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Weekend events in Toronto: January 18-20, 2013

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this January 18-20, 2013.


Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
The Montreal/Toronto progressive rock outfit Yamantaka // Sonic Titan bring their unique blend of pop, noise, metal and folk to The Garrison this Friday night for a show featuring performance art and music. Gaining a lot of attention in 2012 for their Polaris Prize nomination, the duo behind Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have expanded to include nine other artists in their shows. No word on how many band members will be involved in--and what elements they will bring--to tonight's performance.
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), January 18, 2013, 9PM $10

Music at the May
Co-presented by Tad Michalak (of Feast in the East) and Eastern Promises, the May is taken over by a diverse roster of indie acts such as Gay, The Walls are Blonde, and Child Bite this Sunday night. Should be an evening of everything from '60s garage rock to laidback folk tunes.
May (876 Dundas St. West), January 20, 2013, 9PM, $5

For more music listings, check out our Hot Ticket and January Concerts posts.


1993 may have brought us The Unabomber, "Whoomp (There It Is)," and Jurassic Park, and 20 years later, on this Friday night, it brings us one of the greatest dance parties known to Toronto. Mr. Pong's Bar on Dundas West will celebrate the year of plaid shirts and belly tops with a massive '93 themed celebration. Nothing is off limits--if it happened in '93, it has a place at this party. Dress up or don't. Dance or don't. Just relive your youth and try to ignore the fact that you have vivid memories of things that happened 20 years ago.
Mr. Pong's Bar (1576 Dundas Street West), January 18, 2013, 10pm


Problem Solved--Rich People's Problems
Rich people problems exist and it takes a good comedian to isolate the issues of the 1% and solve them. Tweet your problems to @TOProblemSolved or email to be handed over to comedians to discuss in public, where they will laugh at you and probably make it worse. Hosted by Aaron Hagey-MacKay, the panelists will include Ron Sparks, Evany Rosen (Picnicface), Steph Tolev (Ladystache) and more.
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), January 20, 2013, 8PM PWYC

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


101 Markets
3030 plays host yet again to 101 Markets, the Junction's local handmade and vintage marketplace that takes place every third Sunday of the month. Opening early Sunday morning, the January edition of 101 will feature vintage winterwear, handmade ties and coasters, and original art prints. 3030 will be open for business, which means food and drink will also be available for shoppers. The market closes up shop at 5PM.
3030 (3030 Dundas Street West), January 20, 2013, 10:30AM


Nerdgasm: All Things Whedon Variety Show
Don't be ashamed if you can't hold back the nerdgasm you get from this event. Screenwriter/producer/director Joss Whedon will be honoured by Toronto geeks with a variety show with the theme of all things Whedon. Burlesque dancers, artists, fire performers, and singers will perform in inspired costumes to music from Whedon's works like Serenity, Firefly, The Avengers, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer this Sunday evening at the Mod Club. No Whedon project will be forgotten, with his most memorable characters being reenacted onstage throughout the show. Tickets range in price (and are very quickly selling out), but general admission will be available at the door.
The Mod Club (722 College Street), January 20, 2013, 7PM $15-$30


Winter 端ber-Swap: A Used & Vintage Clothing Exchange
Over 100 scavengers will gather at the Queen Street East Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning to for the 9th 端ber-Swap gathering, where folks looking to exchange their goods for other people's treasures can do so without money changing hands. The thrift shop-style swap welcomes women's and men's clothing, footwear and accessories that are clean and gently-used to be dropped off at Nathalie-Roze & Co. (1015 Queen Street East) prior to the event. Everyone is expected to donate 1 bag (10+ items) before being able to participate in the swap with all leftover items donated to Double-Take, the Yonge Street Mission's thrift shop.
Queen Street East Presbyterian Church (947 Queen Street East), January 19, 2013, 11AM $10

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


In Vino Veritas
A satire about the inebriated, the jolly, and the tragic that house themselves inside pubs on any given night is no better performed than in a pub, which is why In Vino Veritas opens in the most fitting of theatres: The Wellesley Fox & Fiddle. Once a month, this series of comic monologues by Teige Reid of Pub Crawl Theatre takes place in this Wellesley Street pub, telling a story about cruel fate. The performance takes place on Friday night and should be over before the denizens that Reid mimics in his piece show up for their nightcap. Tickets are available at the door.
The Wellesley Fox & Fiddle (27 Wellesley Street East), January 18, 2013, 7PM $20

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

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The Economics of Happiness
Films @ the Hub begins its monthly series with the inaugural screening and discussion surrounding Steven Gorelick, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and John Page's The Economics of Happiness. This 2011 documentary explores the ties of happiness to globalization, localization and the GNP of individual countries with discussion from experts like environmentalists Bill McKibben and Rob Hopkins. Following the screening, the audience will engage in a discussion about what it means to be happy and how our economic practices impact this. Join the Beaches community to talk environment, lifestyle, and money with this fascinating documentary as the contextual backdrop.
Beach Business Hub (2181 Queen St. East, #301), January 19, 2013, 7PM $15 adult, $10 children under 13

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


by the dozen: Junction Neighbours
Artists by and of the Junction participate in this exhibit that aims to triangulate a community so that neighbours know their neighbours. by the dozen features local names like Daniel Hutchinson, Linda Martinello, Anders Oinonen, and Luke Painter, all of whom use photographs and paintings to highlight the small-town community feel of the neighbourhood. The opening reception takes place this Friday night at 6PM and, of course, the whole neighbourhood is invited to the party and to view the exhibit until February 17th. This exhibit is just one of the ten that take place across the city as a preview to the upcoming Toronto Design Offsite Festival, which begins Monday the 21st.
Telephone Booth Gallery (3148 Dundas Street West), January 18, 2013, 6PM Free


An Evening of Molecular Gastronomy
For those looking to try new things as part of their New Year's resolution, Uniiverse's Rookie of the New Year closes out its week of experimentation by hosting An Evening of Molecular Gastronomy. Participants in this workshop will learn about the science of creating texture and taste in every day foods (this means you get to play with blow torches, smoking guns and liquid nitrogen). Chef John Placko will teach this course on molecular cuisine at the Uniiverse headquarters on Jarvis. There are only a few spots left so book for Friday night's class soon!
Uniiverse HQ (111 Jarvis Street), January 18, 2013, 7PM $70

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


Putting Racism to Rest: A Rally Against The Toronto Sun Media
Torontonians are invited to protest at the offices of the Toronto Sun this Saturday afternoon against the paper's Anti-Native rhetoric. Aiming to protect Natives from prejudiced reporting, a group will gather for a peaceful protest in an effort to debunk the racist myths that are published on the Sun's pages. Organizers invite protestors to join in drowning out the noise of the Sun with drums, placards and signs.
Toronto Sun (1-333 King Street East), January 19, 2013, 2PM Free

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