Toronto Tipsheet: art rebels, Hip-Hop 4 Flint, Chi-Raq and more

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The Rebel Zone (NNNN), YTB Gallery, to March 31

From 1975 to 89, an explosion of art and political activism on Queen West transformed T.O. Lorraine Segato, part of that rebellion as a member of the Parachute Club, has curated an exhibit of art pieces and artifacts, including this hand-tinted photo of singer/songwriter Mary Margaret O’Hara by Biserka Livaja, that evoke the period. Go back in time (and review early pages of NOW) at this dynamic show. Reception March 18, 7 pm. Free. ytbgallery.com. See our review here.


Book now! These shows will sell out fast

Suuns Catch the psychy Montreal art rockers in a squishy intimate setting when they play the Tiny Record Shop on March 31 (6:30 pm, free) ahead of their already announced Hold/Still album release show at Adelaide Hall. 9 pm. $15-$18. April 22. See listing.

Mumford & Sons The British folk rock superstars bring their fiddles and banjos to the Molson Amphitheatre for impassioned singalongs. 7:30 pm, all ages. $49.50-$79.50. June 13. See listing.

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This week: March 17-23


Friday 18

Chi-Raq (NNNNN) Spike Lee’s brilliant, incendiary flick, an updated version of Lysistrata set in gang-torn Chicago, opens today. We recently talked to Spike Lee about Chi-Raq, Hollywood and the Black Lives Matter movement, check it out here. See showtimes.

Carole Pope & Rough Trade The Toronto music legends play a 40th anniversary concert at the Phoenix. $20-$40. See listing.

Saturday 19

Morehshin Allahyari (NNNN) The artist’s exhibit of 3D-printed recreations of sculptures destroyed by ISIS closes today at Trinity Square Video. See listing.

Hip-Hop 4 Flint Toronto Concert raises funds to buy water filtration systems for residents of Flint, Michigan. Noon. $10 donation. Fuse Restaurant. See our preview here. See listing.

St. Patrick’s Day events St. Paddy’s day celebrations take over the city with the Guinness SPD Toronto Festival at Polson Pier and the Amsterdam BrewHouse hosting an event of their own. See our roundup for more info here. See all event listings here. 

Sunday 20

Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk Annual walk to mark the arrival of spring at the Toronto Public Labyrinth. Braille Labyrinth on site. Noon. Trinity Square, behind the Eaton Centre. Free. See listing.

Monday 21

The Just (NNNN) Soulpepper’s fine production of Albert Camus’s play continues in rep at the Young Theatre to March 26. 8 pm. $32-$96. See our preview here. See listing.

Tuesday 22

Bombino Mesmerizing Tuareg blues/rock/psych guitarist graces the Horseshoe stage, presumably with material from his forthcoming album, Azel. Doors 8:30 pm. $20. See listing.

Wednesday 23

Outsiders: American Photography And Film, 1950s-1980s (NNNN) The Art Gallery of Ontario’s show of works that documented and influenced social change is on view till May 29. $12.50-$25. See listing.


Next week: March 24–30


Ginuwine The R&B/pop singer (and dancer and actor) plays his first show in Toronto in five years. Danforth Music Hall. 7 pm. $35.75-$53.75. March 24. See listing.

Keys N Krates The Toronto dance music duo take over the Danforth Music Hall in support of new EP Midnite Mass. 7 pm. $19.50-$22. March 25. See listing and enter to win a pair of tickets to the show here!

Say Something Bunny! (NNNNN) Alison SM Kobayashi’s installation, which uses found audio to reveal ordinary life in the 50s and 60s, closes March 26 at Gallery TPW. Artist talk March 24, 7 pm. Free. See listing.

Alissa York The author talks about her new book, The Naturalist, at the Women’s Art Association. 1:30 pm, $25. March 30. See listing.

Battle Of The Bards Poets vie for a spot on the IFOA slate at Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room. 7:30 pm, $10. March 30. See listing.

Check out all of our event listings here!

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