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Weekend events in Toronto: March 8-10, 2013

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this March 8-10, 2013.


Tame Impala
After releasing their wickedly successful debut album Innerspeaker in 2010, Tame Impala have been everywhere, from Pitchfork to Coachella, and Spin to Glastonbury. Following the successful release and tour, the band recorded their sophomore album Lonerism, an album that's heavy on synth yet more psychedelic pop than their first record. This Saturday night, the Australian five-piece band plays Kool Haus, with opening act The Growl, an Australian garage junkyard band. Tickets are available at Rotate This and Soundscapes but will be difficult to come by last minute since everyone who isn't at the Patti Smith concert will be there.
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), March 9, 2013, 8PM $25

Patti Smith
Following an incredible Thursday night set at the AGO, Patti Smith plays the Ex's Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday night. The intimate venue is the perfect setting to hear the punk rock songstress' classic hits as well as new tracks from her 2012 album Banga, which was released to universal acclaim. Tickets are sold out, but there are other ways to get your hands on them.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre (190 Princes' Boulevard), March 9, 2013, 7PM $29.50-$49.50

Animal Collective
Saturday night music shows have some fierce competition this weekend with experimental indie rock band Animal Collective also playing this Saturday night at Danforth Music Hall. The Baltimore band has at least a dozen studio albums and EPs to their name but are known for playing entire shows consisting only of new music. If you really want bragging right to discovering new music (we're talking years before these songs will appear on an album), this is the show to check out tonight. Tickets are available through Crowd Surge.
Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue), March 9, 2013, 7PM $27.50

Foundry 2013
Foundry continues this weekend, with another great line-up of artists: Omar S, Reference, and Martin Fazekas will take over BLK BOX for another night of hard-hitting EDM. Check out our preview post here.
BLK BOX (1087 Queen St. W.) March 9, 2013, 10PM $20

For more music listings, check out our This Week in Music and March Concerts posts.


'90s Party: 90210 Edition
Good Kids and She Does the City pair up for a night of proper '90s nostalgia, with all your favourite '90s tunes, and decade-appropriate dress-up encouraged. They'll be serving $1 Brandon Walsh Jello shots, there'll be a photo booth, and even a costume contest and drink prizes.
Annex Wreckroom (794 Bathurst St.) March 8, 2013 10PM $5 before midnight, $10 after

Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up
Vintage pinball and hillbilly rock make up 3030's Rock-A-Billy Shake-Up, an evening of rockabilly bands from across Ontario. Toronto's The Millwinders and London, Ontario's Hey Porter! perform '50s country and rockabilly music with DJs Rockin' Dave Faris and Lincoln Bee Kool playing sets throughout the night. The now-monthly series holds its eighth Rock-A-Billy party on Friday night at 3030. Tickets available at the door.
3030 (3030 Dundas Street West), March 8, 2013, 9PM $5


Toronto Urban Photography Festival
Toronto Urban Photography Festival explores the urban landscape and the fabric of daily human interactions through the works of hundreds of artists. Launching this Saturday, TUPF will welcome Torontonians into galleries across the city with large-scale exhibits like "The Disposable Camera Project" at Lomography Gallery Store (536 Queen Street West), a city-wide camera drop that allowed people to take one photo of what they chose, and "The TO Neighbourhoods Project," an online archive that allows everyone to share a photo story of their neighbourhood. Find the full schedule of shows and events on their website.
Various locations, March 9-23, 2013

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Toronto Comicon
Toronto's pop culture mecca is back this weekend for two days of celebrity appearances and Q&As along with hundreds of zine, comic and graphic novel exhibitors and retailers displaying and selling scifi, comic, anime and gaming collectibles. This year's Toronto Comicon opens Saturday morning and runs until Sunday with appearances by the casts of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Orphan Black." Wear a ridiculous costume or come gawk; either way there is enough to entertain everyone. Check out our preview here.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building (255 Front Street West), March 9, 2013, 11AM $12-$149


The Drake General Store Warehouse Sale
If you don't want to pay full price for a onesie, moose hat, or other curious odds and ends, The Drake General Store is having a warehouse sale with all items up to 70% off. Teaming up with Pendleton clothing, the three-day sale takes place at the Dufferin Street warehouse, where all of Drake's featured winter clothing will be marked down to clear out for summer items. To attend the pre-sale on Friday, RSVP to Arrive early for the best deals!
442 Dufferin Street, Unit 1, March 8-10, 2013, 11AM Free

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


Kitchen Sisters Celebrate Women's Day
Chef Lynn Crawford hosts a dining experience to benefit Sistering, an agency serving homeless, marginalized and low-income women in Toronto. The best female chefs in the city will gather with Crawford at Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village to create cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a four-course meal on International Women's Day this Friday. Kitchen Sisters creator Marion Kane brings on chefs Christine Bib, Suzanne, Donna Dooher, Anne Yarymowich, and Andrea Damon Gibson to participate in the event, which boasts incredible cuisine but at a high price.
Mildred's Temple Kitchen (85 Hanna Avenue), March 8, 2013, 6PM $500

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


Free Friday Film Double Bill
U of T's Cinema Studies Student Union offers a double dose of their weekly Free Friday Film with a special tribute to Motown this Friday night. The weekly series, offering a free film viewing in Innis Town Hall, presents back-to-back screenings of the 1978 film The Wiz, a contemporary twist on L. Frank Baum's classic The Wizard of Oz starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, and Standing in the Shadows of Motown, a documentary about a group of Detroit musicians who played back up for dozens of popular Motown artists. Gain some Motown musical appreciation through a cinematic lens. Keep in mind, this event is completely free!
Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), March 8, 2013, 7PM Free

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


The Walls
21 Iranian artists are given free range on 21 walls, projecting video art, hanging paintings and photographs and displaying sculptures in the Nami Iranian-Canadian Centre for the Arts exhibit "The Walls." The first group project by the centre, which is comprised of 40 Iranian artists working and living in Ontario, The Walls will attempt to introduce Iranian art and culture and assimilate Iranian artists into the local art community. The opening reception takes place Friday night at Arta Galley in the Distillery District. The exhibit runs until March 15th.
Arta Gallery (14 Distillery Lane), March 8-15, 2013, 6PM Free


As I Lay Dying
A 40-mile funeral procession across the Mississippi countryside forces the Bundren family to examine their own humanity--vices and all--as they journey to bury their wife and mother. An original adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, this gothic chronicle presented by Theatre Smith-Gilmour premieres at Theatre Passe Muraille this Friday night, as part of the theatre company's annual fundraising gala. The show runs until March 31st. Tickets are available through Theatre Passe Muraille's box office.
Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), March 8-31, 2013, 7:30PM $15-$45

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


A black comedy performance about a friendship that is challenged when one person begins bludgeoning people to death with rocks, writer/director Kat Sandler's Rock is a hilarious look at the lengths people will go to help out friends who hear murderous voices in their heads. This modern morality play opens Friday night at The Storefront Theatre, and the comedy stars Claire Armstrong, Andy Trithardt and Jen Balen. Tickets are available through Secure a Seat. The show runs on weekends until March 23rd.
The Storefront Theatre (955 Bloor Street West), March 8-23, 2013, 8PM $25

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

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First photo from our review of Tame Impala, second photo from our preview of Toronto Comicon 2013.

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