Change is scary. And it’s hard to say goodbye. But not all change has to mean goodbye. That’s the hope when it comes to Miracle Thieves. The humans behind the multi-purpose creative space that’s been living in a beautiful glass, brick & mortar space, nestled quietly on the North side of Dundas, across from Trinity Bellwoods park, decided to not renew their lease. In the two years I’ve lived in Toronto I have seen the space at 249 Crawford evolve and grow from a creative playground and incubator, to a community-curated tourism center, to a bazaar straight off the streets of Bombay. This weekend’s Walk-In Closet will be the last event held in the space. In the spirit of moving on and packing light, Miracle Thieves will open up the basement for a “bashment”, where everything is up for grabs and bartering rules apply.
This summer during an event at #Hashtag Gallery I overheard some writers from a certain onerous and hip publication chuckle at the gallery’s name and say it wouldn’t last (this after saying it was such a great space, talk about a backhanded compliment!). Well look out, Top-Knot. #Hashtag is one whole year old! They say the first year is the hardest so let’s party the hardest when the gallery puts on a Sophomore Sneak Peek this weekend, introducing us to their new additions to the roster as they enter Year Two.
On Saturday, Canadian expat and art critic Paddy Johnson of, Art Fag City fame, will be in town as part of LUFF art + dialogue to take part in OPEN SESAME. Based on the existing David Cohen’s Review Panel at the National Academy Museum in NYC, three current exhibits will be critiqued in a public panel review.
Walk-In Closet – Miracle Thieves haven’t renewed their lease but that doesn’t mean the end of the great things they do. Come say goodbye and get your hands on to the things they’ve been holding out on. Miracle Thieves (249 Crawford) – 11AM – 7PM – Free
Letter From Brooklyn – Jacob Scheier launches his second full collection of poems at No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College) – 6-10PM – Free
The Invisible War – SlutWalk Toronto brings a screening of the documentary that investigates the rape epeidemic within the US Military. – Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles) – 6:30PM – $8/$11
#1YEAR Sophomore Sneak Peek – #Hashtag Gallery is one whole year old! They say the first year is the hardest so let’s party the hardest. #Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas) – 7-11PM – Free
RED KROSS – Ledgenary LA psych punk band plays the ledgendary Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St W) – 8:30PM – $15
Typograhica – Allison Miyauchi explores the relationship between type, colour and form in her new series of acrylic paintings. Dimensions Custom Framing & Gallery (732 Queen St W) – 6:30-9PM – Free
Say Sneeze – Sarah Beattie’s solo show, explores ambiguous facial expressions captured in paint. The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar (1214 Queen St W) – 7-10PM – Free
Yuri’s Night – Cocktails, Comedy and Lego. A global celebration of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first flight into space. Hotel Ocho (195 Spadina) – 8PM – $22
Eneme – Echoes and Behind the Curtain. A short night of short films. Famous Players Canada Square (2190 Yonge) – 4PM – $5/$10
DIY or DIE – The Continuist presents a night of ‘zine making and writing workshops. Oh, and button making. Ryerson University (POD349, Arts Lounge) – 3-6PM – Free
Shaved III: The Lathering – Local film and video at “The Porn Theatre.” Metro Theatre (677 Bloor) – 9PM – $10
Critics in the Round – LUFF art + dialogue presents, as part of OPEN SESAME a month long series on Art Criticism. LUFF art + dialogue (688 Richmond) 3-5PM – Free
Rhye – Indie RnB collaboration between Toronto-native Milosh and Danish electro-soul artist Robin Hannibal with special guests at The Great Hall (1087 Queen St W) – 10Pm – $15
In Medias Res – w/ Kashka & Brave Parents at p|m Gallery ( 1518 Dundas St W) – 8PM – Free
We Should Know Each Other – Expand your community, make connections you otherwise wouldn’t, brainstorm and create! Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas) – 7-11PM – Free
The Best Part of Me – A photo exhibit of self-portraits taken by girls ages 12-14 taken as part of mentoring program led by the Toronto Police. Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St W) – Free – On until April 19th
Sunday Scene – Multi-disiplanary artist Vanessa Dion Fletcher speaks about the Beat Nation exhibition. The Power Plant (231 Queens Quay W) – 2PM – Free