Friday, May 25
More than 75 bags of dirt fill the Tank House Theatre stage (at the Yonge Centre for the Performing Arts) as the Soulpepper Academy performs Dirt, their theatrical production that revolves around the literal and metaphorical use of, well, dirt. Whether it’s the substance under your fingernails or a dirty secret, the show explores the use of dirt through stories, movement and technology.
Mayer Hawthorne, known for mixing “old school” soul with “new school” sounds, draws inspiration from classic singers like Smokey Robinson. He’s currently on tour with his second album How Do You Do? and swings into T.O. tonight for a show at The Hoxton.
Head to Harboufront Centre tonight for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s Arena, a dramatic program of six contemporary works. Among the dynamic offerings are two premieres, one choreographed by the 2012 resident guest artist Sylvie Bouchard, the other by Deborah Lundmark, the company’s founding artistic director.
Saturday, May 26
Blues singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt has been pleasing crowds since the ’70s. The Grammy Award winner, known for hits like “Something to Talk About” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” recently released her 19th album, Slipstream, and serenades Massey Hall audiences tonight.
The Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada leaps in from the east to offer the Toronto debut of Ghosts of Violence, a haunting production that examines gender violence through visual projections, compelling narrative, and powerful dance. Choreographed by Igor Dobrovolskiy, the work is onstage at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts for this night only.
Shutterbugs, this is your final full weekend to seek out the myriad exhibitions of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, which winds down at the end of the month. Check out the primary exhibitions at MOCCA, catch a pinhole photography workshop at Gallery 44, which shows you how to make cameras out of anything, visit the AGO to see imagery by Max Dean, and much, much more.
Sunday, May 27
Epicurean delights await just a short jaunt out of town, as more than 150 vintners and food artisans showcasing their wares at the Niagara Food and Wine Expo. At Niagara Falls’ Scotiabank Convention Centre, the show features wines from around the world, but there’s also a significant focus on local producers. Live jazz and classical music provide a soundtrack for your sampling.
A pair of renowned orchestral works get a lively airing as Tafelmusik’s award-winning period-instrumental orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, in E-flat Major, famously known as the “Eroica” symphony. Also featured on the Koerner Hall program is Mendelssohn’s bright Symphony No. 4 in A Major.
The first of this year’s “Pedestrian Sundays” in Kensington Market takes back the streets from the traffic and cars and turns the already entertaining neighbourhood into a real party. There’s plenty to see and do—cooking and drawing classes, music by local buskers, street dancing and more. And don’t forget to nourish yourself at one of the area’s excellent ethnic eateries!