Cultural Event Listings
24 Apr 2019 | 12:00 AM
23 Dates · Apr 24 – May 19
VIDEOCAB Presents the World Premiere of Cliff Cardinal’s dark comedy, TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, at a brand new theatrical home in downtown Toronto. Playwright and performer Cliff Cardinal was recently honoured by double-Doras, and an Edinburgh Festival Award, for the script and performance of his incendiary solo play Huff in 2018.
The superb cast of TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE is led by Cheri Maracle as Maria, a beautiful fabulist and dauntless mom on the lam with her teenage children, played by Patti Shaughnessy and Ryan Cunningham. As the police close in on the suspected vigilante, Maria borrows an empty house and holds a last supper with her budding son and pregnant daughter.
8 May 2019 | 8:00 AM
About this Event
“Fauxstalgia” is a genre and gender bending cabaret that puts the spotlight on queer artists, Indigenous artists and artists of colour. Curated by Olivia Shortt, a Toronto-based classical and contemporary saxophonist, Fauxstalgia offers a unique amalgam of talent, attitude and spirit.
Your host, Smith Purdy, a two-spirit, Indigenous artist, whose empowering land acknowledgement will definitively set the evening’s tone.
Joining Purdy will be show-stopping, classical, queer pianist Darren Creech. Creech’s multidisciplinary approach to the classical stage subverts expectations. He has a reputation for sequins, glitter and costume changes and takes his diverse audiences on an emotional journey.
Teiya Kasahara is a multi-disciplinary performing artist and creator, and first generation Canadian of Japanese and German roots. Praised for “singing clear, pure and straight from the heart,” (“Opera Going Toronto”) Teiya is a coloratura soprano, who has sung across Canada and Europe for the last decade.
Cris Derksen, a 2016 Juno-Nominee, is an Indigenous cellist/composer known for building layers of sound into captivating performances. Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her traditional classical training and her Aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre defying music.
DATE AND TIME
Wed, May 8, 2019
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
The Drake Hotel Underground
1150 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1J3
14 May 2019 | 8:00 PM
A new work by award-winning artist, Jani Lauzon, Prophecy Fog begins with a journey into the Mojave Desert in search of Giant Rock; armed with the question, can a site still be sacred if it has been desecrated?
We encounter a girl in the mountains of B.C with a pocket full of stones, the rainbow warrior’s prophecy, and a mystery inscription that obscures our past.
“We are star people, we come from the stars”
Co-produced by The Theatre Centre and Paper Canoe Projects in association with Nightswimming Theatre
Created and performed by Jani Lauzon
Directed by Franco Boni
Environment Designer: Melissa Joakim
Dramaturgy: Brian Quirt
Movement Consultant: Julia Aplin
23 May 2019 | 12:00 AM
120 Indigenous Students From Across The Country Gather in Toronto for the Ultimate Dance Performance
Presented by Outside Looking In, the 12th Annual “Indigenous Youth Dance Show” takes place at Toronto’s Sony Centre, Thursday, May 23rd
In Indigenous communities across Canada, students have been preparing for the performance of their lives since the beginning of the school year. All of their hard work, dedication and creativity culminates with the 12th Annual Indigenous Youth Dance Show—presented by Outside Looking In—at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 23rd. Outside Looking In is a national-based organization that offers a high school accredited dance program for Indigenous youth in grades 7-12.
Using dance as a catalyst, the charitable organization pairs some of Canada’s hippest choreographers with participating schools in which the students are inspired to pursue education, engage in self-expression, and celebrate empowerment.
“At first glance, Outside Looking In is about dancing, but it also offers these students the opportunity to change their lives,” says CEO Melanie Hurley. “From one community and five dancers, we’ve grown to 13 communities and 120 dancers!” Hurley adds that 96% of those participants eligible to graduate have successfully completed high school—compared to the national Indigenous high school graduation average of 36%.
After being assessed on academic progress, attendance, dance performance and behaviour, successful students will travel to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camp in St. George, Ontario two weeks in advance of the Indigenous Youth Dance Show, where they engage in daily rehearsals, camp activities and team building exercises to prepare for their performances.
Two shows are scheduled for May 23rd at 11am and 7pm. Tickets are $5 to $25 each (plus fees), and are available online through olishow.com/events, Ticketmaster, and email@example.com, by phone at 1-855-985-2787 or 416-368-6161 x1, and in person at the Sony Centre Box Office located at 27 Front Street East.