Central & Remote: Nov 1st-4th

Here’s your weekly round up of weird/fun/cool things to do in T.O.

Thursday, November 1st

  • Dufferin Grove Farmer’s Market – 3-7pm – Local groceries and ready-to-eat deliciousness, prepping you for your night out:
  • AGO’s First Thursdays – The AGO is open in the evening to all the sexiest art lovers/partiers, with a night all about photography. They’ll announce the winner of the $50,000 Grange Prize for Contemporary Photography live in Walker Court in a ceremony hosted by Stacey McKenzie. Interactive photo installations will light up the gallery spaces. And musical guest DIANA is collaborating with local photographic artist Laurie Kang for a very special performance. Don’t miss a DJ set by Austra’s Katie Stelmanis! 630-11pm – $12 at the door (it sold out last time… ).
  • Modish at Milk Glass Co. – If you haven’t been to this gallery yet, you’re missing out on being part of a new movement. They have taken the cold bleakness out of traditional art spaces and welcome visitors in with a range of goodies from custom framing to lemonade to vintage clothing pop-ups. Their current exhibit combines art and fashion with the works of Char Da Silva and Asia Vickovic. Both artists have created a series of abstract paintings, each of which has corresponding wearable art pieces. Opening reception tonight 7pm-11pm. Runs until December 4th.
  • Metaphysical Cartography – Recent works by Julie Gladstone at Walnut Contemporary – 7pm-9pm
  • Jekyll & Hyde – Opening Reception for Joshua James at The Mascot – 7-11pm
  • Ska/Reggae/Rocksteady with The Harmonauts & Bard From The Club at The Central – $5 – 930pm-2am
  • Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade – An incredible display of hundreds, if not thousands of jack 0-lanterns, lit and lined up for scores of people to appreciate. Last year’s most popular piece was Mayor Ford. Which topical carving will prevail this year? If you’re a west-end kid, Mimico park is joining in the tradition this year.
Friday, November 2nd
  • Breast Fest Film Festival – at the Bloor Hot Docs cinema. Friday to Sunday – bringing together documentary and dramatic films as well as a high profile speakers series.
  • Emergency Monologues at The Cameron House back room – 8pm and 915pm $15 – A solo play about the life of an urban paramedic

Saturday, November 3rd

  • Royal Agricultural Fair – Animals and giant vegetables and petting farms and EXHIBITORS! $20 – Runs until November 11th
  • Everything to do with Sex Show – because there’s nothing sexier than rows upon rows of vibrators and pasties and porn in the blinding lights of the Metro Convention Centre – $25 – BUT, the Food Dudes will be parked out front… THAT is all kinds of sexy.
  • SPLICE: At the Intersection of Art & Medicine – 12-4pm – Free – University of Toronto Art Centre & Blackwood Gallery
  • Laugh for the Environment – At Second City – Improv Comedy to benefit The Toronto Green Community – 3pm – $20
  • Dia de los Muertos – Wait, what? I thought Halloween was over. Apparently not! Evergreen Brickworks and Harbourfront Centre are both having festivals on Saturday and Sunday!
  • Yasgur’s Farm at Pauper’s Pub Piano Bar – 830pm – Free – Sing along, toe-tapping fun with a band of vocals, guitar, bass, keys, saxoPHONES, trumpetS, and drums.
  • Jessica Stewart Few at The Local – 3 sets – playing until late – PWYC
Sunday, November 4th
  • FUBU – All Girls Skateboarding Weekend – In their 2nd annual event, Toronto Girls Longboarding have a day of fun to participate in or watch. Even if you’re not a longboarder, this is the type of event that you should bring a lawn chair for. From 2pm until 630pm (registration at 12 noon), come cheer, volunteer, or try out your own skill on a longboard. You won’t find a happier, more joyful and supportive group of girls, who also happen to be incredibly skilled on four wheels. I pale in comparison to many of them, but I promise I’ll be competing :
  • Sunday Scene – Mark Pellogrino’s “art practice utilizes antiquated video equipment and computer systems “at The Power Plant – 2pm – Free
  • International Diaspora Film Festival – Runs all weekend – “explores themes of migration, immigration, and cultural diversity by showcasing works of both established and emerging filmmakers. The festival pays special attention to independent Canadian filmmakers from ethnic minorities.”
  • Speakeasy Fall Art Fair – Free – Gladstone Hotel – Runs until November 7th
  • Here’s My Card – A Mixer for Awesome People – includes CRAFTS to make your own, person-specific introduction cards! At No-One Writes to the Colonel – 7pm – Free (Profits may include meeting new, awesome people).

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Lee-Anne, who would love it if you sent her ideas for this column, is filling in for Yuli,

the fab founder of Central & Remote while she takes a break to pursue other awesome things.

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About Lee-Anne Bigwood

Lee-Anne Bigwood is an observer and a participant of too many things in Toronto. She used to copy definitions out of the dictionary and has started, but not filled, almost as many journals as the number of years she’s been alive. She is an only child, an Aries, and an ENFP. She is perfectly aware, thank you, that referring to her astrological sign and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator makes her bio sound like a dating profile. [More on PP by Lee-Anne] [Lee-Anne's Blog]