Including Toronto Caribbean Carnival's First Lap, Women From Space, Alice In Wonderland and more
Our picks for the top things to do in Toronto on the weekend of April 8-11 include Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s virtual costume reveal, Brockhampton live from Los Angeles, Toronto Dance Theatre’s graduating class and a series of audio dramas inspired by Toronto neighbourhoods.
Hannah Moscovitch’s new play about how a sex scandal affects the CEO and executives at a big corporation receives its world premiere in this digital-only production from Winnipeg’s Prairie Theatre Exchange.
April 8-25. $10-$35. pte.mb.ca
Factory Theatre’s collection of new audio dramas inspired by Toronto neighbourhoods and landmarks is now in its third week. This week’s drama is Yvette Nolan’s play about an activist who’s been the target of online protests and persecution.
From April 8. Free. factorytheatre.ca
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents solo works performed by the graduating class of the school, featuring choreography by Susie Burpee, Roberto Campanella, Christopher House, Sasha Ivanochko, Naishi Wang and others, as well as a piece by the school’s late co-founder Trish Beatty.
April 8-9 at 8 pm (available until April 11). Pwyc (suggested $20 single, $40 household). schooloftdt.org
Virtual concerts might be cancelled in Toronto, but they’re still happening in Los Angeles. And so, the 13-member rap group Brockhampton are performing live from Malibu’s Shangri-La Studios on Friday night. The show marks their first gig in support of their upcoming sixth album Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine. Surprise guests and album contributors will be in the mix.
April 9 at 10 pm. $22.40. momenthouse.com/brockhampton
This local hologram music festival will stream performances via a 3D paper “theatre” you order and assemble at home. Women From Space aims to fix the gender imbalance in the city’s experimental music scenes in Toronto. The lineup includes Laura Barrett, pianist Eve Egoyan, electronic musicians Pursuit Grooves and more.
April 9-11. Free/pwyc, $10 + shipping for the Holograph Theatre. womenfromspace.com
Bad Hats Theatre’s contemporary all-ages musical based on the Lewis Carroll classic continues its digital run from Soulpepper’s streaming platform. See review here.
April 9-18, various 1 and 7 pm. 20 (household). soulpepper.ca
It seems unlikely Toronto Caribbean Carnival will happen as it usually does, but organizers are nonetheless billing this (prerecorded) virtual costume unveiling as a “preview” to keep the festival spirit alive (and we definitely need it right now). During First Lap, mas bands will debut their designs alongside steelpan, calypso and soca performers. Tune in via Facebook, Twitch, YouTube or the Carnival website. Participating bands include Louis Saldenah Mas K Club, Carnival Nationz, Tribal Carnival, Toronto Revellers, Venom Mas and Epic Carnival.
April 11 at 7 pm. Free. torontocarnival.ca/firstlap