Central & Remote: March 21 – March 24

C&R Mar 21-24

Hey Toronto

Sorry to mention the weather again, but I’m sure you’re all about as sick of this un-Springy, fluffy snowglobey, beautiful yet infuriating long Winter bullshit as I am… so hopefully you’ve been and will be more able and willing to get your sun-deprived selves out into the city to dance/art/movie it out.

All you’ve heard and going to hear about all over the city this week seems to be about CMW… so go to their website, or google it and find out all the ‘best picks’ to your heart’s desire… but here we have the best of the best other stuff that’s going on.

Yours artfully and crankily,



Of Centre – E. Wynne Nelson opening reception. Toronto Image Works (80 Spadina #207) – 6-9PM – Free

Off the Edge: Burbs to Banlieues – Julia Varga (experimental film maker) lecture – Ryerson Image Centre  – 7-830pm – Free?

h2Oh! Water Docs – Screening two films – White Night (25min) & 86 Centimeters (39min)  + Q&A and reception – AGO – 7pm – $10 advance, $15 door

She Saw the Fruit Bearer and Began to Hallucinate – Jx Smyyth’s opening reception – Gladstone Art Bar – 7-10pm – Free

Art of Adaption: From Faithful to Ruthless – Film Panel brings together award-winning screenwriters and creators to explore the art of adapting a range of properties, from novels to stage plays to comics, for the screen. – TIFF Bell Lightbox – 7-10pm – Free

Into Abstraction – Bradford Wilson’s opening Reception – Brockton Collective (442 Dufferin St) – 7-11pm – Free (With snacks!)

Piss and Vinegar – Pop Up Art Show with art available as cheap as 99cents. Tunes, terror and maybe a live performance – Electric Theatre – 299 Augusta – 7pm-1215am – Free

Suzanne Nuttall and Jeffery Michael Straker Live  – Flying Beaver Pubaret ( 488 Parliament St)  – 730pm – $10 advance $15 Door

Primate Panic – The Black Museum presents Bigfoot on film 1967-1980 at Big Picture (1035 Gerrard) – 8PM – $12/15

Everlane Launch Party – Open bar, food, music, and fun. – Music by Katie Ritchie & Vanessa Dunn, Snacks by Hot Mess Hall – Milk  Glass Co. (1247 Dundas St. W) 8-11pm – Free

Open – Neo-soul, hiphop, house night at Margaret on Dundas (2952 Dundas) – 10PM – No Cover


Luna Tropical – Learn to make and savour fave Latin American cocktails with Latin finger foods, while ‘Cuarteto Habero’ plays cuban music – Spanish Centre – $15  – 7-9pm

Toronto Banff Mountain Film Festival – Friday Night, Saturday Night, Sunday Afternoon – The proceeds of many tour screenings benefit a local outdoor program, community cause, or a non-profit. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor St. W) 7-1030pm Fri/Sat, 2-530pm Sun – $20/day… tickets in person only

Optic Elixir III – Curated and Created by Cal Schaub – Opening Reception – Creatures Creating Gallery – 730-11pm – Free

Toronto Music Video Fest – New music videos projected in an old temple – 918 Bathurst – 8pm – $10 + cheap beer

Beat Nation All Styles Dance Battle – Hip Hop-inspired event with mashup of music, dance and art. Battle conducted by DJ Serious. Power Plant  – 8pm (Cash Bar and Exhibit open at 530) – Free to attend


Free Portrait Day – Spring Fling – Help Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, gear, and talent to give back to the community and to those in need – 180 Sudbury Street – Multipurpose Room – 10-4pm – Free

Pati’s Mexican Table – book launch at the Cook Book Store (850 Yonge Street) – 2-3pm – Free (with snacks)

Heat Equations – Opening reception for Meghan McKnight’s new paintings – P|m Gallery (1518 Dundas St West) – 4pm-7pm – Free

Manuela De Medeiros solo show – beer, vino, art – Gallery 1132  (533 Richmond ) – 6pm-midnight – Free

JustJohn Debuts “The Groceries EP‘ – Performance/Launch Party – Of A Kind Vintage & Vinyl (1037 College Street)  – 7pm – PWYC

Spacing Spring 2013 launch party – Dovercourt House – 730pm-2am – $5 for subscribers / $15 for non subsribers

Lights out! Beaches Earth Hour – Music, Dance, Lights Out Ceremony, Candle Lights and paper Lanterns –  Kew Gardens (2075 Queen St E) – 730-930pm – Free

WWF’s Earth Hour Celebration – community lantern walk, concert, lights off countdown and ceremony – Roncesvalles Village (at Wright Ave) 8-930pm – Free

Gutterbird Party – presents Teen Tits Wild Wives  eeels, Noble Savages, For the Birds and DJ Ray Ruby (more music TBA) – 163 Sterling rd, #112 – 9-3am – $5 door, cash bar.


Swap Meet – Like a Spring reunion/crazy flea-market for longboarders. If you’ve been wanting to get into this sport/community, this is the place to go to get discount gear… plus giveaways, BBQ, and a slide jam after (even if you don’t ride, check it out, but be prepared to be told to get out of the way of the riders throwing themselves down a hill in the most ARTFUL way possible). Roarockit Skateboard Company (880 Millwood Rd) – 12-4pm swap meet, 4pm-dusk Slide Jam – Free

Sunday Scene – Bryne McLaughlin, managing editor of Candian Art, will speak about current exhibition ‘Marat Sade Bohnice.’  Power Plant (Harbourfront Centre) – 2pm – Free

Films for Change: Rebelle – Amnesty International presents Oscar nominated Canadian film Rebelle (English: War Witch) – Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave) – 4pm – PWYC ($7 Sugg)

Mega Crazy Crazy Frenzy – Collins Brothers present hilarious stand up, seemingly for ‘not a cent’ but there’s a giant $2 on the cover photo, so … risk it, babies! – Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St) – 9pm – Free/$2

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]