Virgin Burlesque

The ladies of Theatre Inamorata prepare for their burlesque debuts. Detail of a photo by Stephanie Bell.

  • Pravda Vodka Bar (44 Wellington Street East)
  • 7 p.m.

Theatre Inamorata, a company founded by four actors who love language, literature, and “women’s lib,” is putting together a show for the fall, and for this fundraiser for its evolving project, its members have been learning the art of burlesque. Virgin Burlesque: You Never Forget Your First Time has got a packed lineup of singers such as Rebecca Perry, comics such as Colin Munch, and veteran burlesque performers, including Belle Époque la Bonne Vivante. But the main event will definitely be the four founders (Hilary Carroll, Lesley Robertson, Michelle Langille, and Tennille Read) debuting the routines they’ve worked on for this special occasion.

Details: Virgin Burlesque

Trampoline Hall

  • The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

This month’s edition of Trampoline Hall—the monthly Toronto lecture series in which the speakers are required not to be professionals in their topic—features David Dineen Porter on modern North American dialects, Kalpna Patel on spelling bees, and Freddie Rivas on living “on the dole.” There will also be a special performance by curator Becky Johnson’s improv duo (with Kayla Lorette), the Sufferettes, who have recently begun a summer-long “tour of Toronto.” As always, the evening will be hosted by Misha Glouberman; the doors will open at 7:40 p.m. (and close at 8 p.m., when the lectures begin). A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Details: Trampoline Hall


A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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

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.

Details: A Journey Into the Forbidden City

Vulnerability, Suffering, and Strength

  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • All day

“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.

Details: Vulnerability, Suffering, and Strength

Luminato 2014 Preview

  • All day

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.

Details: Luminato 2014 Preview

Field Trip 2014

  • Fort York, Garrison Common (100 Garrison Road)
  • All day

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.)

Details: Field Trip 2014