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NOW Magazine - 2021-06-10

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BACK TO LIFE

STAGE

By KEVIN RITCHIE, GLENN SUMI & RICHARD TRAPUNSKI

Spring Stations — COVID bumped the annual design competition Winter Stations to a new season and location. Instead of Woodbine Beach, three of this year’s winning installations are now on display at the Distillery District and a fourth is directly south at 33 Parliament. One of the most striking is The Epitonium, an architectural interpretation of a kind of seashell that catches some Instagramable light at night. From Small Beginnings is a kind of shelved forest, ARc de Blob reinterprets a global landmark and THROBBER features 10 colourful and and trapezoidal “shelters.” ß To Late July. Free. winterstations.com Comedy on the River — Once again, professional stand-up comedy is happening on the Humber River various Friday nights through the summer. You get there by renting a paddle. ß Through October 8, various Fridays, 6 or 6:30 pm. $40 (single kayak) to $90 (large canoe). torontoadventures.ca Porchside Songs — Musical Stage Company’s summer concert series of live musical cabarets returns to people’s porches, with concerts by Sara Farb and Britta Johnson (see related story, this page); Jewelle Blackman and Evangelia Kambites; Gabi and Jake Epstein; and Saccha Dennis and David Atkinson. ß Dates TBC. $395.50. musicalstagecompany.com Toronto Backyard Picture Show (aka Tiny TOPS) — The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show transforms your own outdoor space into a movie venue, with a kit that includes a screen, projector, Bluetooth speakers and cables. ß Throughout the summer. $175 and up. topictureshow.com Drive N’ Queens — The drag world didn’t waste time pivoting to drive-ins last summer, and with Canada’s Drag Race becoming must-see pandemic TV, performers known mainly in the local queer bar, gay birthday party and bachelorette circuits are now headlining major concert venues like CityView Drive-In. This series (announced before Ontario’s reopening plan, so don’t be surprised if some dates are rescheduled) is hosted by recent NOW cover star and choreo-queen Tynomi Banks, and features a different lineup each month. A hot ticket will certainly be fan favourite Jimbo’s first post-Drag Race appearance in Toronto at the first gig. ß June 25, July 10, August 12, September 9 and October 9. $120 and up. ticketmaster.ca Drive-in concerts at CityView — The drive-in venue outside Rebel has had to delay its program a few times already, but the June 12 start date feels firm this time. That’s when you can catch the beginning of the Drive ‘N Queens series, which kicks off a summer that will include performances by Canrockers Big Wreck, indie rockers Tokyo Police Club & Born Ruffians, a great hip-hop bill from Skratch Bastid and friends (including Shad, k-os, Haviah Mighty and more) and others. ß CityView Drive-In. June 12-August 27. Various prices. cityviewdrivein.com Box Concerts — Tapestry Opera presents a pop-up stage for curbside concerts in which Asitha Tennekoon performs opera, musical theatre and commissioned songs. ß June 16 to September 12. $250 (household). tapestryopera.com

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