Central & Remote: April 13th – 15th

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

Friday April 13th

Images Festival

The Images Festival is underway, having kicked off it’s 25th year this Thursday. Events ranging from film premieres, workshops, and panels run until next Saturday. Some events are free and some include pie like this panel with Eric Veillette, Abina Manning, and  Paul Moore on Friday the 13th. If you’ve never been to an Images Festival event, consider taking in at least one from “the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture” this week.

The Continuist

As a good friend recently pointed out to me, “all the artsy kids go to Ryerson now.” Ryerson has become a hub of artistic activity (imagine that!) and The Continuist seems to have it’s fingers in that pie. The ‘zine has been around in a digital and physical form since September 2009 and in it’s current incarnation is reaching out to not just students but anyone willing to contribute. And contribute they do. Each day sees multiple updates on the blog, and the content is good. The editors of the print version had their work cut out for them when it came time to cut & paste the third issue of the ‘zine. To celebrate the 3rd issue of the year and end of classes this Friday the Contiunist crew is throwing a loft party. PWYC and BYOB, the jam gets underway at 8:30PM at Studio 407 (263 Adelaide St W). Playing are The Family, Sam Cash, Attaloom and Undrummer.


Also happening Friday…

Design Hope Toronto’s 7th Annual Silent Auction at St.John’s Parish Hall

Columbia: Architecture in Transformation at the Design Exchange

White Out Cancer Fundraiser at Stephen Bulger Gallery

Anagram’s Last Stand at the Silver Dollar

Mad Couture Catwalk – A Workman Arts/AGO

Green Living Show 2012

SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival at Harbourfront

Azari & III at the Hoxton

Bahamas at the Mod Club

–  catl in-store at Sonicboom later at Parts & Labour

Wavelength presents: Sound Objects feat. Abstract Random, Lucky Dragons & Tristan Perich @ the Images Festival

Japanther w/ Boys Who Say No + Absolutely Free (ex-MM/DD/YYY) at the Garrison

Exclaim presents Memoryhouse at the El Mocambo

Said The Whale at the Great Hall

Yukon Blonde at Lee’s Palace


Saturday April 14th

401 Richmond

If you’ve ever wanted a backstage pass to check out what goes on at the artist-run studios and galleries at 401 Richmond you can join Toronto Arts Council Associate Director William Huffman in a guided tour that will end with a reception at Trinity Square Video. The tour is free and starts in the main lobby from 12:30-2:30PM.

Leave Your Phone at Home Day

Back in the day, before his division was bought by ‘the Japanese’, my pops worked for Nortel. Our family has always been a very technology and computer loving tribe. In 1998, at age 13,  I was given a Motorola StarTAC instead of a curfew. All down the line I’ve upgraded as technology has progressed, to present day where I had an iPhone 3G on my person at all times. I’ve used it for everything from checking movie times to bus schedules to replying to emails when I’m away from my studio.

But those days came to an end in October when I went to San Francisco without my phone. It was the sort of trip where I was mostly alone, navigating my way from the airport to the Mission via BART, wandering around Haight-Ashbury for hours, trying to scope out the coffee houses I’d heard all about from friends and people the Internet over.

After the experience of asking transit staff for help, checking maps in bookstores if I was really lost, and generally not giving a lick if someone wanted to get a hold of me because I was in another country so who cares, I came back to Toronto and decided to ditch my phone altogether. I’ve been phone-serviceless since and it’s really not a big deal. Granted, I still carry my phone with me always, using it as an iPod and occasionally I’ll come into a pocket of wifi, but for the most part people know it’s Radio Silence once I leave the house.

What I’m trying to say is if I can do it, you can do it. For one day.

That’s what Provocative Penguin has been asking you to do in the weeks leading up to Leave Your Phone at Home Day (lovingly shorten to LYP@HD). It’s this Saturday and all you have to do is get away from your phone. Go about your business, read the paper in print, make plans ahead of time, and stick to them. Run into friends by happenstance, spend some time alone, lost in your thoughts without your second brain in your hand. Unplug from the hivemind and experience a day without a phone. Or go through the withdrawal.

Head to the Facebook event’s wall to see people’s paltry excuses for not participating.

Also happening Saturday…



The Isosceles Project CD Release Show at the Garrison

The Sudden Impulse Film Festival Awards at the Projectionbooth

White Lungs at Duffy’s Tavern

Canadian Women’s Foundation Shelter from the Storm Empower Hour

Exceptional Minds: Symposium on Art and Mental Illness in the 21st Century

Dirty Ghosts w/ Dopes, the Sphinxs, Cut Flowers, the Two Koreas and MC Nick Flanagan at Silver Dollar

2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con

Project Breakwater preview screening at Innes Town Hall Theater

Flea Market at the German International School Toronto

Cancer Bats at the Horseshoe

Jacques Renault at Wrongbar

Lucero at Lee’s Palace

Needtobreathe at the Phoenix

Pegi Young & The Survivors at the Great Hall

Schlacht Hofbronx and Poirier at Dim Sum King


Sunday April 15th

Crosswires #8: The Dreebs and Allister Thompson at the Garrison

Papier Mâché Mold Making Workshop at Open Door Design

Sleepy Sun at the Horseshoe

Trampled By Turtles at Lee’s Palace


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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]