Central & Remote: March 7th – 10th


Hi Toronto,

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.

Yours Truly,



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

Comeback Kate – Painter Catherine Shea is back after a hiatus. Alison Milne Gallery (198 Walnut Ave) – 5-9PM – RSVP to gallery@alisonmilne.com

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

ADC+ADCC Triple Screening – The Art Dicrector’s Club celebrates the best creative work from around the world. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor) – 6PM – $10-$20 tickets here

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

Toronto Nepali Film Festival – With a mandate to promote and support Nepali filmmakers TNFF brings 6 films to Toronto audiences. OISE Auditorum and Innis Town Hall – check schedules here.

Souls of Zen & KanZeOn – Free screening presented by the Japan Foundation. Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton) 7PM – Free

TIRFF at TIFF – Third annual Toronto Irish Film Festival at the TIFF Light Box check programing here

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

Toronto Urban Photography Festival – organized by the [frame]works photography collective. Citywide, runs until the 23rdcheck programming here

Feminist Art Conference – Can we dub this the Judy Chicago Love Fest? This is going to be good. Foundery Coworking & Events (376 Bathurst) – 12PM – Free reserved tickets

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

About Yuli Scheidt

Yuli was born at the exact moment in 1986 when the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded and rained down on the ocean. As a child she believed this meant she was destined for greatness in the realm of space travel and radioastronomy. Nothing remotely as awesome as that has happened so far. Instead Yuli, at the age of 18, relocated from Calgary to Ottawa where she studied photography, life sciences and graphic design before moving to Toronto. [More by Yuli]