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Weekend events in Toronto: June 8-10, 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, June 8-10, 2012.


Friday Night Live @ ROM Presents: Music
This week's instalment of the ROM's weekly, adults-only, after-hours party focuses on music through the electric violin of Dr. Draw--who'll be tackling the work of Beethoven--a Yoga Rave in the ROM Rec Room guided by Lululemon and Iam Yoga Inc., and drink prices starting at $5.
The ROM (100 Queen's Park), 6pm, tickets are $9.

Luminato returns to the streets of Toronto for its sixth year, with its signature multi-disciplinary showcase of the city's finest artists in theatre, music, dance, film and more. The festival launches this weekend and takes place at various locations throughout the city, so be sure to refer to the website and our handy preview for how to best plan your days.
Various venues, June 8-17, ticket prices vary.

Promise Party at Sunnyside Pavilion
Although their legendary Cherry Beach parties haven't started yet, you can get a taste of Promise this Saturday when they team up with milk and Brooks Events for an outdoor garden party. You can even take a quick stroll down to the lake afterwards.
Sunnyside Pavilion (1755 Lake Shore Blvd W.), June 9, 10pm, advance tickets are $25

The People's Fundraiser
The People's Fundraiser's goal is to garner proceeds for the North Korean Human Rights Film Festival and raise awareness for the violations taking place in the region. The evening will feature prizes, live music, and the announcement of the festival (July 6-8) line-up.
JangBang Bar (430.5 College Street), June 9, 9pm, $10 cover

Summerworks Launch Party
Toronto independent theatre and arts festival kicks off with a party hosted by Ron Pedersen. The design and Music and Live Art Series will be announced, with performances from Atomic Vaudeville and Nina Arsenault, and food courtesy of Lakeview Restaurant.
Mercer Union Gallery (1286 Bloor St. West), June 9, doors at 8pm, pay what you can


Twin Peaks at the Beaver
If you've never viewed Twin Peaks, you simply must, and if you have, then you understand why this evening of the most-requested Twin Peaks episodes, augmented by samples from David Lynch's soundtracks, and even free organic coffee and cherry pie until midnight, is a can't-miss event. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes.

Twin Peaks
The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West), June 9, 10 pm, tickets are $5 at the door

For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film and This Week in Rep Cinema posts.


Blues and Brews at the Barn
It's a good formula: bring together two top local blues performers, Danny Marks and Bill King, food by Barque Smokehouse, drinks by Amsterdam Brewery, and a silent auction, all for a good cause. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Wychwood Barns Community Association.
Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), June 8, 7pm, advance tickets for the concert only are $20, package tickets are $29 and include food and beer samples

For more music listings, check out our weekly Hot Ticket post.

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Worldwide Knit in Public Day
A worldwide event run by knitters, and intended for knitters, Worldwide Knit in Public Day touches down in Toronto at Wise Daughters in the Junction. This year's morning event features breakfast goodies from Locomotive and Tea Blendz.
Wise Daughters (3079B Dundas St. W.), June 9, 9:30 am,

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


Luminato: Einstein on the Beach
Debuting as part of Luminato, Einstein on the Beach is the groundbreaking 4-act operatic collaboration between theatre's Robert Wilson and composer Phillip Glass. This new production marks the first time it's been performed in North America outside of New York City.
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front Street East), June 8 and 9 at 6pm, June 10 at 3 pm, tickets range between $49-$175.

For more theatre events, check out our This Week in Theatre post


The Drinks Show
Cocktail connoisseurs (and lovers of good food) take note. The 2012 Drinks Show lets you witness rock, paper, scissors and whisky cocktail competitions, enjoy local DJs and gourmet snacks, get an airbrush tattoo, or enjoy $2 cocktail samples or $7 full-size cocktails.
99 Sudbury, June 8 and 9, 6pm-1 am, tickets are $23 on-line, or $30 at the door.

Poetea & Jam
High tea meets poetry at this afternoon of words, ceremonial tea performances, and sweet snacks. Held at Harvest Noon vegan cafe, the event will feature experienced and novice poets alike.
Harvest Noon (16 Bancrot Avenue), June 10, 3pm, free.

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


Get Hypnotized by Gabriello Pitman
Hypnosis and comedy might not seem like a natural pairing--what with your elders warning you not to mock the supernatural--but Gabriello Pitman excels at suggestion and misdirection and is ready to make you question your preconceived notions. You might walk away clucking like a chicken, but hey, that's part of the fun.
Black Swan Comedy (154 Danforth Ave.), June 9, 10pm, $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

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

Knitting photo by John Elmslie in the blogTO Flickr pool

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