Central & Remote: June 20th – 23rd

June 20-23


Summer is finally actually here. Even if you do NONE of the things listed below, just being outside this weekend is going to be pretty damn glorious.

As always, but seemingly more than usual, we have a LOT of festivals in this city. Accordingly, I have arranged this week’s listings a little bit differently, focusing first on the festivals that seem the best (though they are in no particular order).

Have fun!



Luminato runs until June 23. My Four Free picks:

H’Sao – Thursday 8-9pm

Symphonic Birthday Party – Friday 8-920pm

Literary Picnic – Saturday 12-4pm

Garifuna Collective – Sunday 2-3pm

Toronto Jazz Festival runs until June 29. Their calendar [here] might be the best/easiest to navigate and understand music festival calendar I’ve ever seen

Ontario Craft Brew Week runs until June 23

Female Eye Film Festival – Runs until June 23 – Free during the weekday, $8 screenings otherwise – Carlton Cinema

Pride Toronto runs until June 30

Redpath Waterfront Festival – runs until June 23. – Tall Ships, Music, Cinema H20 and more – Queen’s Quay (Lower Spadina to Lower Sherbourne) – 10am-11pm Thu-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun – Free general admission, tickets for some boats required


Yoga in the Park – Kula hosts an outdoor session (look for the hanging flags!) of Yoga at Dufferin Grove Park (East of Dufferin, South of Bloor) – 6-7pm – Free

Music in St. James Park – The Annex Quartet (King & Church) – 7-9pm – Free


Power Plant Opening Party – lakeside terrace party with live performances by Postscript artists Caroline Bergvall and Christian Book, and DJ serious on the tables. Cash bar and food – Power Plant (231 Queens Quay W.) 8pm – Free

Nine Rivers City – Exhibition opening reception for large-scale outdoor photographic exploration of Toronto’s nine rivers – Exhibition Common, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay W) – 6-10pm – Free

Bike Pirates Third Friday – West-end neighbourhood community ride with a secret cycling social to follow, bring your lights and a pal – Bike Pirates (1292 Bloor St. W) – 7pm-12am – Free


Steam on Queen – Steampunk Street Fair – Acrobatics, Artists, Music, Artisans, Merchants – Campbell House (Queen & University) – 11am-7pm – Free

Le Chien Noir: Salon des Arts – Interactive collage art event with music, coffee, and company – City Art Collage Gallery (230 Queen St. E) – 1-5pm – Free

Junction Summer Solstice Festival – Celebration of DIY culture, art, design & music. Shows, workshops, a Ferris Wheel, movie screening, and a Junction Flea night market – Junction (Dundas West, around Keele) – 12noon – 12midnight – Free


Ninja Parade – if you can see them (75 ninjas attending), did it happen? North East corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park, travelling counter clockwise around the park – 2-4pm – Free

Block Party 2013 – Maracatu Mar Aberto’s open house. A crazy, lively, spirited afternoon and evening of amazing live music and DJs, artist marketplace, food, drinks, and an outdoor licensed area including Brazilian-style caiprinhas and locally brewed beers. Clay & Paper Theatre (35 Strachan Ave) – 1pm-9pm – Free/PWYC

(This last one is a late addition, thanks to a Provocative Penguin reader’s comment on our Facebook Page… super appreciated, as it is DEFINITELY the type of thing we want to know about!! Check out this amazing write-up about it HERE)

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  • danielle

    There is also franco-fete all weekend long at Yonge and Dundas square! Music, belly dancing, face painting, character s from TFO and more!