Central & Remote: July 27th – 29th

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


Friday July 27th


Bad Day is a biannual interview-style magazine based in Toronto. They’ve made it to issue 13 and their fifth year. You’ve probably seen the magazine around at Rotate This or Magic Pony, and you’d notice that each issue is tinted a certain colour (issue 13’s cover features Charlotte Gainsbourg’s profile in glorious green and yellow).

Publishing a magazine is hard and expensive work, especially one like Bad Day that has such a high production value. This Friday’s anniversary party is also a fundraiser. Vancouver’s witch-house, doomstep artist Babe Rainbow and NYC’s ghetto-rave-poet Venus X are in town to show you a good time.

The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), $10 advance, tickets at door, 10PM


Also happening Friday…

Scuba and Egyptrixx at Bright Pearl Restaurant

TWM: Illitry, Dream Jefferson, Patrick Grant & the Flesh Vignettes at Rancho

Wavelength #547: Connoisseurs of Pron, Das Rad, This Mess, Old Acid

Friends With Benefits presents Sweet Beats at Holy Oak Cafe

Poetry in the Parking Lot at A Different Booklist

Greys, Slates, The Dirty Nil, UH OH, Whites Ribs at Sneaky Dee’s

Evening Standard presents Hot Party at the Drake

That Shit Cray: Summer Madness at Wrongbar

Skratch Bastid presents The Gaff and Skratch at Revival

White Girl hip hop at Parts & Labour

Shindig! With DJ Misty Rock n’ Roll at the Piston


Saturday July 28th


Photography has always been a part of my life. By age eight, I was developing my own black and white film prints. In high school I gutted the school’s long-abandoned darkroom and set up a curriculum, teaching classes once a week until I left the province to attend college. I applied and was accepted to a two-year photography program that offered extensive darkroom training. The catch for me was that you had to wait until second year to learn colour development, something I was serious about; though it is a temperamental art at best. In the end, I never got there. During the summer between my first and second years, the wet darkroom was removed and replaced with a computer lab.

I dropped out. I didn’t touch a camera for years. Not until I went back to school for graphic design and decided to pick up some extra credits with a digital photography elective. I shot everyday. It’s now one of my jobs. It’s taken me five years, but I’m finally coming around to digital, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think traditional wet darkroom skills are important.

Gallery 44 has a program where every year they give 50 youths limited access to their darkroom, and teach them to shoot, process, and develop black and white photographs. By the end of it all, the kids get to have their work displayed in the gallery. It’s a huge gift.

Though the process has never been cheap, and being edged out by digital doesn’t make it any less expensive.  There are just a few more days to donate and the campaign is only one third funded. If you can help out, do so here. Head down to the gallery this Saturday to see the final day of the exhibit. It might be you’re last chance to do so.

Saturday July 28th, Gallery 44 (401 Richmond, #120)


Also happening Saturday…

Le Chien Noir: Salon des Arts at City Art Collage Gallery

Burger’s Priest presents the Ultimate Burger Eating Contest

Vinyl Meltdown at Nocturne

Trash! Queen Dance Party at Henhouse

UEAW 003: Displacer, Jakob Thiesen, L’ombre at Toika Lounge

The Little Black Dress at the Mod Club

Chronologic 5th Anniversary at the Garrison

Bad Taste at 751 Queen

Of A Kind presents Soiree II

Barns Art Market at Artscape Wychwood Barns

Soulvation at the Press Club

Spare Hearts Improve at the Comedy Bar

Lift and Images Festival Ward’s Island Picnic

Robin Shulman’s Eat the City at Type Books

Dark Frequency and Night Watch present Pillars at Tota


Sunday July 29th

Community Bicycle Network Vintage Bike Show in Trinity Bellwoods

The Influence Tour feat Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller at MCA

Hip Hop Eh the Documentary Premier Screenin and Party at the Projection Booth

Extra Life, Picastro, Black Walls at OZ Studio

Crosswires #23: The Walls are Blonde, Shbti , Suncapades, the Muckabouts

Sheroes: Virtual Season Day & Night Art Festival at El Gordo Fine Foods

Logic and Tayyib Ali at Wrongbar

Frustrations with Fresh Snow and the Milk Lines at Parts & Labour


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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]