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What's On: Next Stage Festival and more

The Next Stage Festival is just one of the many theatrical productions staging in town. But that's not the only ticket worth buying in the city this weekend:

Snack Music/Next Stage Festival
Jan 7 to Jan 18
Various Locations

It's a show where you can be the star! Take one of your best (or worst) stories and the actors on stage with animate it. If you don't feel like sharing, just sit back and listen in to other people tell their tales.

For more information, check out the Next Stage Festival website.

Asiansploitation 'First Impressions' Comedy Lab
Jan 9
CSI (215 Spadina Ave)

As the name suggests, this improv gathering is run by a "collective of Asian-Canadian writers and performers that strive to examine, critique and re-imagine the society we live in through comedy." No experience is required. It's all about meeting new people and having fun!

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

Disappearing Act: A Public Forum on Canadian Theatre and Toronto Audiences
Jan 11 (3 PM)
Theatre Passe Muraille

The forum is a result of questions being asked by members of Toronto's theatre community. Why is there a lack of audiences at the city's theatre productions? Is there a preference for the big budget musical? Are cheap tickets at theatre festival dissuading audiences from other shows? Is there too much Canadian theatre on our stages? The public discussion hopes to get at some answers.

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

Dec 31 to Jan 25
Tarragon Theatre

The conceit is simplicity itself. Two actors, no props -- just a conversation. But this show was lauded as one of the best theatre performances in the city last year, and it's back on stage by popular demand. Two people discuss the ethics of bringing a child into this world.

For more information, check out the Tarragon Theatre website.

Toronto Salsa Practice
Trinity St. Paul's Church (427 Bloor Street West)

Salseros in the city and beyond gather every Saturday to practice their moves and pick up some new ones. It's an informal event, with no formal instruction.

For more information, check out the Toronto Salsa Practice website.

No Pants Subway Ride
Jan 11 (3 PM)

It might be bitterly cold outside, but that's not going to stop some people from riding the TTC sans pants. It's part of a global event, with the aim to bring a smile to your face.

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

In Concert: Charlene Nash
Jan 9
Canada Christian College

This Toronto singer brings an RnB vibe to traditional gospel music.

For more information, check out her website.

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