Weekend events in Toronto: May 30 - June 1, 2014
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this May 30 - June 1, 2014.
Ready, Set, DIE! Zombie 5K Obstacle Course Run
Toronto's hungry for brains, and charity-based zombie runs proved so insanely popular that last year's zombie run has been given a new name. Toronto will host this event benefiting the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the first out of six Ontario zombie runs, at Alpha Obstacle Training at Polson Pier. While technically more of a run than a race, this 5K team-based obstacle course pits zombies (decked out by professional makeup artists) against survivors (working hard to keep their free Ts blood free). Saturday, May 31, 10am, Polson Pier (11 Polson St).
Eccentric Chilean-German DJ/producer Ricardo Villalobos is a bit of a legend in certain circles, and for good reason. Unlike most big-name DJs, he doesn't play Toronto very often, so his Coda debut is highly anticipated. He could fill the club on his own without a problem, but they've also stacked the bill with Chicago-Toronto house icon DJ Sneak, Doc Martin, and Nitin. Friday, May 30, Coda (794 Bathurst St.), 10pm, $35.
Seth Troxler may be Berlin-based now, but his DJ sets still reflect his Detroit roots. His quirky sense of humour cuts through the tech-house thump with an eagerness to surprise and play with the audience's expectations. Friday, May 30, Maison Mercer, 10pm, $20
Mothership Tour 2014
We've heard your Skrillex jokes, and a lot of them are pretty funny, but the guy is a superstar for a reason, and it definitely isn't his haircut. Haters can hate, but the guy knows how to rock a giant festival stage. And really, what's wrong with bass lines that sound like Transformers puking? May 30-31, Echo Beach, $75.
Deep North Records Fundraiser ft. TX Connect, Douglas Carter & GCue
Deep North throw some of Toronto's best dance parties - and even though the show at Wrongbar on Saturday is a fundraiser for their record label, the promoters are so nice they're going to let you in for free/PWYC before 11pm. We're a lucky city. TX Connect is headlining. Saturday, May 31, 10pm, Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West).
Hello, summer parties (goodbye, sleep and hydration). This venue-hopping electronic music series will launch this weekend at Gossip with Kim Ann Foxman, Mayaan Nidam, Members Only, and Shea Marie. In the spirit of summer relaxation there will be plenty to eat and drink, plus art to look at too. Saturday, May 31, 4pm-2am, Gossip Restaurant (CNE Grounds, 50 Prince Edward Island Cres.)
- Focus Friday with James Murphy (Hoxton)
- Yes Yes Y'all (Friday, The 519 Church Street Community Centre)
- DEATHWISH (Saturday, The Beaver)
- ITZSOWEEZEE (Saturday, Drake)
- Marcus Visionary (Saturday, Tattoo)
- Pacific High with Bruce Trail and DJ Colin (Saturday, Bambi's)
Narwhal's Toshio Saeki exhibit as part of TCAF was anything but a soft opening (hardcore soft opening?), proving the wandering gallery is out to wow us with their latest location at 2104 Dundas West. Toronto-based artist Carly Waito will show oil paintings, graphite illustrations, and video from tonight until June 28. Opening: Friday, May 30, 6-9pm, Narwhal (2104 Dundas St. West).
Matthew Barney - Drawing Restraint
Opening this weekend at the AGO is Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint, which runs from May 31 - September 28, 2014. Drawing Restraint is an ongoing work (the piece is listed as having started in 1987) where Barney employs his life as a former athlete to "foreground the physical body and its tensions in a studio practice" with drawings, sculpture, photographs and video works. Barney himself will be in Toronto June 7 and River of Fundament will screen as part of Luminato three times in June. AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St West), May 31 - Sept 28.
Pitiful Human-Lizard Launch Party at Silver Snail
A new comic book takes the typical superhero tropes and smacks them right down in the middle of Toronto. Cartoonist Jason Loo's graphic novel follows The Pitiful Human-Lizard from the Financial District and Y&D Square to Parkdale as he works some awful day corporate job by day and fights crime by night. The book launches in its hometown tonight. Friday, May 30, 7pm, Silver Snail (329 Yonge St).
- Rosedale Art Fair (Saturday - Sunday, Rosedale Main St.)
- Walnut Studios Open House (Saturday)
- Queen West Gallery Tour (Saturday, The Drake)
For more art listings, check out our Top 10 Must-See Art Shows This Spring post.
CraveTO happens tonight from 5pm at Wychwood Barns. General admission is $16.75 for the food fest, which features vendors like The Goods, Food Dudes and Asada Mexican Grill. Friday, May 30, 5pm, Wychwood Barns (76 Wychwood Ave).
CBP Launch Party
The Craft Beer Passport is launching at The Piston, and there will be many a sample to be had and prize to be won. If you're not in the know, these passports mean deals on beer. Need I say more? Buy an actual passport for $20, or wait until your last cheque clears. Sunday, June 1, 8:30pm, The Piston (937 Bloor St. West).
Absolutely Free, Jason Doell, Swiss Dice
Mercer Union's gallery is always worth a visit, so long as the door price isn't a hundred billion dollars (for events, it usually is). Absolutely Free, composer Jason Doell, and Swiss Dice will start your night off right tonight. Friday, May 30, 8pm, Mercer Union (1286 Bloor St. West), $10.
Long Winter's summer event series is back with The Dirty Nil, Milk Lines, Billy Dre & The Poor Boys and DJ Cell Memory. Construction hasn't been getting as much attention as the massive Long Winter shows at Great Hall, but this is still a great all-ages event highlighting local bands. Friday, May 30, 9pm, Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave), PWYC $5-10.
Roc The Mic
Hip hop rules this Saturday at the Phoenix: JD Era, Rich Kidd, A-Game (Chase and Nova), Tommy Spitz, Young Cake, Mad Poets, Spoiled Green and Billi D'Kid aka Black Sage will perform along with DJ's Christylz, P-Nutt, DJ Law and Andre 905. Saturday, May 31, Phoenix (410 Sherbourne St.), $25.
- 100 Years of Hugh Le Caine (Friday, Music Gallery)
- Sheezer Spring Fling (Friday, Lee's Palace)
- Pinball Sessions 1 Year Anniversary Show (Saturday, Handlebar)
Inside Out Web Series Showcase
Inside Out LGBT Film Festival is highlighting their favourite web series. Look for the minds behind Fminin/fminin, F to 7th Web Series, Gay Nerds, LESlieVILLE, Little Horribles, and Other Men. Sunday, June 1, 3pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. West).
- Inside Out: Closing Gala Party and Awards (Sunday, Hotel Ocho)
Fat Girl Food Squad & Friends Plus Size Pop Up Shop
This Sunday (June 1), head to Sneaky Dee's upstairs space for Fat Girl Food Squad's plus size pop-up shop. Find vintage and second hand gems including clothing sizes 14 and up, a smattering of shoes, and handmade jewellery all in one place. Sunday, June 1, Sneaky Dee's (431 College St.).
- Midnight Market (Friday, 2nd Floor Events)
- More Than Just a Yardage Sale (Friday, Textile Museum of Canada)
- CAFTCAD Movie Wardrobe Sale (Saturday, Pinewood Toronto Studios)
- Artisans of the Metropolis: A Junction Bazaar (Saturday, 50 Edwin)
- The Post Market (Saturday & Sunday, Queen East & Winnifred)
- The Leslieville Flea (Sunday, Harbourfront Centre)
For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.
Festival of Social Innovation
The Centre for Social Innovation wants to celebrate their 10th birthday with you. Details are scarce on what the party will actually be about, but social innovation might be explained once and for all (it involves parties? Or it should...) Saturday, May 31, 2-6pm, CSI Annex (720 Bathurst St.)
- MEC Toronto Bikefest 2014 (Saturday, Trinity Bellwoods Park)
- The Bellwoods Blockparty (Sunday, Walnut Lane)
Free Board Game Afternoon at the Eaton's Centre
If zombie runs are too much for you, head to Richtree Natural Market to play board games. Not as fun as Snakes and Lattes, but it's free! And there will be prizes. Saturday, May 31, 1-9pm, Richtree Natural Market, Eaton Centre (14 Queen St. West).
So straightforward. Beer. Improv. The venue is actually called Comedy Bar. The show is tonight. Friday, May 30, 10:30pm, Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St. West), $20.
Contributions by Benjamin Boles, Liora Ipsum, Bianca Venerayan, Libby Roach. Matthew Barney image copyright Matthew Barney, Photo: Chris Winget, Jointly owned by Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager, Basel; and The Museum Of Modern Art, New York, Richard S. Zeisler Bequest and The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund (both by exchange).