Central & Remote: December 9th-11th

A round up of the best/weirdest things to do this weekend in Toronto


Friday December 9th


Montreal’s Mark Sultan has been many things over the last 20 odd years he’s been cultivating his distinct rock’n’roll, psych, avant garde, free jazz, doo wop sound. He’s the infamous BBQ,  and later one half of King Khan and the BBQ Show, besides being a member of such bands as Les Sexareenos, the Spaceshits., and Mind Controls.

Sultan has two new albums out with LA’s In the Red Records, ‘Whatever I Want’ and “Whenever I Want’, respectively. Head to the Shop under Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St. W) for the release party, with supporting act and DJ still TBA you can expect there to be covers of artists such as Ultravox, The Stains, The Four Lords. $10 at 10PM.

The Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St ) will be screening filmmaker David Soll’s feature-length documentary “Puppet” which explores the history of American puppetry. The film focuses on how this ancient form of storytelling has largely been marginalized in America as children’s theater. One of the film’s narratives follows Dan Hurlin, as artist who has created a complex puppet work about depression era photographer Mike Disfarmer. A full photographic exhibition featuring the works of Disfarmer and images from the film will be on display in the lobby gallery. Artist and subject Dan Hurlin will be in attendance. Film runs until the 15th.

Toronto Motorcycle Show

Girlfight: All Female KI Thai Boxing

Vinko Globokar Double Bill: Back to Back at the Music Gallery

The War on Drugs play the Horseshoe

–  Ajapai (Tokyo dubstep) at the Mod Club

Clap You Hands Say Yeah w/ Waters at the Opera House

Exclaim! Holiday Party at the Bovine (Biblical, By Divine Right, Eamon McGrath)

Saturday December 10th

Exclaim! presents a concert sure to kickstart your little indie winter holiday season. Paper Lions along with friends the Elwins and Ottawa’s the Love Machine are ready to bring you a Christmas Bash at the El Mocambo. Paper Lions are back in town following their Canada wide Rolling Oyster Revue tour. The lads from PEI are making their first stop back to Toronto since their month long residency at Supermarket. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. The Bash begins at 9PM.

Sunparlour Players at the Great Hall

Fabric sale at the Textile Museum of Canada’s volunteer workroom

5th Annual City of Craft , Toronto’s premier indie craft sale

Final night of Gallery TPW’s 25th annual Photorama exhibit

Sunday December 11th

I Dare You To Care is company that helps businesses and non-for-profits invoke social change through what it calls “dare initiatives”. This Sunday they’re daring you to Pause for a Cause. The goal is to get 100 people to pause for five minutes amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers at the Eaton Centre with signs stating something thoughtful about change, community, and homelessness in support of the Fred Victor Centre, an who help folks find housing. There’s some pretty specific details to make this dare work, such as everyone using a website to synchronize their time-pieces so be sure to check out the instructions on the Facebook event. There will be some post-pause ice skating at Nathan Phillps Square as well.

19th annual 401 Artisans Marketplace

Free puppet show of Rock Thru the Ages at Winterfest

The Radiohead Jazz Project

Toronto Sports Card & Memorabilia Show

– Victorian Christmas celebration at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse


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