The Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival Casts Mental Health Issues in a New Light

A still from Short Term 12.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

Since its inception in 1993, the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival has delivered on its complex mandate: presenting cultural representations of mental illness and addiction and then contextualizing them through post-screening discussions. This year’s lineup might be the festival’s most stacked yet, with screenings on a range of issues and in a variety of genres.

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Slammin’ Jammin’ Comedy Fundraiser

Members of 6th Man Collective at their SummerWorks show, Rebound Live. Photo by SummerWorks/Dahlia Katz.

  • Theatre Centre Pop-Up Space (1095 Queen Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

Theatre and basketball merge in the 6th Man Collective, whose most recent project involved a theatrical presentation on a park basketball court. To fundraise for its next project, the group is taking the game inside and onto screens, for the Slammin’ Jammin’ Comedy Fundraiser. There will be an NBA Jam Wii tournament and many hilarious competitions and guests—including Ennis Esmer (CTV’s The Listener), Emma Hunter (Just For Laughs), and Franco Nguyen (2013 Cream of Comedy finalist). It’s $10 to watch the tournament and special performances, or $20 if you want to get in the game.

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Tales of Question Mark?

Scott Thompson will appear at Tales of...An Evening of Storytelling. Photo by Joseph Fuda.

  • Rustic Owl (993 Bloor Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

The Tales of…An Evening of Storytelling series celebrates a year of comedic yarns at the Rustic Owl with a packed bill, including Kids in the Hall‘s Scott Thompson and Paul Bellini (who is also a storytelling regular), clown performer Precious Chong, Sage Tyrtle, and more. Hosted by Robert Keller, the event will feature comedians digging a little deeper for more personal stories in this intimate venue.

Details: Tales of Question Mark?


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.

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“David Bowie Is” Is Taking Over the AGO

  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • All day

When it was originally unveiled at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (England, not Ontario), the “David Bowie Is” exhibition shattered attendance records, selling over 42,000 advance tickets. Now that the show has come to Toronto, it’s easy to see why it was so successful. Composed of over 300 objects from David Bowie’s personal archive, spanning his entire career, the exhibit is arranged and presented as a completely immersive experience, enveloping visitors in a kaleidoscopic visual and aural landscape that would be overwhelming if it weren’t so brilliantly arranged and intelligently guided.

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Evil Dead The Musical Returns to Toronto

Ryan Ward and Laura Tremblay in Evil Dead The Musical. Photo by David Hou.

  • The Randolph Theatre
  • All day

Since its humble beginnings in the back room of Toronto’s Tranzac club back in 2003, Evil Dead The Musical has steadily risen in infamy as a ridiculously fun, tongue-in-cheek, gore-soaked musical experience. From those earliest shows, the musical has gone on to make an off-broadway debut, to win and be nominated for several Dora awards, and to play in dozens of cities around the world, from Montreal and Vancouver to Tokyo and Madrid. It was high time that the show make a triumphant homecoming to a stage in Toronto, and it finally has, at the Randolph Theatre.

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TIFF’s First Major Original Exhibition Traces David Cronenberg’s Evolution

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

It’s not every day that a media tour opens with the injunction not to photograph “the sex blob,” but so began TIFF’s preview of “David Cronenberg: Evolution,” the organization’s first large-scale touring exhibition (for now, it’s stationed at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s HSBC Gallery). It’s an exhaustive, stunning look at some of the wildest, most perverse creations of a pioneer of the body-horror genre—who also happens to be Canada’s most internationally renowned filmmaker.

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The Norman Conquests

Soulpepper's artistic director Albert Schultz in rehearsal for The Norman Conquests. Photo by Nathan Kelly.

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • All day

Like the company’s recent triumph, Angels in America, Soulpepper’s newest show, The Norman Conquests, requires multiple trips to the theatre—or a hearty constitution for a full day of marathon attendance. Unlike Angels in America, the three instalments of The Norman ConquestsTable Manners, Living Together, and Round and Round the Garden—are comic in nature and small in scope, with each instalment taking place in a different part of a couple’s house. Written by prolific British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, the three-part series features veteran members of the Soulpepper ensemble, and can be “enjoyed individually or in any combination.”

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On Stage Theatre Arts Series

Chris Abraham, winner of the 2013 Siminovitch Prize (with protege winner Mitchell Cushman at right), will speak on November 11 at the On Stage Theatre Series. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

  • Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
  • 8 p.m.

The Toronto Public Library launches its fifth-annual On Stage Arts Series, giving Torontonians inside glimpses of new upcoming plays with the artistic directors of different companies. On October 28, Factory Theatre co-artistic director Nigel Shawn Williams talks with The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble playwright Beth Graham; on November 4, Studio 180 AD Joel Greenberg talks about Gods of Carnage; on November 11, recent Siminovitch Prize recipient Chris Abraham, AD of Crow’s Theatre, chats with Marcus Youssef and James Long, writers and performers of Winners and Losers; and on November 25, Theatre Passe Muraille’s associate artistic producer Rob Kempson will be on hand to discuss the play he’s written, The Way Back to Thursday.

Details: On Stage Theatre Arts Series