Tai Chi by the Lake

  • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
  • 6 p.m.

If you’ve ever walked through a park and come across a group of people moving slowly in unison, this is your chance to find out what they’re up to. Every Tuesday this summer, Harbourfront Centre will be hosting free Tai Chi classes in the Exhibition Common. Join instructor Eti Greenberg for an hour of stretching and positions to focus the mind and promote good health.

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Hogtown Trivia

  • Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

So you live in Toronto—the centre of the universe—but how much do you know about it? Prove that you deserve to call yourself a Torontonian at Hogtown Trivia. Teams of four will face a wide range of questions about our city, with prizes awarded to the top scoring groups. Proceeds from the evening will support Heritage Toronto programs.

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ROM Lecture: A Whale of a Job

  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • 7 p.m.

If you think you’re the only one who has to do “dirty work” around the office, you need to meet Dr. Mark Engstrom. As Deputy Director of Collections and Research at the ROM, he has a real Whale of a Job. Attend this ROM lecture to find out about his experience retrieving the carcass of a giant blue whale for the museum’s collections.

Details: ROM Lecture: A Whale of a Job

The God That Comes Is Intoxicatingly Good

Hawksley Workman in The God That Comes. Photo by Trudie Lee.

  • Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

First things first: the Tarragon Theatre mainspace is now licensed. That means that during its current production, The God That Comes, starring Hawksley Workman—which has set up the space like a dark, sultry 1930s cabaret with crystal chandeliers, long white tablecloths, and deep crimson curtains—you can sip a glass of red while one of Canada’s best rockers uses his beautiful voice to scream into your face.

Details: The God That Comes Is Intoxicatingly Good


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

Yoga and Painting: A Creative Journey Workshop

Getting your creative juices flowing with yoga. Photo courtesy of Paintlounge.

  • Paintlounge
  • 9 a.m.

Yoga is all about releasing your anxieties, knotted muscles, and—in some cases—buckets of sweat. Now Paintlounge wants to help turn this workout into an artistic venture. Join instructor Hayley Lowe for A Creative Journey Workshop, a combination of yoga and painting. Focus on breathing, relaxation, and posture in a Hatha Yoga session to connect to your creativity, and then channel it into your own piece of original art.

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CityPlace Farmers’ Market

Photo by Stephen Morris from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • Canoe Landing Park (Fort York Boulevard and Dan Leckie Way)
  • 3:30 p.m.

Although living in the centre of downtown is awesome, it does have its drawbacks—namely, the lack of nearby farms and the delicious fresh produce they provide. But not anymore! Every Tuesday until October, CityPlace Farmers’ Market will be setting up shop in Northern Linear Park, nestled in the heart of condo-ville. Drop by to stock up on fruits, vegetables, and other goods, grown, made, and sold by local farmers.

Details: CityPlace Farmers’ Market

Boogie at the Barns

Think you might like Swing dance? Find out at The Bee's Knees Tease. Photo courtesy of Bees' Knees Dance.

  • Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street)
  • 7:15 p.m.

It’s the 100th anniversary of the Wychwood Carhouse, and the Wychwood Barns Community Association is dancing with happiness. In fact, it’s celebrating with Boogie at the Barns, a three-part instructional series on dances from eras past. Join Bees’ Knees Dance for lessons on swing (April 22), the Charleston (May 6), and boogie-woogie (June 10). The first hour will be devoted to learning, with the second hour opening up for a full-on dance party so you can test out your new moves!

Details: Boogie at the Barns

A Spirit’s Face

Madison Walsh and Cole Alvis. Photo by Sydney Helland.

  • Aki Studio Theatre
  • 8 p.m.

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.

Details: A Spirit’s Face