News & Events: Cabaret Festival at Young Centre, Corktown Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Walkfest & more!

VIEW FROM ON HIGH: A camera on a kite gives a great view of West Don Lands construction and the Toronto skyline. Photo by Spencer Wynn, via Twitter.

Local news for the week of October 21, 2013

As we mentioned last week, the second public consultation on the Gardiner East took place last week. Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are examining a number of options for the section of the expressway between Jarvis and the DVP, including replacement and removal. If you missed the meeting, transportation expert Steve Munro has a good summary on his blog. You can also participate in the online consultation and review materials at

The Grid took in Soulepper’s latest production at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, and they liked what they saw. Critic Martin Morrow gave Soulpepper’s The Norman Conquests a strong review. It’s on stage until November 16, with tickets available online.

Events for the week of October 21, 2013

For some Halloween-themed theatre in the neighbourhood, check out the Realspace Theatre’s highly praised production of DINE HER, which returns for two shows at the George Street Diner starting Friday, October 25. Tickets are available online.

On Thursday, October 24, the renowned Corktown Chamber Orchestra is set to perform at Little Trinity Church. They’ll be playing music from Beethoven, Mozart and Hindemith. The performance will take place at 8 p.m on Thursday, with tickets running just $10 at the door. Kids get in for free. Don’t miss it!

Fans of fine foods shouldn’t miss the evening of Nouvelle Cuisine being held this Thursday, October 24 at Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Bistro. Animated by conversations with food critic Gerry Shikatani, guests will enjoy appetizers and a four-course dinner for just $75 — add a flight of wine for $25. Reservations are required – see the flyer for details.

Coming to the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District this week, the Global Cabaret Festival will see “over 150 of Canada’s leading performing artists stage over 15 original one-hour songbooks and cabarets.” It’s an incredible opportunity to see some of the country’s most talented performers. Tickets and passes are available at the Cabaret Festival’s website. The festival runs from Thursday, October 24 to Sunday, October 27.

Starting on Friday, October 25, in celebration of her 60th birthday, dancer and artist Claudia Moore — the director of Moonhorse Dance Theatre — will present an evening of solos choreographed by Paul-Andre Fortier, Christopher House, Susanna Hood and Gadfly. The performances will take place at Dancemakers Centre for Creation in the Distillery District. Check out Claudia’s website for a full schedule of shows and ticket information.

A pair of interesting events take place at the Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park this weekend. First, there’s the second-annual Unplugged Expo, which takes place between October 25 and October 27. It’s a “2-day celebration extravaganza of Geek Culture” with a great line-up of geeky guests. See their website for information. Meanwhile, the Aki Studio Theatre stage continues to play host to YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME, an acclaimed one-person show about the Toronto G20. You can find ticket details online.

On Saturday, October 26, our friends at the Extension Room are offering a special workshop in Aerial Silks with instructor Jamie Holmes. It’s a good opportunity to get a little more airborne with your fitness routine. The workshop costs $25 ad runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Find the details on the Extension Room website.

Also on Saturday, October 26, the Dominion on Queen gets into the holiday spirit with Fuggenbitch’s Queer-Positive East End Halloween Party. The party gets going at 10 p.m., with cover starting at just $5 and then increasing to $10 after 11 p.m. Find more information on the Dominion event calendar.

Finally, our friends in Riverside are throwing their fifth annual WALKFEST this weekend, with a series of FREE guided walks taking place on Saturday, October 26. Whether you’re interesting in local history, food, urban planning or activities for kids, WALKFEST has a jam-packed schedule of activities for all comers. Check out the full schedule and register for walks at the Riverside TO website.

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