Entertainment Beat

Ottawa native and Beach convert Tommie-Amber Pirie stars in Pretend We’re Kissing, just released at the Carlton Theatre after a closing spot at the Canadian Film Festival.

Beacher Tommie-Amber Pirie, right, and Dov Teifenbach browse a Toronto record store in a scene from Pretend We’re Kissing.
Beacher Tommie-Amber Pirie, right, and Dov Teifenbach browse a Toronto record store in a scene from Pretend We’re Kissing.

Pretend We’re Kissing is marketed as a “non-rom-com.” Pirie plays Jordan, who has a weekend romance with Dov Tiefenbach’s Benny in a Toronto proudly starring as itself. Zoë Kravitz is a childhood friend and neurotic temporary roommate of Benny’s, and encourages him to stop acting like himself. Jordan, meanwhile, puts her search for love in the hands of fate.

Pirie has appeared in CBC’s Michael: Tuesday and Thursdays, The Trotsky, and the TV show Bitten. Local film spotters may also recognize her from the Toronto-set The F-Word, or fellow Beacher Katie Boland’s web series Long Story Short.



Scarborough Players present Enchanted April by Matthew Barber, adapted from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim.

Marisa King and Mike Scott in a scene from Enchanted April.
Marisa King and Mike Scott in a scene from Enchanted April.

The story follows four English women in 1922 who leave behind boring lives and inattentive husbands to rent a castle for a month in Genoa, Italy on the spur of the moment.

Enchanted April runs from April 10 to 25 at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. at Markham Road. Tickets are $20 with discounts for seniors and students. Tickets and the full performance schedule are available at theatrescarborough.com or by calling 416-267-9292.

The opening night wine and cheese reception includes a meet and greet with the cast and crew following the show on Friday, April 10. Thursday, April 23 will include an audience talk-back with the cast and crew.

Scarborough Players is one of the longest-running community theatres in Canada, bringing high quality productions to Scarborough for 56 years, with the help of a number of Beach and Upper Beach residents.



Celtic harp and flute duo Sprig of Rosemary will perform at Café chez Hélène on Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m.

Sprig of Rosemary
Sprig of Rosemary

The Toronto-based duo features harpist Kim Michele and flautist Jennifer Wakefield. Mixing traditional Celtic music with Canadian folk, the duo use rich harmonies to tell stories through song. Admission is pay-what-you-can.


A capella powerhouse performers Cadence are returning for a special appearance at Beach Jazz and Reflection on Saturday, April 11. The theme will be ‘Straighten Up and Fly.’

The award-winning, critically-acclaimed quartet of vocally talented singers are known for their highly entertaining live shows, covering everything from old jazz standards to the hits of the 80s. The group has four well reviewed albums to its name.

The show will take place at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. just north of Queen Street East, from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. A freewill offering will be collected.



Feathers Pub presents 1, 2, 3 Ladies, a repeat showcase of three singers at the height of their respective musical games.

Beach resident and Saskatchewan native Melanie Peterson will open, followed by fellow Beacher BlueVenus. Angela Sani will close out the night.

1, 2, 3 Ladies starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at Feathers Pub, 962 Kingston Rd. There is no cover charge.



To celebrate poetry month, four Toronto wordsmiths will be taking over Lazy Daisy’s Café after brunch on Sunday, April 12. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., poets Ronna Bloom, Merle Amodeo, Kate Marshall Flaherty, and Donna Langevin will perform poetry about food and life. Lazy Daisy’s is at 1515 Gerrard St. E., just west of Coxwell.



Acoustic Harvest presents RPR on Saturday, April 18. RPR consists of former Tanglefoot alumni Steve Ritchie, Al Parrish and Rob Ritchie, along with percussionist Beaker Granger.

RPR performs Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. at Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. just east of Warden Avenue. Tickets are $25 at the door or $22 in advance.



Bill MacLean, former Beach Metro News entertainment writer and East York resident, will be performing with the Ian White Band on Thursday, April 16 at the Free Times Café, 320 College St. The band will perform original music starting at 8 p.m. Admission is pay-what-you-can.



New dance space Cornerstone Studio, at 1519 Gerrard St. E., will host f.stop / let the light in, produced by Alias Dance Project, from April 17 to 19.

Dancers in a photo from f.stop / let the light in.
Dancers in a photo from f.stop / let the light in.

The modern dance program will include two new works by choreographer Francesca Chudnoff and one new work by Lauren Cook.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on April 17, 18, and 19. Tickets are $25 with some discounts available. To buy tickets see brownpapertickets.com. For more info see aliasdanceproject.com.



East End resident Kurtis Winter is involved in Miapalooza, a showcase put on by student ensembles from Centennial College’s music industry and arts program. The show will take place on Saturday, April 18 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts at 5040 Yonge St. in North York. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door.

Performers scheduled to appear include Melange Café, Mosaic Bravato, Alive in Faith, The Millers, Black Waters Mist, NRG, The Absolutes, Seven Souls, The Leftovers, Paramecium, and Apothecary.

For more information check out the event page.

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