Something Awesome Every Day
I hate doing generic “What’s coming up” posts, but while I am trying to pull myself free from a mountain of Day Job work this coming week, you lucky bastards have something thoroughly great to do Every Single Day of the Week. Every day. You understand how thankful you should be to live in this city, don’t you? Note: And if you don’t live in Toronto, I’m sorry. Because there’s really and honestly something butt-kickingly savoury happening Every. Single. Day. To wit:
Etymology: “Moon’s Day” from the Latin Lundae, meaning the same.
Programming: Let’s imagine for a second that you’re not going to come see me poke my head above ground long enough to launch a new chapbook with my friends at The Emergency Response Unit. Assuming that, you could give yourself over to the swirling hippy vortex that is Kensington Market to watch perhaps the city’s three most exciting fiction-based iconoclasts, Pasha Malla, Lisa Foad, and Jeff Parker read their work in the *ahem* intimate surroundings of This Ain’t the Rosedale Library. 86 Nassau St. 8pm.
Etymology: From the Old English Tīwesdæg, for the Germanic God Tīw (corresponding to the Roman God Mars)
Programming: The newly annointed “Canada’s Artsiest Neighbourhood” is home to Vox Pop, yes, but also the sublime Free Speech Reading Series. “Reading Series” is a bit of a misnomer as the programmer likes to have authors mixed in with songwriters, comics, standup artists, clowns, etc. And everyone involved is local to the neighbourhood. This edition features Philip Coulter, who produces the show “Ideas” for CBC Radio; actor, playwright, and librettist Marcia Johnson; “Lowest of the Low” songsmith Ron Hawkins; and G-G winning novelist Miriam Taews. Not bad for pass-the-hat, amirite?
Etymology: “Woden’s Day.” Woden, for the record, was King Shit of early Anglo-Saxon paganism. See what you’re learning?
Programming: The big, boozy, wonderful Pivot at The Press Club series continues to reign as Toronto’s reading series of record. Other programs might be bigger (Harbourfront) or hipper (Trampoline Hall) but Pivot is the one the poets (and novelists, and whatnots) are most likely to go to themselves. And the beer selection is the best. Hmmm, perhaps these two selling points are related, I dunno. This week’s incarnation brings you the Montreal-based short story writer Peter Dubé, former NOW Magazine author of the year Maggie Helwig, the poet Kate Marshall Flaherty, and last second addition Aislinn Hunter
Etymology: “Thor’s day”, making this the only day named after a hero from the Marvel universe.
Programming: The intellectual peak of your four-day tour through the Toronto underdog literature scene will be a visit to the Tertulia Reading Series and Salon. Each edition is well-curated around a specific theme, and this month brings us “Poethics”, which is a portmanteau of exactly the two words you think it is. Speakers include Ronna Bloom and Michael Stone, with musical intervention from the improvisational double-bassist Aaron Lumley and interaction from the improvisational double-bassist of the soul, you the audience.
Etymology: “Frigg’s Day.” Frigg being the queen of the Norse pantheon.
Programming: On Friday you rest. Go do something foolish and unethical. Maybe I’ll make it out.