What to do in Toronto this week

NOW critics pick the city's best events, including Toronto Light Festival, DesignTO and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat


These are our top event picks for the week of January 13-18. For more events listings, visit nowtoronto.com/events.

Community

Science for Peace

Danny Harvey and Richard Sandbrook are keynote speakers at event on the growing climate emergency. Panelists for Climate Emergency: What Is To Be Done? include Tamara Lorincz, Allie Rougeot, Emmay Mah, Ali Hashemi and others.

January 14. Innis Town Hall. 7-9 pm. Free. RSVP at scienceforpeace.ca.

Music

Maneka, Bike Thiefs, Joncro, Pool Blood

Brooklyn band headlines stacked lineup of post-punk and noise rock.

January 15. Rivoli. 8 pm. $10. facebook.com.

iskwē

The Cree singers/songwriter is back in Toronto in support of her deeply personal and awareness-raising new album, acākosīk.

January 17. Mod Club. 8 pm. $19.50. masseyhall.com.

Matthew “Doc” Dunn

The Cosmic Range groover-turned-prolific-singer/songwriter Matthew “Doc” Dunn leads this front-to-back stacked local bill, also featuring Lavender Bruisers, Mr. Joy and Meg Remy of U.S. Girls DJing. 

January 17. The Baby G. Doors 8 pm. $12. showclix.com.

Movies

Catherine The Great: In Praise of Catherine O’Hara

Mini-retrospective features four of the Schitt’s Creek star’s films.

January 15-24. TIFF Bell Lightbox. $14-$17. tiff.net.

Mental Health Film Series

Hot Docs hosts free screenings and conversations in the lead up to the 10th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day. First up: Kusama: Infinity, about the Japanese-born Infinity Mirrors artist Yayoi Kusama.

January 15. Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. 6:30 pm. Free. Reserve via hotdocscinema.ca.

Stage

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatre Rusticle’s imagistic and physical production of Shakespeare’s comedy begins previews before its Jan 16 opening at Buddies in Bad Times.

7:30 pm. $25-$30. 416-975-8555. To January 26. buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Sweat 

With the recent GM plant closure news in Oshawa, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about workers in a Rust Belt town should resonate deeply. 

January 14-February 2. Berkeley Street Theatre. Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $49-$79. canadianstage.com.

Books

Emerging Writers Reading Series

Jiggly January edition of popular reading series features five writers who have yet to publish a book.

Glad Day Bookshop. Doors 6:30 pm. Pwyc. ewreading.com.

Art

DesignTO

The indie design fest marks 10 years with more than 100 exhibitions, events and installations.

January 17-26. Various venues. designto.org.

Toronto Light Festival

Twenty artists illuminate The Distillery District with light installations and sculptures.

January 17-March 1. The Distillery District. Free. torontolightfest.com.

Listening To Snow: Michael Snow

Art exhibit focusing on the highly influential Toronto artist’s sound and film work opens.

January 18-March 21. Art Museum, University of Toronto. Reception 3-5 pm on January 18 (artist in attendance). Free. artmuseum.utoronto.ca.

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