Central & Remote: May 30th – June 2nd

Gardiner Sunset

Hey Toronto!

I, like many it seems, am about to jump on the super-broke train, so I’ve only listed FREE events this week.

On top of what’s below, there’s also walks/sits on the beach, climbing the stairs near Casaloma, biking through the Don Valley, exploring the back alleys for graffiti or, of course, you could also just stay at home and listen to/watch/read the news about the mafioso soap opera that is our city’s municipal politics.

Get out and enjoy all the freebies our cray-cray city has to offer this weekend.



World’s Greatest – Book launch by photographer Pete Doherty with a selection of photos on exhibit – Stephen Bulgar Gallery (1026 Queen St. W) – 5-9pm – Free

Creative Type Five Opening Reception – Cooper Cole Gallery (1161 Dundas St. W) – Reception 6-10pm, show runs until Sunday – Free

Impact Resistance – Matt Nordstom’s opening reception featuring photographs and video that reflect philosophical engagement with the passage of time – Julie M. Gallery (15 Mill St. in the Distillery District) – 6-9pm – Free

Toronto’s First Impact Investment Fair – Timothy Nash, the Sustainable Economist, gives a talk and introduces a number of organizations working in Toronto that meet financial goals while achieving a positive social and/or environmental impact. Meet and greet to follow. Daniel Spectrum Theatre (585 Dundas St. E) – 630 pm – Free (but must register)

Mama Birding – Opening Reception for group exhibit that acknowledges and celebrates appropriation in the art world in its many forms. It`s a process of regurgitation; the mother bird feeds the baby bird, a natural – Communication Art Gallery – 7-10pm – Free

Quick & Dirty – New Works by Nimit Malavia, Dave Murray & Darryl Graham (artists known for intense, meticulous pieces have been tasked with creating pieces in 3hrs or less) – #Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas St. W) – 7-1130pm – Free

AvantGarden Turns 3 – Cake! Poetry Readings! An open mic! – Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave) – 730pm – Free

Spring 2013 Launch: Aubert, Daoust, Dubois & Gundlack – Celebration of 4 works of fiction and a successful season – Quatro Books in Q Space (382 College St) – 730-10pm – Free

Dog Bowl Movie Night: Jurassic Park – Movie screening, themed snacks, music videos! – Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park – 830pm (check link at 7pm for weather update) – Free but BYOB (blanket)


Corona Paint Party – Live Mas Fina – Dress in all white and turn into an abstract work of art, add to a giant blank paint canvas or a chalk-drawing mural, or get a live airbrush tattoo. Free food and live music peformances. Yonge & Dundas Square – 4pm-10pm (afterparty at Hard Rock Cafe) – Free with cash bar.

Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show – 3 day art exhibition. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, photographers. Installations and live music performances. Live collaborative painting. Sunnyside Pavillion (1755 Lakeshore Blvd W) – Fri 4-8, Sat 11-8, Sun 11-6 – Free

Waterfront Blues Festival – 3 days of Canadian and International Blues Talent – Woodbine Park (Coxwell & Lakeshore)  Fri 6-10, Sat 12-10, Sun 12-8 – Free Admission

heART this – showcasing a collective of art, music, dance and fashion awareness celebrating the “art of acceptance, originality and diversity.” – Walnut Contemporary Gallery (201 Niagara St) – 6-10pm – Free

Domestic Product – Zoë Heyn-Jones’s opening reception for a 16mm film-based sculptural installation that explores the expatriate, settler, and indigenous Maya cultures of the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala. Part of Ryerson’s Doc Now Festival – Milk Glass Co. (1247 Dundas St. W) – 630-10pm – Free

Living LomoWall – Gallery Exhibition Closing Party – Celebration of the community project created as part of the Contact Photography Festival – With DJ Max Mohenu – Lomography Gallery Store (536 Queen St. W) – 7-11pm – Free

Become a Reallionaire – An inspirational presentation for those who suffer from realness and may be down from the push and pull of I.R.L. – Capital Espresso (1349 Queen St. W) – 8-11pm – Free

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Party – #geekTO – geekiest birthday party in Toronto – Cosplay encouraged – 4 comedy bands performing – ‘the first hour should be G-rated’ – Dominion on Queen (500 Queen St. E) – 830pm – No cover

Orgasm Idol – Six competitors fake orgasms on stage in front of a live audience and a panel of three sex worker judges assess their performances. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St) – 1030 sign up, 11pm start – Free (if you compete) – $10 else


12th Really Really Free Market – No Money. No Barter. No trade. Bring what you don’t need, take what you need. – Campbell Park (Wallace & Symington) – 10-6pm – Free

4th Annual Etsy Street Team Springtime Marketplace – handmade vendors, vintage finds, live DJ, and a series of FREE craft workshops. TFollowed by a cocktail reception offering refreshments, a cash bar, a charity raffle, a special tea-infused cocktail workshop – 918 Bathurst Centre – 11-7pm – Free

Toronto Horse Day – Riding demonstrations, horse meets, interactive exhibits, games, activities, etc – Horse Palace – Exhibition Place (15 Nova Scotia Ave) – 11-4pm – Free

Children`s Book Bank 5th Birthday – Clifford The Big Red Dog will attend – 350 Berkeley St. 11-3pm – Free

Riverdale Art Walk – 125+ Exhibiting Artists in Jimmie Simpson Park (Queen E & Booth) and surrounding galleries and shops – 11-6pm (Sat&Sun) – Free

Toronto Veggie Pride Parade – A joyful celebratory parade of diverse veggie lifestyles ending with vegan food and entertainment – Yonge & Bloor (Asquith Ave next to Reference Library) to Trinity Square (next to Eaton centre) – 1130-4pm – Free

Sweets for Cycles – Bike Pirates thank you for your donations of forgotten, outgrown, or disregarded bicycles with fresh baked treats – Bike Pirates (1297 Bloor St. W) – 12-7pm – Free

Eats & Beats in Riverside – Street festival with live music, entertainment and eats – Queen St E from DVP to Degrassi – 1-6pm – Free

Commonwealth – A new collective and event series bringing together Toronto’s independent creative communities, focusing on DIY, small press, and independent print and publishing. 25+ local vendors: small run books, zines, t-shirts, buttons, prints, photographs. Cheap beer, tunes, bonfire. 163 Sterling Rd. 8-11pm – Free, with donation jars


City Dance Corps Open House – Free dance classes with instructor Q&A’s and performance demos all day – City Corps Dance Studio (489 Queen West) – 1130-7pm – Free

Tokyo Police Club – Part of the Red Bull Hometown Tour Bus – Sugar Beach (11 Dockside Drive) – 3-6pm – Free (with registration)

Free Yoga & Meditation in the Park – Bring a mat – Trinity Bellwoods Park – SW Corner near the gates – 4pm – Free

Community Sing & Paint – “Just come out and make a friend.” – Holy Oaks Cafe (1241 Bloor St. W) – 7pm – Free

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About Lee-Anne Bigwood

Lee-Anne Bigwood is an observer and a participant of too many things in Toronto. She used to copy definitions out of the dictionary and has started, but not filled, almost as many journals as the number of years she’s been alive. She is an only child, an Aries, and an ENFP. She is perfectly aware, thank you, that referring to her astrological sign and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator makes her bio sound like a dating profile. [More on PP by Lee-Anne] [Lee-Anne's Blog]