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Toronto Fringe Festival, “Life in the Raw”: July 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14

All families have a history – ours has laughter, tears, and original music

At family gatherings over the years, theatre director Barbara Larose was entertained by her aunts’ and mother’s tales of life during the Great Depression. Filled with drama and the excitement of growing up in challenging times, the stories provided natural material for Larose’s first play, Life in the Raw, which premieres at the George Ignatieff Theatre as part of the 2012 Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival. More »

Panasonic Theatre, “Pam Ann”: June 21, 22, 23

PAM_ANN_Bubble_Helmet.jpgAs early as June 14, international celebrity air hostess/comedian Pam Ann returns to Canada with the worldwide tour of her brand new one-woman show, AROUND THE WORLD. “Glamorous, vicious, camp and larger than life, the bitchy yet heart-warming trolley dolly in tight candy-pink uniform, enormous hair, huge lashes and disco boots rules the skies,” says the Sydney Morning Herald. So lock your seats in the upright position, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for the ride of your life as Pam Ann takes her passengers on a thrill ride in all her raucous glory.
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Single Thread Theatre Company, “The Loyalists”: June 7 – 22

The Loyalists
June 7- 22, 2012
Victoria Memorial Square

It’s 1813. Americans have invaded Toronto. What would you do?
Single Thread Theatre Company is proud to present an original immersive theatrical experience in association with Fort York. Be part of it! For tickets and information: More »

Nightwood Theatre, “The Lawyer Show 2012″: June 7 – 9

Nightwood Theatre is proud to present the third annual Lawyer Show. This unique event, which will raise vital funds for Nightwood, sees a cast of 35lawyers on stage performing in William Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Lawyer Show masterclass instructor Christine Brubaker, along with Nightwood’s Artistic Director, Kelly Thornton and the Associate Artistic Producer, Michelle Alexander. Nightwood Theatre is thrilled to be partnering with Toronto’s legal community on this annual fundraising initiative.

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Art Battle 29: May 29

art_battle.jpgART BATTLE 29– Live Competitive Painting, audience voting, auction, bar, awesome music! Tuesday May 29th, 7:30 pm at the Great Hall, 1087 Queen St West. Tickets $15/door, Students $10.

Please join us at The Great Hall on Tuesday May 29th for the most exciting live arts event in the city! More »

Varley Art Gallery, Daboa (Takeout) – artist from Canada and China: Opening May 24

Thursday, May 24, 2012 will mark the official opening of (Daboa) (Takeout), which will be at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham until September 3, 2012. International in scope, this exhibition is curated by Shannon Anderson and Doug Lewis with the assistance of Selena Yang. More »

Harbourfront Authors: June 13

AUTHORS: Shree Ghatage, Grace O’Connell, and an additional author.

Shree Ghatage presents her novel Thirst, the compelling and unexpected tale of a WWII-era arranged marriage.

Grace O’Connell reads from her debut novel, Magnified World about love, loss, and everything in between.

An additional author to be confirmed. More »

Live! with Laurentina, an improv comedy adventure: May 29

Live! With Laurentina: an improv comedy adventure!
When: Tuesday, May 29th, 7pm-10pm
Where: Harvest Noon Cafe (16 Bancroft Ave on the UofT campus, above the GSU Pub).
Contact Us:
Pay What You Can (Suggested $10-20)

Have you ever had an awkward first date? Don’t you just love that feeling, thinking to yourself: Is there toilet paper stuck on my shoe? Do I have spinach in my teeth? Geez, I hope that’s spinach in his teeth! More »

Toronto Jewish Folk Choir’s 86th Annual Spring Concert: June 3


Honoring the Memory of Ben Shek, Milton Barnes, Myrna Levine,
Mordechai Gebirtig and Adrienne Cooper

Lively and evocative music for choir and klezmer musicians celebrates the memory of three individuals who did much for the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, when the choir gives its 86th annual spring concert, Sunday, June 3, at 3 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue, Toronto. More »

Ingrid Mida, Constructions of Femininity: Opening Reception May 26

Image: Stephanie, mixed media, 2012Constructions of Femininity is an exploration of the artifice of feminine dress and identity. This work juxtaposes the extreme silhouettes of 18th century dress with the armour of the modern day hockey warrior and was inspired by young women hockey players who have redefined femininity to include feats of courage, strength, and power. Hockey equipment has been transformed with feminine signifiers of ribbon, sequins and beading paired with silhouettes such as a romantic tutu or panier made out of armour-like mesh. More »

The Beautiful & The Damned, Queer Dissident Voices: June 14th

TBTDjuneflyer2012b.jpgThe Beautiful & The Damned, Queer Dissident Voices

When: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time: 6:30pm until 10:00pm
Where: Zelda’s Restaurant and Bar – 692 Yonge St, Toronto, ON

Sponsored By Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, this is a The Pride Toronto Affiliated Event and Hosted by DM Moore. Please come join us for a very special night!

Show One, “Poor Liza”: June 13

Andrei Merkuriev and Chulpan KhamatovaSHOW ONE PRESENTS POOR LIZA

“Poor Liza is an original, stimulating, and powerful work of dance theatre.” – The Moscow Times

“Chulpan Khamatova, a most beautiful actress…danced amazingly fluently…. She is so multi-talented.” – Ballet Magazine, U.K. More »

TIFF, “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”: Opens June 15

the_artist_is_present.gifMatthew Akers’ Marina Abramovi?: the Artist is Present opens in theatres on Friday, June 15th, 2012 in Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Testing her mental and physical limits with shocking, compelling and sometimes dangerous performances, Marina Abramovi? has been challenging the way people think about art for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits––and at times risking her life in the process––she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time. More »

Julie M. Gallery, Itamar Jobani: Opens May 24

Itamar Jobani, Waiting for the Wing to Ring, 2012Itamar Jobani: People of the 21st Century
May 24 – Jul 1, 2012

Opening Reception with artist: Thurs May 24, 6 – 9 pm
Artist Talk: Sat May 26, 2 pm

From Brooklyn, New York, Itamar Jobani works at the cusp of contemporary sculpture. Jobani’s signature balance of craftsmanship, innovation, and new technologies has earned him museum shows as well as residencies in Glasgow, Berlin and at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. His work is informed by studies in fine art, film, and philosophy; it is recognized internationally for its conceptual lucidity. More »

Glenn Gould Studio, Celebrating Chinese Music: June 3

Lang Ning Liu by Regen Chen.jpgTop Chinese-Canadian soloists perform music from their birth country and the West, in the 2012 Chinese-Canadian Performing Arts Festival Celebration Gala, Sunday, June 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto.

Tickets, $28, are available from the Roy Thomson Hall box office, or by phone at 416-872-4255. For more concert information, call (416) 733-4644. More »

topgun_lot_sm.jpgThe Lower Ossington Theatre (LOT) and Producer Lindsay Woods are proud to present the smash hit of the
2002 Toronto Fringe Festival, Top Gun! The Musical, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Top Gun! The
Musical, directed by Alexander Plouffe, plays from June 8 to June 29, 2012 at the LOT.

Set in a decrepit rehearsal hall, down and out writer/director Billy Palmer (Apocalypse Wow!) attempts to
keep his musical adaptation of Top Gun from crashing and burning, despite a quarreling cast, a sketchy
ex-Navy Seal producer, and surprise budgetary restrictions. More »

Steam Whistle Gallery, “Geography”: Opens June 5

Steam Whistle Brewing has been supporting the artist community since 2000 by hosting monthly art exhibitions in their Gallery to showcase local creative talent. The June art exhibit titled “Geography” and is a concept left deliberately vague, to be interpreted as pleased by disparate artists who range from pop culture specialists to painters working on a purely visceral level. It is a concept dealing with maps, travel, and the removal of oneself from Point A – whether a physical or metaphysical journey. What and where is Point B?

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Mad Pride Toronto 2012: July 10 – 15

Mad Pride Toronto 2012: A Celebration of Madness

Tuesday, July 10 to Sunday, July 15

Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, folks the world has labelled “mentally ill”, and those in solidarity with us. More »

Fresh Music Fest: June 9, 2012

Jody WatleyFRESH MUSIC FEST “Your Lifestyle Plugged In…Live!” Kicks off summer with a party at Toronto’s Air Canada Center, June 9th, 7PM. FRESH MUSIC FEST features POP, R&B, and Hip Hop Royalty. Tickets on sale now! Keith Baker, Co-founder of FMF says, “We wanted to bring the best to Toronto.” Taking center stage, performances by American Music Award winning artists, Keith Sweat, and K-CI & JOJO, along with R&B hit maker, Guy, and Billboard’s Music Award winning girl band, SWV, to name just a few.
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Authors at Harbourfront, Gloria Vanderbilt: June 11, 2012

Event Name: AUTHORS: Gloria Vanderbilt
Event website link and/or phone number:, 416-973-4000
Price: $10/FREE for members, students, and youth under 25
Event location: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Event date: Monday, June 11 2012, 7:30pm
Details: Gloria Vanderbilt reads from The Things We Fear Most, a short story collection which touches on brief moments resonant with the random static of everyday disaster. The reading will be followed by an interview with the Globe and Mail’s Siri Agrell.