Central & Remote: January 10th-13th

C&R Jan7-10

Hey Toronto!

The 2nd issue of the new, monthly Provocative Penguin came out yesterday, so if you want to read some provocative things  based on the theme ‘The Future’ by great writers, go there and poke around!

Alas, in this edition of C&R, where I’ll lack in snarky, wordy observation about something that’s happened in the past week or is about to happen in the following week, I’ve made up for in the sheer quantity of postings (especially art openings)!

There’s a LOT of cool shit going on in the city… go! go! go!



  • Clear Cut – Exhibition Opening – Gallery 44 – 6-9pm – Free
  • Malaysian Bazaar – Promoting the Malaysian cultures and phenomenal foods – William Doo Auditorium – 6-10pm – Free (minimal charges for on-site food)
  • Rotozero & High Acceptance – Scott Waters & Faith La Rocque Art Exhibition Opening – YYZ Artist’s Outlet – 8-10pm – Free
  • Swing Dance West Coast swing lesson and dancing – no partner required – Lithuanian House – 8pm – $15, $10 for members
  • Night Time Parade – EP Release Party with a carnival musical parade in 6 acts complete with balloons, candy floss, and a pink elephant – Annex Live – 730pm-3am – $15 (includes copy of EP, goodie bag, balloon, and ticket for candyfloss or popcorn!)
  • Gladstone Karaoke – Best Karaoke for 8 years – Gladstone Melody Bar – 11pm-2am – Free


  • West End Food Co-op – 10am-6pm – Free Admission, affordable groceries
  • Wise Daughters Craft Market – Craft Supply Trunk Sale – 11am-4pm – Free (big clear out sales)
  • Winter Birds Family Nature Walk – High Park Nature Centre – 1pm – $2
  • Impossible Words: Pam and Martin Mordecai – Multi-talented, genre-hopping writers and partners-in-life speak and get interviewed – Academy of the Impossible – 130pm – Free
  • Wandering – Chris Shepard’s personification of an ongoing love affair with urbanity in its photo exhibition opening – Bau-Xi Photo Gallery – 2-4pm – Free
  • Like a Generation – play by Coyote Collective – Passe Muraille Backspace – 2pm matinee – PWYC
  • Artist Soiree – Concert and discussion with sound artist John Wynne – New Adventures in Sound Art – 8pm – $5
  • Toronto Poetry Slam – spoken word competition feat. Abdominal and the Obliques – Drake Underground – 8pm $5
  • End-of-Mega-Quarry Celebration – performances by Inlet Sound, Hot Tea and others, and a talk by David Suzuki Foundation director-general – Lee’s Palace – 9pm – $7


  • Yoga at the AGO – Drop In – Weston Family Learning Centre – 1015-11am – $9 for members $10 for public
  • Junction Flea – Vintage, New, Arts, Foods, Fun – The Great Hall – 10am-5pm – Free Admission
  • Free Public Skating at Evergreen Brick WorksWeather Permitting – 11am-4pm – $5 rentals (limited availability)
  • CBC Live – Meet, get autographs and/or pictures CBC Stars (huge list, check the link) – Sherway Gardens – 1215-4pm – Free
  • Great Canadian Tease – Burlesque Brunch – Cadillac Lounge – 1:30pm – $15 (food extra)
  • Sunday Scene: Beat Nation – Wanda Nanibush, Anishnawbe-kwe curator/media artist discusses the exhibition – Power Plant Harbourfront Centre – 2pm – Free



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]