toronto events june 14

Radar: Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival, An Evening at the AGO with David Suzuki & Richard Louv, Tribute to Adrienne Rich, A NXNE Day Party, Sadeh21

BOOZE | Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival
It's almost summer and Sugar Beach is the best place to get in the drinking spirit, with the return of the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival. The original outdoor spirit festival returns for its 4th year on the city's waterfront with wine and craft beer samplings to keep attendees satiated. Pairing seminars will also be offered along with gourmet food samples at this kickass summer kick-off beach party.
Sugar Beach (Queen's Quay and Jarvis Street) 6PM $30

ENVIRONMENT | An Evening at the AGO with David Suzuki & Richard Louv
Connecting children with nature has always been scientist David Suzuki's goal and tonight, he joins author Richard Louv on this mission. Moderated by Dr. Faisal Moola from the David Suzuki Foundation, topics will cover the positive health and wellness effects of engaging children with the environment around them. Suzuki and Louv will participate in a Q&A and will sign copies of Louv's recent bestselling books "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age." A raffle will see Suzuki's own artwork, a Gyotaku print, given away with proceeds going toward the Suzuki foundation to support his life mission.
Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West) 6:30PM $20 general, $15 student/senior

LITERATURE | Tribute to Adrienne Rich
Feminist poet and essayist Adrienne Rich's recent passing has invigorated the local feminist community leading the Toronto Women's Bookstore to throw a tribute celebration tonight. Writers, poets, activists and feminist figureheads like Amy Gottlieb, Elizabeth Ruth, Georgia Wilder and Simone Weil Davis will all make appearances to honour this leader in the feminist movement and North American intellectual by revisiting her award-winning life's work. This event is open to the public.
Toronto Women's Bookstore (73 Harbord Street) 7PM Free

MUSIC | I Blame Yoko Presents: A NXNE Day Party
An unofficial NXNE party has been launched--7 bands performing for 30 minutes each and the catch is that it's a day party. With doors opening at 10AM, performers like Buffablog, I Blame Yoko, and The Good Neighborhood will hit the stage just after noon and, yes, drinks will be available at this daytime rager. The showcase goes until 5:30PM so come out to check out great new bands from across North America's northeast.
The Horseshoe Tavern (70 Queen Street West) 12:30PM Free

DANCE | Luminato: Sadeh21 by Ohad Naharin/Batsheva Dance Company
A performance commissioned by the Luminato Festival in conjunction with Jerusalem's Israel Festival, Sadeh21 is the newest full-length dance piece created by the Batsheva Dance Company of Tel Aviv. Choreographed by Artistic Director Ohad Naharin, the piece features lyrical solos and frenetic duets that will be performed as part of the Opening Night Gala celebrating the launch of the Koffler Centre of the Arts New Art Insider program. After the performance, Naharin and Michael Trent, Artistic Director of Dancemakers, will take part in a discussion. All proceeds will go to the Koffler Centre.
MacMillan Theatre (80 Queen's Park) 8PM


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