Land|Slide Possible Futures Explores a Suburb in Flux

Duke and Battersby’s Always Popular; Never Cool.

  • Markham Museum (9350 Markham Road)
  • All day

If you look out the window while riding the bus from downtown to Markham, you’ll notice the urban landscape gradually unfolding into the suburban: tight-knit city streets loosen into faster multi-lane roads, box stores assemble in beige-brick clusters, and everywhere new structures are being outstripped by even newer buildings at various stages of completion.

Markham just upgraded itself from town to city in July 2012, and is one of the fastest-growing and most diverse municipalities in the country. And while the place may not inspire many enthusiastic road-trips from downtowners, “Land|Slide Possible Futures,” a new, large-scale public-art exhibition, invites visitors to explore Markham’s history, its quickly changing present, and its potential evolution—while also challenging glib notions surrounding the suburbs themselves.

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  • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
  • All day

Are you a yoga head? Then you certainly won’t want to miss Harbourfront Centre’s Yogapalooza, a free outdoor yoga festival. The weekend features various activities that will help you reach that inner serenity: there will be drum circles, martial arts and dance performances, and plenty of yoga classes for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be a kids’ yoga space, a marketplace, community booths, and live music.

Details: YOGAPALOOZA: Go Big & Go OM

On Common Ground Festival

  • Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Boulevard)
  • All day

Fort York’s On Common Ground festival will celebrate the transition to fall, the International Day of Peace, and Toronto’s diverse arts and culture community. Visitors will be treated to performances by Jane Bunnett and Carnivalissimo, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, and the Pan Fantasy, among others. There will also be a puppet theatre, multimedia installations, storytelling, and a farmers’ market.

Details: On Common Ground Festival

Sweets & Treats Festival at Sugar Beach

  • Sugar Beach (25 Dockside Drive)
  • All day

Why don’t we have more of these kinds of festivals in Toronto? The first ever Sweets & Treats Festival at Sugar Beach celebrates ice cream, desserts, and your sweet tooth—and all for a very good cause. The festivities—which include a Kids Fun Zone, an exotic petting zoo, rides, and, of course, food trucks and vendors offering all things sweet and tasty—is in support of the SickKids Foundation. You’ll likely never find a better reason to indulge yourself.

Details: Sweets & Treats Festival at Sugar Beach

Go Global Expo

  • Sheraton Centre (123 Queen Street West)
  • 11 a.m.

Ever wanted to study, work, or volunteer abroad, but weren’t sure what questions to ask? The Go Global Expo has you covered. You’ll be able to check out seminars, keynotes, exchange programs, travel companies, teach-English-abroad programs, and many other helpful resources. Note: this isn’t just for students or young folks—there’s no age limit.

Details: Go Global Expo

The Junction Music Festival

  • Multiple venues
  • 12 p.m.

The summer music-festival season may be in the rearview mirror, but that doesn’t mean the good times have to end. The Junction Music Festival offers independent music for the whole family to enjoy. Performers will include Zeus, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, and Cuff The Duke. And it’s not all about music—the festival will also offer many workshops (on topics as varied as yoga and belly dancing), as well as the always-pleasing opportunity to explore the Junction itself.

Details: The Junction Music Festival

Perfect 10 Comedy Presents: Back To School

Amanda Brooke Perrin.

  • LOT Comedy Club (100 Ossington Avenue)
  • 9:30 p.m.

It’s been a few weeks now since school started again, so if you’re a student you’re probably in need of some laughter. Perfect 10 Comedy Presents: Back To School is a pleasant way to forget about those textbooks and midterms and laugh it up with comics like Craig Fay, Rhiannon Archer, Amanda Brooke Perrin, headliner Bob Kerr, and others. Also, be on the lookout for a special guest. Plus: student discounts.

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The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day

The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.

Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada.

Details: The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

A Sampling of the Stratford Festival

Scott Wentworth as Tevye, with Jacquelyn French (Hodel), Keely Hutton (Chava) and Jennifer Stewart (Tzeitel) in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

If Fringe and SummerWorks aren’t enough to satisfy your summer theatre cravings, the world-renowned Stratford Festival is now only a bus ride away from downtown Toronto, thanks to the new Stratford Direct bus route (“the best thing [the Festival] has done in years” according to one usher at the Avon Theatre). Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has put together a season to please tastes from the traditional to the extravagant. Here’s what we think about five of Stratford’s current productions.

Details: A Sampling of the Stratford Festival

Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea

  • Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
  • All day

Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea is a new exhibition from the Toronto Reference Library that gathers a number of rare items that explore the theme of the possible and the impossible. Some of the highlights on display are La vingtième siècle: la vie électrique (a rare French book that shows how scientific discoveries would have affected people in 1955), Tame (a sci-fi pulp magazine), and Worldly Wisdom (watercolour that depicts a Leonardo da Vinci-like figure creating a winged flying machine). You’ll find the exhibition in the library’s TD Gallery.

Details: Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea

BEARS IN THE STREETS *the world as I’ve seen it

Image courtesy of Jeff Blackburn.

  • Gallery 431 (431 Roncesvalles Avenue)
  • All day

BEARS IN THE STREETS *the world as I’ve seen it is a solo art exhibition by Jeff Blackburn featuring works that involve bears, which act as guides through various cityscapes (see above for example). Visitors will have the chance to see different public spaces from around the world (with bears!). The opening reception will be held on September 1st and will start at 7 p.m.

Details: BEARS IN THE STREETS *the world as I’ve seen it

A Look Ahead to Toronto Beer Week 2013

Lining up in front of Bar Volo. Photo by markosaar, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

There are plenty of weeks that involve the consumption of beer in Toronto, but there’s only one true Toronto Beer Week. As craft beer’s popularity continues to grow along with the roster of brewers in this city, Toronto Beer Week is a good opportunity to take the pulse of a thriving scene—or, just to knock back a few good brews and have some fun. Whichever you prefer. Here are a few events to look out for.

Details: A Look Ahead to Toronto Beer Week 2013

The Manifesto Festival Celebrates Its Evolution

Eternia will be performing at Manifesto's Live at the Square concert. Photo by Jason Rodriguez.

  • Multiple venues

For their event’s seventh anniversary, the minds behind the Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture did some thinking on the theme of evolution.

“The number seven is a very sacred number, and really tied into the idea of regeneration,” says Manifesto chair Che Kothari. “Every seven years, every cell in the human body regenerates itself, and we’re kind of born again, and right now we’re kind of going through that as an organization.”

Details: The Manifesto Festival Celebrates Its Evolution

Just For Laughs 42: A Festival Preview

Headliner Aziz Ansari. Photo courtesy of JFL42.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

The planners behind Just For Laughs 42 sure do have a good sense of humour. For starters, the name is a little bit of a joke. Anyone thinking that the “42” refers to the number of years the comedy festival has been in operation would be sorely mistaken—it actually denotes the number of events taking place during the ten days of the festival’s run.

This year’s JFL42 will feature three headline events: appearances by Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari, and a live reading of an episode of Family Guy—complete with cast members and a 40-piece orchestra. But there’s plenty more worth checking out. Our overview of this year’s festival is below.

Details: Just For Laughs 42: A Festival Preview

Bloor Ossington Folk Festival

Catl., shown here playing at the 2013 ALL CAPS! Music Festival, is much louder than you'd expect a two-person band to be.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

Christie Pits and surrounding local venues will host more than 40 bands and music acts over three days during the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival, and it’s all free. Starting on Friday evening at venues like Saving Gigi and Studio 835, and expanding to all-day programming at Christie Pits on Saturday and Sunday, the festival lineup includes Julie Doiron, By Divine Right, catl., and many more (the festival’s criteria for “folk” being, more or less, local music). Local craft and food vendors and a festival beer garden will round out the experience—and again, all the bands are free.

Details: Bloor Ossington Folk Festival

The World According to “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • 10 a.m.

Ai Weiwei is a 56-year-old artist confined to his home in Beijing for creating work critical of the Chinese government and Chinese culture. There are video cameras outside his house, his phone lines are tapped, his blog was deleted, his Shanghai studio was destroyed in 2010 by authorities, and his passport was confiscated in 2011. To this day, he’s unable to leave his country. Even so, Ai Weiwei has had a large presence in Toronto over the past few months.

This past June, he did a performance piece with artist Laurie Anderson during the Luminato Festival, using Skype. His Zodiac Heads have been installed, temporarily, in the reflecting pool in front of City Hall. At this year’s Nuit Blanche, a large-scale version of his sculpture of bicycles, Forever, will take over Nathan Phillips Square. And beginning August 17, the Art Gallery of Ontario is displaying “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”, a retrospective of the work he produced before and after the Chinese government’s crackdown on his activities helped him find new international acclaim.

Details: The World According to “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

Dine Her

Bruce Hunter and Erica Wood star in Dine Her. Photo by Carinne Leduc.

  • George Street Diner (129 George Street)
  • 7 p.m.

Bruce Hunter writes and stars in Dine Her, a zombie comedy set in the authentic George Street Diner. This undead spin on dinner theatre features a special menu by Ash Farrelly, music by Sean Fisher, and zombie dancers from One Immigrant Productions.

Details: Dine Her

Tapestry Briefs

Tapestry Briefs. Photo by Brian Allen Stewart.

  • Studio 315 (9 Trinity Street, Distillery Historic District)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Tapestry Briefs is a series of new opera scenes developed by a number of talented people, including composers Jocelyn Morlock and Chris Thornborrow, playwrights Morris Panych and Julie Tepperman, and singers Carla Huhtanen and Krisztina Szabó.

CORRECTION: September 10, 4:55 PM Previously, the listing did not include the date and time for the performance on Friday, September 20. We have now included that date in the listing.

Details: Tapestry Briefs

Angels in America Is Worth the Marathon Running Time

An Angel (Raquel Duffy) appears to AIDS patient Prior Walter (Damien Atkins) in Angels in America. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

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

Many people now routinely consume television series in marathon benders, blowing through DVDs or Netflix downloads in a few evenings or a weekend. It’s that sort of experience—but live, of course—that awaits audiences at Soulpepper’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, which offers over six hours of impeccably staged and performed theatre either in two long evenings or over the course of one full day, with multiple intermissions and a meal break.

Details: Angels in America Is Worth the Marathon Running Time

Look Back in Anger

The cast of Look Back in Anger. Photo courtesy of FeverGraph Theatre Company.

  • Thrush Homes Empire Gallery (1093 Queen Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

FeverGraph Theatre Company wants you to get mad (and perhaps go mad) over their new stage production. Look Back in Anger focuses on four people, and the anger that cripples each of them. Rather being a study of hot tempers, the play examines our common desire to feel something deeper than what reality delivers, our sense of futility, and the anger that ensues. Directed by Anita La Selva, the piece was co-conceived by its performers: Eli Ham, Adriano Sobretodo Jr., Tosha Doiron, and Zoë Sweet.

Details: Look Back in Anger

Second City’s New Show Is a Heroic Effort

Allison Price, about to lose her patience with Stacey McGunnigle. Photo courtesy of Second City.

  • Second City (51 Mercer Street)
  • 10 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

You might expect a show called We Can Be Heroes to be a send-up of superhero films, but Second City’s new mainstage production is actually a celebration of minor, everyday acts of heroism ranging from giving advice to a bullied child to managing not to be a jackass at your friend’s wedding.

Details: Second City’s New Show Is a Heroic Effort