Independent book stores are fading from our landscape little by little everyday so it’s nice to see that the Cook Book Store is celebrating 30 years this Saturday. 30 years as a niche bookstore is no small feat (though food people are an enthusiastic and loyal bunch). There will be cake, undoubily, from the finest bakers around town and some Food Network and cooking world at large célébrité.
The Good Food and Drink Festival gets underway on Friday. You’re sure to get some good Food Network fangirl stalking in there. Also might be a good way to make up for all that boiled ham you had over Easter.
Stop Thinking So Much – The Bicycles Record Release! Your prayers have been answered and the Bicycles are back with a new album. – Lulu Lounge (1585 Dundas) – 8:30PM – $10
Fortune at the Fountain – Let Madam McCoy tell your future at your favourite watering hole. If you don’t like what your future holds, drown your sadness in beer. Fountain (1261 Dundas) – 10PM – PWYC or $12 Tallcan and Tarot
The Passion of Joan of Arc – Toronto Silent Film Festival and Scaramella present a night of live music and classic cinema. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave) – 8PM – $18adv. /$23 door
Birthday Suits – w/ Janpants, Stuck Out Here, Nature Boys. For Japan-a-Rock fans only. The Silver Dollar (486 Spadina) – 9PM – $7
Reflection – Shannon Dickie explores interactions with digital media through the use of film-to-digital transfers and blur, implying motion and fallacy of memory. The Gladstone (1214 Queen St W) – 7-10PM – Free
Bay Street Hoops – Annual tournament to help make sports more accessible to youths. Also good excuse to play lots of basketball. U of T Athletic Centre (55 Harbord) – 6:30PM – Free
Women in Film & Television – Short Film Showcase. Deluxe Postproduction Studios (424 Adelaide) -6-9PM – $20
Water Makes Your Dream – A program of piano works from Pianist/Composer Adam Sherkin centering on the theme of water. Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front) – 8PM – $20-30
Scrap That! – A monthly event for playwrights who want to test things out. Think Open-Mic for theatre types. Free Times Cafe (320 College) – 8PM – Pass-the-hat-donation
Beau’s Presents – Punk at Parts & Labour ft. Lightmares, Pink Wine, The Kerouacs, and Helsynki. Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St w) – 10PM – $5
Good Food & Drink Festival – Three days of food, wine and good times. Direct Energy Centre (100 Princes’ Blvd) – 12-9PM – Sample Tickets 20 for $20
Rich Aucoin – K-OS will be there too. Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth) – 9PM – $34
Wienerivia – Join the Canadian Dachshund Rescue for the long and the short of it. Trivia night in support of the underdogs. The Ossington (61 Ossington) – 6:30PM – $25
Education Remixed – In support of The Remix Project and the Humber College Scholarship Fund featuring music, art and films by past Remix Project graduates. And food & drinks. Berkley Church (315 Queen St E) – 8PM – $20
Private Music – Works by music photographer Matthew Dupuis. Village Vinyl (2925 Lakeshore Blvd) 11AM-6PM – Free
What is Toronto? – Spectrum Music presents an evening of music that hopes to answer this question. Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina) – 7:30PM – $10-15
Toronto Women’s Camera Club – Don’t let gear-head dudes keep you away from picking up a camera. All experience levels and cameras welcomes (even cell phones). Don Valley Brickworks Park – 3-6PM – Free
Breathing Space – Recent works from Milly Ristvedt. Walnut Contemporary (201 Niagara) – 2-6PM – Free
The Past Is Present – Ngo Van Sac solo exhibition. Exploring Vietnamese identity and it’s struggle to shake off history using colonial and government images and iconography. The East Gallery (across from AGO) 3-6PM – Free
Self- Conscious – A Self-Aware Self-Portrait exhibition. Works by Tom Clarke. – 401 Richmond – 2-10PM – Free
The Cookbook Store 30th Anniversary – Birthday party with food people! Featuring cakes from Toronto’s finest pastry chefs and James Cunningham launching Eat St the cookbook.
Ten Ten – Japanese, Indian and Spanish dance performances set to the original music of Aki Takashi. Robert Gill Theatre (U of T, 214 College) – 8PM – $15 students/$22 Adults, $25 at door.
Brew Benefit – Sample a range of Ontario craft beers from various locations in the Esplanade and Front St crawl. 1:30PM check-in at Amsterdam Bicycle Club (54 The Esplanade)
Endangered Species of Ontario – Our province is about to amend the Endangered Species Act. Visit the ROM to hear from speakers on the state of some of our disappearing biodiversity. ROM (Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, Level 1B) – 7-8:15PM – Free with RSVP