May 3 – 5 Andre 3000’s favourite Kid in the Hall hosts a weekend worth of sketch and improv shows at Kevin McDonald Weekend at Comedy Bar. See “Denim Vest” himself play alongside Canada’s best young improvisors.
From Sebastiao Salgado’s GENESIS exhibit. Image courtesy of CONTACT Photography Festival
May 1 – 31 In it’s 17th year and on for the full month of May, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival has developed into the largest photography festival in the world. Two shows worth checking out are Arnaud Maggs’ Scotiabank Photography Award-winning exhibit at the newly opened Ryerson Image Centre (the only photography-dedicated museum in the country) and Sebastiao Salgado’s GENISIS exhibit at Royal Ontario Museum. Maggs’ work examines his fascination with photographing found objects and his talent for portraiture while Salgado’s black and white photography captures the “majesty of regions not yet touched by the impact of globalization” including arctic and antarctic landscapes and photographs of isolated tribes peoples from various locations around the world.
Young Canadian dream pop duo Purity Ring
bring their lush, futuristic beats and shimmering vocals to Danforth Music Hall
. Catch Corin Roddick and Megan James play tracks from their 2012 debut Shrines
with support from openers Blue Hawaii.
May 4-5 Jane’s Walk
In honour of famous urban issues writer and activist Jane Jacobs, a number of Toronto neighbourhoods are holding Jane’s Walks
— free guided tours for residents to learn a little bit more about the history of their daily surroundings. There’s one themed for Jack Layton
, guided by his son City Councillor Mike Layton that will take walkers through the U of T Campus down to City Hall and back up to Ryerson and Cabbagetown, all while tracking the late Politician’s accomplishments. There’s also an Annex based walk
that takes a look at the locations of various murders that took place in the area.
This Sunday marks your final chance to catch Jason Priestly in action in Canadian Stage’s RACE.
To celebrate, Canadian Stage is throwing a party at the Berkeley Street Theatre
with Priestly acting as guest DJ at 9021-OMG Block Party. 90s beats, cheap drinks and Smoke’s roaming Poutine Truck will keep you fed and imbibed for a night of teenage nostalgia.