Weekend events in Toronto: March 21-23, 2014
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this March 21-23, 2014.
Fashion Week Closing Party
Rumours have been swirling for the past few weeks that New York mid-2000s super-DJs the Misshapes would be headlining a post-WMCFW party. Turns out that dream is real: The duo (featuring front-row fixture Leigh Lezark) is set to spin at Cube, at a party that will feature "Canadian supermodel (that cannot be named)". (So, y'know, if anyone sees Coco Rocha hanging around this week, you let just let us know.) Check their Facebook event for more info. Saturday, 10pm at CUBE Nightclub.
Midnight MRKT 1yr Anniversary
It's the one year anni for MIDNGHT MRKT (which starts before midnight but lasts into the wee hours or the morning), a unique event that combines DJs (midnight dance party market!) with vintage clothing, Canadiana, street art, and food stuffs. Apparently the organizers just asked themselves "what would Berlin do?" which seems a little suspect -- sure everyone will be speaking English and wearing fancy pants, but you can't drink on the TTC on the way over. Friday, March 21, 2nd Floor Events (461 King St. West), $5.
Static Zine Issue #9 Release Party
Static Zine and Fat Girl Food Squad are releasing a mag about something very dear to our hearts: food! Snacks! Noms! Cover gets you a copy of Static Zine, snacks, and a '90s R&B and 2000's pop dance party with DJ Doris Day All Night. Saturday, March 22, Belljar Cafe (2072 Dundas West), $5.
For more food events, check out our Toronto Food Events post.
Last year Foundry brought together a wide network of underground dance music promoters and scenesters to throw an eclectic mini-festival. This year they return with another talent-stacked lineup. This weekend starts with Red Bull Music Academy's night w/ Efdemin, Cosmin TRG, Nautiluss, and Martin Fazekas, then on Saturday DJ Harvey, Invisible City, and Members Only take over. Note: the fest was moved at the last minute from the Tower Automotive Building to 99 Sudbury. Check out our preview of the fest here. March 14th to April 5, 99 Sudbury St, 10pm, $99.50 series pass, $19.50-$49.50 single nights.
BassWeek kicks off tonight, where a number of TO concert promoters including Toronto Jungle have come together to present two weekends of ear-bleeding, lung-shaking, face-melting acts. Huge names in dubstep and drum and bass are coming across the pond to join local Toronto favourites at some of Toronto's best venues starting next weekend. Read our DJ preview here. March 21-29: full line up here.
For more dance listings, check out our Top Dance Parties in Toronto in March post.
Gladstone Karaoke Swan Song
The Gladstone is reluctantly withdrawing their voice from Toronto's karaoke scene, and water damage to the Melody bar is to blame. Read more here. Your last chance to belt it out at Queen & Gladstone is Saturday, March 22.
Marker Starling at Twin Peaks Residency
All month, the Julee Cruise Ships are doing a Twin Peaks residency at Handlebar (playing your fave tracks from David Lynch's unfinished romp in the Black Lodge) joined by five different artists all together over the month, but Saturday is the one to hit if you're a true fan of Twin Peaks' aesthetic. Marker Starling, formerly known as Mantler, is an angel of strange, sincere nightclub kitsch. See below. Saturday, March 22,Handlebar (159 Augusta), PWYC.
Toronto Nepali Film Festival
The Toronto Nepali Film Festival brings Toronto a diverse selection of short and feature-length contemporary Nepali films. Showcasing films from the broader region of South Asia surrounding Nepal, this festival intends to add an often forgotten perspective to the multi-layered diasporic narratives of Canada and the world. Highlights include Soongava - Dance of the Orchids (Saturday, 7PM; Innis Town Hall), Nepal's submission for this year's Academy Awards, which details the romance that emerges between two young Kathmandu women. For the full festival schedule, go here. March 21-22; Carlton Cinema & Innis Town Hall.
Nymphomaniac: Volumes I & II
A two-part, four-hour "sex film" from persona non grata Lars von Trier. The cinema sphere can't honestly say we were surprised. What is surprising, though, is that Nymphomaniac ended up being both a hilarious comedy (Volume I) and a devastating humanist meta-parable that up-converts Tarkovsky iconography into some of the saddest images ever (Volume II). Detailing the sexual history of one promiscuous, self-described nymphomaniac (don't call her a "sex addict"), the film is ultimately about the fundamental nature of storytelling and the ambivalence of empathy. Watch both successively, if you can. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St West) various showtimes.
- Divergent (Varsity, Scotiabank, Rainbow Market Sq.)
- Down River (Cineplex Yonge & Dundas)
- Le Week-End (Varsity)
- The Lunchbox (Varsity)
- Muppets Most Wanted (Cineplex Yonge & Dundas, Rainbow Market Sq.)
Outer Space Glitter Face
WORN Fashion Journal's Outer Space Glitter Face launch party is just around the corner! To celebrate their 18th issue, snag a 10 advanced ticket or pay $15 at the door. Wear your best galaxy-themed ensemble, rock one of their sparkly headbands, and get jiggy to all the best oldies for ample fun at The Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Rd) Saturday, March 22, 9pm.
For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.
Gloomiest week ever, right? (Just checked my common sense almanac.) If stand up and improv comedy serves as a remedy to your how-can-this-be-March-22nd ennui, Comedy Bar will let you get silly with Mark Little (Just For Laughs, Mr. D, PicnicFace, Variety's 10 Comics to Watch), Nigel Grinstead (Winner of Cream of Comedy 2014, NXNE), and improv duo Kayla Lorette and Ron Pederson (MadTV, Gemini-nominated). Saturday, March 22, 8:45pm, Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St. W.) $10.
Foundry photo by Alejandro Santiago, film writing by Blake Williams