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Charting what you'll be loving this month.
Lights is stepping off the concert stage and into the art world. Finding Your Power: Skin&Earth sees 15 of the Canadian musician's drawings on display in conjunction with the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Competition (which asks visual artists across the country to submit their work). Lights' exhibition is open to the public from June 14 to 16 at the Artscape Sandbox in Toronto. (FYI: the singer is also performing at NXNE on closing night).
Can you believe— after stealing our hearts with their Netflix debut earlier this year, the Fab Five is already back for season two. Queer Eye experts Jonathan Van Ness (grooming), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), Tan France (fashion), Karamo Brown (culture) and Bobby Berk (interior design) return to the Georgia heartland to transform the lives of eight new men.
No, you won’t learn the identity of infamous graffiti artist Banksy on the latest stop of the Art of Banksy exhibition tour at 213 Sterling Road in Toronto. The exhibit is not actually authorized by the artist, but his former manager, Steve Lazarides has curated it, bringing together the largest collection of Banksy pieces yet.
Québécoise indie popstar Coeur de pirate (née Béatrice Martin)’s latest French-language album drops this month. En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé (translated: “In case of a storm, this garden will be closed”) is the songstress’ first LP since coming out as queer two years ago. The result? An intimate and honest collection of songs about trauma she’s lived through—including breakups, struggles with alcohol and sexual abuse—that transcends any language barrier.
This year’s Luminato arts festival has something for everyone. Among the highlights? The 19-day Toronto fest brings Amal Clooney to discuss her work as international human rights lawyer (with her father-in-law, journalist Nick Clooney); Swan Lake is reimagined by the Irish in Loch na hEala; Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina takes the stage in the acclaimed Burning Doors; and Game Changers: Inspiring Women celebrates world-changing women in a series of documentaries.
Part-personality quiz, part-memoir, Choose Your Own Disaster has quickly made its way to the top of our to-read pile. Author Dana Schwartz—who you may know from her writing at Entertainment Weekly, or as the brains behind the hilarious @GuyInYourMFA and @DystopianYA parody Twitter accounts—unflinchingly examines the formative experiences and decisions (many of them bad) of her early 20s. Caution: don’t read this one on the subway unless you are okay with laughing out loud during rush hour.
Internationally-renowned artist Jean-Michel Othoniel makes his way to Montreal with his first-ever solo exhibition in Canada. Motion – Emotion launches at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this month, exploring the darker, more violent side of nature, reflecting Othoniel’s concern for the environment. For the exhibit, the French artist adds movement to his ambitious Tornadoes, working with engineers to stimulate motion in towering mobiles.
How do you make a good franchise even better? Reboot it with an all-female all-star cast. For Ocean’s 8 (a quasi sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy), Sandra Bullock steps into the Louboutins of Debbie Ocean (sister to George Clooney’s Danny) to pull off a heist at the Met Gala. The crew she assembles also happens to include your dream BFFs: Cate Blanchett, Rihanna and Mindy Kaling.
American Express Canada and Insecure mastermind Issa Rae have teamed up to launch the Live Life Experience pop-up on Toronto's Queen Street West. A broad collective of local artists, including muralist Hello Kirsten and painter Chrstina Mazzulla, converted a 12,000-square-foot space into an immersive experience. The pop-up brings life to life experiences each artist is passionate about, like travelling, food and entertainment. The event runs from May 31 to June 3, and again from June 7 to June 10 and June 13 to 16.
Thanks to Nespresso’s limited-edition On Ice capsules, you can finally forget about leaving the house every time you want a good iced coffee. With two refreshing blends specifically made to come out over ice, you’ll have no problem staying cool on those lazy summer days.