Simply Divas FAME for Families Fundraiser

Maren Sigson. Detail of a photo by Kayleigh Mcknight.

  • Böehmer Restaurant (93 Ossington Avenue)
  • 6 p.m.

Etobicoke-based charity FAME (Families Association for Mental Health) for Families provides a wide range of services and resources, including support groups, speakers series, and a program for young children—all of which assist families dealing with mental health issues. Its Simply Divas fundraiser is a luxury night out at Böehmer Restaurant, with a three-course meal, gift bags, and an evening of entertainment from three “divas”: Maren Sigson, Singular Sensation’s Jennifer Walls, and Leah Calali of the St. Royals. Doors are at 6 p.m., with appetizers served until dinner at 7 p.m.

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ProArteDanza’s Season 2014

Marc Cardarelli, Ryan Lee, and Valerie Calam of ...in between... Photo by Dean Buscher.

  • Harbourfront Centre, Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West)
  • 8 p.m.

ProArteDanza is celebrating its 10th year of innovative modern programming with Season 2014, a retrospective of its past work, including the Dora-winning show, …inbetween... The four-night run also includes nine other works by choreographers such as Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, and Guillaume Côté.

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Stratford Festival Roundup: We’re Crazy in Love With These Shows

Jonathan Goad as Titania (sharing the role with Evan Buliung) and Stephen Ouimette as Bottom with members of the company in Chris Abrahama's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by Michael Cooper.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

Only about two hours away from Toronto, madness is infiltrating the town of Stratford, Ontario—but fortunately, it’s the kind that produces delightful results. Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino has designed this year’s season around the theme “Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge,” and explores it through everything from jukebox musicals to Shakespearean tragedies. And with the festival’s increasingly popular twice-daily bus service to and from downtown (in its second year), it’s easy to get a taste of what the mania is all about. Here’s Torontoist‘s take on a sampling of this year’s festival offerings—Ira Glass and his opinions notwithstanding, a whole lot of people would welcome a chance to spend some time with the Bard and some of Canada’s most esteemed artists.

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Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios Creates Steampunk Wonderland

  • Grand Chapiteau (51 Commissioners Street)
  • All day

Cirque du Soleil is magical. Across from T&T Supermarket on Cherry Street, the pop-up striped tent transforms Polson Pier into a scene of fantastical fun—it’s a better location than any Las Vegas hotel or Orlando strip mall. And when you walk into the Grand Chapiteau venue, you’re welcomed into a bizarro steampunk contortionist dream.

Kicking off its North American tour in Toronto, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s latest show. The official plot explanation is abstract and boring: there’s a Seeker in his own imaginary world called Curiosistan finding inventions with robots that smell like leather. It’s confusing to even layer a narrative over the spinning, jumping, flying and balancing. No one had no idea what was going on–but everyone loved the show. Details.

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Small World Music Festival

  • Multiple venues
  • 8 p.m.

Maybe you’re not like the majority of people you see on dating sites, who apparently spend all of their time travelling the world, tasting foreign delicacies, and posing in front of landmarks. Maybe you like to hang around your own city—and that’s totally okay, especially considering that other cultures are going to come to you via the Small World Music Festival! Experience the sounds of Germany, Serbia, Brazil, Pakistan, and more as various venues across the city showcase esteemed international artists like Zakir Hussain, Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestra, Kobo Town, and Kiran Ahluwalia.

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Our Country’s Good

Our Country's Good. Photo courtesy of Mirvish Productions.

  • Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West)
  • 2 p.m., 8 p.m.

These days, vacationers flock to Australia for the outback, the Great Barrier Reef, and, of course, kangaroos. But back in 1788, the only people travelling Down Under were the thieves, murderers, and prostitutes exiled from Britain. Our Country’s Good tells the story of some eager convicts who decide to make the best of their situation by putting on a play, unintentionally humanizing themselves in the eyes of their captors.

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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon First National Tour Company. Photo by Joan Marcus.

  • Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

To the delight of those who fell victim to ticketing website crashes last year, The Book of Mormon is back! The brainchild of South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, this expectedly crude musical follows two 19-year-old Mormons as they travel to Uganda in hopes of converting the inhabitants of a small village. As one might imagine, hilarity ensues (with the help of some pretty catchy songs).

Details: The Book of Mormon