Victoria Day weekend events in Toronto 2013
Victoria Day weekend events rounds up what's going on in Toronto this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
We Should Know Each Other
After a successful launch last month, We Should Know Each Other returns to connect Torontonians in ideas and conversation. Host Liz Hollick invites you to expand your social circle and bring along someone the group doesn't know or someone you'd like to know better. WSKEO takes place at #Hashtag Gallery on Sunday evening and all are welcome to join in for free.
#Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas Street West), May 19, 2013, 7PM Free
AUX Presents: Stranjah Visionz of a Future Album Launch Party
It took 15 years of recording but Stranjah has finally settled down and recorded a full-length LP. Visionz of a Future launches with a party hosted by AUX at Toika Lounge this Friday night. Stranjah puts his experience from 30 previous releases into this drum and bass album that will be sampled at this launch party by the producer DJ himself. Friends in DJing like Gremlinz, Rumbleton, Evidence and Artifice will join Stranjah as he celebrates his release. Cover is $5 after 11PM.
Toika Lounge (471 Richmond Street West), May 17, 2013, 10PM Free
May 2-4 Kegger: Dazed and Confused
Movies and a kegger are how Bloor Hot Docs Cinema celebrates a long weekend. Screening Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused in honour of this boozy holiday, this '70s themed kegger will include arcade classics that the audience can play on the big screen before and after the film as well as cold beer and good music to turn it into a party. The admission price includes two free drinks and guests are encouraged to dress up like Pink and Mitch might have in 1976 at this 19+ event. Tickets may be available through the Bloor Cinema website, but ID is required to enter.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), May 19, 2013, 8:30PM $20
For more film listings, check out This Week in Film.
IGToronto Does Distillery
If you're following someone you don't know on Instagram, perhaps your parents never taught about a little thing called "stranger danger". Still not concerned? Then the IGToronto Does Distillery event may be perfect for you. An Instagram meet-up happening this Saturday afternoon in the Distillery District, IGToronto Does Distillery will bring together photographers of all skill levels to get to know one another and put the social in social media. This is the beginning of a series of Instagram meet-ups in different Toronto neighbourhoods where lovers of the app come together to create photos and get to know one another as community members. Come out, come 'gram and make some new app-addicted friends.
Distillery District (1 Trinity Street), May 18, 2013, 1PM Free
A Taste of the Dragon Boat Festival
In China, Zong Zi can be purchased from any bus station or street vendor from Shanghai to Kunming but in Canada, it's a rarity. This sticky rice dumpling, and the history around it, is at the heart of A Taste of the Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place this Saturday. Culinary historian and tour guide Shirley Lum will explain the history of Zong Zi and instruct participants on how to make it before sampling the delicious treat. What do dragon boats and a dead poet have to do with sticky rice? Come to Lillian H. Smith Library on Saturday morning to find out.
Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College Street), May 18, 2013, 11AM
Dundas West/Ossington Food Tour
Dundas West and Ossington is the city's latest grub hub with new eateries opening up weekly and the people behind the Scadding Court food market (the ones in the shipping containers) want to show Toronto the best spots. This foodie expedition will tour the neighbourhood, stopping for six tastings at local joints with guide Suzanne Urpecz. RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas Street West), 12:30PM $60
Artfest Toronto at the Distillery
The 6th Annual Artfest Toronto takes place this long weekend at the Distillery District over the course of three days. Artists and artisans from across Ontario and Quebec showcase their works at this juried arts festival that takes place outdoors. Paintings, pottery, photography, gourmet food and jewelry will be on display and for sale until Victoria Day. If you needed to get out in the beautiful weather, now you have one.
Historic Distillery District (55 Mill Street), May 18-20, 2013, 11AM Free
Pop Art Pop-Up Art Gallery with Antoine Tavaglione
Montreal-based artist Antoine Tavaglione shows his pop cultural pop art for the first time in Toronto this Friday night at 431 Roncesvalles. This pop-up art gallery will feature silk screen prints and original paintings on display along with the large permanent mural that Tavaglione has painted on the outdoor wall of 431 Roncesvalles. Open to the public only on weekends, the show is influenced by Tavaglione's Italian roots and opinions on social and political culture. The exhibit runs until end of June.
431 Roncesvalles (431 Roncesvalles Avenue), May 17-June 27, 2013, 7PM Free
MEC Bikefest Toronto
Mountain Equipment Co-op joins together with Bixi, Clif Bar, Bullfrog and YNOT Cycle to celebrate cyclists and bikes this weekend in Trinity Bellwoods Park. Supporting the cycling community and recognizing their role on Toronto's roads, there will be bike seminars and clinics staged throughout the day on Saturday along with demos and activities planned for kids. All events are free. Good luck in your search for bike parking around Bellwoods.
Trinity Bellwoods Park (790 Queen Street West), May 18, 2013, 11AM Free
Volunteer seamstresses, sewer and threaders will be ready to repair your worn out clothing at the Withrow Park Farmers' Market this Saturday. Whether you have holes, torn seams or rips, the volunteers are ready to repair your clothing with the help of donated thread and needles. Bring all the clothes you can to the second clothing repairathon of the season to support the initiatives of the Toronto Clothing Repairathon group. Come early for the farmers market and stay for a cookbook swap. There will also be a free bike repair and free compost set up so you can basically run all your errands in Riverdale this Saturday morning. The market and repairathon close down at 1PM so get there early.
Withrow Park (725 Logan Avenue), May 18, 2013, 9AM Free
For more fashion listings, check out This Week in Fashion.
The story of Orpheus and Eurydice has been attempted in theatre many times and Echo Productiosn has chosen The Walk as their first performance of 2013. An adaptation that fuses theatre, contemporary movement and live music, the story follows Orpheus as he goes down to the depths of Hades to bring his wife back after her death. Directed by Victoria Fuller, the play stars the director alongside Adrian Yearwood with original music by Ryan Brookhouse and Etienne Levesque. The show plays for this weekend only so secure your tickets by calling 416-845-9411.
Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East), May 16-19, 2013, 8PM $12 general, $10 student
For more theatre listings, check out This Week in Theatre.
Photo by Jesse Milns.