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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: May 2015 Archives

What's On: A griot summit and more...

A gathering of griots is coming together in the city. And that's just one of the many events worth checking out this weekend:


South North Griot Summit
May 29 to May 31
Harbourfront Centre

They say, "[t]he griot reminds us that the world is old but the future springs from the past." This city has some of the world's best spoken word artists. That local talent joins hands with storytellers from around the world to showcase how modern griots use language to address social and political concerns.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.


Torn From the Pages: Miriam Toews
May 30
Harbourfront Centre

This series is a brainchild of writer/musician Dave Bidini, which he describes as a meeting of the worlds of books and music. Bidini rounds up a crew of writers and musicians to present works inspired by an author's collection -- in this case Miriam Toews. And Toews will herself make a special appearance.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.


The Reading Line
May 30
Start Point: Six Points Interchange

Creators Amanda Lewis and Janet Joy Wilson bring their love of books and bikes together on this literary project. They have corralled authors and politicians to speak at various points of a bike ride between Six Points Interchange and Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette to draw attention to books and the lack of biking infrastructure.

For more information, check out The Reading Line website.


More Than a Yardage Sale
May 29 to May 30
Textile Museum

This annual sale of decorator and dressmaking fabric, yarn, quilting fabric and other supplies is a great excuse to discover one of the hidden gems in the city.

For more information, check out the Textile Museum of Canada's volunteer group website.


In Concert: Machel Montano
May 30
Wild Water Kingdom

The Trinidadian soca star will headline the Summer of Soca Festival.

For more information, check out the Summer of Soca Festival website.

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What's On: Engaging theatre and more in the city

The Ballad of the Burning Star takes a unique approach in presenting a play about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And that's just one of the events worth checking out this weekend:


The Ballad of the Burning Star
Until May 24
Theatre Centre

The show is the creation of Nir Paldi, who grew up in Israel, was gay and served in the Israeli Defence Forces. He uses the conceit of drag as a mask -- the main character of the show is a "drag queen who can say whatever she feels likes." The show looks at the psychological impact of the Israeli conflict on Israelis and Palestinians.

For more information, check out The Ballad of the Burning Star website.


Durango
May 16 to May 31
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

This is the Canadian premiere of American playwright Julia Cho's play. It follows the story of a father and his two sons, and the growing rift between them as they embark on an impromptu road trip. This Korean-American family drama takes on the trope of the American family drama, weaving in conversations of racism and homophobia.

For more information, check out the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre website.


Doors Open Toronto
May 23 to May 24
Various Locations

More than 155 buildings across the city thrown their doors open to discover and explore their architectural, historical and cultural significance. And in honour of this summer's Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, you can get an insider's look at private and public recreational sites ranging from aquatic centres to athletics stadiums.

For more information, check out the City of Toronto's website.


Brockton Triangle Yard Sale
May 23
Brockton Triangle

The neighbourhood is described as being bordered by Dufferin, Dundas, Landsdowne and the railroad tracks. The yard sales will benefit from all sorts of purges -- from books to quilt kits. There will be bike tune-ups and a 7-year-old painting portraits to raise money for a puppy rescue.

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


CBC Music Festival
May 23
Echo Beach

The line-up includes acts such as Lindi Ortega, Tanika Charles and our very own Shad.

For more information, check out the CBC Music Festival website.


In Concert: A R Rahman
May 24 and May 25
Sony Centre

Indian musician A R Rahman, famous for songs such as Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire has a Toronto stop on his North American tour.

For more information, check out the Sony Centre website.

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What's On: A dramatic weekend in the city and more

There's a lot of drama unfolding across Toronto stages this weekend. And theatrical productions aren't the only events worth checking out:


The Dybbuk, Or Between Two Worlds
May 14 to Jun 17
Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Director Albert Schultz calls the play Romeo and Juliet meets The Exorcist on the sets of Fiddler on the Roof. Award-winning Canadian playwright Anton Piatigorsky has adapted this play that has been called the most celebrated play of Yiddish literature.

For more information, check out the Soulpepper Theatre website.


Morro & Jasp 9 - 5
May 12 to May 31
Factory Theatre

The beloved clowns are back! This time Morro & Jasp have decided they have had enough of the daily grind, and want to start their own start-up. But what is that they are going to start up? You have to go to the show to find out.

For more information, check out the Factory Theatre website.


Toronto Festival of Literature and Arts
May 15 to May 17
UFT/Miles Nadal JCC

This year's celebration of world class literature, music and dance is partly in memory of Prof. Chelva Kanaganayakam, an English professor at the University of Toronto, who championed South Asian and other world literatures in Canadian academia. Most events are free, save the Saturday evening programs featuring a book panel and dance performance called The Book of Sandalwood.

For more information, go to the Toronto Festival of Literature and Arts website.


BMO IFFSA | PIFF 2015
May 14 to May 18
Various Locations

This festival of South Asian films includes many regional language films including Punjabi, Bengali and Malayalam.

For more information, check out the BMO IFFSA | PIFF website.


Mad Men Viewing Party
May 17
Cadillac Lounge

Share the ups and downs of the Mad Men family with others!

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


In Concert: XPrime
May 15
ROM

The Niagara based pop rock band plays as part of the ROM's popular Friday Night Live series.

For more information, check out the ROM website.

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