A round up of the best/weirdest things to do this weekend in Toronto
Friday November 11th
As part of the Habourfront Centre’s national commissioning program, Fresh Ground, Toronto hip hop MC, DJ and producer More or Les and Montréal’s Shelly Miller have collaborated on an interactive exhibit called the Museum of Indulgence. With a focus on the history of the sugar trade and how it parallels with over saturation, and the status of ubiquity it shares with hip hop, the artists hope to engage the viewer and leave them with some new ideas on music, art, food and consumption and how they all work with and against each other at times.
In a free opening reception a the West Arcade of the Habourfront Centre’s York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Miller’s multimedia installations are intended to create a habitat for More or Les’s music as part of a forthcoming album. A vocal booth will be set up and those in attendance can record anything of their choosing to be added to More or Les’ food themed album later. Other musical performance include Laura Barrett (known for her solo kalimba skills and for being part of The Hidden Cameras, Henri Fabergé and the Adorables, Woodhands and Sheezer), award winning lyricists and “rhyme machine” Wordburglar, and Backburner sound maker Chokeules.
Reception starts at 7PM, there will be a cash bar and snacks.
Saturday November 12th
The White House Studio Project hosts Savage: Cult of Personality, Pure Media and the Art of Macho Madness. Think of it as homage to professional wrestler Randy Savage. Expect works from the likes of the sublimely crude and talented Vicki Nerino, a portrait of the Macho Man himself by Alison Honey rendered in glitter and tinfoil – plus videos, drawings, collage, paintings, sound art, and live readings.
Reception opens at 7PM at the White House Studio (277.5 Augusta Ave) with performances starting at 8PM sharp, pay-what-you-can and a raffle/door prizes. The exhibition runs until Nov. 15th, what would have been Savage’s 59th birthday. Details on the closing party to come.
Type Books (Forest Hill Location – 427 Spadina) hosts a reading from Maria Meindl. Outside the Box: The Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould, the Grandmother I Thought I Knew (McGill-Queen’s University Press) has been pieced together from Gould’s correspondence that tells of a hesitant activist, an ardent women reconciling family secrets and living in the early to mid 20th century. Meindl will be reading a section of the book which took place in Forest Hill after the Great War.
Sunday November 13th
Naco Café & Gallery (1665 Dundas St W) in the heart of Brockton Village (also know as Brockton Triangle) is a space where you can expect just about anything to happen. Come for the Mexican food and coffee, stay for the company and/or dance party. Using their liquor license to its full potential you can also order a mixed drink, beer or some wine to go with your tamales and pick up some homemade hot sauce or a plantain crumble square. All of these things are what makes Naco a great space and why NOW Magazine readers voted it one of the 25 Best Meat Eats in the city. In appreciation Naco is hosting a thank-you brunch. Show up between 11AM-4PM to feast on Pork Belly Torta, and enjoy $4 pints.
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