Streets & Alleys

  • #Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas Street West)
  • All day

Streets & Alleys is a series of photographs that originated from the artist’s bike rides through Toronto’s back alleys and side streets. The exhibition, which runs as part of Bike Month, is particularly relevant as it takes a close look at the role the bicycle plays in everyday life. The project is described by the artist as one that “would unite my experience as a documentary photographer with my love of bicycles.” The opening reception takes place on June 20.

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The Allergy-Free Cook: Laurie Sadowski

  • Brentwood Branch, Toronto Public Library (36 Brentwood Road North)
  • 7 p.m.

If you’ve ever tried to stick to a gluten-free or vegan diet, you know it isn’t always easy. Join Laurie Sadowski, The Allergy-Free Cook, as she hosts a seminar on allergy-friendly baking. Armed with tips and tricks to try at home, she’ll be prepared to answer all your questions about baking without gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy.

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Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday Public Opening

Motorcyclists at Lake Balaton, 1954. Photo by Gabor Szilasi.

  • Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street)
  • 7 p.m.

Photographer Gabor Szilasi has been taking pictures for half a century. Now his pieces, taken primarily in 1950s and post-1980s Hungary, 1970s Rural Quebec, and 1950s-present Montreal make up his exhibition, The Eloquence of the Everyday. Organized by the Musée d’art de Joliette and the National Gallery of Canada, and curated by David Harris, each section combines portraits with cityscapes and rural life, illustrating Szilasi’s focus on the centrality of community.

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The Man in Black

Stephanie Hutchison, Jonathan Renna, McGee Maddox, and Kevin D. Bowles in The Man in Black. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

  • Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Who says ballerinas can’t wear cowboy boots? Dancers of the National Ballet of Canada will do just that during the production of James Kudelka’s The Man in Black. Set to songs by the man in black himself—Johnny Cash—the choreography borrows from line, swing, and step dancing. As an added bonus, the show also includes a performance of Jorma Elo’s Pur ti Miro, Guillaume Côté’s No. 24, and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations.

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New Toronto Production of Cats Meets Expectations

Cats Ensemble. Photo by Racheal McCaig.

  • Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street)
  • 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Cats is a challenging musical to stage for a number of reasons. The narrative is thin and strange; the lyrics are drawn primarily from T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, with more borrowed from some other Eliot poems, “Rhapsody on a Windy Night” (which original director Trevor Nunn adapted into the song “Memory”) and “Moments of Happiness.” The result is not so much a story as ideas and character sketches. Old Deuteronomy, patriarch of the Jellicle Cats, calls the creatures together once a year to celebrate, and for one cat to be chosen to ascend to the Heaviside Layer (essentially, to die and be reincarnated). Most of the songs detail the adventures and virtues of a single cat in particular, essentially serving as that cat’s audition for the honour of ascension.

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Fred Caron’s Trust Isn’t an Issue

  • HUNTCLUB (709 College Street)
  • 6 p.m.

HUNTCLUB brings Montreal artist Fred Caron’s Trust Isn’t an Issue to its gallery for a two-week exhibition, beginning with an opening on Monday, June 10. The street artist is focusing on aspects of Stockholm syndrome for his installation’s short run in Toronto; later this summer, he’ll be the co-curator for on-site art at the Osheaga Festival. In addition to the opening, Caron is also doing an artist’s talk on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m.

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Kim’s Convenience

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa in Kim's Convenience. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 7:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

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.

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Luminato 2013: Ronnie Burkett’s The Daisy Theatre

Puppeteer Ronnie Burkett plays with an assortment of marionettes old and new in his nightly cabaret show, The Daisy Theatre. Photo courtesy of Luminato.

  • Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street)
  • 9:30 p.m.

Ronnie Burkett has solidified his reputation as Canada’s premiere solo puppeteer with complex full-length plays, like the Memory Dress Trilogy, or last year’s “apocalyptic comedy” Penny Plain. So it’s a rare treat to see him cut loose and perform The Daisy Theatre. It’s a free-wheeling show that’s different each night, with audience participation, special guests, and some new marionettes and stage trappings paid for out of Luminato’s coffers.

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Luminato 2013: Jason Collett’s Courtyard Revue

Cover band extraordinaire Vag Halen playing a special Basement Revue show at Luminato in 2013 . Photo by David Leyes.

  • Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street)
  • 11:30 p.m.

Jason Collett’s Basement Revue has long been a local hot ticket for those with an interest in what the lanky musician and his Broken Social Scene pals are up to—with a generous mix of other literary, theatrical, and cultural talents mixed in. The nightly late-night Luminato edition, the Courtyard Revue, staged in the lobby of Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street Theatre (and spilling out into the open-air courtyard), is offering more of Collett and co-producer Damian Rogers’ carefully selected programming. The difference, however, is that, with a larger venue and profile due to Luminato, some of the acts look to be more than one-night-only tryouts.

Details: Luminato 2013: Jason Collett’s Courtyard Revue