Central & Remote: August 17th – 19th

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

Friday August 17th


People love the CNE and I’m not rightfully sure why. It seems like a really antiquated idea. I’m not looking to buy feed for my livestock, or check out the latest farm equipment. I’m not impressed by Fleet Week-esque aeronautic displays. The concept of an Exhibition really comes from that time when urban centers weren’t where the majority of the population was and going into town was a treat or begrudged necessity. It has to be the deep-fried Kool-Aid and hamburgers on donut buns, right?

The Ex (as it’s known in the 21st Century) gets underway this weekend and has 18 days of spectacle to offer.  It may not be the Bearded Lady or Auto Polo and Elephant shows of the past, but there’s still a midway and acrobats, airshows and plenty of vendors trying to peddle their wares.

Exhibition Place, Aug 17th – Sept 3rd, General Admission $16 kids under 4 Free


Also happening Friday…

Evening Standard with Maxxi Soundsystem at the Drake

7th Annual Kultura Pilipino Arts Festival

Irr Lu Launch Party at Woodbine Beach

–  Toronto Island Creative Writer’s Retreat on the Islands

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the Phoenix

Naked & Famous Denim & Muttonhead Warehouse Sale

Date Night Archery at Casa Loma

Selected Paintings by Kira May Opening Reception at Of A Kind

Bike Pirates Bike Rave Critical Mass starting at Christie Pits

707 Dundas Live Painting Art Show and Food Market

FWB Presents Guilty Pleasures at Holy Oka Cafe

NO_ID with Manzone and Strong at CUBE

RPTZR, The Ascot Royals with Hollowphonic, Between Transit at Silver Dollar

Evening Hymns with Fiver and projection artist Sean Frey at the Theatre Centre

Mars, Samsara, New Ghost, We Say at Rancho Relaxo

Yes/n Small Party II at Dalston Grey

Space Diamonds Are Real: the Art of Roxanne Ignatius at Milk Glass Co.

Electro Swing Club at the Gladstone

Five Senses Festival

EC Twins at the Hoxton

–  Young Man at the Drake Underground


Saturday August 18th


Citizens of the City of Craft, the Bloorcourt Arts & Craft Street Fair is this Saturday. From 11AM until 10PM Bloor between Dufferin and Montrose will be jam packed with over 100 vendors selling their handmade and beyond awesome works. Plus there will be other crazy stuff like screen printing wars, wresting, and live music to boot. Everything the City of Craft does is a blast so don’t miss out. Sneak a peek at the items up for grabs over on the City of Craft’s pinterest (oh how craftnerdy) board.

Bloor St between Dufferin – Montrose, vendors pack up at 7PM but party rolls until 10PM


Also happening Saturday…

Ashleigh Semkiw and Alright Alright at the Drake Underground

An Evening With Playboy Artist Doug Sneyd at the Cartoonist Workshop

New Works by Anda Kubis and Meghan McKinght at p|m Gallery

PFLAG Canada Presents GayDay at Canada’s Wonderland

Dudes in Song present The Foggy Dew a Bellwoods Thing

The Red Boy, Last of the Bandits, Ornaments, 1990Future at Rancho Relaxo

Bitch Craft All-Girl DJs playing Hip Hop at the Shop at Parts & Labour

Brave Little Toaster, Radius and Helena, the Lost Babies at the Horseshoe

Chosen Vintage Presents Move It Or Lose It Sale

Movie Matinee for Mental Health at the Revue

Sweet Tears 7th Anniversary Party ft. Roy Davis Jr., Cratch, Tyrone +more

Papermaking Workshop with Elija Montgomery at XPACE

Queen West Music Fest in Trinity Bellwoods

LGBT Fencing at My Fencing Club

Jimmy Cliff at the Phoenix

Sunday August 19th

BLOOD N’ SUDS |Classic Coin Car Wash

Cleanliness is next to Godliness and Zombies are an unholy abomination. And since Zombies are really just decaying bodies with an insatiable appetite for brains and no table manors to speak of they’re really not the cleanliest bunch. Which is why they are they last people on earth I would want washing my non-existent car.  But if you’re rims are caked with graveyard dirt and you need to unload those bodies in your truck head down to Classic Coin Car Wash on College at Landsdowne this Sunday and the Toronto Zombie Walk people will be happy to give you a hand during their 3rd Annual Blood N’ Suds fundraiser. $10 gets you a regular wash, but Blood Treatment and Zombie Swarm are going to cost you an extra $5. Proceeds go to help fund the 2013 Zombie Walk. Don’t have a car? Buy some raffle tickets and win some creepy art or some fake blood gift basket.


Classic Coin Car Wash (1286 College), 12-6PM

Also happening Sunday…

Elvis Monday at the Drake  moving to Sunday (this week only)

The Cult at the Projection Booth Cinema

Swap That Shit at 101 Spadina Studio 505

Teenage Bottle Rocket at the Horseshoe


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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]