I know most of you skim these love letters we post before the jump, so you might not have a sense of who we are as people. The first question 90% of people ask upon first meeting is how to spell my name, but the second question is usually, “what do you do?” If the amount of time one spends on a given thing is an indication of who they are then I’m a food-photographer. I like to call it food portraiture, and I specialize in candids.
That said, there’s a lot of great food events going on this weekend and you should come out and say hi. I’ll be the six-foot tall redhead with a camera for a face.
From the people who bring you Food Truck Eats comes the second coming of ramen: Slurp! Noodle Fest is this Saturday. La Carnita who have fresh food truck movement roots are helping the kids at Hashtag Gallery with their Hydro74 peepshow by providing some eats on Saturday.
Something I learned this week while scouring the listings is that the Great Hall was once home to the YMCA and that some of history’s first basketball games were played there. It was also the home to the Toronto School of Arts. No wonder this is one of my favorite venues in the city, if not North America. The second installment of Dine X Dash has handpicked the Great Hall for Thursday night’s 3-course prix-fixe dining experience. The dash portion involves being whisked off to the Drake Hotel for drinks to round out the night. Sounds like a solid night. Maybe see you there?
Comic Jam – A special Thursday afternoon edition of the Comic Jam with special guest Israeli writer Etgar Keret. – L’Espresso Bar Mercurio (321 Bloor) – 2-6PM (Keret at 5:30) – Free
Future Food Salon – Crickets on the Tip of Your Tongue – the first in a series of food events taking place at Gallery 34. Dress: cocktail party attire… Door prize for most futuristic frock or suit (345 Sorauren) – 7PM – $25, $18 for low-income or student avail. at door
Buy Art Not Kids – Art auction in support of Ratanak Internation, as organization that saves children from Cambodian sex trafficking. Havergal College (1451 Avenue Rd) – 6:30PM – $75
An evening with Linden MacIntyre – Giller Prize winning journalist and author Linden MacIntyre will read from his new book Why Men Lie. Pia Bouman School for Ballet & Creative Movement (6 Moble St) 7:30PM – $30/$15 (include a pre-talk glass of wine and post-talk discussion with the author).
Speakeasy – The Winchester has always had a flare for the dramatic so get on your best zootsuit and pretend it’s The Jazz Era all night. Watch out for those hooch specials! Winchester Kitchen & Bar (51A Winchester) – 8PM – $25
14 Forgeries – OCAD U Printmaking Thesis Exhibition. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen St W) – 7-10PM – Free
Red Sauce – Fabio Bondi, Kyle Rindinella, Matty Matheson, and Luca Gatti bring you their takes on the pasta classics. Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (1710 Queen St W) – 10PM-2AM – No Cover, dishes $5-10, $4 Peroni all night
Hogtown Hoedown – Gingham Style Edition. No, but really. it’s a hoedown with a caller and everything. Grab your nearest Albertan. Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Church Hall (823 Manning Ave) – 8-11PM – $15 adults/ $7 kids (students/underemployed $10)
Afterword – U of T Visual Studies Thesis Exhibition. North Borden Building (563 Spdina Crecent) – 7-10PM – Free
The 40 Thieves – NYC-based artist Joshua Davis presents his internationally acclaimed algorithmic patterns and digital illustrations at FITC 2013. Hotel Ocho (195 Spadina) – 7PM – Free
Actual Water – w/ Chico No Face, Sun RaRaRa and Kid Tones at the Silver Dollar (486 Spadina) – 9PM – $6
Parallels – w/ Animal Talk, The C’mons, & Bearstronaut. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St W) 7PM – $10
Board N’ School -Toronto’s award-winning Oasis Skateboard Factory street art high school program and local artists have prepared an auction of rolling art. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W) – 7PM – No Cover
ROM Sleepovers – Dinos! James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs. The ultimate sleepover. ROM – 5PM-10AM – $75 (includes museum viewing privileges for the night and following day)
The Stoner Show – The Known Unknown presents a night of preformances at Loft 404 where no alcohol is allowed but it’s 4/20 friendly, saying “support your local dealer/talent.” Loft 404 (263 Adelaide) – 8PM – No Cover
City of Craft – It’s the Spring edition of the best craft sale/event in the city! Trinity St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor) – 11AM-6PM – $1 (Kids 12 & under Free)
Beermile Spring Classic – They did this in the winter and 40 people ran the Beermile. Now the real competition begins. $20 gets you all you can eat/drink but they reserve the right to kick your butt to the curb if you drink yourself silly/asshole. Central Technical School (725 Bathurst) – 7PM – Free ($20 for eat/drink)
Heavenly Bodies – U of T Astronomy Public Tours. Prof. Keith Vanderlinde takes you on a tour of Dark Matter. (BA 1160, 40 St. George St) – 6:30PM (Prof. Keith at 7:30PM) – Free
Out To Stud – FITC Toronto speaker and internationally acclaimed designer Hydro74’s peepshow catered by La Carnita at Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas) – 7PM – Free
Earth Day – Evergreen Brick Works is offering a How To Pick & Plant a Tree workshop as part of their Earth Day celebrations. Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave) – 1-2PM – Free
International Children’s Day – Clowns, face painting, magic show, balloon sculpting, and folk music and dancing. Everything you’ve come to expect out of a Children’s Day. Nathan Phillip Square (100 Queen St W) – 1:30-5PM – Free
Earth Day / Family Day – Use found and readily available materials to create something new. Art Works at Art School (238 Jane St) 2-4PM – Free
Sunday Scene – Christopher Innes, Professor at York University, and Research Professor at Copenhagen University, speaks on Althea Thauberger’s project Marat Sade Bohnice at the Power Plant (231 Queen’s Quay) – 2PM – Free