A round up of the best/weirdest things to do this weekend in Toronto…
Friday April 27th
HOTDOCS | The Bloor Hotdocs Cinema
In case you forgot, and don’t worry it happens, Hotdocs started on Thursday. The Bloor Cinema has a fancy new marquee just in time. There’s something to be said for the old marquee but this new one is appropriately Atomic Age looking. The HQ isn’t the only theatre to screen films during the festival that runs until May 6th. Also opening its door are usual suspects the Cumberland 4, Innes Town Hall, the Royal, the Revue, and the Fox. Highlights of this year’s festival include: Summer Of Giacomo, a fusion of documentary and fiction that captures youth in an auteurist fashion; Price of Gold illustrates the gold rush in Mongolia; El Huaso where a Toronto man returns to Chile to fulfill his boyhood dreams of be a cowboy and riding in the rodeo.
Various Locations, for ticket info see the box office, April 26th – May 6th
JAMEL SHABAZZ FILM SCREENING | Toronto Underground Cinema
Jamel Shabazz is a documentary photographer from Brooklyn known for his 25 year long mission to capture and create a portrait of the hip-hop generation, most widely seen in his book of photographs “Back in the Days”. Shabazz documented the street style of everyday people hangin’ in Harlem and kickin’ it in Queens. Of those to pick up the book was cultural artist Charlie Ahearn, known as the man behind the first hip-hop culture film, Wild Style. Ever since Ahearn has been following Shabazz around, documenting his photography and life. For Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer Aheam melds interviews with Shabazz himself, graffiti pioneer and hip-hop historian Fab 5 Freddy, Bobbito Garcia, and KRS-One, along side photographs of gangs in Pumas fighting their battles not with guns but break dancing and rhymes.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina), $10, 8PM
REFORDMED | Robert Kananaj Gallery
It’s that time of year again: graduation. That means there are scads of grad exhibitions around town where would-be designers, visual artists, makers, and heartbreakers have the chance to show the public just what they have been up to for the last four (or eight) years. Grad shows are a perfect place for those of us who graduated long ago to see what the kids are up to. This Friday, a group of sixteen recent grads from the Photography Thesis program at OCAD U open Reformed, a collective show of their “lens-based” pieces that incorporate performance, video and still imagery, textiles, and sculpture.
Robert Kananaj Gallery (1267 Bloor St W), 6-10PM, free.
Also happening Friday…
Saturday April 28th
UNITED ELECTRONIC AUDIO WORKERS | Toika Lounge
Doc Pickles has the pay-what-you-can Indie Rock shows covered with his reinvention of the Sunday Wavelength Music Series as Crosswires at the Garrison. But now there’s a home for electronic musicians. Introducing UEAW: the United Electronic Audio Workers of Toronto. The inaugural UEAW 001 is this Saturday and at the helm are Math Rosen (Bass/Hip Hop/Juke), Ad·ver·sary, (Industrial/Tribal Noise) and Displacer (Experimental Electronic Dub). Through these PWYC events, UEAW hope to “celebrate art by making it accessible”, help audiences find new artist and artists find new audiences, while sharing talents and techniques. The mission is simple: “We will build our strength through performance.”
Toika Lounge (471 Richmond St W), 8PM, PWYC
TORN FROM THE PAGES | Huge’s Room
Torn from the Pages an eveing of music and prose present by the Globe & Mail’s Open House Festival. On Team Prose are the likes of Micah Toub, author of Growing Up Jung: Coming of Age as the Son of Two Shrinks, Steve Murry, author the National Post column “Extremely Bad Advice”, novelist, playwright and columnist Claudia Dey, and the man behind the book Jew and Improved: How Choosing to be Chosen Made Me a Better Man Benjamin Errett. On Team Music there’s Bidiniband, the Billie Hollies, the Lazy Bones, Selina Martin, Corin Raymond, and the Donefors. Proceeds go to the Toronto Public Library Foundation and Frontier College.
Huge’s Room (2261 Dundas St W), 8:30PM, $15
Also happening Saturday…
Sunday April 29th
PLINGO | The Drake Underground
Starting this Sunday the Drake Underground is hosting a night of Plingo. A mash up of two of your favourite retro games Plingo combines Bingo and Plinko. Using an eight foot tall board made by Drake employees, thousands of unique cards and a massive vintage Plinko machine players can win prizes from the “fun to the phenomenal”.
The Drake Underground (1150 Queen St W), every Sunday at 8PM, 1 round/3 games $2, 3 rounds/9 games $5.
Also happening Sunday…
Yuli’s PP [Artist Profile]