Possibly Toronto’s most anticipated outdoor show this year, Field Trip 2014, happens over two days and features an array of local music acts and affiliates of Broken Social Scene and their label, Arts & Crafts. Saturday’s show kicks off just after 2 p.m. with Maylee Todd and runs through acts like Austra and Shad before ending with sets by A Tribe Called Red and Interpol. Sunday starts with Zaki Ibrahim, features a reunited Constantines in the afternoon, and closes out with sets by Fucked Up and Broken Social Scene (of course). Gates open at 1:30 p.m. both days, and the concert grounds include a large swath of land surrounding Fort York, with bicycle valets at both entrances and vendors and arts installations interspersed through the site. We recommend bringing a blanket, sunscreen, and ear protection (especially for any little ones.)
Isn’t it about time your kids learned about the birds and the bees? Now before you get all flushed and sweaty, hear us out: this edition of Family Nature Walks aims to teach young people about their surrounding environment (which includes birds and bees—see what we did there?). Join the guided Know Your Nature hike and learn about the flowers, trees, insects, and critters that make High Park their home.
Heads have been banged, guitars thrashed, blood and sweat spilled, and now five bands are prepared to meet their fate at the Wacken Metal Battle Canada Finals. Skull Fist is the guest headliner at this show, which will see performances from contenders My Hollow, Neck of the Woods, Burning the Day, Exit Strategy, and Mutank. Anvil’s Rob Reiner and Cradle of Filth’s Lindsay Schoolcraft are among the judges who will choose one act to represent our country’s metal scene at Germany’s Wacken Festival.
There’s no question that sound plays a big part in film. With that in mind, Andrew Downing’s group Melodeon is setting out to give silver-screen classics new life with their Music for Silent French Films presentation. Watch silent pieces by Man Ray, Géorges Méliès, Marcel Duchamp, and Cecil Hepworth, with the addition of live, original scores.
If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace.
“The greatest art always returns you to the vulnerabilities of the human situation.” – Francis Bacon
“In the human figure one can express more completely one’s feelings about the world than in any other way.” – Henry Moore
These quotations, which welcome visitors to “Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” immediately establish the exhibition’s tone and focus. Each artist’s distortions of the human figure, shaped by their wartime experiences, capture the vulnerability of our mortal forms.
It’s early June, and in Toronto that means one thing: schedules just got a lot tighter. On top of patio dates, intramural games, enjoying novels in the park, and all of your friends’ weddings, you’ve also got many of Toronto’s beloved arts festivals begging for your precious summer hours. Among them is the Luminato Festival: its eighth edition kicks off this Friday and wraps up on Sunday, June 15. And there are enough events—from magic shows to late-night concerts to marathon pieces of performance art—to keep even the most dedicated festival-goer occupied. The festival’s categories are not all rigidly defined and feature a certain amount of exchange and overlap–but they provide a sense of the range of experiences on offer. We’ve picked one highlight from each of the them to help you devise your Luminato plan of attack.
Few fads have stood the test of time quite so well as dance movies from the 1980s. Now, one of the best films from this era has been adapted for the stage. Flashdance—The Musical revisits the story of a young female steel welder with a desire to dance, set to a score of iconic songs such as “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “I Love Rock and Roll,” and many more.
The dead metaphor in George F. Walker’s Dead Metaphor is the term “freelancer.” As government bureaucrat Oliver Denny explains, it originally referred to a knight in the joust who didn’t belong to any particular family or military—a free lancer. For those without a full-time employer (and there seem to be more and more of them every day), this is a pretty bad-ass piece of information to bring with you out of the theatre. Unfortunately, there’s very little else in this production that feels new—although the play, on now as part of the Off-Mirvish series, does have a long list of positive qualities pulling in its favour.
If we’ve learned anything from slasher flicks, it’s that having sex leads to death. Returning to the stage to mark its 25th anniversary, Brad Fraser’s Love and Human Remains pursues this dark train of thought. Set in Edmonton, the play tells the story of a bunch of sexually frustrated and dysfunctional twenty- and thirty-somethings grappling with life and love, while a killer lurks in their midst.
Unexpected sparks fly when Aboriginal palliative care worker Hunter meets and falls in love with anxiety-ridden addictions counsellor Jake in A Spirit’s Face. Watch as the characters remove their masks in this story of heartbreak and discovery, brought to the stage by Spiderbones Performing Arts. Some shows feature ASL interpretation; those performances are June 5 at 8 p.m., June 8 at 2 p.m., and June 11 at 8 p.m.