A series of theatrical performances has taken over Queen Street East! And that's just one of the many events to check out in the city this weekend, May 24-25.
East End Performance Crawl
May 21 - June 1 Various Locations
The organizers call it "a theatrical love-letter to Toronto's East End." A solo performance festival, a series of site-specific theatre installations and a community 'Doors Open' event all in one! The East End Performance CRAWL celebrates the wealth of unique and vibrant independent businesses and community spaces in the Leslieville / Riverdale area. Over the 12 days of the CRAWL, the Festival's 14 neighbourhood locations will be home to 23 different theatrical experiences created by leading solo artists from all over North America.
For more information, check out Crow's Theatre website.
May 24 The Powerplant Art Gallery
Timeraiser is a volunteer matching and silent art auction evening with a twist- rather than bid money on artwork, participants bid volunteer hours. Throughout the evening participants meet with nonprofit organizations to find available volunteer opportunities that meet their needs. Once matches are made, the bidding can begin. Winning bidders have 12 months to complete their pledge in order to bring the artwork home as a reminder of their goodwill.
For more information, check out the Timeraiser website.
Greater Good Gala
May 23 The Burroughes
Go for a live art/design auction, stay for the epic party -- all for the greater good. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. All profits raised will benefit the great works of St. Felix Centre and the vulnerable communities it serves.
For more information on the event, check out the Greater Good Gala event page.
May 22 to June 1 Tiff Bell Lightbox
Films playing at this Toronto LGBT festival this weekend include The Last One, ascinating and heartfelt documentary that examines the rise of HIV/AIDS in the United States through the legacy of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and The Names Project Foundation, and Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, close friend Michele Josue's intensely personal film that provides intimate insights into the real person behind the heartbreaking headlines.
For a complete line-up of films, check out the InsideOut website.
Writers from the Underground
May 24 Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen St. E)
Look for appearances by acclaimed authors Lillian Allen, David Bezmozgis, Wayson Choy, Karen Connelly, Anthony De Sa, Marina Nemat, Shyam Selvadurai, Ann Shin, Antanas Sileika, Farzana Doctor, as well as a roster of writers from Diaspora Dialogues' mentorship programs. They'll read excerpts from their works, as well as selections of works that have been censored or banned, both at home and abroad, and speak about underground writing.
For more information, check out the Diaspora Dialogues website.
In Concert: Chilly Gonzalez
May 23 Koerner Hall
The musical genius performs as part of 21C Music Festival. "In this festival of newly minted music, today's most fearless musicians and composers bring us fresh new sounds and ideas," says the Royal Conservatory.
For more information, check out the Royal Conservatory website.