Central & Remote: June 13th-16th

C&R June13-16b

Hey Toronto!

Everyone’s talking about NXNE, Luminato, and Great Heart Festival this weekend, including us… but there are some other things going on this weekend which you can do instead, or between all the music/art/comedy festivaling.

NXNE has already started and runs until Sunday. Provocative Penguin has daily updates on this one, check out the homepage to get your best bets.

Luminato runs from June 14-23, and will be focused on more in next week’s C&R.

Great Heart Festival – Outdoor concerts Live in Trinity Bellwoods Park.  Intimate settings, mostly acapella, a few camera guys circling the performers whilst playing, which goes up on YouTube later… sometimes a blurry YOU becomes part of the video.  2-6pm ish Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun.  FREE

The best/weirdest other cool Toronto things to do are listed below!

Have fun! Stay hydrated!



BATA Shoe Museum – Pay what you want Thursday – includes a screening of ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ (about Banksy and other street artists) – Bata Museum – 3-7pm – PWYW (sugg $5)

Bring Art into Your World – Online Art Platform Launch Party – live painting, raffles, music, exhibitions, etc – Stirling Room, Distillery District (55 Mill St. #16) – 5pm-3am – Free (need to register)

Playing the Dice: I am my own Universe – discussion with travelling monk Devamrita Swami, tapping into decades of spiritual wisdom. Also includes a vegan feast and soothing meditation music. – Ryerson Student Center, Thomas Lounge (55 Gould Street) – 630-830pm – $7

EQ3 How-to event – Decorating on a budget, a presentation on today’s fave trends, gifts from Benjamin Moore, followed by 15% off after the presentation – seems a bit like a timeshare meeting but maybe it’s your bag! – EA3 Liberty Village (51 Hanna Ave) – 7-10pm – Free (registration required)


Garden Day – Free Audio Tours, Honey Tastings, Magazines, etc at the Toronto Botantical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave E) – 10-4pm (honey from 1130-230) – Free

Free Reiki Healing Class – Stephanie Norwich presents a Reiki talk (what it is, how it works, history, benefits, self-treatment, training, and steps to becoming a licensed holistic practitioner) followed by a question period – Leaside Public Library (165 McRae Dr) – 2-330pm – Free

Beach BBQ and Brews Festival – Live music, craft vendors, bbq contests, grilling demos, kids area with rides, beer garden – Woodbine Park (1695 Queen St. E) – Fri 3-11 / Sat 12-11 / Sun 12-8 – Free to attend

Flavours of the City: Fish FRYday – Launch party for brand new container restos at the 707 Market – Learn about sustainable fish choices, Fish for Trout and have it grilled, listen to live music, and try out the many ‘catch-of-the-day’ specials from different vendors – Scadding Court Market (707 Dundas St. W) – 5-10pm – Free to attend ($ for foods)

Taste of Little Italy – does this need a descriptor? College St will be insane and delicious (between Bathurst & Shaw) Fri 6pm-2am / Sat 12pm-2am / Sun 12pm-10pm – Free

Treehouse Talks – Michael Hartley on Arab Spring, Leila Boujnane on Cheese, and Timothy Nash on Sustainable Investing – Early arrival = refreshments and a used book sale – Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St) – 630-8pm – Free

9-10-0 – Opening Reception – a 3-channel projection combining a synchronized program of drawn animation and sound – YYZ Books (140-401 Richmond St. W) – 8-10pm – Free


Fort York Festival – Military manoeuvres re-enactments by the Crown Forces and US Forces of N.Am. Tours and interactions; trade, artisanal and food demonstrations, etc – 10-9 Sat, 10-5 Sun – Free

Roncy Rocks – Roncesvalles Street Festival celebrating art, music & culture, and a day-long sidewalk sale Revue Cinema screening `School of Rock` for free at 11) – Roncesvalles Ave  – 11am-8pm – Free

The Vinyl Local – a crate digging pop-up featuring a curated collection or record sellers, with several listening stations, djs all day, and full bar service and snacks – 2nd Floor (461 King St. W) 12-7pm – $5

World Naked Bike Ride Day: Toronto 2013 – an annual global event to protest against oil dependency. ‘Ride as bare as you dare!’ ‘Less gas, more ass!’ – Coronation Park (Bathurst & Lakeshore) – 1pm-3pm – Free

Music in the Orchard – A concert series encouraging picnics – Taffanel Wind Ensemble, a trio consisting of flute, clarinet and bassoon, will be performing pieces that range from classical to modern – Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Ave) – 130-230pm – PWYW (wish)

Toronto Youths Short Film Festival – screening cinematic masterpieces by local emerging youth artists (14-28), in a range of film genres including fiction, animation, documentation, experimental and video art – Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave) – 3-10pm – $10/screening, $20 for all screenings, $30 for a festival pass

Potluck X – Fu-Gen’s 10th Anniversary playwriting festival of established and emerging Asian Canadian playwrights – a showcase of the year-long musings of their playwright’s kitchen, followed by a potluck reception – St. Luke’s United Church (157 Carlton St.) – 8pm – PWYC at the door or $12 advance


Many things above are also happening today, check them out… also:

Leslieville Flea – salvaged goods, jewellry, textiles, upcycled goods – behind the Duke Pub (Queen St. E & Leslie St) – 10-3pm – Free

101 Markets – Artisanal and vintage goods.. in a bar… drink beer while you flea – 3030 Dundas (3030 Dundas in the Junction) – 1030-5pm – Free

Regency picnic and dance, Jane Austen Style – “A lawn full of beautifully dressed people weaving the lovely patterns of English Country Dancing to the historical tunes of Jane Austen’s time, parking of elegant refreshments under the trees on the grounds of a lovely Regency house.” – Colborne Lodge Museum (11 Colborne Lodge Drive) – 10-2pm – $20 (includes picnic).

Yorkville Exotic Car Show – red carpet display of 120 vehicles (Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lotus, McLaren, Lamborghini, Corvette, etc) – in support of Prostate Cancer Canada – Bloor St. W (Bay St. to Avenue Rd) – 12-5pm – Free

ROMwalks: St. James’ Cemetery – guided walking tour to learn about the scandals, triumphs and tribulations of the rich and powerful citizens of the Town of York and Toronto – Rain or Shine – look for the blue umbrella – St. James’ Cemetery entrance (Parliament and Wellesley) – 2-4pm – Free

C&R June 13-16
photo by L-A B, painting captured at an Art Battle

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]