Weekend events in Toronto: June 15-17, 2012
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Watch for it here on Fridays around midday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this weekend, June 15-17, 2012.
World Naked Bike Ride
The World Naked Bike Ride returns for another instalment of its bare-as-you-please cycling event protesting oil dependency, and taking place across 70 cities. While shoes, a bike helmet, and sunscreen are recommended, your overall outfit--as sparse or fancy as you'd like--is up to you.
Starts at Coronation Park, 12pm
Blocks Urban Heritage Scavenger Hunt
The inaugural instalment of this urban heritage scavenger hunt will see up to 50 pairs of contestants traversing the urban landscape with a set of archival photographs as clues, and a camera. The goal is to identify the location laid out in your photo without the aid of a car, take a picture, and convene at the Gladstone Hotel for a reception. Points are granted for difficulty.
The John St. Roundhouse/Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Blvd.), June 16, 11am, participation is $30 per team of two and includes reception.
Course of Time NXNE Special at Supermarket
In honour of NXNE, Supermarket offers up a 4 A.M. last call, and invites you to join Course of Time as they present their twelfth installment dedicated to the finest selection in contemporary and modern club music. Performers will include Kevin Mcphee, John Roman, Mr. Charlton, Rynecologist, and Mcnair & Clarke.
The Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave), June 15, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., tickets are 5$ for the first 100 people.
Friday Night Live @ ROM
The ROM continues its weekly series of after-hours, adults-only drinks and dinos events. This Friday, the world's largest dinosaur--Futalognkosaurus--will be unveiled. Enjoy a ticketed gourmet dinner from Argentina and Saurus Wines, then head to the dance floor for beats from DJ Dave Allison featuring Higgins.
Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen's Park), June 15, 6pm to 11pm, cover is $9.
Perez Hilton's One Night in Toronto
In case the MMVAs don't quite do it for you, Perez Hilton returns to Toronto for his one-night music extravaganza. Expected performers include Carly Rae Jepsen, Kat Graham, Anjulie and other surprise guests. Buy your tickets here.
Club XS (261 Richmond St. W.), June 17, 9:30pm, $20 online.
Brewer's Backyard: Father's Day Triathlon
What better way to celebrate Father's Day than an afternoon filled with bikes, beer and a BBQ? As the official after-party for Ride the Ravines, this event will feature beers from Amsterdam Brewery, food from Death Row Meals, live music, as well as bike stunts.
Evergreen Brick Works Koerner Gardens (550 Bayview Ave.), June 17, 11am to 4pm Free admission, pay for beer and food on site.
King of the Grill, Treat Your Dad to Over the Rainbow Annual Father's Day BBQ
Over the Rainbow, Hero Burger and Autism Speaks Canada, would like to make your day with Dad just a little more special. Fill out a ballot in-store for a chance to win a new BBQ of your own, or just join in for the grub. It's burger time.
Over the Rainbow (101 Yorkville Ave.), June 16, 11:30am to 5pm
For more food-related events, check out our weekly This Week in Food post.
From the creator of The Templeton Philharmonic comes a grim and fast-paced dark comedy. Set in the late '20's, the show explores Toronto's history during the dynamic era of flappers and gentlemen. The show, featuring a cast of nine, promises to mix equal parts humor and darkness.
Campbell House Museum (160 Queen St. W.), June 15, 7pm, advanced tickets are $17.
True Stories, Made Up Plays
Enjoy the best of both the storytelling and theatres communities at this collaborative event. First, storytellers tell their true-life tales, then improv troupes will bring the experiences to life and act them out on stage. Starring RN & Cawls, Big Coat and the Smash Hit Musical Improv.
Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave.), June 16, 10pm to 11:30pm
For more theatre events, check out our This Week in Theatre post.
King Street Alternative Film and Video Festival
Remember when the upstairs of Betty's was transformed into a wickedly creative cinema space? For the second time in under 6 months, there will be narratives, docs, cartoons, and video art at this 19+ event.
Betty's (240 King St. E.), June 15, 7pm
POP OFF TOUR: Parlovr, Hooded Fang and Goose Hut (NXNE)
CUSHE and POP Montreal are bringing what they claim to be three of Canada's best up-and-coming bands. Parlovr has been turnin' heads for a few years, and they're paired with Toronto's California-vibin' Hooded Fang. To top it all off, Goose Hut's buzz-worthy live performances are sure to raise the roof.
The Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Ave), June 15, 8pm
This week, Nicky Poole will lead you through a workout jam session--Reggae Flow with Bob Marley. All summer long, local instructors just like Nicky will pick the tunes for your workout. All you have to do is bring your own mat for complimentary yoga and beats.
889 Yoga at the Thompson Hotel (3rd Floor, 550 Wellington St. W.), June 16, 4pm to 5pm
MuchMusic Video Awards
If you find yourself in the Queen and John St. area on Sunday night, you'll be joined by the ruckus and crowds that can only spell the MMVAs. From the slew of performers to the fashions and screaming fans, this annual event will shut down a portion of Queen St. and light up the night. Find out how to get wristbands here, or watch the show from a safe distance.
MuchMusic (299 Queen St. West), June 17, 9pm, red carpet at 8pm.
Beyond the Blue Box Fashion and Art Show
Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, and 'Recycling Queen' Lianne Snow are proud to present the first annual recycled materials art and fashion show. For the love of creativity and Mother Earth, this event will showcase a fashion show, silent art auction, and a night marker for art vendors.
CSI Annex Lounge (720 Bathurst St.), June 16, 7pm to 11pm, advance tickets are $15
OTMZine Vintage Pop-up
OTMZine and Songs and Cigarettes team up for a vintage pop-up sale this Sunday. Eight local fashion stores, ranging from Dalston Grey to Reservoir Vintage to Tabula Rasa, will participate, and the event promises popcorn, popsicles, and music and records.
Porretta Lane (Harbord and Spadina) June 16, 11am-4pm.
For more fashion events, check out our This Week in Fashion post.
Opening Reception: Human Nature featuring work by JessGo
Toronto-based artist Jessica Gorlicky, will introduce her solo exhibit, "Human Nature" which features provocative large scale canvases focusing on sensuality, sexuality and human nature. Join for a sexually-charged night of drinks, appetizers, music and entertainment that will stimulate your senses.
Twist Gallery (1100 Queen St. W.), June 15, 7pm to 11pm, RSVP through firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph F. Rock: China, Vintage Photographs from National Geographic
Join the Stephen Bulger Gallery for a breathtaking exhibit featuring the National Geographic Image Collection. Dr. Joseph F. Rock has captured a wide range of photographs that will be displayed in this well-curated exhibit.
Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen St. W.), June 16-21, 11am to 6pm
The Canadian, seemingly overnight YouTube sensation has sold out shows both at home and abroad, through his observational, racially-aware comedy act that draws heavily from racial and cultural stereotypes.
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay St.), 8pm, tickets are $65-140
For more comedy events, check out our This Week in Comedy post.