Free events in Toronto: February 17 - 23, 2014
Free events in Toronto take programming born of a lot of work and planning and deliver it to us free of charge - or sometimes it's just a bunch of people saying "hey, let's ride bikes on a skating rink." If you're like me, you spent all your money on space heaters this winter only to realize if you stay indoors any longer you'll emerge as the kind of human only science could love, so shovel that poor bike out of the snow and push your salt-worn boots to the pedals for dear life.
From film to music to opportunities to humiliate yourself in public, here's what to do for free in Toronto this week.
Family Day Free Tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
Get a peak inside one of Toronto's prettiest buildings in this free tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres. The 17th is a Family Day event, so expect kids and dress accordingly (warning scowl, florescent Mickey Mouse pants - depends who you are). Monday, Feb 17 and Sunday, Feb 22, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres (189 Yonge Street), 11am.
Family Day 2014 at TIFF!
Got wee ones? They can take free button making, animation, and/or shadow puppet workshops at the TIFF Lightbox on Feb 17. Keep 'em indoors and make 'em get arty, that's what Mom used to say. Monday, Feb 17, 10am, TIFF Lightbox (350 King St West).
Toronto Premiere of Eliza Hittman's It Felt Like Love
Indie film fans can snuggle up on the office chairs at DDL (it's kinda cold in there) for a free screening of It Felt Like Love. "14-year-old Lila is experiencing an ennui-filled Brooklyn summer. She awkwardly wears a Kabuki-esque mask of sunscreen at the beach and plays third wheel to Chiara, her more experienced friend." Tuesday, Feb 18, 8pm, Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave).
The Free Screen: Tempo Não Para (Time Doesn't Stop)
The latest in TIFF's avant-garde-geared The Free Screen series is a program of both film and video works with "time" on the brain. "Time is both the inspiration and challenge for these varied and beautiful film and video works, each of which in its own way attempts to harness and channel that ceaseless flow through technological apparatuses and post-production effects." Tuesday, Feb 18, 6:30pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W).
TMI Tales - Anti-Valentine Edition
Henhouse wants to know: did you have a terrible V-day? Did you catch a terrible VD? Oh, they're called STIs now, but no one will care because they'll be busy laughing at your pain. Wednesday, Feb 19, 8pm, Henhouse (1532 Dundas Street West).
Moves promises non-stop dance music, but you'd better be an early prowler, freebie-hunters: it's only free until 10pm (then $5 til midnight and $10 after). At least this will get you ready to bar hop! Or get home before the TTC stops (cabs are expensive). Barbi, Caff, and EFSharp are in control of the dancefloor. Friday, Feb 21, before 10pm, Andy Poolhall (489 College St).
Somewhere There Creative Music Festival
Somewhere There is taking over the Tranzac February 21, 22, and 23. Most of the shows have cover prices, but there will be two free late-night shows in the Southern Cross Lounge: Friday Feb 21 with Alaniaris, and Saturday Feb 22 with Eucalyptus (strange calypso). Friday & Saturday Feb 21-22, 10pm, Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave).
It wouldn't be a February free events post without some way for you to get frost bite doing whacky things in the cold. This time around: bikes on ice at Dufferin Grove Park (Dufferin Street at Sylvan). Why is the guy in the photo naked? Nevermind. Saturday Feb 22, 7pm.
Also check out these regular free events in Toronto
- Elvis Mondays at the Drake
- Art Gallery of Ontario free evening, Wednesday, 6-8:30pm.
- CINSSU's Free Friday Film Screenings
- Canadian Opera Company's Free Concerts series
- While nearly all art galleries in the city are free to enter, it's worth noting The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is always pwyc.
- The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) also offerings discounted tickets on Fridays ($10).
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