“There will be Donairs, There will be Screech, There will be Acadians”—and also a great many former Maritime performers now living here in Toronto—at the East Coast Comedy Night. The diverse bill, hosted by New Brunswick Acadian Marcel St. Pierre, includes Halifax-raised rapper Wordburglar, Charlottetown-raised stand-up Diana Love, and Lord Beaverbrook, an improv troupe composed of locally based Maritimers. There’ll also be drink specials, and the comedy show ticket includes free admission to the kitchen-party–style music jam, featuring Sydney-raised Danger Dean and Baytown-raised Matt Cooke.
It’s been too long since Bruce Peninsula played a full set in Toronto (its last was December 2013 at Adelaide Hall), so this Wavelength showcase will be a real treat for fans of the awe-inspiring folk-rock choir. Add Del Bel and Delta Will, and you’ve got an exceptional bill of local music.
A fascinating double bill at the Monarch Tavern on this evening: The Fun Palace Radio Show, which opened its season on Thursday night in the Junction, returns to the Monarch Tavern for a two-night stand, featuring guests like Paul Braunstein, Jessica Moss, and Ryan Kamstra. After the show wraps, the night will segue into a special edition of Murder Folk Night, which Kamstra will host and conduct. It’s $12 to see the FPRS players, and PWYC for Murder Folk Night (free, of course, if you’re already there with good seats from the previous show).
Originating from Los Angeles and described as North America’s pop-up underground art show, The Pancakes and Booze Art Show features 50+ emerging artists, including many local ones. Plus, your $5 entry fee gets you all-you-can eat pancakes, DJs, body painting, and live performances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).