Weekend Events in Toronto: May 10-12, 2013
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this May 10-12, 2013.
The Junction Flea is coming home. Abandoning it's winter spot at The Great Hall, Junction Flea returns to its origins at Indian Road and Dundas West, setting up shop in the outdoor parking lot where it was born. Vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to housewares to vintage clothing will be on site all day long with live music by Kieran Adams and Joseph Shabason of DIANA playing at Opticianado down the road.
Indian Road and Dundas Street West, May 12, 2013, 9 AM $2
Spring It On 707 Neighbourhood Block Party
Spring It On is more than just a street food party--it's a neighbourhood experience. This neighbourhood block party will serve as the season opener of the Scadding Court 707 market, where small businesses are housed in large shipping containers. Food vendors and several food trucks like Ceviche 707, TNT Roti and House of Jaffle will be set up as local folk musicians perform for the crowds. This event kicks off the Flavours of the City event series, which only takes place on the 2nd Friday of every month throughout the summer. Come down the block and meet the neighbours this Friday evening.
Market 707 (707 Dundas Street West), May 10, 2013, 5PM Free
Toronto Flower Market
The Toronto Flower Market is the city's first outdoor flower and plant market selling local product from Ontario greenhouses. Opening Saturday morning, the TFM offers discounted potted plants and freshly cut flowers grown by local horticulturists and gardeners. Taking place once a month at 99 Sudbury, this market offers some of the best flower selections in the province with an array of colours and types of flowers to choose from. Supporting the pickOntario campaign by Flowers Canada Inc., the Toronto Flower Market is a must-see for those who support the local movement. (And think of all the Instagram photo ops!)
99 Sudbury (99 Sudbury Street), May 11, 2013, 10AM Free
Bells on Bloor 2013
An en masse bike ride will take place this Saturday afternoon to advocate for bicycle and pedestrian safety. Bells on Bloor 2013 will be a group bike ride, beginning at High Park's Bloor Gate off Parkside Drive and ending at Queen's Park. Honouring moms and kids for Mother's Day, riders will celebrate motherhood by decorating their bicycles with flowers and Sweet Pete's Bike Shop will be donating bells to riders without to ensure safety. Join the movement! Cyclists will meet at 12PM sharp.
High Park Bloor Gate (Parkside Drive), May 11, 2013, 12PM Free
SONGS: A Dance Party featuring Foals
Didn't get tickets to the Foals concert at Kool Haus this Saturday night? Two parts of the English indie rock band behind the 2013 album Holy Fire will play a guest DJ set at The Great Hall following their show with Surfer Blood and Blondfire. Presented by Young Lions Music Club, Edwin Congreave and Jack Bevan will play a set of their favourite tunes after their show at the Kool Haus, following a DJ set by Summer Fling DJs. Tickets are cheap, the music will be good and Mill Street is providing beers. Sounds like the perfect summer evening to us.
The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), May 11, 2013, 10PM $5
PP41: Doldrums | Doom Squad | Cellphone | Omhouse
Doldrums has been recording mixtapes and EPs for several years but at this Saturday night's show, there is something to celebrate--the Montreal DJ and electronic musician has released his first full-length album Lesser Evil. Playing tonight with live drummers and his own falsetto, the singer/producer/DJ will rework songs off the album, tweaking them for a live audience. Joining Doldrums onstage will be opening acts Doom Squad, Cellphone and Omhouse with DJ Ell V and Josh McIntyre also providing tunes. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), May 11, 2013, 9PM $10 advance, $12 door
CONTACT Photography Festival
CONTACT is the world's largest photography festival, and an annual event in Toronto. The theme of this year's festival is Field of Vision, and it includes public installations on city streets and subway stations, as well as museums and galleries. You've got plenty of time to check it out, as the show runs until May 31.
Citywide May 1-31
Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2013 Nerds and geeks alike can rejoice as TCAF hits town once again. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the festival, and will provide the chance for fans to meet some of the biggest names in the comic world, such as Art Spiegelman, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Hope Larson, and Faith Erin Hicks.
TCAF is free, and runs from May 11 from 9 AM to 5 PM, and May 12 from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Scott Thompson Live
Kids in the Hall actor and comedian Scott Thompson performs his latest original show at The Flying Beaver Pubaret. Meet John Coon is Thompson's one-man show which will show off the comedian doing what he does best--character acting. Performing this one night only, Thompson will be up to his old tricks so die-hard fans will not be disappointed with the classic Canadian comedy show at the Pubaret this Saturday night. Tickets will be sold at the door.
The Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliament Street), May 11, 2013, 9PM $20 advance, $25 door
For more comedy listings, check out This Week in Comedy.
This weekend is your last chance to catch the High Park Cherry blossoms.
When a bullied teen makes a threat online, he finds himself buried in controversy in his small community. Jason Buxton's feature debut Blackbird has garnered critical acclaim and awards at major international film festivals, effectively launching the careers of young actors Connor Jessup, Alexia Fast and Alex Ozerov. The Canadian indie that takes an in-depth look at online bullying opens at Yonge-Dundas Square theatre for a one-week engagement on Friday. Join members of the cast and crew for special Q&A screenings on Friday and Saturday at the 7:45PM screenings.
Yonge-Dundas Square (10 Dundas Street East), May 10-16, 2013, various times
For more film listings, check out This Week in Film.
2nd Annual Toronto Wing Festival
Though blogTO has narrowed down some of the best wings in Toronto, the 2nd Annual Toronto Wing Festival is searching for the singular best wing. Fearless Fred of Edge Radio hosts a festival in which several wing-makers compete for the title of wing king. All-you-can-eat wings, dozens of beer brewers and live musicians will fill 99 Sudbury this Friday night as Fred determines who makes the best wings in the city with the help of television host Bob Blumer. Eat wings and be merry as all proceeds from this event go directly to charitable organizations.
99 Sudbury (99 Sudbury Street), May 10, 2013, 6PM $30
For more food listings, check out Toronto Food Events.
Philip Sparks Open Factory
Vintage-inspired Toronto clothing company Philip Sparks is opening their factory doors to give interested parties a behind-the-scenes look at how their dapper look is produced. Settled in a former bread factory in the Junction, the Philip Sparks warehouse will be in full production mode, creating summer and fall pieces as guests are invited to mill about and watch. The Saturday afternoon event runs until 5PM and is an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming seasonal wear.
Philip Sparks Factory (130 Cawthra Avenue, Unit 107), May 11, 2013, 1PM Free
For more fashion listings, check out This Week in Fashion.
Photo by Tom Ryaboi
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