Weekend events in Toronto: July 11-13, 2014
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this July 11-13, 2014.
Junction Night Market
Aka the "we have to take the 40 bus, but look at this nice event we have!" festival, the Junction Night Market is set to return to wow your (Junctionite or not) tastebuds. Learn more about some of the food, beer, and wine vendors here, then set out to look for cold pressed juice and ice cream, gazpacho, and fried mac and cheese balls at the Junction Train Platform. Hopefully the lines are a little better than last time, but try to come as early as you can to be safe. Saturday, July 12, 7pm, Pacific Avenue at at Dundas St. West. Food/drink tickets $5, all proceeds go to charity.
Germany and Argentina. Those off colour jokes are getting old, but so is the World Cup! Sunday is the last day, and then we can all forget about pretending we care about soccer, or other countries, or congregating in bars. Wait, not congregating in bars. Here are our top 10 picks for where to watch Sunday's match. 3pm.
In the laneway at Sheridan Avenue and Gordon Street, some street art with a twist will be on display from now until September: Jimenez Lai's Flipping Properties, presented by Rear View (Projects), is an "ongoing study of super-furnitures by Lai, an architect, and the team of Bureau Spectacular." Super-furniture is "too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture." Confused? It's a large, free art installation that's house-like, and furniture-like, in an alley. Fun! Lai and Britt Wray (CBC, WNYC) will talk at 7pm tonight. The exhibition runs from July 11 - September 14 in Little Portugal.
DCP x TUPF: Pop-Up Gallery & Festival Closing Gala
The TUPF Toronto Urban Photography Festival is winding down, but they're going to shoot that last exposure like they mean it with a raffle/giveaway, and of course, alcohol (which isn't free). At a party with the photogs it's best not to forget to work your angles. Friday, July 11, 6:30-11pm, 180 Sudbury Street.
- Entertainment District Art Crawl (Friday, David Pecaut Square)
- Riverside ArtFEST (Sunday)
- Sunday Scene - Elisha Lim (Sunday, Power Planet)
- Swap Don't Shop Summer Clothing Swap Party (Sunday, industREALarts room)
For more art listings, check out our Top 10 Must-See Art Shows This Summer post.
7-11 is giving away free small slurpees today (Friday July 11) from 11am - 7pm. Even drinking a small one makes me need a nap. Slurpees are probably pretty bad for you, but the colours and the flavours, oh dear.
2 Year Anniversary at P&L
Happy Birthday, Parts & Labour. The celebration is free until 11pm ($5 after), and there will be swag. And cupcakes. Wish this Parkdale restaurant all the best during the remainder of their toddler years, and take an extra shot for the love of the venue downstairs. Saturday, July 12, 10:30pm, Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St. West).
Toronto Underground Market
The Toronto Underground Market (TUM) returns to 99 Sudbury this Saturday from 5pm. Tickets ($15) are still available for the food fest, featuring vendors like Hotbunzz, Big E's Hawaiian Grinds and La Brea Food. Saturday, July 15, 5pm, 99 Sudbury, $15. LI
- Night It Up (July 11-13, Markham Civic Centre)
Construction (the summer answer to Long Winter) is keepin' on this month with Absolutely Free, Doomsquad, and Anamai. AKA a pretty presh bill, Toronto wise. I'd like to buy the Anamai cassette but it's $10. Gotta save up. Friday, July 11, Smiling Buddha (961 College St), PWYC, all ages.
Mexican Slang record release
Mexican Slang are not exactly new to the Toronto scene, but there's a decent chance you may not have heard of them yet. As their new record Inside the Velvet Castle drops on buzzy (sorry) Toronto label Buzz Records, read our interview with the trio for some key notes from the Mexican Slang phrasebook. Hint: Siouxsie and the Banshees + Cocteau Twins + sludge. Yeah, fun. Saturday, July 12, Manifesto (37 Bulwer Street), $10 includes EP. ESP
So Percussion and Man Forever
Just east of the Don Valley, the must-see show for fans of percussion and experimental jazz will go down at Jam Factory with Man Forever (John Colpitts, aka Kid Millions, Oneida) and So Percussion, the "premiere contemporary percussion ensemble" in the USA (or so they proclaim). Music in the Barns will be there for support. Need more? OOIOO are at Lee's Palace a week later. Sunday, July 13, Jam Factory (2 Matilda St).
Yung Lean and Sad Boys
Yung Lean & Sad Boys hit Toronto this summer in a slew of North American tour dates for the first time after a sold out European tour. This Swedish rapper and his crew were all born between 1995-1996 and spit emotional raps about everything from Pokemon to Windows screensavers. The Black Marble Tour is perfect for those of you looking for something different in the Toronto hip-hop scene this summer. Sunday, July 13, 8pm, The Hoxton, $20. Or catch them on Monday in Scarborough at Rockpile East (Monday's show is all ages). M
- Waterfront Blues Festival (July11-13, Woodbine Park)
- Monthly Live Music: Army Girls (Sunday, Opticianado Eyewear)
- Red Bull Thre3Style: Canadian East Regional Qualifier (Friday, The Hoxton)
- Zacht Automaat + Prince Nifty (Friday, Double Double Land)
- DETH (Saturday, Silver Dollar)
- Healing Power Records (Saturday, Tranzac)
CPFF Days of Summer: Mr. Hulot's Holiday a night of seaside flicks
Christie Pits Film Fest is screening Jacques Tati's Mr. Hulot's Holiday in honour of Bastille Day. Summer vibes rule the nights' short film selections - and the food and beer vendors. The screening is PWYC, so chip in a couple of dollars (or French francs). Sunday, July 13, 7:30pm, Christie Pits Park (779 Crawford Ave West).
It's an X-Files dance party with DJ BJ Sarah D'Angelo, DJ Minivanman Cam Lee, and DJ Dorian Gay Lulu wei. Dress up as Mulder, Scully, or an alien (Scully's baby? One of Scully's babies?) It won't be as amazing as the video below, but you can imagine Cher is there. Friday, July 11, 10pm, The Beaver (1192 Queen St West).
Promise Cherry Beach
The beach party goes down as always, this time with special guests Hipnosis with Detroit's
Alton Miller - apparently Richard Brooks will replace Miller. Dogs are welcome if they like to play nice. Sunday, July 13, 3pm, Cherry Beach.
For more dance listings, check out our Top Dance Parties in Toronto in July post.
Toronto's largest indie theatre festival has kicked off summer with one of the most exciting and jam-packed weeks on the arts calendar: the fest spans 12 days and features over 140 shows across 35 different venues in the city. The list of addition programming (FringeKids!, a site-specific Art Category, Fringe Club, Tent Talks, etc.) will make your head spin. To complete your Fringe journey (this is the last weekend), pick up a guide book at one of the locations listed on their website, or better yet check out our guide to the 2014 Fringe Fest here. Until Sunday, July 13. DF
Millions Magazine Issue 5 launch
Check out the launch of Millions' fifth issue on emerging and established contemporary artists, and meet some fine contributors. While artspeak can be tricky business (face-palmy business), we definitely need more arts writing and support, so show your love tonight. Mags can be grabbed for a special price of $10 each at the launch. Friday, July 11, 7pm, Paul Petro Contemporary Art (980 Queen St West).
FASHION / LIFESTYLE
The 2014 GreatTTC Knitalong
Fans of cozy stitches can tour a knitter's Toronto with this "knitalong." There will be freebies! The bad stitch is there's already a wait-list - jump onto it here. Saturday July 12, $15 (proceeds go to Sistering: A Woman's Place).
The Gibraltar Market
Get thee to the island for this new market featuring the usual items - vintage clothing, handmades, curiosities, and maybe something made by bees. Then whoah, you're on the island, so you can hit the beach. I'm jealous of you because I'm going to Hamilton and there won't be any "Little Sea Smoothies" in Hamilton - those are an island exclusive. Drink them for me. Check the vendors here. Saturday, July 12, 12-4pm, Artscape Gibraltar Point (443 Lakeshore Avenue., Toronto Island).
Pan Am One Year Countdown
One year until Toronto is flooding with Pan Am tourists. Celebrate it? There will be a life-size foosball machine on site. Friday and Saturday. July 11-12, Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St West).
Caribbean Carnival Toronto (aka, Caribana)
The launch of the nearly month-long carnival is on now, though the main events don't take place until later in the month, and the legendary parade, in its 46th year, is on August 2. It's the largest celebration of Caribbean culture in North America, and a fun, high-energy way to explore new cuisine, music and art. And partying. Check out the fest online here. SR
Salsa on St. Clair
Salsa on St. Clair is probably one of the festivals most fraught with steamy summer possibilities. This year, it's a week long with events across the city from July 12 to 20 - check out the programming for the first week here. The street festival, which is obviously along St. Clair, is the weekend of the 19 and 20. SR
- China Now (July 11-13 Harbourfront Centre)
- Cultura Festival (Friday, Mel Lastman Square)
- Festival of India (July 12-13)
- Bastille Day (Sunday, Wychwood Barns)
Atomic Lollipop 2014
Atomic Lollipop is back, suspiciously booked at the Science Centre, which despite its cool name is probably Toronto's least cool tourist attraction, whale skeleton or not. Still, AL has a ton of programming planned and this is where the cosplay culture and Japanimation fans will be this weekend, and that's pretty cool. July 11-13, Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road).
SlutWalk Toronto 2014
I finally got a dog! Now I don't get cat-called; I get dog-called. Men leer at me and my tiny pet from huge bicycles and cars, perhaps thinking I desperately desire attention. Guys, my pug has to pee. I'm wearing shorts because it's hot out. Don't be gross! Slut Walk gets people talking about things like how, duh, summer clothing shouldn't lead to harassment. Wise up before my mini-pug bites you. Read more about Slut Walk here, here, and here. Saturday, July 12, 3pm, Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W).
Modern Man - Cancelled
Modern Man's Official Event for Man has been cancelled. Dudes just didn't want to spend a day at 99 Sudbury eating, drinking, playing, and shopping for $39 on a summer weekend. Back to the (manly) drawing board and shed a tear for a man near you.
Contributions by Markit, Sarah Ratchford, Derek Flack, Liora Ipsum, Evan Sue-Ping