early show has Kristeen von Hagen and Evany Rosen; and the late show, Christina Walkinshaw and Mark Little.