NOW editors pick the weekend's best events, including audio dramas, musical bingo and a worm composting ritual
Our picks for the top things to do in Toronto on the weekend of March 25-28 includes Factory Theatre’s audio dramas, a worm composting ritual, musical bingo and the city’s longest-running comedy festival.
Spring is here but with the third wave in effect, there’s not a lot to do outdoors yet. But if you live near the three-kilometre stretch of Queen East between Neville Park and Coxwell, you can check out the COVID-safe outdoor art installation Luminosity, which will add some colour and warmth to your chilly spring evening.
To April 11. to-thebeach.com/luminosity
Factory Theatre launches its new weekly collection of five audio theatrical dramas set in and around Toronto neighbourhoods and landmarks. The first drama – available free from your favourite podcast app – is Anusree Roy’s Sisters, about two siblings who have recently immigrated here from India with their father.
March 25. factorytheatre.ca.
Nightclubs aren’t open, so we might as well get lost in some of Toronto’s historical ones. Nightlife historian/DJ Denise Benson will be joined by club owner Albert Assoon, DJ Mark Oliver and writer and director Michele Geister to talk about some of the most iconic local clubs of the 80s and 90s. For a taste, check out Benson’s AGO photo essay.
Free. March 25 at 7:30 pm. ago.ca.
Local indie folk band Beams can’t do their album release show in front of fans at one of their favourite Toronto venues, so instead they’re doing it in front of cameras at eight of them. This livestreamed concert film was shot at Dakota Tavern, The Horseshoe, The Boat, Matt Durant Studio, their own rehearsal space and more. It’s co-presented by Toronto music series Wavelength and will air on Bandcamp.
$10. March 26 at 8 pm. Streaming on Bandcamp.
The Horseshoe Tavern had to put its livestream series on hold when Toronto went into lockdown, but it’s back now. You can tune in this week to see local married couple country-rock duo Whitehorse back on one of their favourite stages.
$25.72-$30.86. March 26 at 8 pm. horseshoetavern.com.
What better way to celebrate World Theatre Day than with this response – by Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts – to the federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls? After the live-streamed opening ceremony from Elder Pauline Shirt, you can watch the 12 pieces (each between five and 20 minutes) that all respond to specific chapters in the commission’s report.
March 27, at 7 pm (opening ceremony); 12 pieces can be streamed to April 11. embodyingpowerandplace.com.
If you miss dance parties, but don’t love online dance parties, Dancing Phil’s Musical Bingo meets you halfway. Run by Toronto-based Phil Villeneuve of the party Tapette and the website Yohomo, this queer-friendly Bingo party is part (19+) party, part game, and dancing and dressing up are highly encouraged. Word-of-mouth is spreading as recent editions have attracted players from across North America.
March 26, 9 pm-11 pm. $10 per card. eventbrite.ca
Tom Hearn lets it all hang out in To What End, part of the SketchFest’s Sketch Showcase, March 27 at 8 pm.
Toronto’s longest-running comedy festival continues its first online edition through the weekend. The lineup is a little different this year, with film programs, sketch showcases and a visiting stage for out-of-town comedy acts. Keep your eye on the closing night gala called Untitled Black Sketch Project, featuring an hour-long table read of material by the fierce, star-studded all-Black ensemble. Make sure you show up on time for these shows, because although they’re virtual they happen in real time. In some cases you can hang out after a show and show your (Zoom) face.
Every night through March 28. torontosketchfest.com.
Crow’s Theatre’s interactive, all-ages game in which players collaborate and compete to build a potential Utopia – all within a theatrical narrative – wraps up its 10-day run this weekend.
Every day through March 28, 7 pm (March 25-26) and 2 pm (March 27-28). crowstheatre.com.
Thomas McKechnie (The Jungle) presents a vermicomposting ritual in which you can make your own worm composter and “feed the worms the rotten garbage of ourselves and our world.” You can simply watch and learn or build your own composter along with McKechnie.
March 28 at 7:30 pm. theatrecentre.org.