Central & Remote: August 24th – 26th

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

Friday August 24th


If you’ve ever visited the Lillian H. Smith Library along College Street, just on the outside of Chinatown, you may have noticed there’s a special collection there.  Once you’ve passed the giant bronze griffins and followed the brass handrail to the third floor you’ll find a collection of rare children’s literature under glass. It’s not the only children’s collection in the TPL system (there’s also the Osborne Collection, which has even older books from the Edwardian era). It might even seem out of place, but this is only until you learn that Smith was the first trained children’s librarian in the British Empire. Having graduated from U of T in 1910, she returned from New York upon the invitation of Toronto Public Library to head what would become a separate and dedicated children’s collection.

Also housed at the beautiful Lillian H. Smith branch is the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy. A non-circulating, reference collection of rare and old sci-fi and non-fiction works relating to the genres.

This Friday and Saturday the branch hosts it’s second annual Out of this World SciFi used book sale. This year the librarians have promised they made a “half decent attempt to sort it (by author).” If you’re a fan of Science, Speculative, Sword & Sorcery, Scary, Superhero, Slipstream, Steampunk and want to find some rare gems for a steal stop by between 5-7:30PM on Friday and 10AM-3PM on Saturday.


Also happening Friday…

Keep It Deep presents End of Summer Party at AME

Pattern Recognition at the White House Studio Project

Dry Hump in the basement of 104 Ossington

Meet People, Share Brains at the Frog and Firkin

Hello World by the Uncarved Block at ARTiculations

Moon King “Obsession I” release party at Double Double Land

Muneshine – There Is Only Today Album/Video Release at The Drake

This Century, Austin Gibbs + Guests at Sneaky Dee’s

Lo-fi Sci-Fi 48 Hour Film Challenge

Dead and Divine at the Mod Club

Whaletooth at the Horseshoe


Saturday August 25th


My favourite part of NXNE is checking out bands in the non-traditional settings. Like a stranger’s backyard where you have to squeeze between two houses and be birthed through a crowd of people to get to. That’s where I got to hear Toronto’s Army Girls in person for the first time. Of the 20 bands crammed into a single afternoon on a grass patch in the middle of Little Portugal, Army Girls’ made a splash. In fact, their performance is in my top five of all the NXNE acts I caught this year. They’d been on constant tour, so the songs I’d heard recorded previously were now well oiled and flawless… Even though Carmen Elle broke a string on the guitar she borrowed from Henri Fabergé.

See Army Girls play with the equally praise-worthy Topanga at the Horseshoe this Saturday. Also taking the stage are Sandman Viper Command and Dangerband.

Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St), $8.50 adv / $10 doors 9PM

Also happening Saturday…

–  The Sugar Man Auction in support of Canadian Diabetes at Cherry Beach

Toronto Mela South Asain Summer Fest

A Night With The Fist (All Ages) at Hard Luck Bar


Sunday August 26th

Clinton’s Unplugged: The Old Salts, Gavin Slate, Ben Somer

World Famous Le Brunch at Brassaii

Sarah and Bud (who you’ve never met) are moving to Boston

Across 110th Street – Classic Motown, R&B, Soul at the Beaconsfield

The Emmet Ray One-Day Music Festival

Crush TO End of Summer Picnic in Trinity Bellwoods

Fire on the Water at Sunnyside Beach


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