News & Events: Soulepper’s Angels in America draws raves, Butterfly Festival on Leslie Spit & Contemporary Dance Workshop at Extension Room


LITTLE TRINITY, BIG TREES: A summertime shot looking up Trinity Street toward King. Photo by Dan Philips.

News & Events for the Week of August 19, 2013

Have you heard about Corktown Common? It’s pretty great. This past week, the Globe & Mail‘s Alex Bozikovic added to the praise, writing about how the park  “is designed to celebrate its urban surroundings.” You’ve only got a couple of weeks to visit the park before it closes again for further construction, so don’t miss it.

Playing at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery, Soulpepper’s two-part production of Angels of America is drawing strong reviews from outlets like The Grid and BlogTO. You can get tickets for both parts of the show on the Young Centre’s website. The show runs until September 14.

Our pals across the river in Riverside have been hosting a Good Food Market on Thursdays all summer long. It’s worth a look, with lots of great fresh and affordable food available. The market is open at Queen Street East and Saulter Street between 3 and 7 p.m. Visit the website for the details.

On Thursday, August 22, Councillor Pam McConnell will join MP Olivia Chow and other members of the Layton family for the official naming of the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and an unveiling of a statue of Jack Layton, which will feature the late NDP icon and cycling advocate on a tandem bike. The ceremony is set for 11:45 a.m. Visit Pam’s website for more info.

Photography fans should check out the Pikto Gallery in the Distillery District starting this Thursday. Running through to September 20, Paris: River, Bridge, Sky is an exhibition of photos by Jeffrey Berman that seeks to be “a meditation on the enduring fascination that millions have had with the city and a contemplation of its place at the heart of photography.” The opening reception takes place on Thursday, August 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Pikto’s website has the details.

On Thursday, August 22, join special guest Angel Wong for a Contemporary Dance Workshop at the Extension Room, Corktown’s favourite dance and fitness studio located at 30 Eastern Ave. The workshop is set to run between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Registration is required — you can reserve your spot online.

Starting on Thursday, August 22 and concluding on Saturday, August 24, Good Bye Summer is a three-day festival in Regent Park designed to help us all confront the sad realization that this summer is almost at its end. The festival includes a DJ Party on Thursday, a soccer tournament on Friday and a carnival for children of all ages on Saturday. Visit the website for locations and times.

A constant Friday favourite this summer, don’t forget to hit up Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead for five dollar back door burgers between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, August 23. Gilead is also hosting a wine bar on Friday night starting at 6 p.m. Check the Gilead event calendar to learn more.

On Saturday, August 24, Tommy Thompson Park on the Leslie Street spit will host to the fifth annual Butterfly Festival. Come and check out the monarchs before they head south to Mexico. Lots of fun for kids and parents. Visit the website for the schedule of events.

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