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.
- Bard From the Club at The Sister – 10pm – $7 – 7 piece live reggae band. So many good vibes. Check them out:
- George Elliot Clark’s Book Launch – At Academy of the Impossible – 7pm – Free
- ROM Friday Night Live – Hip Hop artist, Emmanuel Jal headlines. Me to We fashion trunk show – 7pm – $10 – Free for ROM members.
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
- 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).
the fab founder of Central & Remote while she takes a break to pursue other awesome things.