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Weekend events in Toronto: May 11-13, 2012

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Watch for it here on Fridays around midday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this weekend, May 11-13, 2012.


Friday Nights Live at the ROM - Photography
In partnership with the CONTACT Photography Festival, explore the ROM's feature exhibitions with artists Larry Towel and Deborah Samuel. Grab a drink in the Rec Room Photo Lounge and step in front of the camera to create your own works of art.
The ROM (100 Bloor Street West), May 11, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Tickets are $9.


Craft Beer Party
'Tis the Saison Craft Beer Party at the Black Oak Brewing Co. welcomes the beginning of spring with their new Summer Saison brew. Brewed with wheat, orange zest, coriander and special yeast, this seasonal ale delivers continental character and flavour. Join them for an evening of beer and grilled cheese, courtesy of Melt Grilled Cheese.
Black Oak Brewing Co. (75 Horner Ave) May 12th, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, tickets are $20

Spirit of Toronto
This once-a-year event features an array of 100+ single malts and premium spirits, tutored tastings, live jazz and bossa nova. Also enjoy a gourmet table d'hote from Daniel et Daniel, classic cocktails, and a poolside cigar bar on the outdoor lower level of Roy Thomson Hall.
Roy Thompson Hall, May 12th at 6:30 pm, tickets are $129

Food Tour of Riverside/Leslieville
This weekly walking food tour of the Leslieville and Riverdale neighbourhoods takes place every Saturday from April to November. This tour will involve tastings of Ontario wines, oysters, olive oils, cheese, desserts, and more. Discover the vibrancy of a community that began as a small village back in the 1850's and has transformed itself into one of Toronto's hippest new neighbourhoods and the headquarters of Toronto's film industry.
Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, tickets are $69

For more food events, check out our This Week in Food post.


Take Off Your Clothes
Join the S.W.A.P. Team for their 3rd edition of Take Off Your Clothes Toronto, North America's biggest clothing swap! Sift through a great selection of sizes and styles for men, women and children's fashion. Your $10 ticket will get you free style advice from stylists Janice Johnson and Domingo Lumanog, and a complimentary glass of wine from Barefoot Wine.
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity Street) May 11, from 6pm-9pm.

WORN Fashion Journal Presents: The Beach Ball!
It's been a long and moderate winter, but just because we weren't buried in snow doesn't mean we can't kick up some sand. From sundresses to seersucker, unpack your summer best early at the WORN Beach Ball. Butterdream Sweets will keep things bright with rainbow macaroons and you can wash 'em down with real tea Pina Colada cocktails from Tealish.
Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Road) May 12, 9pm.

For more fashion events, check out our This Week in Fashion post.


Ty Segall

Ty Segall
Ty Segall brings his garage rock sound to the Horseshoe tonight. He'll be accompanied by White Fence, The Strange Boys and William Tyler for an event that's sure to bring lots of reverb, fuzz and long hair.
Horseshoe Tavern. May 12, 8:30 pm. $16.50 advance tickets at Rotate This and Soundscapes.

For more concert listings, check out our weekly Hot Ticket.


Toronto Roller Derby
Enjoy an evening of trackside cheering and drinking with the Toronto Roller Derby League. Get ready for bout 4 of the 2012 roller derby season as team D-VAS takes on the Disloyalists, and Chicks Ahoy! take on the Smoke City Betties. Tickets are $12 in advance.
The Bunker (40 Carl Road Studio 3) doors open at 5pm, May 12.

Fit Factory Fitness "O" Course
Factory Fitness is officially launching The "O" Course. Based on U.S. Marine Corp fitness training, former U.S. Marine Drill Instructor, Tony A., will train you to prepare for the Spartan Race, Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder. $30 will offer you a rewarding workout and fun post-race activities including BBQ, beach volleyball, rock climbing, and an outdoor pool party.
The Docks (176 Cherry Street) May 12, 9am-10:30am.

Yoga in the Park at Trinity Bellwoods
This summer, Lululemon will be pairing up with studios across the city to provide free yoga classes on Sunday mornings in Trinity Bellwoods--trees, grass, the outdoors, and a cool morning breeze equals perfection. This week's installment is in collaboration with teachers from Misfit Studio. Bring your own mat if possible.
Trinity Bellwoods Park, May 13, 10 am.


Bootleg Film Festival
The Bootleg Film Festival is a travelling film festival that celebrates the accomplishments of the truly independent filmmaker. With previous successes in Scotland, South Wales, and England, the films are gritty, unique, and catering to true cinephiles. Bootleg is making its North American debut in Toronto.
The Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave), May 10th-12th, PWYC

For more film events, check out our This Week in Film post.


The Superstars of Comedy
The Superstars of Comedy returns to Comedy Bar after multiple sold-out shows. This evening of hilarity will feature some of the best stand-up comedians in Toronto, and the evening will be hosted by the witty Dylan Gott. Prepare yourself for performances by Craig Fay, Pat MacDonald, Todd Graham, and headliner Matt O'Brien.
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St W), May 12, 9:30 pm, tickets are $12

For more comedy events, check out This Week in Comedy.


Mother's Day Sweets Tour
Does your Mom love chocolates, cakes, pastries, and other sweets? Join Tasty Tours on their Kensington Market Sweets Tour or Trinity Bellwoods Chocolate Tour, to learn the story behind the treats we eat. Your ticket will include free samples, store discounts, and a lot of yum. Please book a tour for exact dates and times. $35 per person.
May 12, 4pm and May 13, 11:30am.

Mother's Day Lecture and Tea Tasting
"High Style, A Fashionable Tasting of Tea" is a morning devoted to tea. Linda Gaylard, a certified tea sommelier, will comment on tea's influence on style and social history, from its aristocratic origins to its wide appreciation today. The talk will be followed by a sampling of three teas--green, oolong and black--paired with delicious light fare chosen to complement the flavour profiles of each tea.
The Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St. West) May 13th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, tickets are $45 and must be pre-purchased.

Tea at the Spadina Museum
Mother's Day Cream Tea is happening Sunday at the Spadina Museum. Bring your mother to the Spadina Museum to enjoy cream tea in a beautiful setting followed by a tour of the restored museum. Tea and Restoration Tour tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.
The Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Road) May 13, 12:30 & 2:30.

For more Mother's Day ideas, check out our where you can get a Mother's Day brunch.

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For Toronto movie showtimes, view our Movie Listings section.

Lead photo by Kyle Burton / Ty Segall Photo by Ivy Lovell

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