Toronto Tipsheet: Pearl Jam, Canadian Music Week, Eat for Tibet and more

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Dolly Parton Dolly’s going on tour! The country music star and ray of sunshine brings her Pure & Simple show to the Molson Amphitheatre ahead of her forthcoming double album of greatest hits and new tunes. Doors 6:30 pm, all ages. On sale May 6. September 9. See listing.

Gojira Expect mayhem when the French technical death metallers unleash sixth album Magma at the Sound Academy. October 20. See listing.


Friday 6

Burst NOW’s Susan G. Cole hosts emerging writers Mona Awad, Rebecca Rosenblum and Andrew F. Sullivan and the editors who admire them as part of the Pages UnBound Festival. Jackman Hall. pages-unbound.com. See Listing.

Regent Park Gala Evening of music, food and dance in support of local rec programs, with DJ Kaiser and special appearance by Maestro Fresh Wes. Capitol Event Theatre. regentparkgala.com. See Listing.

Against Nature This adaptation of Joris-Karl Huysmans’s novel features dance and singers. At the Citadel. Opened yesterday to May 15. See Listing.

Canadian Music Week The music, film and comedy festival and conference continues with Tegan and Sara at the Grand Ballroom Sheraton Centre and White Lung at Velvet Underground. Check out our preview here. See Listing.

Saturday 7

Feast In The East The music and food series launches a cookbook in the second of two fifth-anniversary shows. Anchored Social Club. 9 pm, all ages. Also May 6. See listing. Don’t miss our preview. 

Counterpoints Jessica Bradley curates an exceptional show of photos from Toronto private collections as part of Contact. Art Museum at the University of Toronto. To July 30. Free. See listing.

Sunday 8

Eat For Tibet Support Students for a Free Tibet by eating Tibetan food at Parkdale restaurants. 11:30 am to 6 pm. eventbrite.ca for venues and details. See listing.

Monday 9

Tony Kushner The celebrated playwright talks with Philip Akin onstage at the Panasonic Theatre. Tuesday 10. See listing.

Tuesday 10

Floating Points One of our fave albums of 2015 was the UK DJ/producer’s Elaenia. Hear it and new EP Kuiper at the Mod Club. See listing.

Pearl Jam Twenty-six years in, Pearl Jam are still making the news for reasons both musical and political. The alt rock legends who famously boycotted Ticketmaster in the 90s recently cancelled their April 20 show in Raleigh, North Carolina, to protest that state’s HB2 law eliminating anti-discrimination protections for trans and intersex people. Here in Toronto, the big news is that if the Raptors go to game 5, Pearl Jam’s second of two sold-out Air Canada Centre gigs (May 11) will get bumped to May 12. Stay tuned. See listing.

Wednesday 11

In The Name Of Security? Jeff Halper, Bruce Gagnon debate the state of surveillance, University College. Room 140. See listing.


Next week: May 12-18


Trump Vs Bernie – The Debate Comedians James Adomian and Anthony Atamanuik play the presidential hopefuls in a mock debate. Opera House. May 12. See listing.

Brian Jonestown Massacre Long-running San Francisco psych rockers led by Anton Newcombe raise the rafters at the Danforth Music Hall. Doors 7 pm. May 12. See listing.

Toronto Comic Arts Festival The best graphic artists and novelists, including Kate Beaton, hit T.O. for the mammoth festival at the Reference Library and Marriott Bloor Yorkville. May 14-15. See listing.

Lee Scratch Perry The 80-year-old Jamaican reggae-dub-ska legend grooves up the Danforth Music Hall. 7 pm. May 14. See listing.

Michael Coren NOW’s Susan G. Cole interviews the author of Epiphany, about how he became a supporter of LGBTQ rights. North York Library. May 16. See listing.

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