NOW’s Glenn Sumi helps boost the Actors’ Fund February 10.
Help struggling artists
Give these critics credit. Toronto scribes, including NOW's Glenn Sumi, join serious thesps like Sheila McCarthy in a concert version of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Young Centre Sunday (February 10), 8 pm. The show, directed by Mitchell Cushman, is a benefit for the Actors' Fund of Canada, which gives financial aid - over 10,000 artists have received grants - to cultural workers suffering from injury, illness or anything else preventing them from doing their work. Sumi plays Linus, and McCarthy takes the role of Sally in the Talk Is Free Theatre production. $30-$100. 50 Tank House. 1-888-792-1949. tift.ca.
Don't roll the dice
The mayor's pushing for a casino on Toronto's waterfront. Don't let him turn our downtown into gambling central. Come hear all the reasons this idea bites at a meeting hosted by Councillor Joe Mihevc. Featured guests are the city's medical officer of health, David McKeown, architect Ken Greenberg and Maureen Lynett of No Casino Toronto. Tuesday (February 12), 7 pm. Free. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie. joemihevc.com.
Supporting Syrian refugees
The images of civilians fleeing hostilities in Syria are heart-tuggers. Dinner event Syria Is Calling aims to raise funds for the child victims of the repression and war. Speakers include journalist and peace advocate Afra Jalabi, human rights activist Suhair Atassi and a rep from Doctors Without Borders. Saturday (February 9), 6 pm. $50. Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford. revivesyria.com.