Central & Remote: January 27th-29th

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

 Friday January 27th

Toronto Design Week is well underway. Some exhibits started this Wednesday with more opening Friday. So you’ll have plenty of options. Design Week is a rather nebulous beast with the main event being the Interior Design Show but also with well established alternative events such as the Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up To My Room now in it’s ninth year. Also running in tandem is Toronto Offsite Festival with it’s focus on promoting “the best in new, Canadian practices – not only the art and design within each show, but also the ways they are organized, curated and produced.”

With so much going on I’m here to share my top picks for must-see events…

 Capacity | Jan 26th – 29th 9AM – 6PM | Bev Hisey Studio (1066 Dundas St W)

In 2010 Industrial Designers Katherine Morley and Erin McCutcheon found that an upcoming exhibit didn’t list a single female participant, and when they spoke to the organizers about this oversight, it was apparent they hadn’t noticed. In an informal survey, Morley and McCutcheon asked local designers and those in the know to list off the female designers they knew of. Few could name a single one and those 2-3 names that did come up were repeated. Addressing the gender gap in the design world in a non-political and proactive way Capacity seeks to provide a space for female designers to step out of the areas they have a stronghold in (such as Craft, DIY and Interior Design) and be recognized for their work in the more male dominated, manufacturing-end of Industrial and Product Design.

Come Up To My Room | Jan 26th – 29th | Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W)

For the past nine years, the Gladstone Hotel has been offering up an alternative take on Toronto Design Week. Those artists and designers chosen are given 1 of 11 rooms or 1 of 14 public spaces throughout the hotel in which to let their imagination run wild. Curators pick participants based on their work and experience, and they put a lot of faith behind their choices. While there is an ongoing dialog about public space with the makers, the curators know very little about the spaces being made in the hotel. Like the rest of us they have to wait for the reveal. There’s also a series of talks and the ever popular Love Design Party.

Not Forkchops | Jan 25th – 29th | The Department Gallery (1389 Dundas St W)

Toronto is the epitome of this experiment we call Canada. The sheer diversity the city has been blessed with sets us apart from many other metropolises around the globe. Diversity that breeds innovation, individuality, and fosters collaboration. The arts and design particularly benefit from this.

Not Forkchops is brought to us by Imm Living, a Canadian design team based in Toronto. A place for designers to showcase their ideas that have been inspired by the cultures around them. Unique, modern, and stylish designs created in the “melting-pot”; nothing so obtuse as the Forkchop.

A$AP Rock at the Opera House

Cass McCombs at the Garrison

Daft Punk Tribute at Wrongbar

Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra at Lee’s

Smith Westerns at the Horseshoe

The Swellers at the Annex Wreckroom

BeerProv at Comedy Bar

The Holiday Crowd debut album release at Oz Studios

The Crush Project presents I Can’t Keep All of Our Secrets – Rae Spoon CD release

Freida Abtan: The Hands of the Dancer at Wonder Works

Girlesque 7 at Revival

Institute Without Boundaries Open House

Saturday January 28th

 – Yamantaka//Sonic Titan w/ The Pink Noise, U.S. Girls , Sexy Merlin at the Garrison

Nightbox at the Horsehose

Machine Head at the Sound Academy

Com Truise at Wrongbar

Bassjackers at the Hoxton

Youth Dialogue – Social Justice through Art at Theatre Passe Muraille

Free Toronto Mendelssohn Choir concert at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

Viennese Waltz Workshop presented by mostlywaltz.ca

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead feat. Mars Hotel and the GD Sound System

The Street Fighter Trilogy at Projection Booth

Sunday January 29th

 – Collie Budds at the Sound Academy

Hossein Alizadeh Church Of The Holy Trinity

Kinobe at Lula Lounge

Mavis Staples at Koerner Hall

Animation Workshop for Adults at NFB Mediatheque

Self-defense: Politics and Practice at the U of T

Advanced Piping Skills at the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts

A & C Open Wii Tennis,Tetris Attack,Tetris DS Tournaments

For more events, check out our [Events Calendar]!

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Yuli was born at the exact moment in 1986 when the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded and rained down on the ocean. As a child she believed this meant she was destined for greatness in the realm of space travel and radioastronomy. Nothing remotely as awesome as that has happened so far. Instead Yuli, at the age of 18, relocated from Calgary to Ottawa where she studied photography, life sciences and graphic design before moving to Toronto. [More by Yuli]