News: Uke Jam rocks on, Extension Room anniversary, Irish Players at Alumnae Theatre

CRANE STYLE: This may be an obvious observation, but there sure are a lot of cranes in the West Don Lands these days. Photo by Skyjacked, via Urban Toronto.

Hope everyone had a delightful Family Day weekend. Here’s what’s happening in Corktown these days:

The Toronto Star‘s Andrea Gordon strums a few chords with our own Corktown Ukulele Jam, calling the weekly gathering “a chance for collective creativity.” If you’re at all musically-inclined, you owe it to yourself to check out the Uke Jam. They run every week at the Dominion on Queen. Check their website for details.

A reminder that this Thursday, February 21 marks the first anniversary of the Extension Room, Corktown’s favourite fitness and dance studio. The anniversary will be marked with a special event featuring a photography exhibit and an eclectic range of performances by local dance, opera and circus artists. Full details are available online.

New on stage at the Alumnae Theatre on Berkeley Street, theatre-goers can check out the Toronto Irish Players‘ production of Midden, a “story of five women, from three generations, and a prodigal daughter’s return.” After an opening and reception on February 21, the show runs through March 9 – grab your tickets at the TIP website.

On Friday, February 22, the Dominion on Queen is hosting a birthday jam for noted voice actor and screenwriter David Hayter. He’s the talent behind the script for movies like X-Men 2 and Watchmen, but might be best known for voicing Solid Snake in the Metal Gear series of video games. On Twitter, Hayter reveals the following: “1. Yes, it’s real.  2. No invitation needed.  3. Yes, I’ll sign your thing.  4. Rock covers.  5. I can’t chat for too long.” Doors open at 8 p.m.

Lastly, the Grid’s Ian Worang profiles Planet of Sound, an audio equipment specialty store located just outside the official borders of Corktown at 263 Queen East. Check ’em out.

Got a story about a goings-on in or around Corktown? Email Matt Elliott

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