In advance polls, 161,147 voters cast their ballots—more than double the number (77,391) who did so in 2010. City clerk Ulli S. Watkiss said this represents “the highest advance vote since amalgamation.” But this might not mean Torontonians are so enthusiastic about exercising their democratic rights that they must do so without delay: according to an expert, there is “no real connection” between how many people turn up at advance polls and how many people turn up on election day.
Catherine Hernandez performs The Femme Playlist at Buddies in Bad Times. Photo by Alex Felipe.
Gangsta rap and Philippines folk dance have taken over Buddies in Bad Times. Toronto’s ever-inclusive LGBT theatre is currently hosting a pair of solo shows from the black-diaspora-serving b current company: a gritty “hip hopera” by Sébastien Heins and a saucy slice of autobiography by self-described “Filipino-Spanish-Chinese-Indian queer single mom” Catherine Hernandez.
The two pieces make up b current’s afteRock Plays, a showcase of new work originally tested in the company’s rock.paper.sistahz festival. Heins’s Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera is the more substantial of the pair—a 70-minute urban saga with a Cain and Abel theme. Hernandez’s The Femme Playlist, a mere 45 minutes, is lighter and less ambitious, depending mainly on some funny writing and the performer’s vibrant stage presence.
On this day in 1818, the U.S. and U.K. concluded a meeting wherein the U.S.-Canada border was agreed upon. Let us never forget. In more recent news, Lisa MacLeod is running for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, illegal rooming houses are a booming business in Toronto suburbs, and strategic voting starts to look appealing to some voters.