J-Live at HiFi Club (Monday, June 10)
The celebrated underground hip-hop artist hits the HiFi Club for a Monday-night set. J-Live (a.k.a. Jean-Jacques Cadet) left his career as a school teacher to pursue his music. Tickets are still available at Zoobis.
Ignite! Kick Off Party and Fundraiser at Pumphouse Theatre (Wednesday, June 12)
Sage Theatre’s annual festival of new plays starts with a fundraiser for the theatre company. The fest itself gets going on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with Ocean Fox, a docudrama about American diver Jef Fox. Find out more about Ignite in Swerve’s Tale of the Tape, stacking it up against Lunchbox Theatre’s Suncor Energy Stage One festival. You can grab tickets to Ignite’s fundraiser at Eventbrite. Here’s a PDF of the full festival schedule.
John Vaillant at Pages Kensington (Wednesday, June 12)
You don’t want to be on a tiger’s bad side. John Vaillant’s book, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, tells the story of a man-eating tiger’s assault on a village in Russia. The Governor General’s-award-winner reads from the book (as well as from his novel-in-progress0 at Pages.
Music of the Spheres at Wright Theatre, Mount Royal University (Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13)
Cum Vino Cantus combines choral music with aerial acrobats in two concerts this week. Find out more about the show and the group (whose name means “with wine, comes singing”) in Swerve’s Five Facts.
Wimbledon Wednesdays Adidas Cup Tournament at Commonwealth (Wednesday, June 12)
You’ll never beat Rafa Nadal on clay at the French Open if you don’t first master the hardwood. The weekly ping-pong tournament at Commonwealth steps up its game with prizes from Adidas and The Quiet Life. —Jon Roe