Hey, if you're in category five, don't feel too bad. The truth is thousands of bands perform in Toronto every month or so anyway, and they usually have time to soundcheck. If you're really into beating yourself up, though, here are some (mostly visual) highlights of the fest, from the fans to the bands to surprising aesthetics of Toronto's lack of bike parking.
This Week in Fashion: Christian Louboutin exhibition, Rigorous Mess Vintage Pop-up, Clothing Swap Party
This Friday (June 21), the Design Exchange's long-awaited Christian Louboutin exhibition is opening to the public. Until September 15, the Historic Trading Floor of Canada's Design Museum (234 Bay St) will be filled to the brim with over 250 of the celebrated designer's shoes, sketches, and personal artefacts, presented via visual installation and thematic display. Tickets for the opening party, happening tomorrow (June 20), are available online now.
Morning Brew: Raided tenants claim brutality, Spadina gets new streetcars first, Parkdale moves closer to bar cap, the telegram lives on in Toronto, and labeling salt
The lawyer for a woman who allegedly threw a drink at Rob Ford last weekend says it's "most unfortunate" the mayor would discuss the case on his radio show. Ford wondered whether there was alcohol in the drink, reportedly a slushie, it's alleged Shannon Everett threw. Everett hasn't discussed the case publicly since the incident.
DANCE | Luminato Presents: Evening Illuminations - A Conversation with Mark Morris
The Luminato Festival continues its Evening Illuminations series tonight with a special live conversation with Mark Morris. Morris is an American choreographer and director who began his career as a dancer, and has received a Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award, a New York City Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture, and many other accolades. He has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, and created many works for different ballet companies, most notably the San Francisco Ballet. He will discuss the different productions he is bringing to Luminato this year: L'Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and L'Allegro Movement Project with an old colleague from early in his career, Gerard Mortier.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) $20
Here's a list of some of my recommendations, based mostly on taste but also to some extent on availability. It's completely subjective, of course, but a good place to start if you're looking to try out wines made in Toronto's proverbial backyard. If you're a fan, it's probably worth considering a trip to visit the wineries themselves.