I’m sure some of you can appreciate what it takes to make Central & Remote happen every week. We sift through press releases, newsletters, invites and listings to try and bring you nothing but gem options for your precious weekends. But let’s be honest. There are a lot of turds and thankfully for you, faithful readers, we never try to polish those turds.
We found some pretty stellar art openings and events for you this week. Some of it traditional, or as traditional as abstract can get, and some of it just might be too Post-PoMo for its own good. We’ll spare you all the bad art that somehow finds its way to gallery walls. With that — Happy First Thursday, Toronto.
Serial Villain – A back in February saw the launch of Sherwin Tija’s new book postponed. Forcast looks good so venture out to Type Books (883 Queen St W) – 6PM – 8PM – Free
Wack Slacks – 90’s night at The Beaver, but this one’s Ab-Fab only. All British tunes this one is. The Beaver (1192 Queen St W) – 11PM – Free
Moniker Gallery Opening – New gallery alert! Art, Dance, Music. 451 Richmond – 7-11PM – Free
T-Dot Pioneers 3.0 – The Future Must be Replenished. Musings about art, hip-hop and their place in the history books. Featuring a talk with Director X. Soho Lobby Gallery (36 Blue Jays Way) – 7PM – Free
Totally Barely – Works by David Hanes exploring culture’s development and its secretion and subsequent use/abuse of images. Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects (1086 Queen St W) 6-9PM – Free
Mother Line – York Visual Arts MFA student Carly McAskill presents her works of collage and self portrait. Artist Q & A moderated by Dr. Andrea O’Reilly. Gallery 1313 ( 1313 Queen St W) 7-10PM – Free
Let’s call it Film Friday since it’s a particularly screening and film fest heavy one.
Reno and the Doc – The only “psychic veterinarian” movie I can think of is screening at the Trash Palace (89-b Niagara) – 8:30PM – $5
Trouble in the Peace – Canadian Eco-Terrorism documentary premiere and after party. The Royal (608 College) – 7PM – After party at the Monarch (12 Clinton) 9PM – admission $8/$10 free drink with stub
Souls of Zen & KanZeOn – Free screening presented by the Japan Foundation. Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton) 7PM – Free
That Time of the Month – all female disco, soul, r&b dance party at the Henhouse (1532 Dundas) – 8PM – Free
Sight Specific – FADO emerging artists series. Four commissioned live works. Xpace Cultural Centre (303 Lansdowne) 8PM – Free
Oneaversary – Everyone’s favourite basement watering hole celebrates one year of business. Bambi’s (1265 Dundas) – 9:30PM – PWYC/$5 suggested, all money goes to the bands.
Rapture – Clementine Morrigan book launch – 519 Church St Community Centre – 8-10PM – Free
Show & Tell: A Bartering Fair – OCAD U’s lobby will be turned into a living room for Graphic Design student Emily Soo’s thesis project. OCAD U (100 McCaul) – 11AM-6PM – Free
Apertures – Digital-based artists set up for a “micro-residency” at Gallery 44 to explore the process of image making, in the context of the aperture as a frame. Gallery 44 (401 Richmond) 6PM – Free
Burger Records – Everyone’s favourite greasy record label brings the party to town. The Silver Dollar (486 Spadina) – 9PM – $8.50 adv./$10 at door
Drake General Store Warehouse Sale – My favourite time of the year! Imagine all the best internet stores were in one place and everything was one sale. Drake Warehouse (442 Dundas – Unit 1) Sat. 11-5PM, Sun 12-4PM – Free to look
Oberhausen – Goethe Institute presents the renowned International Short Film Festival that highlights German filmmakers. TIFF LightBox (350 King Street West) – 6:30PM – $10/$5 with OCAD U
The Cooney Brothers – Closing reception. Neo-folk, self-taught, A.D.D. brother duo. Don’t Tell Mama Gallery (108 Ossington) – 8PM – Free
These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty – Seinfeld trivia night – Go Lounge (1718 Queen St W) – 7:30PM – Free
That’s All – Terra Hazelton Trio album release and birthday party. The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar (194 Queen St W) – 9:30PM – Free
Butcher Sings Baker – Shannon Butcher & Rebecca Hennessy pull from the Chet Baker Songbook. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas) – 8:30PM – $22.50 adv./$25 door