Central & Remote: December 6th-9th

It’s cold out. Really cold out. And we (well, me) keep getting fooled into thinking it’s not cold with the glorious sun and the blue skies and the chirping birds in the morning and then the weather’s all like OH!!!! I’mma give your cute little ears frostbite, you hatless idiot! Also, according to the urgency in the commercials and the way so many of us are avoiding malls, Christmas is apparently IMMINENT. So you all best be out there finding the cutest things ever at all the adorable little pop-up shops throughout our city (but let’s all also remember that we’re all suddenly minimalists who don’t believe in consumerism and want to ‘make’ presents for everyone on our list).

Do you realize that Christmas is less than 3 weeks away? Try knitting ten scarves in that time there, Crafty-McCrafterston! Why don’t you do yourself and those you gift to a favour and just go buy something from one of the crazy-prolific-talented local artists that have made it easy for you, hey?  Start it off at the Milk Glass Co. official opening reception tonight from 5-11pm. They have cards, home décor, clothing, accessories, and other excellent one-of-a-kind gifts. If you don’t make it out tonight with the booze and all the looking-at-other-sexy-art-lovers, they’re also giving out free hot chocolate while you shop until Dec 22nd.

Also on Thursday…

  • DAVE STIEB NO-NO – Watch the game with Amsterdam tastings, cheese pairing, and Blue Jays trivia – Tall Boys Craft Beer House – 7pm – Free
  • AGO FIRST THURSDAYS – Cash bar and nibbles with a Frida-inspired performance by Nina Arsenault, a show by Yamantaka & Sonic and access to much of the exhibits – AGO – 630-11pm – $10 advance (always sells out)
  • IS/EX  Concert with Lake Forest (members of Wilderness of Manitoba), Souls, Meanwood & Orchards – Clintons – 10pm – $8
  • WACK SLACKS – 90’s dance party with SNES projector play – The Beaver – 11pm-245am – Free


  • SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – CBC’s annual fundraiser for local food banks with all day performances and silent auction – CBC Barbara Frum Atrium – 530am-630pm – Free
  • ACCESSORY SWAP & SHOP – Guests bring pre-loved jewelry and accessories to trade with other guest, while enjoying refreshments – Black Box Boutique – 5-11pm – $5 (proceeds to YWCA)
  • AUDIO BLOOD’S 4th ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY RAGER – w/Hands & Teeth, Amos the Transparent, Acres of Lions, Music Parlour DJS, Secret Connection – Sneaky Dee’s – 930pm-3am – $7
  • A FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US! – Dance the night away like you’re airing your grievances (ugly sweaters encouraged) – Supermarket – 10pm-3am – $5


  • CITY OF CRAFT – Art Market with 56 vendors and many workshops – 11am-6pm (also tomorrow) – The Theatre Centre – $2
  • WINTER FLICKS – Muppet Christmas Carol & How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Harbourfront Studio Theatre – 2-330pm & 330-530pm – Free
  • LIGHT UP THE BEACH – Literally. Thousands of strings of lights will be lit as Santa walks along the boardwalk… with free hot chocolate – Foot of Leuty Avenue – 7pm – Free
  • FETISH FUNHOUSE – Intro to BDSM with Cdn Leatherman Paul C – Black Eagle – Night – Free
  • ARABESQUE WINTER GALA – Over 200 Bellydancers perform group choreographies and solos with live drummers – Estonian House – 7pm – $15 Advance, $20 at the Door



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

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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]