Central & Remote: July 4th – 7th

Hey Toronto,

Did Canada Day weekend tire you out? It sure seems like it, so I won’t give you extra words to read and this week I’ll cut right to the point. We’ve got some some weekend-long goodies and some day-specific goodies. Get your goodies!

Not-so-verb0sely yours,



Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – Hundreds of Artists, Thousands of Art-enthusiasts – also with live art performances ‘Art Now’ –  Nathan Phillips Square (Queen & Bay) Friday/Saturday 1030-730, Sunday 1030-630 – Free

Festival of South Asia – Main stage features dancing and South Asian programs reflecting Indian, Afghani, Pakistani, Bengali and Sri Lankan cultures, street includes LOTS of well-priced eats – Gerrard India Bazaar (Coxwell and Gerrard) – Saturday and Sunday 12pm-11pm – Free

Afrofest – Celebration of African music and culture with music and dance on three outdoor stages. Also includes marketplace, food and craft venders, artistic display, etc. Woodbine Park (Lakeshore E and Coxwell) Saturday/Sunday 1-10pm – Free

Taste of Lawrence – International Food & Cultural Festival with unique cuisine, music, performers, vendors, retailers and community groups – Lawrence Ave E (Warden to Birchmount) – Fri 6-11, Sat 12-11, Sun 12-6 – Free

Ritmo y Color – Showcasing the cultural tapestry and vibrancy of today’s diverse Latin American communities with music, dance, food, and good vibes – Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen St. W) – Fri 6-11, Sat 1030am-11pm, Sun 1030am-6pm – Free

Corso Italia Festival – Live entertainment, local talent, cultural music, buskers, and Juno award winning artists. Food vendors, midway, games, rides and a beer tent – Corso Italia (St. Clair & Dufferin) – Fri pm, Sat & Sun 10am-11pm – Free

Bicycle Opera Project – Touring across Southwestern Ontario by bicycle, bringing contemporary Canadian opera to communities in English, to make the operas more accessible. This year’s focus is on women’s stories. Friday at Array Space (155 Walnut Ave) 730-9pm, Saturday at St. Andrew By the Lake Church (on Toronto Island) 2pm-330pm – $20 (click locations-specific ticket links)


The Connection Paradox: The Structure and Scope of a Social Blueprint  – A conversation about loneliness amidst hyper-connectedness; a salon to brainstorm a collective manifesto on what community, connection and well being means in today’s fast paced world –  Academy of the Impossible (231 Wallace Ave) – 7pm – Free

Alcohol Consumption in Trinity Bellwoods: A meeting to discuss the matter with Mike Layton (and the community) – for a greater understanding, read THIS – Trinity Bellwoods Community Centre (155 Crawford St) – 6pm – Free

AGO First Thursdays – Late night art gallery wanderings described as an explosion of sound and technology; live music and special exhibits, pretty people looking at art, drinking drinks, eating eats – AGO (317 Dundas St. W) – 7pm-1130pm – $10-12

Caste No Shadow – Opening reception for photography exhibit by Rei Murakami about and benefiting ‘the untouchables’ in Varanasi, India – Brockton Collective (442a Dufferin) – 7pm – Free

To be Near You – Opening reception for Christina Wollesen’s show about the colours and experiences common to our existence, including a ‘send-a-postcard wall’ – #Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas St. W) – 7-11pm – Free

Wilderness of Manitoba – Playing live, outdoor concert at St. James Park (King & Church) – 7-9pm – Free


Feint of Hart – Henri Fabergé’s punk rock opera: An epic comedy-drama tells of a dynamic young man’s coming-of-age in a world where individual freedom is nil, expectations sky high and temptations hidden in all corners. – Videofag (187 Augusta Ave) – 8pm – $?

Party in the Pits – Toronto Palestine Film Festival outdoor screening of Salt of this Sea, including delicious treats – Christie Pits (750 Bloor St. W) – 7pm – Free

Uma Nota: Throwback Edition – Live dub sounds and Brazilian rhythms of Mar Aberto SoundSystem, and a special guest DJ set by Andycapp of Bang the Party with Tropicalia, disco and everything good. General Eclectic holds down the reggae, Latin, MPB, and Afrobeat – Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W) – 10pm doors – $5-15

Freaky Friday – The 5th of July – Independence Day Afterparty – Get down to funky town with DJ’s BRANK-OH (aka Branko Scekic aka Serb Superb) and TY – Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave.) – 10pm – Free before 11, $5 after


Gladstone Flea – Unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores and other market must-haves in an organized, handpicked, marketplace! Packed with purpose, artist goods, reclaimed vintage, craft, design, jewelry, clothing, and more – The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W) – 10am until 4 pm – Free

Repair Cafe – Get broken household items fixed for free and learn while doing it. Fixers available for computers, small appliances, small furniture, lamps, clothes and jewellery – Skills for Change (791 St. Clair Ave. W) – 10am-2pm – Free

Canada <3 Yoga – giant yoga session, corresponding with another in Vancouver – Coronation Park (711 Lakeshore Blvd W) – 1-2pm – Free

Boozy Bingo – Eat food. Drink drinks. Play bingo. Your pre-drink destination for a bingo buzzed Saturday night! – 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. W. – 4 pm – $5 for your first five cards.

Boozy Bingo


Parkdale Flea – Inaugural market opening – 40 vendors with vintage goods, collectables, designer objects, local artisan goods, food and drink. In and around Goodfellas Gallery (Sign for it pictured below with the author and located at 1266 Queen St. W) – 10-5 – Free

The Sassy Little Craft Show – Food, drinks, patios, and crafts! This ain’t your Granny’s church basement. – The Central (603 Markham St.) – 2 pm until 8 pm.

Christie Pits Film Festival – A short, followed by That Thing You Do – Christie Pits (Christie & Bloor) – 9pm-11pm – Free

goodfellas parkdale fleaPhoto by Sarah of Sarah’s Wooden Spoon

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