Central & Remote: March 9th – 11th

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

Friday March 9th

Something interesting goes on in the Junction and Junction Triangle neighbourhoods of Toronto. Lining the main drag of Dundas West are countless store fronts that have been converted into living and studio space. Peeking out above frosted or curtained windows you can catch a glimpse of what goes on. In no time you’ve found yourself on your tippy-toes, nose pressed to the glass for a better look. That is until you realize someone is in there and you’re a Peeping Tom for the arts.

The Junction is a place where art is not just made to put on display. A city within a city. The area boasts “arts festivals, design events, art schools, galleries, art supply stores, teachers, designers, upcyclers and salvagers, creative retailers and craftspeople,” says Sharlene Rankin, Director of the Telephone Booth Gallery.

Local Call will showcase art from those phantoms and enigmas working away in curtained storefronts. From oils, audio components, and plywood to found objects and spray paint, the only cohesive theme to be had will be the place where these artists live and work.

Reception is at the Telephone Booth Gallery (3148 Dundas St W) with artists in attendance, 6PM-9PM. The show runs until the 31st.

Also happening Friday…

I Am Not Neil Young the musical at Black Swan

Toronto Irish Film Festival at TIFF

Opening Reception: OCAD University Alumni Exhibition at the Gladstone

Grease 2 at Cinecycle

Official Toronto ComiCon Kick-Off Party hosted by G33KPRON.com

This Is How We Do It – 90’s Hip Hop & House at Libra Lounge

Del Bel, The Woodshed Orchestra and Alanna Gurr at The El Mocambo

Da Da Da: A Psychedelic Dance Party at the Boat

Props! NYC dance party comes to Toronto @ the Supermarket


Saturday March 10th

San Francisco’s self-proclaimed slackers, Young Prisms, have been paradoxically busy in recent years. The shoegaze, lo-fi rockers released an EP on Mexican Summer in late 2009 (sold out), followed by split 7” with former roomies Weekend (not to be confused with The Weeknd), Small Black and Mathamagic in 2010.

This Saturday the group brings their wavy sounds to the Drake Underground but not before they play a free in-store at the Kensington Sonic Boom Location. If you can spare the $10 consider making the night a YP double bill.

Also happening Saturday…

Sinden at Wrongbar

Ashleigh Semkiw at the Great Hall

Kiosk at the Mod Club

Michael B. Fitzgerald at the Rivoli

Take Me To The Pilot at Sneaky Dee’s

ROBOTICA – Tokyo CyberMonster 13 with Decoded Feedback at Bïzune Event Gallery

A People’s Interrogation of Law and Human Rights at Ryerson

Strictly Business with DJ Serious & DJ Numeric at the Red Light

Ellie Anderson and the Big Rock Candy Mountaineers at Dave’s


Sunday March 11th

Swordplayers: Intro to Fencing Workshop at Sword Players Fencing Academy

“Pre-Occupied”: Parkdale’s Newest Pop-Up Gallery Opening

Crosswires #3: Cubadors, Mandeverest at the Garrison

Marionette Building Workshop at Open Doors Designs

Stuttgart Chamber Choir & Choir 21 at The Carlu Concert Hall

LGBT Indoor Golf at Lakeshore Links

Burlesque Brunch at the Cadillac Lounge


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