Waiter, there’s a cause in my soup. In support of the movement that opposes the Highland mega-quarry (involving the massive removal of limestone deposits north of Toronto), more than 100 chefs will donate their time and ladle acumen for tomorrow’s big Soupstock event at Woodbine Park. Given that the bring-your-own-bowl-and-utensils event also features music acts (Snowblink, the Paint Movement and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy), we asked chef and communal-food booster Jamie Kennedy (Gilead Bistro) to provide us with three of his favourite soups (all seasonal) and their suggested musical pairings (all locally produced).
- Squash and Sunchoke, with singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle: “The ripened squash captures the changes of the colours of the trees. Ms. Castle has a lilting, enigmatic and playful quality to it, though it’s serious music.”
- Minestrone, with the alt-folk duo Snowblink: “Minestrone comes from the word minestrare, which has to do with fortifying. Soup is a symbol of nurturing, and it’s a form of sustenance in a cultural way. I like the trance quality to Snowblink. The singer, Daniela Gesundheit, with her voice … she’s a vehicle, a conduit.”
- Borscht, with Sarah Harmer: “It’s a winter soup, as with any involving a storage vegetable. As for Ms. Harmer, she’s just a pretty cool lady. I’ve seen her live, and she draws you in. We player her music often at the restaurant.”
Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free ($10 for three servings of soup; bring your own cup or bowl and utensils; none will be provided). Woodbine Park (at Coxwell Avenue and Queen Street East), soupstock.ca.
ART & MUSEUMS
Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton
Having your portrait taken can be a royal pain, but the photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) undoubtedly had an agreeable way with a flashbulb, having been the official shooter for the world’s most famous blue bloods for five decades. An exhibition examines his work with Queen Elizabeth, apparently quite a subject. To Jan. 13, 2013. $12 to $15. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg, Ont., 1-888-213-1121.
Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting
Yes, that’s the impassioned artist portrayed by Salma Hayek in the 2002 film Frida . Here we have a substantial exhibition of paintings by Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, along with photographs of the fascinating, prolific and politically charged post-revolutionary iconic Mexican couple. To Jan 20, 2013. $11 to $19.50. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648.
This is the city’s largest annual art expo. It is what people in the art world refer to as a “big deal.” The focus of the substantial schedule of talks and exhibitions this year is Asia, the world’s hugest continent. You get the idea. Oct. 26 to 29 (opening night preview, 6:30 to 10 p.m., $200). $20. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., 416-979-6628.
Nouvelle Vague: Dawn of Innocence
Its name means “new wave” in English and “bossa nova” in Portuguese, and translates to offbeat Brazilian-styled takes on eighties pop and post-punk material. Here the French troupe presents a conceptually staged production of fashion, whimsy and music. Oct. 22, 8 p.m. $30.50. Opera House, 735 Queen St. W., 1-855-985-5000.
Who is that man behind the shades? Rodriguez, a protest singer from Detroit in the late 1960s who is oddly more identifiable in South Africa than anywhere else, continues his peculiar late-in-life comeback. A cross between Dylan and José Feliciano, he’s the compelling (if elusive) subject of this year’s Searching For Sugar Man documentary. Oct. 25, 8 p.m. $27. Mod Club, 722 College St., 1-855-985-5000.
Do Right 10 Years
The lively Do Right Music label – specialists in acid jazz and hip curators all around – celebrates its decade-long existence with a bash. Featured performers are the stylish retro-R&B crew the Slakadeliqs, the British DJ Gilles Peterson and the singer Maylee Todd, an effervescent ambassador to say the least. Oct. 26, 8 p.m. $25 (available at Soundscapes and Rotate This). Great Hall, 1987 Queen St. W., doright.eventbrite.com.
Tear the Curtain!
Vancouver collaborators Jonathon Young and Kevin Kerr rip the fabric with a thriller (about a mob-based clash between theatre and film interests in the 1930s) that splits the difference between cinema and live performance
. To Oct. 20, 2 and 8 p.m. $24 to $99. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E., 416-368-3110 or canadianstage.com.