Even the greatest cities have room for improvement, and we as Torontonians certainly know a few ways we could make ours better. The 10 No Brainers Pop-Up Event focuses on some of these great—and achievable—plans, submitted by various members of our community. As a lead-up to the election, candidates for city council will speak on which of the 10 ideas they like best, and how they’d make them a reality if elected.
Everyone’s had someone in their life who inspires affection and frustration in equal amounts. To Linda Small, Shannon is that person. The Thing Between Us explores that tricky interconnection between love and hate, and why we remain in the toughest of relationships.
You don’t have to hide it any more—you have a geeky interest in learning, and guess what? So do a lot of other people! Find your brethren at Nerd Nite Toronto XXXII, an evening of science, literature, and trivia. Astrophysicist Dr. Amber Straughn will present first on NASA’s nifty new telescope and what it can do. Journalist Dan Falk will follow up with “The Science of Shakespeare” and why he thinks there was more to the Bard than just words.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.