Be cool, my babies.
Design week is upon us and while that makes me really happy (overjoyed, even) I’m not going to overwhelm you with all my must-sees and deGama scale exploration plans. You can figure that out for yourself. It’s time to remind ourselves we’ve lived through colder winters and get out there because your pals at PP have found some good one for you.
Thursday January 24th
Urban Field Speakers Series 2013 – 8th installment of an international series bringing together artists, designers, architects and scholars to discuss the role of art in shaping the experience of the city – Prefix ICA (401 Richmond, Suite 124) – 7pm – Free
Manufacturers + Designers Connect – Making sure designers meet the manufactures they need to make their products locally and thoughtfully. See the results here as part of Toronto Design Offsite Festival – Milk Glass Co. (1247 Dundas Street W) – 7-10PM (Also Fri-Sun until 11PM) – Free
Cinematic Visions of Winnipeg, Manitoba – Videofag presents an evening of short films that champion the lo-fi experimentation that is truly Winnipeg’s own. – Videofag (187 Augusta Ave) – 7PM (additional feature length film at 9PM) – PWYC
Friday January 25th
Ketamines, Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, Deutsche Banks and Fuzzy Numbers – Part Toronto-by-way-of-Lethebridge punk, part garage goodness – Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St. W) – 10PM – $5 or PWYC
CreativeMornings: Mark Surman – Toronto’s own chapter of the monthly brunch series for creative types. Attend before heading into the office to recharge your synapses – The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W) – 8:30-10AM – Free
The Big Sound – Let a 25+ piece band help you get down with your bad self. – Great Hall (1087 Queen St W) – 10PM – $12
Kraftwerk Opening Reception – Not so much design inspired by the German electronic band as design that shares the sensibilities and predilections – Studio Huddle (97 Niagara) – Reception 7-11PM Friday, runs Thursday-Sunday – Free
Saturday January 26th
Come Up to My Room Open Reception – The Gladstone hands over the reigns to 40 artists who have created over 25 installations throughout the hotel (and for the first time in it’s ten year history, an installation on the outside the building). A must-see event during Toronto Design week as part of TODO – The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W) – 7-11PM – $10
Pineapple Express Pop-up Shop – The pop-ups just don’t stop at Miracle Thieves. Bringing you tropic vibes in the dead of winter while promoting Philippine Indigenous culture. Miracle Thieves (249 Crawford St) – Opening Reception 7-11PM – Free
Minotaurs New Believers Album Release Party – I know you’re excited for the new album (read a review by our very own Séamus Gearin here) but you should be equally excited for the chance to see Kat Burn’s new post-Forest City Lovers endeavor Kashka. – The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Ave) – 8PM – $10
Capacity Opening Reception – Theme-specific work of Canadian women working or studying in the field of design – Open Reception – Gladstone Art Bar (1214 Queen St W) – 4pm-10pm – Free
Book Launch – Christopher Ward’s new YA novel, Mac in the City of Light. Type Forest Hill (427 Spadina Road) – 6 – 8PM – Free
Sunday January 27th
Three Faces of Jerusalem – Soundstreams presents an afternoon of music and poetry exploring the past, present and future of this variegated city – Koerner Hall (273 Bloor St W) – 3PM (pre-concert chat at 2PM) – $20-$65
FEAST 05 – Funding Engaging Actions with Sustainable Tactics. Think crowd-funding over dinner. Eat, vote, and support design initiatives. – XPACE Cultural Centre (2 – 303 Lansdowne Av) 6 – 10PM – Sliding Scale $20-30, $10 for Students with valid ID.
Blankets & Brews: The Stop’s Beer Garden – bring your blankets to Wychwood Barns, sample brews, maybe do some marshmallow roasting and ice skating. Beer and ice skating, sounds legit. Wychwood Barns (601 Christie, Barn #4) – 1-5PM – PWYC Addmission – Beer & Tacos $5 each