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The Auden Test comes to Toronto in Oct 2016

Theatre of the Beat will present the new play, The Auden Test, at 2174 Danforth Avenue on October 21 & 22, 2016.

The Auden Test debuts in Toronto

Johnny Wideman stars in this new play by Lawrence Aronovitch.

Some members of Theatre of the Beat after a Rehearsal at Toronto United Mennonite Church.
Some members of Theatre of the Beat; Johnny Wideman at left. Image (c) by Mike DeHaan 2013.

The play is about a painting about a Greek myth, which leads to asking what WH Auden and Alan Turing have in common. Will this test our own humanity?

Catch The Auden Test in its two-day run on Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2016. Both shows start at 8pm.

Admission is by donation.

2174 Danforth Avenue is the address of the Danforth Mennonite Church, just east of Woodbine Station on the #2 subway line. It is wheelchair accessible.

Founded in 2011, Theatre of the Beat has developed a repertoire of socially conscious plays, from Gadfly to Yellowbellies.

Here are links to The Auden Test on Facebook; Theatre of the Beat‘s web site; and the Danforth Mennonite Church in Toronto.

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2016 Taste of the Danforth in Toronto

Here’s a quick note on the annual Krinos Taste of the Danforth, 2016 version, in Toronto.

Crowds under the 2016 Taste of the Danforth banner in Toronto.
Crowds under the 2016 Taste of the Danforth banner in Toronto.

My wife and I went on Sunday just after noon. The only reasonable way to go is by TTC; the #2 Bloor/Danforth line has several stations serving Taste of the Danforth. (You do realize these events close the street to vehicle traffic, right? Okay, that’s settled).

Taste of the Danforth, from West to East

We started at the west end, at Broadview. At first we found the lines for food and drink to be pretty short and manageable. I went for a lamb gyro, and my wife for a spinach pie. Good food, and we shared enough that we had some variety.

Later we had chicken shish-kebabs, and took home a dessert. Linda’s always careful to bring a sturdy, re-usable shopping bag.

We asked about socks made from bamboo – yes really! – at one store. It turns out that my wife buys Christmas presents from their factory outlet in East York or Scarborough.

The lines were longer, and the street more crowded, as we went east toward Donlands. The total distance is about 2Km.

Taste of the Danforth celebrates the shops and culture along this vibrant stretch of Danforth Avenue. It started as a collection of Greek restaurants. Other ethnic foods are now available, from at least one English pub to Thai or sushi from the Orient. A few vendors come in for the day: I noticed the CFL’s Argo team and Toronto FC soccer. Some traditional midway games were available. Live performances were presented from three stages along the route. And perhaps the most enthusiastic presentation was by Assassin’s Creed cosplayers.

This annual event runs in early August, on the weekend after Simcoe Day. I’ve written about it in 2015.

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Can I Hit or Miss the 2015 Diwali in Toronto?

Diwali, also called “Deepavali”, the Hindu Festival of Lights, is an annual religious festival on a specific date in a lunar calendar. As such, it “floats” across the Gregorian calendar used by most countries.

So, did I miss Diwali 2015 in Toronto? After all, it’s an annual Toronto event in late autumn. Or is it still in the future?

One Diwali Candle for the Festival of Lights. Image by denharsh (Harsh Agrawal) under CC license.
One Diwali Candle for the Festival of Lights. Image by denharsh (Harsh Agrawal) under CC license.

When is Diwali 2015?

The central date for Diwali 2015 is Wednesday, November 11, which most of us will recognize as Remembrance Day.

The Gerrard India Bazaar already held festivities on the weekend of Nov. 8-9, 2015. That’s similar to the municipal and service organizations that run Remembrance Day ceremonies on the Sunday before Nov. 11; it’s more convenient to attend a family gathering on a weekend.

In fact, there have been at least a dozen Diwali events in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) since late October. A few remain for this week, such as the Brampton ISKCON’s event in Mississauga, and two at 61 Clairville Drive in Toronto. You can see the list on Deepavali.net’s web page for Canada.

At press time, there’s speculation that the fireworks display off Polson Pier, near Harbourfront, late Sunday night was a Diwali celebration. 680News reported on the hubbub in “Social media ‘explosion’ after Polson Pier fireworks“.  If this indeed had been a celebration of the Festival of Lights, there’s probably a lawyer in Toronto hoping to defend the freedom of religious expression against a charge of disturbing the peace. (Unconfirmed rumour said that another group had arranged for the fireworks… let’s see whether the media track it down).

However, the Festival of Lights is a great reason for celebration within Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism; and the rest of us can join the street festivals such as the one I missed at the Gerrard India Market last weekend. There’s much more background in my previous article, “Why Must Toronto Ask When is Diwali in 2012?“.

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