Holy Street Festival Season!! If you need to drive around the city this weekend, be warned, there are many streets that are closed to vehicular traffic to be able to celebrate something or other.
There is lots to offer this week, and I’m sure I missed tonnes!
Last week we posted an all-free listing. We always focus on the frugal, but sometimes it seems there are events worth spending some of your hard earned dough on. Again, I’d also like to encourage you to, aside from any of these listings, go out and explore the city by just walking, rolling, or sitting along the waterfront, outside the St. Lawrence Market, in the parks, or on the paths beside the rivers and railways!
See you out there!
Into the Forest – Stanzie Tooth’s opening reception – Paintings that resonate with her awareness of nature’s potency as a reference point that transcends history and language – General Hardware Contemporary (1520 Queen St. W) – 6-9pm – Free
Community Consultation Meeting: Walmart at Bathurst & Nassau – Express your opinion on this possibility – College St. United Church (454 College St. ) 7-9pm, Free
Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl – Preview shows – “An epic three-part procession through time and faith.” An immersive experience, lasting ~3.5hrs, beginning at Withrow Park, after which audience and performers will process together to Eastminster United Church – 7pm (Thurs, Sat, Sun) – $30, but if you message PP or comment on the fb posting, we will send you the $15 code.
Parkdale, People, Places & Things – Art Opening featuring Amelia Stea-MacLaurin that celebrates Parkdale’s decision to remain relevant and vibrant, despite being surrounded by poor urban planning – The Mascot (1267 Queen St. W) – 7-11pm – Free
AGO First Thursday – Special Late-Night Hours. Vag Halen, Light Fires, Might Real DJs. NXNE Art performances. And so much more. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas West) – 8PM-12AM – adv. $12/$10 members, door $15/$13 members
Shades of Grey – inspired by THE book; a monster of a dance, vocal and aerial production show with over 50 performers. Promises to be exciting, enticing, and sexy entertainment – Mod Club (622 College) – Doors at 9, Show at 10:30 (Thurs & Fri) – $20
“Oil” & “Player One: What is to Become of Us” – Bärfuss meets Coupland – Perspectives on oil, greed and disaster – A dramatic reading – Goethe-Institut (100 University Ave, North Tower, 2nd Floor ) 5-6pm – Free
Parts & Labour 3rd Birthday – Helping Parkdale to not eat bad food since 2010 (1566 Queen St W) – 6PM-12AM Fri-Sun – $5-12
Ordination Art Show – Four artists – drawings, animation, video, and sculpture with a collectively commanded, focused view on the spiritual in art. Opening Reception – Fourth Eye Gallery (438 Parliament St) – 6pm – Free
It’s Your World Boo – Gina Beavers & Devin Troy Strother – Opening reception for an exhibit using representational imagery, challenging the typical structure of painting and using humour as a vehicle to access a response in the viewer. Cooper Cole Gallery (1161 Dundas St. W) – 6-10pm – Free
The Disorganizers – framed as a fictional service organization that architects localized scenarios of disorder, disorganization, and chaos. P|M Gallery (1518 Dundas St. W) – 6-9pm – Free
Life Cycles – A gallery show about bicycles and the people who ride them. Hermann & Audrey (1506 Dundas West) – 7PM – Free
Googleheim – Curated by Horea Avram – six web-based artworks investigating the competing modes of visual cultural memory between models such as ‘Google Image Search’ and traditional visual art institutions, such as the Guggenheim. Opening Reception – InterAccess (9 Ossington Ave) – 7pm – Free
Revelations – Group exhibition returning to the thematic properties evident in Robert Flack’s psychadelic ‘love mind’ + Photographer Stephen Andrews’ ‘adotwentforawalk opening reception – Paul Petro Contemporary Art (980 Queen St. W) – 7-10pm – Free
Subtle Technologies Festival – Exploring the art and science of immortality through presentations, panels, a workshop, exhibition and screening. – Multiple Locations, Multiple Prices (including discounts for the unwaged) – Runs Thurs-Sun
ROM Friday Night – Indigenous Arts – Celebrating Aboriginal History month with musical and reading performances, fashion, visual art exhibitions, projections and installations (AND learn how to make a canoe by hand) – Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park ) 7-11pm – Free for members, $12 adults, $10 students
Videodrome – Audio/visual overdose + video battle – MOCCA (952 Queen St. W) – 8pm-1am – $10
Feast in the East – monthly East end music, food & installation series, this month featuring a gazpacho dinner – Gerrard Art Space (1390 Gerrard St. E) – 8pm – $7adv, $10door
The Famly – Live 6-piece soul, blues, funk band, with DJ OH16 spinning soul & funk vinyl before, between and after – 3030 (3030 Dundas St. W) – 9pm-2am – $5
CROSS – Record releace w/ Das Rad, WTCHS, Mexican Slang. The Shop at Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St W) 10PM – $7 ($5 w/ purchase of Cross LP)
Awesome Tapes – African DJ night. Cassette tape DJing! Double Double Land (209 Augusta) – 10PM – $5
Telling the Truth – SPOW (Society of Professional Obituary Writers) Conference – “We know how much fun they are. We know how important they are. And we know we need to gather together and talk about our business.” Ryerson University – 9am $75 each day, $100 for both.
Gladstone Fleas June – organized, handpicked marketplace packed with purpose, artist goods, reclaimed vintage, craft, design, jewelry, clothing, and more. Gladstone Hotel (1215 Queen St. W) – 10-4pm – Free
Woofstock – North America’s largest outdoor festival for dogs with events, contests and doggy indulgence – St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood (Front & Church) – 10-6pm – Free
Drugs: A Community Dialogue – Dr. Gabore Mate will discuss stigma, discrimination, and criminalization; the impact of trauma, well-being and self-medication; poverty, gentrification and services; and harm reduction – All Saint’s Church (315 Dundas St. E) – 12-2pm – Free (with food, refreshments, and childcare)
World Knit in Public Day at the Museum of Inuit Art – Anyone that arrives with their knitting gear in tow will receive free admission to the museum – (207 Queens Quay West) – 10am-6pm Sat&Sun – Free with knitting, $8 without
Dundas West Fest – All day, vehicle-free (that includes bikes) street festival including live music on three stages, street market, collage fest, clothing exchange, painting, comedy, etc. Dundas St. W (from Lansdowne to Roxton) – 11AM-10PM – Free – [map] [schedule]
Oakwood Village Arts Festival – drama workshop, arts and crafts, short films, live music, caricature drawing, spoken word and dance performances, karate/akido/yoga demos, salsa lessons, interactive spanish storytelling, annnd Politicians! – Oakwood Ave (from Vaughan Road to Holland Park Ave) – 11am-6pm – Free
Withrow Park Tree Tour – by LEAF: Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests – Withrow Park (725 Logan Ave) – 1130am-1pm – $1-9 donation
Field Trip – Arts & Crafts turns 10! Thank god this is finally here, I was getting sick with hype/anticipation. Fort York & Garrison Common – 12-11PM – $75
Stop Motion Workshop with Sarah D’Angelo & Julia Dickens – an intro course designed for people with minimal or no previous stop motion experience – XPACE Cultural Centre (2-303 Lansdowne Ave) – 1-5pm – Free (but registration required)
Burn Down the Capital Showcase featuring C. Spencer Yeh – part of the Pop Avant series – home-made electronics ranging from cosmic jazz to sound art to rough and ready – The Music Gallery (197 John St.) – 7pm doors, 8pm concert – $17 reg, $10 members, $13 adv at Soundscapes.
K-Town – A unique karaoke event of performance art and partying – raising funds for MOCCA (952 Queen St. W) – 8pm-12am – $20
Secondhand Prom – WORN Fashion Journal presents your vintage dreams. Celebrate the launch of issue 16 by wearing what you should have worn to prom. Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square) – 9:30PM – adv. $10, door $15
Run With the Kittens, Singapore, and Tres Bien Ensemble – Rivoli (334 Queen St. W) – 10pm- 1am – $6
Free Yoga at Kula Annex – hot, honey flow, power, hot 101, flow, reiki restorative, hot hour – Kula (304 Brunswick Ave) – 11, 1230, 2, 330, 5, 630, 830 – Free (+opps for buying pass specials)
Beaches Arts and Craft Show – 150 Canadian artists, artisans, and designers – Kew Gardens (2075 Queen St. E) – Sat & Sun – 10am-6pm – Free
Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival – speakers, demos, sampling, food vendors, ethical clothing, cosmetics, and healthcare products, live entertainment – 918 Bathurst Centre – Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-4pm, with workshops after 430 – Free
Annex Festival on Bloor – artisinal vendors, musicians, theatre performers, buskers, chalk performances… – Bloor St. W (between Spadina & Bathurst) – 11-6pm – Free
Portugal Day Parade – part of Portugal Week, ending in a tribute to volunteerism – Dundas West (from Lansdowne to Trinity Bellwoods Park) – 11am-1pm – Free
World Cafe & Lake View Market – Lakeside eating and shopping at the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) – Sat & Sun, 12pm-8/6pm – Free (note that the TTC is buggered in that area right now, ensure you know which routes are closed before going, or bike/walk)
Muhtadi International Drumming Festival – celebrating the drum’s universality as an art form with two stages and over fifty performances – Woodbine Park (Lakeshore & Coxwell) – Sat & Sun 12pm – Free
BLUE JAYS HOME GAMES – They are in town for your cheering and heckling pleasure ALL weekend. – Sky Dome (I refuse to call it the Rogers Centre and you know damn well where it is) – 7:07pm Fri, 1:07pm Sat & Sun. – $10-$80
Bad Movie Night – Double Bill – A Talking Cat!? & Be Somebody or Be Somebody’s Fool: “A night of motivational philosophy espoused by the likes of an articulate feline and gold-chain-laden 80’s celebrity” – The Office Pub (117 John St) – 8pm – Free Admission