toronto events july 26

Radar: Tasty Thursdays, Queer Beer Festival, Letter Rip! Curator's Tour, Made In Canada, To Find A Muse

FOOD | Tasty Thursdays
Tasty Thursdays at Nathan Phillips Square continues for the third week with international food being grilled up fresh during the lunch hour in the heart of Toronto. At noon, Jaffa Road will perform for the munching crowds while vendors like Woody's Burgers, The Real Jerk Restaurant and La Cocina de Dona Luz Restaurant offer up their goods for under $7. Enjoy international foods at reasonable prices with a new pop-up vendor each week (check out West Side Beef today).
Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. West) 11AM $7 or less for food

DRINK | Queer Beer Festival
It's beerfest weekend and for the 2nd annual year, the trans and queer communities gather for their own brew-centric celebration. The Queer Beer Festival celebrates the diversity of Toronto communities and brewing companies by bringing together over 200 brewers and queer performers like Uh Huh Her and Hunter Valentine at Bandshell Park for one night only. Tickets are available on the Queer Beer Festival website with a hoptimized option for an additional $10. Cheers to queers and beers!
Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place (200 Princes' Boulevard) 4:30PM $38.50

ART | Letter Rip! Curator's Tour
Letter Rip! Art, Words and Toronto brings the visual and literary together with works by designers, artists and an exhibit of books by publisher Charles C. Thomas from the collection of Monkey Paw's Stephen Fowler. Works by Andy Callahan, Hyang Cho, Michelle Gay and Gary Taxali will complement the exhibit to show the overlap of art and words in Toronto's cultural community. Curator Charles Reeve will lead a free tour of the collection this evening at OCADU but the exhibit remains on display until October 6th with artist talks happening throughout its duration.
OCADU (230 Richmond Street West) 6PM Free

FASHION | Frugal Fashion Week 2012 presents Made In Canada
Made In Canada kicks off Frugal Fashion Week 2012 by showcasing stylish and affordable clothing that supports the economy with clothes made locally. Now in its fourth year, Frugal Fashion Week is all about exhibiting local designers and boutiques in Toronto, and this year, Made In Canada will explore Rosedale-Summerhill boutiques exclusively. Roots Canada hosts the show and there will be homemade sodas by Chef Ariel Coplan and sandwiches by Fran's Restaurant for guests to enjoy. All proceeds go toward The Stiletto Project's 1000 Acts of Frugal, which donates on-trend clothing to at-risk women.
Roots (1073 Yonge Street) 7PM $10

Award-winning Oakville photographer Michael Willems opens his solo art exhibit To Find A Muse in the Distillery District tonight. Curated by Gregory Talas, Willems finds his muse in life model Kim Gorenko, who he has photographed for over five years in various locations, placing her in moody images that prove nudity and vulgarity are mutually exclusive. The exhibit runs until August 26th and Willems will be present at the official opening this evening.
Kodiak Gallery, The Distillery District (24 Tank House Lane) 5PM Free


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