News: The Daniels Spectrum impresses, theatre happenings & Body Blitz sets the date

SPECTRUM ACTION: The Daniels Spectrum (née The Regent Park Arts & Culture Centre) made a splash this week with a big opening. Photo by Dan Philips.

Huge week in and around Corktown!

The big story is the official opening of the Daniels Spectrum, formerly known as The Regent Park Arts & Culture Centre. The new facility drew raves from those who attended. Urban Toronto’s Craig White called it “transformative” for the community. Seven arts, culture and community organizations now call the space home. Visit their website for a look at the many upcoming events and productions, all of which look very cool.

For more background, the Globe & Mail has an interview with Seema Jethalal, the space’s managing director. And for The Grid, David Topping looks at one of the new tenants at the Spectrum: the Collective of Black Artists.

In other Regent Park news, Spacing Magazine’s blog has an overview of phase three, which is set to include the Regent Park Athletic Grounds.

At the Alumnae Theatre, you can now check out Lisa Moore’s adaptation of her novel February. It runs Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays, until October 6. Tickets are a great deal at just $20 regularly, with a special two-for-one deal on Wednesdays. (The Sunday matinee is pay-what-you-can.) Don’t miss it.

Also at the Alumnae, this weekend is Gay Play Day – a festival of LGBT Theatre. Check the Facebook page for more details.

Also on stage, Soul Pepper’s production of Death of a Salesman drew a four-star review from Torontoist. Definitely worth your time.

This Saturday, the big event is Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s annual all night art thing. Their website has a map of all the exhibits. Close to home, you’ll definitely want to check out the Dada reboot and the Deaf Culture Centre’s Creature World exhibits at the Distillery; Semaphore Group’s “Corridor” at Front & Parliament; and Transhumance on the Esplanade. You’re guaranteed to feel a mix of awe, confusion and community togetherness. Things get started around dusk.

As a warm-up act to the Nuit Blanche festivities, the Toronto Film Noir Syndicate is launching their Noir Confidential screening series with an 8 p.m. showing of 1941 thriller “I Wake Up” in the back room at the Dominion on Queen. Tickets are $5.

And lastly, Body Blitz Spa has announced that their much-anticipated Corktown location on King Street is set to open on October 11. A great addition to the neighbourhood.

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