You know what I’ve learned while snooping, sleuthing, and sussing out this week’s C&R? Toronto has a lot of magazines. Young but good magazines. At least two mags have their issue 2 launch parties planned for this weekend. Hit them both up to feel extra fab.
Another highlight of this weekend is the premiere of the short film Heavy Love. In October Jerome Riel, his crew and Toronto band Paint Movement set for Northern Ontario to film in an abandoned theatre. Neglected for 50 years since the disappearance of the couple who ran the theatre, the film features the band playing inside what’s left of the decaying walls.
Whatever you do make sure you’re up and sober on Sunday for the opening of Jack Layton Way. Everyone loves a road opening.
Thursday February 21st
Balanced Expressions – Think of it as a group show of opposites, viewed in tandem. Runs until March 10th – Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas) – 7PM – Free
Vaguely Reassuring – Exploring feelings of isolation and loneliness, Amber Landgraff communicates through celebratory banners. – *QueenSpecific (787 Queen St W) – 6-7PM – Free On until April 3rd
Another Thousand Mountains – Dance and Choerographer Barbara Lindenberg brings her current work to the Music Gallery (197 John St) – 8PM – $10-12
Blood Ceremony – Local “garage-warlocks” Wicked Witches join occult rockers Blood Ceremony at the Silver Dollar Room to stir a bitches brew – Silver Dollar (486 Spadina) – 9PM – Advance $9, door $10
Always Modern – New Music of New Orleans Jazz Master in a library auditorium, yes please. – North York Central Library (5120 Yonge St) – 7-8PM – Free but please call the Language, Literature and Fine Arts Department at 416-395-5639 to save a seat.
Rich Aucion – Rich brings the (sweet indie rock) ruckus to the Drake. From Nova Scotia, he is on a mission to prove Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E. – The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St) – 9PM – $9
The Beast & Her Magical Diaries – One night only retrospective on Jesi the Elder’s animations and music videos. Inspired by a nomadic life, these video read like a diary. Videofag (187 Augusta) – 8PM – PWYC
Party @ Common Good – Studio party y’all. Eating , drinking, dancing, and no puking. Common Good ( 837 Dundas ) 7PM until it ends – Free? But you’re asked to rsvp
Friday February 22nd
TRST – Electro impresarios Trust bring it home with Eraas at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor) – 9PM – $17.50 in advance
How Can I Forget – Part of the Rhubarb Festival Sook-yin Lee preforms her piece How Can I Forget , exploring the strain between remembering and forgetting with the assistance of Benjamin Kamino and Adam Litovitz. Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander St) – 9:30PM – $20 (gets you into the whole fest)
Tower – Screening of Kazik Radwanski’s film about hometown homebody Derek. Still living at home and jobless, he aspires to be a graphic-animator. Derek meets a girl and finds himself suddenly intimate. A raccoon becomes a nuisance. How Toronto. The Royal (608 College) – 7PM – $11
Art of Time – Kicking off 2013 with some Gabriel Prokofiev. Grandson of Sergei Prokofiev, Gabriel will take to his laptop to create original, electronic interpretations of the pieces on the spot. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay) – 8PM – $25 to $59
1994 – Everything 1994, all night long. Mr. Pongs (1576 Dundas) – 10PM – Free
Go Home – Issue 2: We’re All Adults Here has come back from the press so Go Home Mag is throwing a party fit for this sized double issue. The White House Studio Project (277.5 August) 8PM – Free
Secret Band – Cousins with Young Mother and Gay at Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St W) – 9PM – $6
Bruce Peninsula Trio – The Listening Party presents the songs of Neil Haverty, Matt Cully & Misha Bower. Campbell House (160 Queen St) – 8PM – $20 in advance
Onward – Find out what post-modern beats sound like. 2nd Floor ( 461 King W) – 9PM – $5
Beginners Kimchi – Intensive and hands-on crash course in Korean favourites. Banchan too! The Depanneur (1033a College) – 6:30PM – $40
After Doldrums – Silent Shout After Party post Doldrums album show featuring Agor (1/2 of Blue Hawaii), Sean Nicolas Savage, Sexy Merlin and Dj sets from Doldrums, Cadence Weapon and Easy Boy. Double Double Land (209 August) 11:45PM – $5
Saturday February 23rd
PodCamp Toronto 2013 – A two-day gathering of new media types to talk about creativity, tech, life and work. Ryerson University (80 Gould) 10AM – 5PM day 1, day 2 10AM – 2pm – FREE to those registered
Not Jazz – Drink whatever you like, just don’t request any Jazz. Fountain (1261 Dundas) – 9PM – No Cover
Vector Day 3 – InterAcess hosts to Vector : Game + Art Convergence. Five days, four venues across the city featuring exhibits, workshops, panel discussions, and screenings. Contemporary art viewed through the medium of games. Full program listing here. Various Locations /times – Free – $15
Millions Issue 2 – Connecting those millions of artist across Canada, Millions Magazine invites you to join the launch of its second issue. Clint Roenisch Gallery ( 944 Queen St W) 2-5PM – Free
Love Below – Free night of codeine techno and hypno house at everyone’s favourite basement boogaloo. Bambi’s (1265 Dundas) 10PM – Free
Trash – The Henhouse’s whatever night hosted by DJs Sigourney Beaver and Joe Blow is back! – Henhouse (1532 Dundas) – 8PM – Free
Playdead Cult Moving Sale – The Cult is planning to move out of Kensington Market and take the movement worldwide and on to the World Wide Web. Playdead Cult (254 Augusta) Noon-6PM everyday until the 25th – It’s a store, you buy things.
International Open Data Day – Centre for Social Innovation (Annex Location) holds a full day of events, including a hack-a-thon in honour of open data everywhere. CSI Annex (720 Bathurst) – 9AM- 5PM – Free to those registered
Heavy Love – Premiere of musical short film by Toronto crew and a Toronto band Paint Movement. RobberyArt Gallery (457 Roncesvalles) 8PM – PWYC
Sunday February 24th
Jackie & Jack – A play that asks the question, What if two of America’s most loved and tragic figures had lived? Jackie as in O and Jack as in Kerouac. A fictional account of a day spent on the beach together ,written by Canadian polymath Jim Christie. – Unit 2 Theatre (376 Dufferin) – 2PM – PWYC
Puppets on Ice – A Celebration of Winter by Clay and Paper Theatre – Dufferin Grove Skating Rink – 1-4pm – Free (donations encouraged)
Vintage Postcard Show – Now in its 3rd year the Toronto Postcard Club hosts its annual show at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court) – 10AM-5PM – $5 for members, non-members $7
Death Row Meals – Olde Hunters Feast is not for the faint of heart. Or the light in the pocketbooks. Luma (TIFF LIghtbox 350 King) – 6PM – $95
David Lynch presents Chrysta Bell – Following the release of his album, Crazy Clown Time, director David Lynch has been busy prepping his new muse, Chrysta Bell. The LA darling will perform at the Drake Underground and, psych!, Lynch will not be in attendance. – Drake Underground (1150 Queen St W) – 8PM – $17 adv., $20 door