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Detail of the makeover happening at Big Fat Burrito
Well, Toronto, I couldn’t stay away.
I had intended to hand over this weekly duty to another event aficionado who might be interested in scouring listings to bring you the BEST, but it turns out I’m sort of addicted. This week is heavy on the Thursday, and light on the Saturday, but there’s something for you each day, and as I’ve done before, I start with weekend-long events. If I’ve missed something you think other readers should experience, leave a comment on the Facebook post and I’ll be sure to add it in!
Unity Festival – Empowering youth aged 10-18, the festival hands the stage over to positive role models in the fields of dance, beatboxing, hip-hop, and spoken-word poetry. Talib Kweli headlines a free concert at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, multiple venues on other days, click through for more details Thurs 7pm>, Fri 4pm>, Sat 1-10pm, Sun 130pm> Various venues. Free to $10.
T&T Waterfront Night Market – 4th edition of the ‘all-out foodtastic urban night market adventure’ bringing together popular Asian street food and phenomenal entertainment with 100 vendors – T&T Market (222 Cherry Street) – Fri 6-midnight, Sat 4-midnight, Sun 4pm-10pm
Kaeja d’Dance: Pop-up Porch View Dances – Mini dance festival with performances and ‘magical audience interactive dances in the neighbourhood of Seaton Village’ (846 Palmerston Ave) – Fri, Sat, Sun 7pm – PWYC
6th Annual Big on Bloor Festival – Celebrating arts, culture, community and small business with hundreds of events, activities, and exhibitions #bigonbloofest – Bloor St. between Lansdowne & Dufferin – Sat 1-9pm, Sun 12-6pm – Free
Beaches International Jazz Festival – Woodbine Park, Kew Gardens, Beaches Boardwalk – Runs until July 28th, more on this in the coming weeks
Craft Beer Patio Party – Featuring beer from Beau’s, Cameron’s, Mill Street, Steamwhistle and Wellington, with games, prizes, free hors d’oeuvres, and $3 draft!!!! McGugan’s (1058 Gerrard St. E) – 5pm-2am – Free entry, $3 draft.
Music in St. James Park: The Sattalites – Outdoor concert by a reggae group from Toronto with a “worldly vibe from a wide variety of instruments and vocals and a peaceful attitude towards life” – St. James Park (King & Church) – 7pm-9pm – Free
Drunk Feminist Films ‘Mean Girls’ Viewing Party – Attendees will colaboratively develop a feminist-flavoured drinking game, record soundbites to be featured in a YouTube compilation, and after the credits roll, there’ll be a group discussion about gender dynamics in the film and pop culture in general – Academy of the Impossible – 231 Wallace Ave – 7pm-10pm – Free (BYOB)
Vice Photo Show – Launch of their over-sized free publication themed “Collaborations” Quoting the invite: “why not do yourself a favour and stop drinking in the park for one second and instead take in some culture, come out and grab a copy of the Photo Issue. No individual drinking licenses necessary” – Brockton Collective (442a Dufferin) 7-11pm – Free (RSVP)
Urban Angst – Opening reception for a group show ranging from chaotic to harmonious work that presents the consumption of the self, how we deal with the consumptions, and the results of ending it. Norman Felix Gallery (627 Queen St. W) – 7-11pm – Free
Under the Carnival Tent: Burlesque Beauties, Bodyslammers and Big-top Talent – Opening reception for fine-art photographer Chris Hutcheson’s show, capturing the elegance, sauciness and humour of Toronto’s vibrant small-stage entertainers – Hangman Art Gallery (756 Queen St. E) – 7pm – Free
Mammalian Diving Reflex 20th Anniversary Party – “Not going to be like your typical stupid boring schmooze fest with everyone sporting that terrible hummus-and-red-wine breath.They’re going to be playing Socialist* Games, dancing to just-trained teen DJs, eating cake, doing a few dares, and, most incredible of all, providing free HAIRCUTS BY FORMER CHILDREN. The original cast of Haircuts by Children, now all 18 years old, will be making you look as sick as you did back in 2006″. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen St. W) – 730pm-1am – Free
Seinfeld Super Terrific Happy Hour Trivia – Classic pub-style trivia from the entire history of Seinfeld. No crazy multiple choice, no questions out of canon, just straight up question and answer on the world’s favourite show about nothing. Teams are up to 6 people, answering 50 questions (including 20 special theme questions) over three rounds – Unlovable (1415b Dundas St. W) – 8pm – Free
One Water Festival – Join the crew of the expedition sailing vessel Sea Dragon, which has spent the last 2 years sailing 50,000 miles across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans carrying out research on the state of hte marine environment John Quay at Harbourfront Centre (245 Queen’s Quay West) 2-6pm, Free
Soundstreams Salon 21: Summer Sound Walk – An introduction to Deep Listening with vocalist and cellist Anne Bourne. Deep Listening develops the ear by emphasizing the differences between hearing, which is involuntary, and listening, which calls for focus and conscious decision-making. Providing the evening’s selection of sounds are Isla Craig (vocals), Ben Grossman (hurdy-gurdy), Brandon Valdivia and Germaine Liu (percussion), and Kyle Brenders (woodwinds) – Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park) – 7-9pm – Free (Pre-registering required)
Leisure Lounge – An evening of exchange between artists and the public. Artists will offer such services as life advice, massage, pore portraits, foot washing, personalized songs/ CDs, whiskey yelling and delicious foods. N/A Collective (1585 Dundas St. West, behind Lula Lounge, down the alley) – 9pm – 10$-$20 sliding scale cover at the door, this will include 8 tickets to be spent on any combination of services at your leisure. Services begin at 9pm and will go on into the late night hours! Early birds will get the best pick of services.
Midnight MRKT – Pairing music, drinks, and street style food while showcasing local, independent designers, artists, and vintage clothing. 2nd Floor Entertainment (461 King St. W) 8pm-2am – $5 all night entry.
GWN Sport Regatta – Go watch Dragonboat Races while you’re chilling by the water – Marilyn Bell Park (851 Lakeshore West (bottom of Jameson) – 9am-5pm – Free
Literary BBQ – Sample eats for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans in support of not-for-profit arts organization Meat Locker Editions who publish ‘Broken Pencil’ and soon to be ‘Gross’ – The Cloak & Dagger (394 College St) 6pm> – $10 (includes entry, a dinner plate, a piece of merch and ‘undying gratitude’)
Gladstone Hotel Tours by Teens – Local Parkdale teenagers, under the guidance of the Mammalian Diving Reflex residency program ‘Teens Take Over’ lead unscripted, absolutely unique tours of the Hotel and current exhibits, offering their most teen-ly insights as they go – Gladstone Hotel Lobby (1214 Queen St. W) – 1pm – Free
Toronto Maple Leafs Baseball Game – Eight time Intercountry Baseball League champions play Guelph Royals. Choose your own seat, affordable concessions, raffle draw, free programs, Dominico Field – Christie Pits Park – 2pm – Free
10th Annual BrazilFest – Musicians, dancers, singers taking visitors on an exotic trip exploring Brazilian music and celebration – Earlscourt Park (1200 Lansdowne Ave) – 11am-10pm – Free
Sunday Scene: Jaclyn Quaresma – Toronto-based multimedia artist, whose work investigates personal interactions and their public meanings will speak about current exhibition Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art – Power Plant: Harbourfront Centre (245 Queens Quay W) – 2pm – Free