Thursday: Opening reception for “Fish Songs of the Shining Waters”
HuntClub Studio, 709 College St. Free. Runs until May 29. Doors at 7 p.m.
Our favourite College Street art hub is mounting the debut solo show from rising star (and resident multidisciplinary artist) Lauren Pirie, and, as always, I guarantee otherworldliness! Pirie’s drawings for Fish Songs of the Shining Waters are described as “a complex body of work which harnesses the spirit of magical realism by straddling the line between memory and fantasy.” With inspiration drawn from summers in the Canadian wilderness, Fish Songs “explores the balance…between experiential and material values.” And the girl puts her art where her heart is: She’s co-founder and creative director of the art and environmental organization, About Face Collective. More information and viewing times here.
Friday: The second annual Right to Play Ball
Shangri-La Hotel, 188 University Ave. $175, available online or at the door. Doors at 9 p.m.
Feeling philanthropic? On Friday, Glen Baxter, former Fashion Television correspondent and all-around gentleman, is hosting his second annual Right to Play Ball, benefitting Canada’s fastest-growing international humanitarian organization. The mission is to improve the lives of children around the world through game, sport, and play. Last year’s debut was quite the splashy affair, thanks mostly to model, DJ, and Rolling Stones progeny Alexandra Richards. For this instalment, Baxter has secured Ellen DeGeneres’ main man, DJ Tony O. alongside Montreal’s JoJo Flores and the dashing UK import . If the ticket feels pricey, all guests will receive a charitable tax receipt for $75, the maximum allowable amount. Not bad for a jam with bottomless Belvedere. Find out more here.
Saturday: Songs: A Dance Party ft. Foals
BLK BOX Theatre, 1087 Queen St. W. $5 before midnight. Doors at 10 p.m.
Oh hai, Young Lions! Back for a summer sesh of sweat and tunes, Songs: A Dance Party, the jam that throws bands on the decks—is bringing the heat from across the Atlantic. Head to the BLK BOX Theatre on Saturday night for this year’s second instalment of the series featuring a set from the groovy, sleek, sexy bros behind Foals, who have signed on to entertain you even more after their hotly-anticipated Kool Haus gig. Complete details here.
Saturday: DJ Taboo launches INK residency
Uniun, 473 Adelaide St. $20 at the door. Doors at 10 p.m.
In big-ish Toronto mainstream club news, Taboo—of Black Eyed Peas fame—will be hanging out around town quite often this summer. Fresh off the success of his January DJ gig, nightlife hoarder Charles Khabouth has signed the Grammy-winning musician for a stint as a resident ringleader for his club empire over the next few months. So, if you’re a fan, here’s your chance to indulge. Starting on Saturday, head to hot-and-cold Uniun for a night of Top 40 and dance tracks as part of the “Taboo Experience,” which will include choreography, visual effects, and exclusive BEP mixes. And cover is cheap enough! I’m sold. You? Find out more here.
Monday/Tuesday: Visitations, an interactive theatre experience
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Advance tickets starting at $40, online only. Two shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m.
A few weekends ago, I ventured into the cracks and crevasses of The Drake Hotel for Visitations, a supernatural, interactive theatre experience that’s one part séance, one part murder mystery and one part action-fantasy adventure. It’s the work of The Mission Business, “an adventure laboratory that brings stories to life.” Here’s the plot, vaguely: Lucy, who is on the verge of going batshit, must solve a mystery concerning her grandfather and the haunting artifact he left behind. It’s a journey that takes you from floor to ceiling and leaves you…well, just go and find out. After a successful sold-out run, the show has been extended for two more shows on Monday and Tuesday. Hey, Margaret Atwood is totes intrigued. Find out more here.