Central & Remote: June 1st – 3rd

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



Friday June 1st

inspiraTO FESTIVAL | Alumnae Theatre

Theatre can be a hard platform to write for. Even the most talented and well seasoned writers have to shy away from the stage.  Expressing a comprehensible story with limited devices and constrained vantage points is hard enough but just imagine having your time in which to do that limited to ten minutes. Could you do it? The InspiraTO Festival asked its playwrights to do just that and 24 took up the challenge. In its seventh year the festival has colour coded “Eye” shows. You’ll have to read the synopsis and decide which block of 6 minute plays you want to see, or see them all if you can’t choose.


Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley St), $12 each or $38 for 4-Show Pass, June 1-10



Also happening Friday…

Laura Thipphawong: Preconscious at #Hashtag Gallery

109OZ Pop Up Garden Centre

Sinkin’ Ships w/ The Great Lake Survival and Bike Thieves at Hard Luck

Don’t Touch That Dial presents Joseph & the Mercurials, Mimico, +more

Die O.S.T. Volume III at V S V S V S

Mojeaux at the Toronto School of Circus Arts

Waterfront Blues at Woodbine Park

Wendy Versus album release party at Sneaky Dee’s

Toronto Coin Expo

Simon Shaheen at Koerner Hall

Wavelength: Bry Web, Del Bel & Lisa Bozikovic at 918 Bathurst

Mode Moderne at Parts & Labour

Talib Kweli at Sound Academy



Saturday June 2nd

FOOD TRUCKS LAUNCHING | 99MRKT & Oakville Farmer’s Market

For the most part it has been outdated bylaws and a whole lot of red tape that has been keeping Toronto’s food trucks a few steps behind cities like San Francisco and Portland.  But because of advocacy groups like Toronto Street Food Project, Ontario Food Trucks, and the work of Suresh Doss, the movement is making great leaps forward, albeit while still jumping through hoops for the city.

To get around some bylaws, trucks are gathered together in large festival type events until the day when things change at city hall and the trucks can be out on the streets, in a variety of locations serving different communities. If you sign up with Toronto Food Trucks you can receive emails and get a heads up on when these events will be. The site is also updated daily with locations and times for established trucks that are out in the wild.

This weekend sees two newcomers launching their eats.  Hogtown Smoke will be serving up pulled pork and barbeque on Sunday at 99 MRKT (99 Sudbury) from 12PM-5PM. Curbside Bliss Cupcakes is the GTA’s newest mobile gourmet cupcakery and will be at the Oakville Farmer’s Market on Saturday.

99 MRKT (99 Sudbury) & Oakville Farmer’s Market (Hopedale Mall, 1515 Rebecca Street)


Also happening Saturday…

Teddy Bear’s Picnic (for the kids) & Archery Workshop (adults only) at Casa Loma

The Monster is Coming! at Atomic Toybot

FOAM- Festival of Art and Music at Evergreen Brick Works

Sing-a-Long to Grease at TIFF Lightbox

ArtXtreme at the ROC

Sounds Like Riverside Street Festival

inFORMING Content at the Jackman Humanities Institute

Great Lake Swimmers with Cold Specks at the Music Hall

Atelier 12 at IX Gallery

Jangbang presents: Tournament of Tacos

Jon Langford & His Sadies at the Horseshoe

Nadastrom at Wrongbar

Stalley at El Mocambo


Sunday June 3rd


Also happening Sunday…

The Dandy Warhols at the Phoenix

VIVA! Youth Singers present Inspired by the Muses

World Short Film Fest free screenings in Dufferin Grove Park

Honey Jam Artists Showcase at the Mod Club

Toronto Monologue Slam

Vintage Postcard Fair

The Mud Run



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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]