Central & Remote: December 20th-23rd

Dear Toronto,

Not a lot to say this week, so Provocative Penguin is giving you the ultimate present:

You’re welcome. Please feel free to distribute far and wide, but remember to credit PP, and know that this adorable little guy is named Parker Bigwood, and is my nephousin. He visits Toronto every once and a while and I could arrange for other interactive street art shoots. He prefers payment in the form of green and blue cars and requires apple cider or hot chocolate during production.

Without further adieu… the best ways to spend your next four days in celebration of solstice, apocalypse, Christmas, anti-Christmas, or any of the other things you so choose.

Please choose irresponsibly:


  • $1 Sandwiches at Porchetta & Co celebrating their 2nd birthday! 1 per customer – toppings extra – cash only – 1130am until they run out (they sold 700 by 6pm last year)
  • Merged: A Hybrid Show – Opening Reception – Norman Felix Gallery – 7-10pm – Free
  • A Very Naughty Christmas – Les Femmes Fatales Burlesque with prizes and gifts for the first 40 to arrive – Gladstone Melody Bar – 8pm-12am – $12
  • Ruby Spirit at The Rivoli – with Jefferson Grizzard and The Grace Strumberg Band – Entrance includes CD – The Rivoli – Doors at 8 – $7
  • Dinner Belles & Secret Heights – a “three part harmony hootenanny” and “two tall freaks singing songs about an imagined American heartland” – Press Club – 10pm – Free
  • The Filthy Fucking Christmas Show – There will be swearing, drinking, and laughing – Comedy Bar – 8pm – $5 (Fundraiser for Toys for Tots)



  • Artisan’s Gift Fair  – Last minute shopping that’s not in a mall! – Tranzac – 12-6pm – Free (also on Sunday)
  • Red One Theatre Collective OpeningDaytime market popup, nightime screenings and hot cocoa – The StoreFront Theatre – 12-6pm and 7-10pm – Free
  • Apocalyptic Showdown – Dance Party – The Great Hall – $5 advance ladies(limited #) $10 advance all $15 at the door
  • Toronto Poetry Slam – with poet Tomy Bewick – Drake Hotel Underground – 730pm – $5
  • An Especially Maude-Lynne Xmas – A reluctant Wassail for Yuletide Misfits, in which a Victorian literature-obsessed internet junkie organizes a Christmas shindig with her long-suffering boyfriend – Videofag – 8pm – $15


  • Gladstone Acoustic Family Buffet – Live Bluegrass – Gladstone Melody Bar –  Brunch 10-4, Music 11am-2pm – $16 for adults
  • Festival of Smalls – Art Show with a special pre holiday exhibit that showcases smaller sized original artwork from over 60 artists – Art Interiors – 12-5pm ongoing until the 24th) – pieces range in price from $55-$250, with many under $100.
  • Gregory Crewdson’s ‘Brief Encounters’ – Toronto Premiere on Friday, but Sundays are for movies – Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 930pm – $11



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

Have events or happenings you think might be provocative? Leave a comment or email lee-anne@provocativepenguin.com

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]