Weekend events in Toronto: February 7-9 2014
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this Feb 7-9, 2014.
People Put Out Productions Launch
Toronto badly needs more all-ages music infrastructure, so here's good news: People Put Out Productions is a brand new music collaborative that aims to book bands of all genres for affordable, all-ages shows (plus a portion of funds raised go to a local Toronto charity). The launch weekend will showcase a diverse range of bands at intimate venues: a punk night at Izakayai Sushi House, a weirdo-noise-pop show at The White House, a rock and roll mid-day show at June Records (all ages), and a hip hop night at Crawford. Notable bands include Stuck Out Here, Soupcans, Philly Moves and catl. Various venues, Feb 7-9.
This is Not a Toy
Pharrell Williams has always kept busy (the Grammy winning musician is also a fashion designer), and his newest project has stirred up lot of excitement in Toronto's art scene. The Design Exchange has teamed up with Williams to curate and present This Is Not A Toy, an exhibit dedicated to vinyl designer toys including the work of KAWS, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, FriendsWithYou, and more. Get a sneak peek at the exhibit here. Runs until May 19. Design Exchange (234 Bay St), various times and prices.
Is gaming all you dream about? Do you see the world in Pixels? #Hashtag has the show for you - Hard Livin' will be a "life-sized board game that will fill Hashtag's walls with over 500 unique pieces of hand-painted pixel art." Beat the game to win prizes from A&C Games, Snakes & Lattes, Snakes & Lagers, and Guerrilla Printing. #Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas St W), February 8-28.
For more art listings, check out our Top 10 Must-See Art Shows This Winter post.
360 Screenings presents: LOVE
The 360 Screenings series makes a return just in time for Valentine's Day. These events are "a fusion of live theatre and cinema, offering audiences the chance to become part of a movie rather than just watch it." As with previous 360 Screenings, "the scene is set in a historic venue and the location is kept secret until 24 hours in advance. Guests are immersed in the sights and sounds of the evening's film as soon as they arrive on site, with actors creating interactive, live theatre installations. Those with a keen eye may soon guess the identity of the film. Food, wine and beer are available throughout the evening at a cash bar." February 7 at 7PM & February 8 at 2PM OR 7PM, Location: TBA.
For more film events, check out our This week in film post.
It's this season's fourth installment of Long Winter, complete with its usual collection of music, art, talks, food, and dance. The musical roster includes The Bicycles, Teenanger, Alvvays, HSY, Not the Wind, Not the Flag, and Sheezer, and to make this one a little spicier, there will be a NotOKCupid talk, where you can blatantly watch five people on dates, with some commentary from an "expert matchmaker." The first 350 people through the door get the Volume 4 split 7" that features Teenanger and HSY. Friday, February 7, The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.), 7pm, PWYC.
Bile Sister & Skull Bong double album release
This double album release show will be the first edition kick-off party of new Healing Power Records monthly shows at the Tranzac. Bile Sister, who were named a top band to watch in 2014, will have the new, skuzzed out record Faucet available, alongside Skull Bong's latest mental medicine, Burnt Endz. Afterwards Scalez will be dropping hip hop, funk, and avant garde bangers to maximize the good vibes. Saturday, February 8, Tranzac (South Cross), 9:30pm, PWYC.
Caplansky's 4th Annual Latkepalooza Competition
Latkes might be the best food ever, and if you agree with that statement then Latkepalooza is the fest for you. Caplansky's Delicatessen (356 College Street), Sunday, February 9, 6pm - 8pm.
For more food events, check out our Toronto Food Events post.
Single Thread Theatre continues to unearth the seminal stories of Toronto's heritage through engaging, site-specific productions. Their past performances, The Campbell House Story and The Loyalists, have encouraged audiences to look differently at the city by revisiting moments that have shaped Canadian history. The Mackenzie House museum is the setting for Firebrand, a play profiling William Lyon Mackenzie, the city's first mayor. Mackenzie House (82 Bond Street), February 6-22 Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, $20.
For more events on stage, check out our The top theatre productions in Toronto February 2014 post.
Bob Stone Mayoral Campaign Launch
If you're burnt out on satire of Mayoral politics, this might not be the show for you. But if you're hungry for more, head to The Storefront Theatre on Saturday. "The event will include a stump speech by the mayor, followed by questions from the audience and a mix and mingle. The so-called NEWS NOW team will be on hand to ask Mayor Stone some hard-hitting questions." The Storefront Theatre (955 Bloor St. W.), Saturday, February 9, 7pm, free.
Toronto Jungle Party
Toronto Jungle, a website dedicated to maintaining the roots of electronic music, is celebrating their 15 year anniversary. Along with Sonorous and Groundspace, they're throwing a huge bash at Guvernment, importing big names like Calyx & Teebee and Dillinja from the UK. Locals will recognize Rene Lavice, one of the biggest names to ever come out of TO's DnB crowd. Read our chat with Toronto's guru of everything DnB, Marcus Sills a.k.a. DJ Marcus Visionary here. The Guvernment (132 Queens Quay E), Friday, February 7, 10pm, $25.
Motor City Legends
Techno wouldn't exist if it weren't for Kevin Saunderson, so if you care about electronic music you should make sure you catch him DJing at least once in your life. Saunderson hits Coda (the new club run by the guys behind Footwork and Art Department's Jonny White) February 7 with fellow Detroit legends Octave One, who are one of the best no-laptop live techno acts around. Friday, February 7th, Coda (794 Bathurst), 10pm, $25.
For more dance listings, check out our Top Dance Parties in Toronto in February post.
Annex Flea: Valentine's Edition!
Shop for your sweetie/s at the Annex Flea this Sunday to find treasures from vintage clothes to homemade foods. Vendors are: Aliya & Lucas Vintage, AMP Sales, Baked Soap, Bewilderlings, Crass Stitches, Cubit's Organics, Earth & City, Fair Judy's, FoldIt Creations, FoodBenders, Galette Girls, Goldeen, Gotamago, Her Vintage Treasures, Jo Kim Crochet, Marigold's Finest, A Mischievious Marriage, Muizee, Odds & Mends, Sex on a Stitch, Silkpulp, Simone Collins Jewelry, Son of a Woodcutter, Sudsatorium, TKD Designs, Valient Bob, Wild Thing Vintage, Zazou Bisou. Centre for Social Innovation (720 Bathurst Street), Sunday, February 9, 10am - 4pm.
Gardiner Museum Jewellery Trunk Show
This Friday the Gardiner Museum Shop will be home to a one-day jewellery trunk show and sale featuring all sort of local gems. From 5 pm until 9 pm, shop bohemian necklaces by Armed, blinged out statement pieces by Cuchara, exquisite vintage costume jewels handpicked by Carole Tanenbaum, and more. Plus, there'll be a cash bar open so you can peruse with a pick-me-up! Friday, February 7, Gardiner Museum Shop (111 Queen's Park), 5pm-9pm.
For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.
Pugalug Meet Up
Toronto can take pride in a ton of dog rescues doing great work, and Pugalug is one. This weekend they'll host a charity meet up at Pawsway's pet centre at the Harbourfront, which you can attend for only $7 (proceeds go to cute pugs in need like new rescue Rocco, pictured above). Bring your dog, or just meet some new friends. Stop by early for the Frenchie (French bulldogs) meet up from 11am-1pm. PawsWay (245 Queen's Quay West), Sunday, February 9, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, $7.
Couples and Singles Valentines 5K
Looking for love in all the wrong places? This race over in Burlington gives new meaning to speed dating. Couples and singles co-mingle for a fast 5K around Cedar Springs Health Racquets and Sportclub. All couples who finish receive a heart shaped metal (aww!) and singles hopefully scoop up a last minute Valentines date. Cedar Springs Health and Raquet Club (960 Cumberland Ave, Burlington), Sunday, February 9th, 10am.
Get ready for V-day with our Valentine's Day ideas in Toronto 2014 post.
Photo of Catl by Steve Mallinson