Central & Remote: May 2nd – 5th


Hi Toronto,

The Month of May brings us the CONTACT Photography Festival. It ushers in the food and music festival season nicely and I love it for how it unwittingly and inauspiciously exposes the public to contemporary photography.  It never fails that at least one friend a year will mention the odd, wordless images they have been seeing in the subway and on billboards. I had one heated encounter with someone who was so adamant that it was an ad campaign and not art staring back at them it reached the point of absurdity. (This person was in fact talking about a series of images by Ruth Kaplan exploring ritual bathing across cultures.)

Each year there’s a theme and like any other generic gallery show in this town it’s hard to find the connections or make it hold any water. So, look beyond that to find the work for what it is; absorbing, vivid, and forceful. Recognize how truly wonderful it is that photography as art exists and is on display in your city larger than life.

After all the laudable thesis shows we’ve been seeing over the last few weeks of this semester it all calumniates nicely with OCAD U’s Grad Show. Starting Thursday you can wander the halls of OCAD to see what the young ones in each department have to offer.


OCAD (U) 98th Grad Show

Invasions/Michael Rault/Wicked Witches/Boxer the Horse

Levi’s(R) x LB Global Style Party Toronto

susanharrisdesign store opening

Insight – Gallery 1313

CONTACT – Photography Festival. This year’s theme is Field of Vision – Various Locations, galliers and public spaces – May 1 – 30

Cinco de Mayo – Top Chef Canada’s Steve Gonzalez serves up a latino menu to commemorate the Mexican army’s epic come back over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Brant House (522 King) – 6, 7:30 & 9PM seatings, 4-course w/ cocktail prix-fixe $65.50

Toronto Thaw Three – Four nights of stellar local bands to bring you out into the sunlight. Thursday is Beliefs, Breeze, Elsa, Black Paradise and DJ Josh V at BLK BOX (1087 Queen St W) – 9PM – $10/show

Holy Family – w/ The Undrummer, Dead Sea Dive, The Moscow Circus. Locals playing with Sweden via Montreal blog-buzz band HF. Silver Dollar Room (486 Spadina) – 9PM – $6


May Fever – If you can’t make it out to see them at the Silver Dollar on Thursday blog-buzz band Holy family plays May café with Reversing Falls, Paradise and Dilly Dally. May Café ( 876 Dundas) – 9PM – $5

Tea & Tram Tour – The King Edward Hotel celebrates 110 years of service with month-long tours and special menus. Stop by for a full afternoon of fun. King Edward Hotel (37 King St E) – various times – $49 full service

Beaches Studio Tour – Studio tours have always felt really awkward to me, just a  touch too invasive. Though, I welcome people into my own studio all the time. Regardless it’s a good way to spend an afternoon. 15 Locations (map here) 6-9PM – Free


Kuhrye-oo – w/ James K, Prince Innocence, Babe Rainbow.  Double Double Land (209 August) – 10PM – Cover?

Motown – Everything you’ve come to expect from Motown and so much more. 751 Queen St W – 9:30PM – $5 before 11PM, $10 after

Ring of Honor – There’s even indie wrestling. Ted Reeve Area (175 Main) – 6:30PM – $20

Legends – The gay erotic arts of Maurice Vellekoop and Gengoroh Tagame – CHURCH on Church (504 Church St) – 5PM (until the 12th) – Free

James Blake – w/ Kim Churchill and Falty DL – Danforth Music Hal (147 Danforth) 8PM – $25

1-800-Dinosaur – ft. residents James Blake (DJ set), Airhead, Dan Foat and Falty DL – Wrongbar (1279 Queen St W) 12-3AM – $15

Stop the Crazy – Because it’s crazy not to talk about mental health. A day of information sessions followed by a human chain along Queen St W. From Roncys to as far east as there are people. Masaryk Cowan Community Centre (1313 Queen St W) – 2-6PM – Free

Contact in the Junction – area wall spaces are heavily reppin’ CONTACT again this year, join the kick-off party – the Junction (Dundast W between Indian Grove and Quebec Ave) – 6-10PM – free

Taste of Scotland – Authenic Scottish whisky tasting at the only Scottish pub in town. Caledonian (856 College) – 5-7PM – $50 + HST

Cinco de Mayo at Kid Icarus –  the Kensington Market printshop and craft mecca’s owners have just returned from a two week trip to Mexico and would like to celebrate the culture with a collection of 35 unique prints. Kid Icarus (205 Augusta) – shop hours (12-6PM Sat, 12-5PM Sun)

Glen Gould’s Toronto – Jane’s Walk invites you to see our city as Gould might have. Meet at the statute of Glen Gould at 250 Front St W (CBC Building) – 11AM-12:30PM  – Free


inFORMING CONTENT – participants present short, site-specific performances in response to presentations by Jackman Humanities Institute Fellows and U of T Scholars. 170 St. George St – 3-6PM – Free

Pogo Jump Up Throwdown – Another Death Row Meal. Chefs will compete in a Pogo Championship. The rules are simple: stick, protein, coating and cook. Confirmed kitchens participating: Rock Lobster Food Co., La Carnita, The Samuel J. Moore and more. Rock Lobster Food Co. (110 Ossington) – 12:30-3:30PM – $45

Voodoo Haggis – An intensive Scottish and Hattian dinning experience. Chef Daniel Holloway raises the bar for the Rusholme Park Supper Club. The Depanneur (1033a College) -7:30PM – $40 +HST

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]