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Chef Anthony Bourdain comes to town to debate Eric Ripert. (The Travel Channel)
Chef Anthony Bourdain comes to town to debate Eric Ripert. (The Travel Channel)

Five things to do in Toronto this week: Anthony Bourdain, Jane‘s Walk and more Add to ...

Good vs. Evil: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert

If you can stomach it, a pair of celebrity chefs dish on the things that happen behind kitchen doors. Anthony Bourdain is the bouillabaisse badass and Eric Ripert is suave and well-mannered – a study in contrasts, except for the shared appreciation of smocks. Beef up this foodie fandango with a pre-show dinner at Beast Restaurant, which offers an event-themed four-course meal. May 4, 8 p.m. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.

Laura’s Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord

Laura Secord, of course, is the Canadian heroine who, with bovine-based stealth, braved her way through American-held territory to deliver chocolate milk and warn British forces of a sneak American attack during the War of 1812. Only part of that is true, but it is absolutely verified that this family-friendly opera was warmly received upon its world premiere last year at Luminato. To May 5, 2 and 7:30 p.m. $15 to $35. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000 or harbourfrontcentre.com.

Jane’s Walk

Sightseeing? You want city sightseeing? This weekend, in honour of the late, great urban theorist Jane Jacobs, there will be more tours than you can shake a walking stick at. The annual walk-and-talks are held throughout the city, with a wide range of historical themes and futuristic discussions – from the legacy of Parkdale’s architecture to the options for Ontario Place – to be had. May 4 (8 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.) and May 5 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Free. janeswalk.net.


It’s business as paranormal at the Drake Hotel, where only the easily spooked have any reservations. Within the stylish guesthouse and nightspot, the five-member troupe the Mission Business have come up with an interactive theatre experience, one with role-playing, spirit-sleuthing and mystical cards of fortune. Visitations, like the truth, is out there. May 5 to 7, shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m., $40 to $80. 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042 or thedrakehotel.ca.

Purity Ring

The Canadian pair of Corin Roddick and Megan James make futuristic pop music, with crisply stuttering electronic beats and processed vocals, marked by self-restraint. The twosome comes back to Toronto after playing a smaller venue here just last February. Fans have waited patiently and faithfully for Purity Ring, a duo who knows that abstinence and absence only make the heart grow fonder. May 5, 7 p.m. $20 to $22.50. Danforth Music Hall, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.

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