Urmegushhhh! It’s the weekend before Halloween! You know what that means? The same as any other weekend… this city is full of loonies, and BLESS US. So here’s your weekly round up of weird/fun/cool things to do in T.O.
So, there are three camps of people around this time of year. There are those who are REALLY excited about Halloween, who start planning costumes at least 2 months in advance, scoping out the most visually appealing possible ensemble that is also either sexy, witty, hilarious, or offensive. Then there are those who couldn’t be bothered until the last minute and still pull together something that is either sexy, witty, hilarious, or just plain creepy:
Then there are those who hole away in their bubbles, trying desperately to avoid any and all spooky activities.
I want to give huge props to those of you who are putting in the effort, and you probably already have your ‘Halloween’ plans, so this week is dedicated to the things that aren’t Halloweeny… for those of you (us) who maybe just can’t be arsed this year.
This week more than most, Thursday is your whole weekend. Call in sick/late on Friday, or just power through it and know that you’re a hero!
Thursday, October 25th
- Noon at Met – take a break to enjoy an organ concert at the Metropolitan United Church – 12 noon
- Campaign School with Adrian Montgomery - Academy of the impossible hosts an information session on participatory politics in a manner that will go beyond binders and bayonets. 7pm. PWYC.
- “Problems Similiar to Yours, Only Drawn Like This” – Opening reception at #Hashtag Gallery for Sheridan Illustration Alumni Zen Rankin. 7-11pm Over a decade and a half of drawings.
- The Annual – Gladstone’s independent contemporary art event – Opening Reception – 7-10pm, Free , exhibit runs all weekend (DJ on Friday $5, Video-Art Screenings on Sat $5)
- “We are One” – a benefit show for Nellies’s Women’s Shelter and Amnesty International – At the Supermarket in Kensington – 8pm
- Zoobombs w/ Dearly Beloved, Lost Babies & Goodnight Sunrise - at the Silver Dollar Room – $8 advance at RT & SS.
- TEDxToronto viewing parties – you are probably out of luck if you want to go to the conference, but Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park is hosting satellite viewing parties. Registration required, but seemingly free! A daytime thing for those of us who don’t have a 9-5 job!
- Art Toronto – Toronto International Art Fair – Focus Asia – At the Metro Convention Centre Friday to Monday, 12-8pm each day. Many different prices ranging from $14-19, depending on where you get the ticket, but the opening night is STEEP ($200)
- Zombie Bike Lane Critical Mass - 6pm – Free – Meet at Bloor & Spadina with your wheels to rideen masse - Zombie costume subject to interpretation… considering it’s immediately following a week of 9-to-5-ing, I’m pretty sure I’ll just show up and fit in. Heh.
- Cory Doctorow (from Boing Boing) and China Miéville (award-winning science-fiction author) – readings, and interviewed by Mark Askwith from SPACE – At the Harbourfront Centre 8pm, $18
Saturday, October 27th
- Made by Hand Show - It’s in Mississauga, but it’s only $2. Daytime handcrafted fun.
- Impossible Words with Hiromi Goto - Impossible Words is a Saturday afternoon literary salon featuring culturally and stylistically diverse Canadian authors. They encourage people to come and participate, especially those who do not usually go to literary events.Wallace and Emerson. Free
- Withrow Park Farmer’s Market – Danforth & Logan – 9am-1pm – Last of the season!
- 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art – Click through for the whole schedule, there are many that you can fit into your weekend (from Thursday to Sunday), some with very colourful names. Venues are Toronto Free Gallery, Mercer Union, and the park at OCAD.
- Toronto Poetry Slam – Drake Underground – 7-11pm $5
- Night time = Go to any of the thousands of Halloween events that all the people have been telling you about forever. OR, just stay home and read back issues (articles) of Provocative Penguin articles. Spooooooky!
- Dia de los Muertos – celebration with dance, theatre, live music, etc at Artscape Wychwood Barns 2pm-7pm
- Cask Beer Festival – Evergreen Brick Works – $35 (Also on Saturday)
- Rosedale Valley Antique Market – also at Evergreen – 9am-5pm
- Zoomer Festival – at the Ex – for those of our readers who are 45+
the fab founder of Central & Remote while she takes a break to pursue other awesome things.