Category: Events

Toronto Anima Matsuri at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
When: August 10-12, 2018
Cost: Admission to JCCC is free while screenings and concerts are ticketed. Please be warned that there is no ATM machine on site.

TAM Films – $10 except Shima Jiro which is $5. Tickets/Passes can be purchased in-person at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Reception or call 416-441-2345. Also available at Ticketweb.

JM FEST – Tickets/Passes are available at J-rock website. Also available at the door. JCCC members receive $5 off door rate with membership card.

Details: The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) and Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF) are announcing the inaugural edition of Toronto Anime Matsuri (TAM) at the JCCC. TAM is a new festival of Japanese contemporary pop culture featuring anime screenings,music concerts, cosplay fashion, panel discussions, a marketplace, game lounge and, naturally, lots of Japanese food.

TAM’s  program of seven films includes new animation from the latest wave of Japanese anime directors including Masaaki Yuasa’s modern fable Yu Over The Wall, Mari Okada’s fantasy Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms, Tomoki Kyoda’s sci-fi action thriller Eureka Seven – High Evolution and Kazuhiro Furuhashi’s period romance Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern.

At TAM, JM FEST will also showcase up and coming artists, as well as popular musicians, from North America and Japan over a period of two days. Visual Kei band Umbrella, Virtual Artist IA, Japanese Idol Group Pastel and a special after party ft Kawaii Bass are among those making appearances.

More Info:  TAM Film Schedule available at
JM FEST Schedule available at
@TorontoJFF  @JCCC_Toronto

Dusk Dances 2018

Where: Withrow Park, South of Danforth between Logan and Carlaw (Chester Subway Station)
When: August 5-12, 2018, Preview on August 5 & Opening night on August 6

Cost: $15 per person suggested or Pay-What-You-Can

Details: Now in its 24th Annual Season, Dusk Dances is a renowned and beloved outdoor dance festival presented at Withrow Park each August. This year, for the very first time, a Guest Curator was invited to program the Withrow Park event – Michael Caldwell. Dusk Dances 2018 features some of Canada’s top choreographers and dancers, including Peter Chin, Allison Toffan Carmen Romero, Karissa Barry, and Tina Fushell, in a diverse program of dance featuring contemporary, flamenco, tap, Bharatanatyam, and West African forms and styles.

The dances will be hosted by Allegra Charleston (aka Susie Burpee, a Dora Award-winning choreographer and dancer), who will lead the audience to various sites throughout the park. The performance will also feature live music by acclaimed Jazz musicians Sophia Perlman and Brendan Davis, and FREE Swing Dance classes with master teachers from Joy of Dance Centre.

Founded by Festival Director Director Sylvie Bouchard in 1993, Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience – which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents – to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.
Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment.

Note: Nightly Performances run from August 5-12; Opening Band and Joy of Dance class start at 7pm & dance performances start at 7:30pm. Matinée Performance is August 12 at 2pm; Opening Band and Joy of Dance class start at 2pm & dance performances start at 2:30pm.

More Info:  @duskdances #DuskDances #CatchTheWave
 or call 416.504.6429 X24

7th Annual Porch View Dances

Where: Seaton Village, in the Annex of Toronto. Starts at 595 Palmerston Ave.
When: July 18-22, 2018
Cost: Pay-What-You-Want

Details: The beloved award-winning 7th annual Porch View Dances (PVD) is a unique and family friendly on-site production that showcases real people dancing in real spaces. This year, PVD is all about inclusivity, and will have a strong focus on diversity in dance creation and performance, with individuals from all backgrounds, ages, and featuring participants with multi-abilities.

PVD is a community dance festival that engages everyday people as creators, storytellers, and performers. PVD will take audiences on a walking tour of Seaton Village in the Annex of Toronto, to witness new dance works created by professional choreographers. This year, for the very first time, Seaton Village becomes the venue, hosting participants from all over Toronto on the porches and lawns of the neighbourhood. During the event finale, audience members have the opportunity to become active participants themselves, as they are invited to join the Flock Landing, a large participatory dance experience that is 100% accessible to all ages and abilities. Porch View Dances was conceived by Karen Kaeja and developed with Allen Kaeja.

2018 Participants include:
Porch 1 – Choreographed by Kathleen Rea
A team of participants who come from neighbourhoods from across Toronto. This group of performers with diverse abilities will unite in their shared love of movement, dance, and community, bringing their various talents to the table, including: yoga, wheelchair dance, aerial circus, and contact dance.

Porch  2 – Choreographed by Andrea Nann with Michelle Silagy
Four housemates with multi-exceptionalities who love dancing together. They believe creativity should have no physical boundaries and restrictions.

Porch 3 – Choreographed by Karen and Allen Kaeja
Jim and Owen Adams are an Indigenous father/son team who are on Year 2 of a PVD series exploring teachings from the Medicine Wheel. This year’s theme will focus on the father/son relationship  that embodies  the  Indigenous  values of  truth, love and respect.

At the heart of Kaeja, are co-Artistic Directors, Karen and Allen Kaeja, with over 140 works including commissions and performances, both here in Canada and abroad. Karen and Allen’s signature aesthetic is known for its intimacy, athletic intensity, sensual articulation, theatrical imagery, and story-telling through  personal and artistic resourcing of  lives lived.

More Info: @KaejadDance

Rosalynde (or, As You Like It) – The 24th Annual Bard’s Bus Tour

Across Ontario, from Napanee to Ingersoll to Orillia to St Catharines.
When: July 13 – August 12, 2018
Cost: All performances Pay What You Can (PWYC) admission or Free

Details: Driftwood Theatre presents their 24th annual Bard’s Bus Tour with Rosalynde (or, As You Like It), a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare about one woman’s search for agency over herself, her body and her life. Driftwood Theatre brings accessible, live, outdoor theatre across Ontario with contemporary Canadian takes on Shakespeare.

Set in 1918, Rosalynde takes place when Canadian women were finally granted the right to vote in federal elections. When circumstances force Rosalynde, played by Ellie Moon, from her home in the city, she flees into the unknown wilds of the forest where she sets out on a journey of identity, self-discovery and love – learning that to carve her own path, she needs to break the rules.

Directed by D. Jeremy Smith, the Rosalynde ensemble includes Geoffrey Armour (Festival Players) as Touchstone, Caroline Gillis (Innocence Lost) as Jacques, Ximena Huizi (Theatre Inamorata) as Celia, Megan Miles (Hart House Theatre) as Charles, Phebe, and Audrey, Ellie Moon (Asking For It) as Rosalynde, Ngabo Nabea (Classical Theatre Project) as Orlando, Derek Kwan (Mr. Shi and His Lover) as Oliver, and Silvius, and Eric Woolfe (Eldritch Theatre) as Duke Frederick, Duke Senior, and Corin.

Rosalynde incorporates live music, physical performance, and puppetry designed by production designer Sheree Tams and puppeteer and cast member Eric Woolfe. The creative team also includes musical director/composer Tom Lillington, lighting designer Michael Brunet, dramaturge Myekah Payne, and stage manager Kelsey Rae.

Rosalynde is on tour with Driftwood’s annual Summer Shakespearience, a festival of free performances, workshops, talks, performer Q&As and events.

More Info: For tour schedule visit  @DriftwoodTheatr

Circus Shop of Horrors at Toronto Fringe

Where: Annex Theatre, 736 Bathurst St
When: July 6-14, 2018
Cost: $13 in advance. Can be purchased at, by calling 416-966-1062, or in person at the Fringe Patio at Scadding Court, 707 Dundas Street West.

Details: It’s dusk. Your car breaks down on an abandoned forest road, far away from home. Far away from the nearest phone. But there’s a cabin up ahead, with smoke spiralling from the chimney, and a light scent of fresh-baked cookies wafting out the windows. A lucky place to spend the night or make a phone call? Not if you’re in a 90’s horror movie. Enter the Circus Shop of Horrors, an eclectic musical revue, paying homage to beloved horror films, by melding the grotesque, with acrobatics, circus, dance, drag, and illusion! Enjoy seeing if you can identify all our references in the show.

The production team is entirely made up of phenomenal women (still to this day a rarity in Canadian theatre). And the innovative ensemble includes those identifying as LGBTQ+, with content reflecting that in the show.

More Info: @ShopOfHorrorsTO

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