Central & Remote: June 28th – July 1st

C&R June28-July1

image by the author, captured at June Art Spin

Hey Toronto!

A little insight into the process of curating and compiling this list for you this week. A wee bit of unsolicited ‘behind the scenes’ … if you will.

While it strays from the original focus of Yuli’s C&R, there’s an emphasis on the artsy, outdoor, not-your-average ‘best weekend bet’ type things when I curate the listings… so when I want to look up dancey, drinkey, look-your-sexiest-party things for myself or others, I look at She Does the City’s Hitlist, or I scroll through BlogTO’s events (they are in the order that people submit them, so require a full scouring). I also take a look through my own facebook invites, and am on email lists for art galleries, book stores, libraries, panel organizers, community groups and more. I know I miss things every week, so HELP A GIRL OUT!  Send ideas  for other mailing lists, or suggest events on our facebook page, tweet your hits to @provocativepen and share this post with your friends!

When there are less festivals going on, I might stray back to more art receptions and dance parties, but until then, see you in the parks and on the streets. It’s summer! Let’s share a snow-cone or some cotton candy!




5th Annual Clam Slam – Rollerderby Double Header – Ted Reeves Arena (175 Main St. @ Gerrard) – 6pm doors, 630 and 830 games – $12adv $18door

June Critical Mass – Smile and wave as you infuriate the drivers with your dings and your whistles and your using the road as the sexy alternative vehicle-drivers that you are! – Spadina & Bloor – 630pm – Free

Trans March Toronto – Celebration, Commemoration, Demonstration by and for the Trans Community. Wear lavender, allies are welcome – George Hislop Park (Yonge & Charles) – 730-9pm – Free

BiKe p0rN 2 – art party for bike lovers featuring 2D & 3D works, DJ sets, live music and body painting –  Chilango Bikes (106 Harbord St) – 7-11pm – Free

BLK Barbie Project – Opening Reception for a photo exhibit on the ‘representation of beauty and body image of black women.’ – Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue (1 Wiltshire Ave, suite 134) – 7pm – Free

Shakespeare in the Park – Macbeth – High Park Ampitheatre (Just East of Grenadier restaurant, almost in the center of the park) 8pm but first come, first seated (Friday AND Sunday) – PWYC, Suggested minimum $15


Outsider Artist – Screening of short documentary about artist Albino Carreira and his obsession with covering his home with found objects – As part of the Art Market at Wychwood Barns (41 Benson Ave) – 10am – 5pm ish – Free

Dyke March – it is not a parade, it is a political demonstration of critical mass; a moment seized to revel in the strength, diversity and passion of LGBTTIQQ2SA women and trans folk. Yonge & Hayden to Allan Gardens – 2pm – Free

Elliot Brood Concert – West Jet Stage – Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W) 930-11pm – Free

Regent Park Outdoor Film Festival – Showing ‘Inside Story’ – South Side of Daniels Spectrum Centre (585 Dundas St. E) – 9pm – Free


Pedestrian Sunday – Kensington Market – College & Augusta 12-7pm – Free

Clothing Repairathon – Clothing repairs by volunteers – 63 Kensington Ave – 1-5pm – Free (2-3items max)

33rd Annual Pride Parade – This year’s theme is ‘superqueer’ – Bloor & Church to Yonge & Dundas – 2pm onwards – Free

Canada Eve Fireworks – Canada Square (235 Queens Quay West) 1030-11pm – Free


Brewers Backyard: Capital Mashup – a triple collaboration between three breweries in T.O. and Ottawa, to be served simultaneously… along with other beers and foods – Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Ave [shuttle busses from Broadview Station]) – 12-4pm – Free Admission

Canada Day Regatta at Toronto’s Centre Island – 129th! A historic event with rowing, canoe, kayak and dragon boat races – Ferry to the Island (Terminal at Bay and Queen’s Quay) Races from 9am-5pm – Free to attend, $7 ferry (return included)

Canada Day at ALL THE PARKS: Click through for the links to the park you want to spend time in… chances are there will be the one you love or one close by you… basically each of the links are for different parks that have a similar sort of vibe – streetfestival-ey type goods with food and music and kids activities and sometimes beer… of which you can always bring your own too.

Other parks not mentioned in the above link: Trinity Bellwoods (1-4pm), Fort York (10-5pm), Woodbine Park with Q107 (noon)

FIREWORKS!!  9 different locations listed in the link.

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]