Central & Remote: May 23rd – 26th

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Hey Toronto!

Yuli’s taking a break this week. Her version of break was to provide me with a STACKED list of all the cool things that are going on, leaving me to sort out and pick the best and give them to you, in an easily digestible format, where you barely have to click through to any of the links (but you should click, dear clickers, so you won’t miss the most up to date information!).

This is a joint effort made possible by cooperation and communication, so I’d like to highlight the event that will best represent such values:

Pay respect to the everyperson at Blue Collar Beaver, where you can leave your working class struggles at the door and party like its happy hour and your shift just ended. No union dues or cover to hear DJs Tyler Johnston and Joel French bringing the best danceable Heartland Rock hits from artists such as

Tom Petty/Bruce Springsteen/Bob Dylan/Wilco/Bob Seger/Fleetwood Mac/The Eagles/John Cougar Mellencamp/Steve Miller Band/Meatloaf/Tom Cochrane/The Allman Bros/Link Wray/Neil Young/CCR/Charlie Daniels/Elton John/Marshall Tucker Band/Lynyrd Skynyrd/Traveling Wilburys/Steve Earl/The Band/Billy Joel/Georgia Satellites/Dire Straits/Bryan Adams/George Thorogood/Warren Zevon etc…

Also, it’s Doors Open Toronto this weekend – there are many buildings that are not normally open that will now be open… a few are listed below, but the full offering is HERE.

I will be in the city this weekend for the first time in more than a month, so I hope to see EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU out there enjoying the Toronto that I have missed the shit out of!

Let’s do this!



Dufferin Grove Farmers Market – 3-7pm – Free

Norman Wong`s Opening Exhibit – celebrity and fashion photographer`s original black-and-white portrait series – 1093 Queen W – time? – Free

Radical Business Intensive – A ‘pay-what-you-want’ workshop for learning marketing secrets from green, holistic, community-minded entrepreneurs – 30 spaces – The Inner Garden (401 Richmond St. W) – 630 Thurs to 630 Sun – $100 deposit, pay more if you want.

Kim’s Convenience – hilarious and touching play set in a Regent Park Korean convenience store – Soulpepper Theatre – 730pm – $32-$68 – runs until June 19th

El Camino or the Field of Stars – a dark, playful, queer solo performance – Video Fag – 8pm (187 Augusta Ave) – $15 – until June 2nd

Windows and Doorways – Opening Reception – An exploration of memory through the reconstruction of space and time – Brockton Collective (442a Dufferin) – 7pm – Free

A Damn Movie Night in the Park – Blind’s Damn Video – Presented by Hammer Skate Shop and the Skate Loft – BYOPC (popcorn) – Ashbridges Bay Skatepark – 9pm (rain date Friday) – Free, but asking for a non-perishable for Food Bank

Inside Out Opening Gala Party –  11 days of Toronto LGBT Film Festival starts tonight – 2nd Floor (461 King St. W) – 10pm – $10 public, $8 members

Blue Collar Beaver – pay respect to the everyperson with a party full of the best danceable Heartland Rock hits – Beaver (1192 Queen W ) 11pm – no union dues :)


Five N`Dime Shopping Party – amazing finds all priced at $20 or less with cool music – Norman Felix Inc. (627 Queen W) – 10am until 7pm (also Sat) – Free to enter

CraveTO – Open Air Festival of street food, craft beer, and djs – afterparty shuttled to and hosted by Mill Street Brew Hall – Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview, free shuttle busses from Broadview Station) –  5-11pm – $19.50 advance tickets

Superheroes Invade Toronto: A Fundraiser featuring Filipino-Canadian Illustrators – Art Sale and Reception followed by party – Tota Lounge (592 Queen St. W) – Reception 7pm, Party 9pm – $5 suggested donation – on until May 31

Toronto Love Bluth – An Arrested Development Party – including trivia, costume contest, top 3 episode showings, late night dance floor… and ICE! – The Office Pub (117 John St) – Doors at 730pm – $5 – RSVP on fb

After School Goes Gatsby – Salon Discussions of The Great Gatsby, 20`s jazz on vinyl, headpieces, burlesque, cocktails, food – “Extravagant accessorizing strongly encouraged” – Milk Glass Co. (1247 Dundas W) 830 Salon, 945 Party – $15 Salon + Party, $10 Party only – cash bar

Midnight MRKT – pairing music, drinks, and street style food while showcasing local designers, artists, and vintage clothing collections – shopping first, then a dance party featuring love handle DJs, Johnny Hockin & Lucie Tic! – 2nd Floor (461 King St. W ) – 8pm-12am shopping, dancing until 2am – $5

Pop With Brains – music and art showcase raising money for CAMH – The Rivoli (334 Queen W) – Music 940-12:50 – $5

Steamwhistle Unsigned 25th Show-aversary – Beliefs, The C’mons, Hussy – Steamwhistle Roundhouse (255 Bremner Blvd) – doors at 8pm – $5

Horsey Craze (feat. Constantines), The Highest Order, Cut Flowers – ‘officially one of the greatest assemblies of still-young-but-truly-legendary Canadian talent you’ll find on a stage this spring…’ – Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Ave) – doors at 9pm – $8 adv (RT, SS)


Yard Sale for the Cure – Kew Gardens(8-2) and Trinity Bellwoods (10-7) host massive yard sales… for “the cure” – pink it up – check the site more more details – free to attend

Cowanation – Cowan Avenue closed to traffic for street sale – Cowan Ave (at Dufferin, south of King) – 9am-3pm Rain date Sunday – Free

Barns Art Market: May (+ Doors Open) – 25+ Exhibitors of jewellry, paintings, prints, ceramics, clothing, etc, Open Studios, Building Tours – Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St) 9am – 2pm – Free

Open – Toronto on the Water – Gangways open to 30+ ships – free dayside dockside tours – photo exhibit – Opening Night Gala at night – Queens Quay Terminal (207 Queens Quay West, South Atrium) – 10-5 tours, 6-9pm Gala – Free (registration required)

Great Lakes Brewery Annual Charity BBQ – fairgrounds with live music, free bbq food, kids games, raffle prizes, beer games, and a beer garden – proceeds to Franklin Horner Community Centre – GLB Brewery (30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd) 12-5pm – Free

Anonyma – Seven photographers explore the difficulty of establishing an identity in photography (tension between obscurity and identity) – Goodfellas Gallery (1266 Queen West) – 5pm-11pm – Free

Shop Talk: An Artist Talk and Public Conversation – with Devon Ostrom, Amber Landgraff, and Karl Beveridge (3 speakers who are active in art and labour issues) – Robert Kananaj Gallery (1267 Bloor W) 630pm – Free

Emergents V: ∆TENT – Music Gallery presents Toronto based ensemble with pianist Fiona Jane Wood, flutist Emma Elkinson, and composer Hiroki Tsurumoto – Music Gallery in St George the Martyr CHurch (197 John St.)  Doors 7, Concert 8 – $10 regular, $5 members

Bicycle Opera Project Launch Party and Fundraiser – buy snacks and drinks and tunes to support “Twelve wheels, six Canadian opera scenes, five instruments, three voices, and a sense of adventure…” – Ernest Balmer Studio (Distillery District 9 Trinity Street) – 730-1030 – Free entry

Film Fatale – Underground Film Noir Series Screening #5: Gun Crazy (1950) – the Dominion (500 Queen St East) – 730pm – $5 door

Paint, The Archives and The Standstills – ‘good times and killer rock’ – Bovine Sex Club – 542 Queen W) – 9pm doors – FREE

The Free Them Loft Party – proceeds to [Free – Them], a charity whose goal is to fight human trafficking. local food and open bar – Loft 404 (263 Adelaide ST. W) – 9pm – 2am – $50 advance, $65 door

CrushTO: Crushiversary Circus Spectacular – part of a flirty event series for hot, nerdy people who want to make sex-positive like-minded friends. Expect daredevils, painted ladies, red noses and wildebeests, etc – Club 120 (120 Church St) – 10pm-230am – $10 at door


Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium – A celebrity food battle that celebrates Toronto’s vibrant food culture, bringing together restaurant, food truck and pop-up vendor chefs to raise money for local food initiative, My Food My Way – Mod Club (722 College St. W) – 12-4pm – $10 advanced admission, $6 plates and beers

Toronto Mid-Town Record Show – An annual music frenzy with 30,000+ LP’s from choice vendors all over the country, or to dig through the free vinyl pile – Greenwood College School (443 Mt. Pleasant Road) – 10am-330pm – Free

Toronto Girls Longboarding – Sunday Mellow Ride at Centre Island for lady longboarders of all skill levels… check the facebook page for updates morning of – Meet at Ferry Terminal (Bay St & Queens Quay, by the tickets) – 3pm meeting – likely ride for a few hours – $7 return ferry ticket

Pedestrian Sundays – Kensington Market is closed to cars from 12-7pm and open to celebrating sunshine and shopping local! – Augusta, between College and Dundas… and other streets – Free

Bike With Mike (Layton) – basic bike repairs, info & workshops, bike-related activities for children – Christie Pits Park – 12pm-5pm – Free and will help you prepare for tomorrow because it’s Bike to Work Day on Monday

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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]