Did you know Casa Loma has the distinction of being one of 10 castles in Canada? Touring Casa Loma is probably something that all of us have said we should do, but if we visited it was when we were 4 feet tall, and possibly too young for ghost stories and haunted walks. On Thursday you can show what a staunch adult you are and meet a guide in the library to hear the tall tales before going on the grande tour. The Casa Loma Carnival runs March 11 – 16th so not only will there be ghosts in the library but clowns in the conservatory as well.
Shuffle on over to OCAD U to hear Power Plant Contemporary Gallery director Gaetane Verna present a keynotes address entitled “Art For All: Creating a Space of Thought-Provoking Exchange Between Artists, Theory, and the Many Publics of a Contemporary Non-Collection Gallery.” You know you want to.
International Table Top Day is on the 30th but Go Lounge in Parkdale is celebrating early with a Settlers of Catan Tourney on Saturday. A slightly more sophisticated take on the board game café, Go Lounge brings the fun to the ‘hood, just doors down from where the Pinball Café once existed. RIP.
Coincidently, Thursday is Pi day. You should probably go out there and celebrate calculus and all the other things that make modern life possible.
Just My Type – #Hashtag presents another poster show, this one is for the typography lovers. 801 Dundas – 7PM – Free
Canada’s Most Haunted – Is Casa Loma full of ghosts? Join a guide in the library to hear the tall tales before going on a grande tour. – Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace) – 6:45PM – Casa Loma admission prices $10-20
The Distillery – Smooth blues trio bring the jams to Melody Bar. – Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W) – 9PM – Free
Afloat Launch – John Reibetanz is ready to unleash his eighth collection of poems that meditate on themes from ancient China to video games. Upper Library Massey Hall (4 Devonshire Place) 7:30PM – 10PM – Free
Half Life Motel – Two part preformace choreographed in part by Blue Ceiling and Flightworks. One inspired by a Northern Ontario beach and the other images from NASA. Dancemakers (15 Case Goods Lane Suite 306) – 8PM – $18
Too Soon – Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery director presents a keynotes address at OCAD U. 100 McCaul – 6Pm – Free
Pi Fighter – Creative Technologists of Toronto present the debut of Pi Fighter II project. You guessed it; a virtual pie fight! There will be real pie. Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave) – 9PM – Free
Kodak Lecture – Gabor Szilasi has built a vast compendium of images of Canada in the past 50 years. Hear him speak at Ryerson Image Centre where his exhibit Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday is currently on display. Library Building (Theatre LIB-72, 350 Victoria St) – 7PM – Free
Malebox – Henhouse hosts an dance night for Trans men and the people who love them. 1532 Dundas – 10PM – No Cover Ever
Pop with Brains – bi-monthly event that brings art, music and party together for a good cause. That $5 at the door that goes to CAMH. The Rivoli (334 Queen St W) – 9PM – $5
Alice in the Wall – In the “what the…?” department the Projection Booth is posting a 420-friendly screening of Disney’s classic Alice in Wonderland synced up with Pink Floyd’s The Wall. The Projection Booth (1053 Gerrard St) – 9PM – $10
Course of Time – Mr Charlton, Nicholas Nice & Grey Moonen play the Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave) – 10PM – $5 before 11PM, $10 after.
Jessica Stuart Few – Album release and tour kick off at the Cameron House (408 Queen St W, back room) – 8:30PM – Adv. $15 (w/ CD), door $20 w/ CD, $15 w/o
Pysicic Ills – with U.S. Girls and Tess Parks & the Good People at The Shop @ Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St W) – 9PM – $10.50
Point Break – The life-defining, 90’s ethos, landmark film, Point Break, will be screened at the Federal. (1438 Dundas St. W) – 9PM – Free
A Clear Blazing Fire – Magic Pony’s first exhibit of the year. The usual. Running until April 14th. Magic Pony (680 Queen St W) – 7-10PM – Free
#StayGolden – Spring Breakers edition! This one is all classic-rock. From the Animals to Zep. The Gladstone (1214 Queen St W) – 10PM – $5
Shake A Tail – Picking up stakes and moving the party circus out to the East End. Wayla Bar (996 Queen St E) – 10Pm – $5
Prosimii – with Dilly Dally and Terror Lake at Saving Gigi (859 Bloor) – 9PM – $5
Catan Throwdown – Go Lounge, Parkdale’s answer to Snakes & Lattes, is hosting its first Settlers of Catan tournament. Go Lounge (1718 West Queen West) – Noon – $5
Hip Hop Eh – Five years in the making this doc on Canadian hip-hop is finally seeing the light of a movie threatre and having its premiere at Big Picture Cinema (formerly Projection Booth – 1035 Gerrard) – 7PM – $10 runs until the 21st
Tree ID – Take a walk with arborist Mark Sherman around the Kensington Market area. Reach out, touch the trees, and learn their names. Meet at Whippersnapper Gallery (594b Dundas Street W) – 10AM-12PM – $10 register here
Toronto Storytelling Festival – March 16th – 24th. Various locations & times – PWYC/Free – $20, $50 Fest Pass
ShakesBeer – Bringing back the casualness of Elizabethan theatre CTP presents Shakepeare in the Barn. All 37 of Will’s works paraphrased and packed into 87 minutes. Beer is obviously involved. ArtScapes Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St) – 6:30PM & 9PM – $49 in adv.
Loves Kicks – From hobby/obsession to world-wide culture, a real-time design experience for aspiring artists to design their own pair of sneakers. Bata Show Museum (327 Bloor St) – 8PM – 2AM – $10 entrance fee
Trilled – It’s time once again to get to twerk. The Piston (937 Bloor) – 11:30PM – Free before 11:30, $5 after.
Acoustic Family Brunch – Weekly little human-friendly brunch goes Irish. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen W) – Noon-3PM – $10
Giving Notice – NYC to YYZ, Firth MacMillian examines her move to Toronto with recreations of everyday moments.
St. Patrick’s Day Reggaeganza – Bard From The Club gives you a non-Celtic option for your evening activities – Drake Underground (1150 Queen St. W) – 9pm doors, later for start – $5