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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: June 2014 Archives

What's On: Canada Day weekend!

Between the World Pride festivities, Canada Day celebrations and other events in the city, there is lots to do for those lucky ones taking a four-day weekend! Here are some options:

Annual Pride Parade and Marches
June 27 - June 29
Various Locations

The first Pride march happened in July of 1972, and the first under Pride Toronto was in 1981 in response to the Bathhouse Raids. Each year Pride Toronto is pleased to offer three unique opportunities for members of the community to make their voices heard: the Annual Trans Pride March, Annual Dyke March and Annual Pride Parade.

For more information, check out the World Pride Toronto website.

Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter
June 25 - June 28
George Ignatieff Theatre

Based on her bestselling memoir, Alison Wearing's one-woman show tells the story of growing up with a gay father in the 1980s. Woven through music and imagery, the comic monologue moves from Alison's carefree childhood to the moment she learned, at age twelve, that her family was a tad more complex than she had thought.

For more information, check out the Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter website.

To See & Be Seen
June 20 - September 1
Textile Museum of Canada

This exhibition features t-shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives from the 1970s onwards that represent the fight for visibility and recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities. These t-shirts, from organizations such as ACT UP, Queer Nation and local LGBTQ Pride events, demonstrate a range of messages from expressions of identity, political and social struggles, to the celebration of community, love and pride.

For more information, check out the CLGA website.

Canada Day Extravaganza
June 27 - July 1
Harbourfront Centre

It's the biggest birthday bash in town and everyone's invited. We're bringing together an array of visionary artists, ideas, Canadiana and communities for a lavish weekend full of spectacle, fun and OLG Canada Eve Fireworks!

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Toronto Japanese Film Festival
June 12 - June 27
Japanase Canadian Cultural Centre

The closing night film is The Snow White Murder Case. A fast-paced thriller based on the best-selling novel by Kanae Minato (Confessions). When Noriko, a beautiful cosmetic company employee, is murdered, suspicion immediately falls on misfit co-worker, Miki Shirono. TV director Yuji Akahoshi launches an investigative journalism piece on the murder.

For more information, check out the TJFF website.

June 28
Various Locations

To celebrate and launch the 2014 TD Summer Reading Club, StoryMobs is delighted to be working with the Toronto Public Library to produce 13 StoryMobs of 'The Busy Beaver' ('Le Castor Qui Travaillait Trop Fort') by Nicholas Oldland across the country.

For more information, check out the StoryMobs website.

Wheelchair Basketball Championship
June 20 - June 29
Mattamy Athletic Centre

The milestone event celebrates the ongoing growth of women's sport, inclusivity, and accessibility, and will forge a legacy for female wheelchair basketball athletes around the world. The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) event is hosted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada.

For more information, check out the Wheelchair Basketball website.

In Concert: Cream: A Fundraiser for Rough Trade
June 28

Cream is a celebration of Carole Pope's contribution to Canadian music and a fundraiser for the film "Rough Trade". The film will capture the art, music and LGBT scene of the early eighties through the eyes of Carole Pope and her legendary band, Rough Trade. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the production.

For more information, check out the World Pride website.

In Concert: Ogguere & Cuarteto Rumberos
June 27
May Cafe

Acclaimed Afro-Cuban poet/rapper Ogguere (from Orishas) joins forces with iconic jazz-hip-hop trumpet player Brownman (from Guru's Jazzmatazz) to form Cuarteto Rumberos - a unique 4-man powerhouse of modern Cuban-jazz-hip-hop.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.


What's On: World Pride Toronto and more...

World Pride Toronto, World Cup, Summer Solstice. There's so much to choose from what's going on this weekend that you really wish there were more hours in the day!

World Pride 2014 - Proud Voices and Literary Program
June 20 - June 30
Glad Day Bookshop

Over 100 writers and performers in just 10 days. Events are kicking off with a cabaret night to kick off Glad Day Bookshop's World Pride Programming. Hosted by Troy Jackson, featuring Vivek Shraya, Catherine Hernandez and Ty Gilecki among others.

For more information, check out the Glad Day Bookshop website.

Bent Lens: Under the Stars
June 20 to June 23
David Pecaut Square

Settle in under the stars for four nights of classic LGBT favourites that audiences of all ages will enjoy, complete with special guests, live performances, music, and audience participation.

For more information, check out the TIFF website.

Live Movie Night: Grease
June 21 (Rain date: June 22)
David Crombie Park

A free family evening to watch Grease together, with live music, outdoor art gallery, storytelling, potluck picnic and book trade. Tell your friends, neighbours and family, and join in to celebrate the first day of the summer!

For more information, check out the Jamii Facebook page.

Summer Solstice Festival
June 21
The Junction

Celebrate DIY culture, love for art, design and music. Green powered event showcasing our neighbourhood's passion for healthy lifestyle and love for fresh quality food. Day to Night enjoy family friendly shows and workshops, take a spin on a Ferris Wheel and taste the Junction. Stay around for a special events, movie screening and enjoy the bustling nightlife.

For more information, check out the Junction Summer Solstice website.

Day of Delight
Jun 22
Dufferin Grove Park

A Toronto celebration of Love, Courtship and Desire outdoors in lush and beautiful Dufferin Grove Park. Join us and some of Toronto's most amorous artists, actors, singers and dancers as we celebrate the themes of Love, Courtship and Desire for Place, People and Planet!

For more information, check out Clay and Paper Theatre Facebook page.

National Aboriginal Day
June 21
Toronto Zoo

Free admission will be provided with presentation of status card. Turtle Island Conservation will be hosting a table from 1:00pm to 3:30pm at Toronto Zoo's First Nations Art Garden where visitors can learn about the traditional plants in the Art Garden and the work that we do in partnership with First Nations communities to protect species at risk.

For more information, check out the Toronto Zoo website.

Magic City: A Community Celebration
June 21 (1:30 - 3:30 PM)
New Park, 620 Parliament Street

Regent Park becomes a Magic City at this free community celebration. It will come alive with pipes and horns, voices and drums, ice cream trucks and orchestras - all to celebrate the opening of Toronto's newest city park.

For more information, check out the Coleman Lemieux website.

In Concert: Aria Zenua
June 21
Waterfront Festival Toronto

Hosted by Shakura S'Aida, the Emerge Artists Showcase gives artists a chance to showcase their talent. Aria Zenua is one of the performers.

Check out Aria Zenua's vocal chops on her YouTube video and more information on the Waterfront Festival Toronto website.


What's On: Beyond Brazil and the FIFA World Cup

It's safe to say that the biggest event happening this weekend -- and the coming month -- is the FIFA World Cup. And footie fans all over the world are watching. However, perhaps for those times in between the matches, here are some suggestions for things to check out:

Until June 15
Various Locations

The Songs of Toronto is just one of the many literary choices on offer as Luminato wraps up this weekend. When the city's poet laureate Dennis Lee couldn't find any Toronto songs akin to London Bridge is Falling Down and New York, New York, he decided to make them up.

For those looking to learn more about how the city inspires its writers, check out a Literary Walk. For instance, the one by led by Cary Fagan through Kensington Market will explain how the neighbourhood inspired his book A Bird's Eye.

For more information on these show and others, check out the Luminato website.

Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
June 13 to June 15
Corus Quay & George Brown College on the Waterfront

This festival celebrates the many forms of animation from around the world, while supporting and nurturing the community that creates them. New this year (and free to attend), meet cartoon heroes and independent creators in the Animation Arts Maarket: a central place at TAAFI for everyone to hang out and talk art, buy art, sketch, or be nerdy. For students and professionals, studio recruiters from all over will be waiting to meet you!

For more information, check out the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International website.

Burt's Buzz
June 13
TIFF Bell Lightbox

Director Jody Shapiro ventures into the backwoods of Maine for this wry, thoughtful and intimate documentary portrait of the reclusive Burt Shavitz, founder and (bearded) face of the all-natural personal care brand Burt's Bees. A Toronto native, Shapiro will be present for the intro and Q&A session.

For more information, check out the TIFF website.

Say Wha?!
June 15
Comedy Bar

Have you ever read a poorly written novel and thought to yourself, who publishes this crap? Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store? At Say Wha?! engaging and charismatic performers put their comedic spin on some of the most cringe-worthy, embarrassing and painfully earnest writing in print.

For more information, check out creator Sara Bynoe's website.

In Concert; Raoul and the Bigger Time
June 14
The Rex

Raoul and The Big Time is one of the most highly regarded and awarded young blues acts in Canada. Since forming in the summer of 1998 they have released two records to critical acclaim. Raoul and the Bigger Time is the seven-piece version of his band.

For more information, check out The Rex website.