Central & Remote – December 13th-16th

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s about that time of year where things start to get mega ‘jolly’… ALL of the time. So if you follow me (or anyone really) on the Twitter or Instagram or Hipstamatic or Pinterest or Tumblr or Flickr or any of the other places where we put ourselves on display, then you’re probably going to see a fair amount of festive pictures, which we, in our spirited state think look like this:

… but really end up looking a lot more like this:

Much of our time in the next little bit will be taken up by holiday parties and familial obligations, but for those of us who are able to get away, I give you the what’s what for some alternative partying/frolicking/shopping/eating.

Bonus points* for any of you that manage to do something on the list AND off the list each of the days below.

(*Points to be redeemed at… well… just go do it. You’ll get street cred and will probably come up with some better photos than above, hey?)


  • DRUMS, STRINGS & RIBBONS – Free concert series with Korean drum and dance ensemble Jeng Yi is joined by zither player Joo Hyung Kim – Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts – 12pm-1pm – Free
  • 1000 FOR 10 – Opening reception for exhibit of a thousand pieces of art for $10 each – Creatures Creating Gallery – 7pm-1am – Free
  • LO-RO BLOCK PARTY – Lower Roncesvalles celebration and opening of new location of Mrs. Huizenga’s into old Goodwill location – 7-10pm – Free
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE IMPROV SHOW – No explanation needed – Black Swan – 8pm – $5
  • BY THE POUND 3 – REWEIGHED – Opening Reception of 3rd annual exhibit to oppose art acquistion of mass produced prints, instead encouraging to purchase art as you would fron a local buture instead of frozen or pre packaged – Goodfellas Gallery – 8pm – MUST RSVP


  • RIVERSIDE ANTLER BREAKFAST: AN IRISH FRY UP – Every ticket holder gets a pair of souvenir antlers to wear at breakfast – An Sibin Pub – 730/830/930am – $15 (proceeds support the St. John’s Compassionate Mission in Riverside).
  • CREATIVE MORNINGS – Dave Meslin a Toronto-based artist and organizer, with a focus on public space issues, cycling infrastructure, & voting reform.-Gladstone Hotel – Coffee 8:30am / Lecture 9:00am / Event ends 10:00am – Free (registration required).
  • ‘LIKE A BOSS’ – Artist Skeena Reece honours the late Marlon Brando who expressed his commitment to First Nations peoples when the actor boycotted the 45th Academy Awards ceremony to protest the treatment of Aboriginals by the film industry – Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery – 8pm – Free
  • HOPE NIGHT IN T.O. – The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Eclectic Revival, Donovan Woods, the Weathered Kings, Tricia Cole and others – variety show fundraiser for Feed the Children – Factory Theatre – 7:30 pm (Fri & Sat), $20
  • BLACK AND WHITE -Swing dancing and four special dance performances, beginners always welcome and no partner is required – Lithuanian House – 730-midnight – Members $8, Non-members $12, Students $5


  • BAZAAR OF THE BIZARRE – Holiday marketplace of darker arts and crafts , with music and performances – 918 Bathurst – 11am-8pm – Free
  • DJ SKATE NIGHTS – DJ P-Plus (hip-hop/R&B)  – Harbourfront Centre Ice Rink  – 8 to 11 pm, Free ($7 skate rentals)
  • OPHELIA/MACHINE – Nina Arsenault’s last performance of her 72hr installation which echoes her involuntary three day incarceration in a mental institution in 2005 – Videofag – 6pm open, 8pm performance – PWYC


  • THE OLD TORONTO WATERFRONT – Lost rivers walk – Meet at Front & Spadina – 2pm – Free
  • AN ENCHANTED EVENING – Group meditation and vegetarian dinner – Trinity St. Paul’s Church – 6-8pm – Free
  • DAIRY-FREE LOVE Solo comedy about the seemingly perfect home life of an internet cooking show host. – Winchester Kitchen – Dec 14-23 – 7pm seating, 8pm show – $15, more if dining.


Lee-Annethough she loves the attention, credits Yuli as the  fab founder of Central & Remote.

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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]