Things You Should Do! May Edition

By The FLIPsters

April ICE STORMS bring May…who knows! What we DO know are these Things You Should Do!

Photo of Daniel Brooks by Matt Reznek

40 Day and 40 Nights
continues until May 6 at The Theatre Centre
“What do you think about when you think about Love?”  Two lovers on a spiritual quest challenge themselves to live for 40 days and 40 nights making all choices based in Love.  An investigation of the nature of love; how to contemplate love, how to talk about love, and how to be open to the possibility of love. And couldn’t we all use a little love right now?  Co-produced by Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Electric Company Theatre and The Theatre Centre.


Joseph Michael Photography

Prairie Nurse
continues until May 13 at Factory Theatre
It’s winter in the prairies, late 1960s. Two young nurses, just off the plane from the Philippines, arrive at a rural hospital in Saskatchewan and no one can tell the two nurses apart.  A dim-witted lab technician at the hospital falls in love with one of them but accidentally courts them both.  Inspired by the playwright’s mother, Prairie Nurse is a culture-clashing comedy of errors with heart.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
May 1 – 31 all around the city

L-R: 9 to 5 by Erin McGean, A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton

The largest photography event in the world returns with over 200 exhibitions and happenings.  The two exhibits we are most looking forward to are A Forest of Canoes until August 31 at The Bentway and Women at Work May 3-31 at Urban Gallery.

Vancouver-based artist Dana Claxton (Lakota Sioux) considers the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories. A site-specific installation of  16-foot tall murals adhered to the columnar bents supporting the Gardiner Expressway, A Forest of Canoes reflects on a method of transportation that spans time and distance.

The work that women do is essential to society, yet it is still often under-appreciated, underpaid, and in many cases, undocumented. Four photographers: Dorothy Chiotti, Erin McGean, Lyndon Wiebe and Wally Jay Parker (aka Hollie Phipps) celebrate women and their contributions to the health and economy of their communities and the world at large with Women at Work.

Derek Chan Photo by Brenda Nicole Kent and Jules Le Masson

食盡天下 (A Taste of Empire)
May 1 – 6 at Factory
Theatre-meets-cooking-class when the infamous Chef Maximo is called away from the demonstration kitchen leaving his sous chef to prepare, in real time and in front of a live audience, the famous Filipino dish, Rellenong Bangus. While preparing the dish, sous chef Chan chronicles the history of the ingredients, following them back to their source for a thought-provoking lesson in culinary colonialism.  Upon completion, the dish is shared by the audience! Cahoots Theatre presents a rice and beans production.


L-R: speaking of sneaking, Everything I Couldn’t Tell You

The RISER Project 2018 
May 2-12 at The Theatre Centre, BMO Incubator
Part two of The RISER Project 2018 presents speaking of sneaking, a multidisciplinary mash-up of dance, poetry and pantomime where the archetypal Jamaican ginnal and the mythical African Anansi meet; created and performed by daniel jelani ellis, directed by d’bi.young anitafrika, and choreographed by Brian Solomon. And Everything I Couldn’t Tell You, an Indigenous technological tearjerker that  reawakens  the lost Lenape language, written by Jeff D’Hondt, directed by Erin Brandenburg, and starring Cheri Maracle, PJ Prudat, Jenny Young. Presented by Why Not Theatre.

Christopher Stanton, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio, Aviva Armour-Ostroff. Photo by Christopher Ryan


May 3 – 20 at the abandoned Furniture Emporium
Isolated behind a glass partition, a man undergoes an interrogation intending to break his silence, extract a confession, and force him to justify his very own existence. Instead, he chooses to dissent. The enemy has become virtual, the world has overdosed on progress, and the crash could be catastrophic. Dissidents questions civic protest, activism and disobedience in a world without privacy, facts and accountability. Presented by ARC.


Canadian Music Week
May 7- 13 at various locations
This year’s festival has the hottest bands from all over, but what you really have to check out are these incredible discussions about important changes in the music industry.  Inclusivity and Accountability with Dr. Stacy Smith, who pioneered the now viral concept of an “inclusion rider,” will present the keynote address, followed by a panel of Canadian and international leaders challenging the status quo. Changing the Tune will address the Keychange Gender Parity Project,  a groundbreaking European project that is encouraging music festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. The industry’s recognition of women’s potential artistic and economic value will transform the music industry for current and future generations.  Creating Consensual Music Scenes for All is an interactive presentation which will discuss the need for sexual harassment policies and procedures, as well as education for venue staff and music fans alike. Participants will get a chance to practice responses to harmful behaviour, and feel more equipped to create safer spaces.


L- R Artists: Ho Che Anderson and Fiona Smyth

Toronto Comics Arts Festival
May 12-13  at Toronto Reference Library, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, and The Masonic Temple
A free literary festival celebrating the artistry of comics and graphic novels, TCAF packs in a whole lot into just two days. From readings and panel discussions to gallery shows and a large exhibition area featuring 300+ exhibitors, this year will include a space for Zine creators, a 10th anniversary celebration of kid’s graphic novel publisher Toon Books, and 40+ featured guests spanning comic authors and artists.

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes
May 16 – January 2019 at The Bata Shoe Museum
The final (and only North American) stop for the traveling exhibition is a retrospective of the influential trend setter and his vision and creative approach to designing footwear.  Shoes as art. Blahnik keeps every one of his designs: 25,000 shoes are arranged in order of date in paneled cupboards that fill up two adjoining houses. This residency showcases 200 of his favourite shoes, and seriously, how cool is it that the BATA Shoe Museum was hand selected by Blahnik to be a part of the tour?

Whiz by Robert Fones


Signs | Forms | Narratives
May 16 – July 21, 2018 at The Art Museum at U of T

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto will present
Signs | Forms | Narratives, a major retrospective exhibition of work by Governor General Award-winning artist and writer Robert Fones. The most extensive survey of the artist’s work to date, his most influential artworks, ranging from monumental letter forms, to lightboxes, to two-dimensional works that create the illusion of three dimensions, will  be highlighted.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Toby Melville:Reuters)

Harry and Meghan Get Hitched!
May 19 at Windsor Castle, England
Be a part of the wedding of the year! Put on the coffee and prepare the mimosas to celebrate with the Windsors, the Markles and the whole  Commonwealth as the 5th in line to the throne marries a divorced American actress (GASP! *eye roll*). They also wed on the high holiday weekend of Canada, May 2-4. Wedding starts at 7amET but we are SURE there will be lots of coverage before 7am on the CBC.


Top L-R: Catherine Blackburn, Sugiit Lukx Designs (Yolanda Skelton) Bottom L-R: Evan Ducharme, Sho Sho Esquiro

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

May 31 – June 3 at Harbourfront Centre
The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto will showcase some of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous fashion, textiles and crafts from Canada, the US and Greenland, with a spotlight on the far north. Live runway shows  taking place during the festival are inspired by the phases of the moon: New Moon recognizes spring and birth; Berry Moon celebrates summer and pow wow season; Frost Moon  showcases Inuk street style from Nunavut and Greenland and high Dene fashion; and Harvest Moon is an inter-generational honouring of matriarchs, with designs that recognize the vitality of stories and teachings passed through generations. There will also be a Trade & Consumer Marketplace with over 40 exhibitors  showcasing their Indigenous-made work in Harbourfront’s Lakeview Market. 

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