Toronto has made great progress in the ‘Sunday Funday’ department these past few years.
Between boozie brunches, taking proper advantage of Trinity Bellwoods, and a surge of cool new venues and mini-‘hoods, we’ve become experts at the art of taking the ‘end’ out of ‘weekend’. But then there’s that dirty “M” word. Nobody wants to hear it, let alone see it.
Well, we just don’t think that’s right. We’ve had about enough of being at the mercy of Mondays and think it’s about time we gave it the same kind of makeover that made Sundays the cool new kid in school.
Here are Notable’s three tips for beating Monday in Toronto this week:
The 9 to 5 Narrative @ The Charlotte Room
Whether it’s right before bed or just after a few drinks, no matter how old we get, nothing beats a good story – especially true ones from other young professionals (YPs) in the GTA.
9to5 Narrative is a monthly storytelling event where professionals of different industries and backgrounds meet up to share experiences from their working lives. This month it’s at The Charlotte Room and the evening will cover topics like the war of the sexes, travelling across South Africa, and partying for charity. There are about eight or nine speakers, each telling a seven to 10-minute story – and since it’s pay-what-you-can, there’s also no wallet anxiety necessary.
They also have open slots, so if you want to get something off your chest to get over your Monday, you can sign up on their website and grab the mic yourself. But whichever side of the mic you’re on, we’re sure it’ll make for one unique and informative start to your week.
On The Trail of Big Cats – National Geographic Live @ Roy Thompson Hall
If you like nature, animals, and stunning photography, this is one event you’ll definitely want to check out.
Award-winning photographer Steve Winter takes audiences through a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. If you thought Garfield could take down a lot of lasagna, wait ‘til you see these big boys. From trekking in the Himalayas in search of rare snow leopards to stalking a jaguar through Latin American jungles, Winter spares no effort in getting the best shots of his wild subjects.
You think you work hard? When was the last time you were attacked by a rhino? That’s what we thought. Tickets run between $20 and $80 and the show wraps up this week, so you’d better, um, pounce on it.
TWO STRIKES – Toronto’s Meanest Comedy Show @ Comedy Bar
Audience participation in improv comedy always makes for a more interesting outcome; with this show, it’s no different.
Two Strikes pits six improvisers against one another in a battle for survival. And how is their fate determined? By the audience buzzing people out when they’re not funny enough.
We know, it’s cruel and we love it. It’s only $10 and it’s only an hour of your time. So go out, bust a few guts, and burst a few bubbles – what better therapy for a Monday?
Cover image from: istockphoto.com/vasakna