There’s a lot of road salt stains masquerading as snow drifts out here, but no real snow to speak of. Let’s do this thing.
It’s First Thursday for real this week. Get serious about your gallery crawling, and do the Queen St shuffle before venturing to parts unknown.
Maybe you’re more of a cinema person. That’s okay, plenty going on for you too. Toronto filmmaker Simon Ennis’ feature length film about the Moon premieres on Friday and Patricia Rozema gives a lecture at Ryerson entitled “How to Break into the Movie Business in 43 Easy Steps.” There’s also the weekend-long Super 8 Film Fest.
Doesn’t matter if you failed grade eight French, Radio Radio’s flare for lyrics in Chiac-Acadian French sounds better than anything in English. Who else could bust out lines like this: “Avec mes pennie loafers/Ou avec mes Deck Shoes/Ej va marcher sur la hey/Ou j’va marche sur la hoo.” Catch them at the Garrison on Friday.
Whatever you do, get out there.
Thursday February 7th
AGO First Thursdays – Urban Sprawl: Instillations by Street Artists Kristen McCrea, Deadboy, Troy Lovegates aka Other and Li-Hill. Eat, drink and dance in the AGO afterhours. AGO (317 Dundas W) – 6:30-11PM – Members $8/10, Public $10/12 – 19+, cash bar
The Sex Show – Annual curated exhibition examining artists’ interpretations of sex and sexuality. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen West) – 7-10Pm – Free
Everyday is the 14th – In response to Valentine’s Day, a remineder that love should be celebrated every day, this pop-up will feature the work of 14 local female artists. All pieces have been made in limited runs. Miracle Thieves (249 Crawford) 7-11PM – Free
Deze Daze Vol 2 – Works of contemporary photography on display and in a magazine. – Milk Glass Co (1247 Dundas W) – 7PM – Free
Humorless Feminist Comedy Night – Because humour can exist without rape jokes. – The Garrison (1197 Dundas W) – 7PM – PWYC (Suggested dotiona $10 towards TRCC/MWAR)
Shuffling Pixels – Two-part exhibition of photo works taking place simultaneously in Zlin, Czech Republic and in Toronto – Studio Huddle (97 Niagara) – 6-10PM – Free
OSC Cross Open Studio – Canadian-made and for the discerning citizen. Preview Fall/Winter 2013 line. OCS Cross Studio (Unit #8 – 1179 King St W) – 9Pm – PWYC Bar, otherwise Free
Seven Songs – New works by Sojourner Truth Parsons. – Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects (1086 Queen St W) – 6-9PM – Free
Taking Notes – Drawings by Kyle Beal – NO Foundation (1082 Queen St W) – 6-9PM – Free
How to Break into the Movie Business in 43 Easy Steps – Kodak Lecture series presents a talk by Patricia Rozema Ryerson University (350 Victoria St @ Gould – room LIB-72) – 7PM – Free
Friday February 8th
Serial Villain – Toronto Treasure Sherwin Tija’s newest book is a collection of illustrated thrillers. “Along with alcohol, the author will be present” Type Books (883 Queen St W) – 6PM – Free
Long Winter pt. 4 – Mainstage, Conversation Room, Black Box. Music, short films, art, dance, talks, a rave. The fourth installment of Fucked Up’s plan to get us through the winter takes over the Great Hall once more. Great Hall (1087 Queen St W) – 7PM – PWYC, All Ages
Romantic Comedy – Static Zine knows how to throw a party. Enjoy stand-up before you get down to boogying. Money to go towards funding Static’s 6th issue! The Central (603 Markham) – 9:30 – $5
Da Da Da Dance Party – Psychedelic jams. Beach Boys to Beach House. The Boat (158 Augusta) – 10Pm – $5
Lunacy! – Toronto premiere Director Simon Ennis in attendance to talk about how he made a movie about the MOON! Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor) – 6:45PM – Members $8/General $10
Cub Camp – Long John Edition! A party for dirty, harry boys who want to bear it all but find this long winter a little chilly. The Beaver (1192 Queen St) – 11PM – $5
Radio Radio – Chic-Acadian French hip-hop. The Garrison (1197 Dundas W) 8PM – $23
Super 8 Fest – A Film Fest for the Small-Gauge, 8mm, Super 8, and 9.5mm come to the fore. Workman Arts Theatre (651 Dufferin) Check the schedule http://www.the8fest.com/schedule.htm – $5/event, $25 fest pass
Saturday February 9th
3D Kids – Maker Kids, a collaborative space interested in bringing science and tech outside the box geared towards kids hosts a session on 3D rendering software Sketchup – Maker Kids (2241 Dundas W) 10AM – 1PM – $60-$65 (bring your own laptop for a discount, free open house Friday 6:30-830PM)
Toronto Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair – One-of-a-kind sexy arts & crafts fair. Support local artists; buy some pretty (and pretty sexy) goods just in time for V-Day. Gladstone (1214 Queen St) – 12-8pm – Free entry
Extremely Loud – Group show of 6 local contemporary abstract artists hand selected by gallery curator Joshua James. Guest list only event, RSVP to email@example.com Good Fellas Gallery (1266 Queen St) – 6PM – Free
Florida Citrus Sunroom – A little Florida in Toronto, get that those vitamins and your nails done. Norman Felix Gallery (627 Queen St W) – 12-4PM – Free
Bard From The Club – Hear Toronto’s hottest 7-piece lovers rock & rock steady reggae band play live on Toronto’s smallest stage – Global Village Backpackers (460 King St W) – 1030pm – 2 sets – PWYC
Mama Hen & The Big Roosters – Blues it or Lose it – Some of the most spirited music you’ve ever heard lead by one of the most soulful, smiley ladies ever – Grossman’s Tavern (379 Spadina Ave) – 10pm-2am – PWYC
Sunday February 10th
Chocolate Science – Dr. Dérick Rousseau, head of Ryerson’s Food Research Lab gives a free lecture on the science of chocolate – U of T (Macleod Auditorium U of T Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s) – doors 2:15PM – Free
Doored – The AGO has a basement and someone wants to cram you into it with someone named Life of a Craphead (performance art alert!) – Weston Family Learning Centre Gallery School (317 Dundas W) – 8PM – Members $4.50/Public $5
Sunday Scene – Works by Kristie MacDonald at the Power Plant. Exploring artistic expression and archival process/tendencies – Power Plant (231 Queen’s Quay W) – 2-5PM – Free