Weekend events in Toronto: June 14-16, 2013
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this June 14-16, 2013.
The Junction has one and now Leslieville does, too. Located behind The Duke, the popular east end pub, the Leslieville Flea takes place on the third Sunday of every month from June to October and it returns this Sunday to sell antiques, furniture, photography, art and vintage goods. A variety of vendors and artisans will be on hand until 3PM at the first flea of the season but if you want the best market finds, start digging at opening hour.
Behind The Duke (Queen Street East and Leslie Street), June 16, 2013, 10AM Free
If you're at all into Toronto history or photography, the second annual Blocks TO scavenger hunt is worth checking out. Participants are provided with historical photos of Toronto and must search out the locations before taking a photo that tries to match the perspective of the original. It's challenging task and underscores just how much the city has changed over the years.
Starting location: The John St. Roundhouse (Steam Whistle Brewing Company), 11am. $50 (including post hunt reception at the Gladstone.
Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival
Enter and grab a cup: the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival is happening this Friday and Saturday on Sugar Beach. Featuring a performance by Candice Sand, this festival will encourage you to sample wines and craft beers by the water while pretending to listen to pairing seminars when you're really just there for the liquor. Vouchers are $1 for 5 tickets and can be purchased upon arrival. Happy drinking!
Sugar Beach (11 Dockside Drive), June 14-15, 2013, 6PM $21.50
Ontario Craft Beer Week
Keep your drunken stupor from NXNE going well into next week by celebrating Ontario Craft Beer Week with some more brews. OCB is a series of events, taking place in the pubs and bars across the province, for craft brewers to showcase their hard work. Head to The Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton Street) for Beau's BBQ for craft beer menu pairings or Woodbine Park (Lake Shore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue) for the Beach BBQ and Brews Festival; partake in the LCBO Beer Fair at the Summerhill store or take a tour of three award-winning local breweries with OCB tours. The beers are endless and so are the activities you can enjoy while drinking them. Visit ocbweek.ca for more details.
Various locations and times across the city, June 14-23, 2013
You have exactly three days left to enjoy NXNE, Toronto's biggest music festival, and blogTO has tons of shows to recommend. Check out some of our top free shows or our favourite local bands. Not interested in up-and-comers? Check out The National, Moon King and Ludacris, who play Dundas Square this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. For the full music schedule, visit nxne.ca. You'd have to hate music to not find a show you'd enjoy.
Various locations and times across the city, June 10-16, 2013
BIKES & BODIES
World Naked Bike Ride
It's Toronto's most loved and hated day of the year: the Naked Bike Ride is back! Taking place on Saturday afternoon, tons of nudes (maybe even some never-nudes?) will participate in the World Naked Bike Ride, which, if you haven't witnessed it, is exactly what it sounds like. Strip down, grab your bike and ride around town along with a crew of others in the nude, who will be meeting at noon at Coronation Park to begin their journey. Just please, for everyone's sake, thoroughly clean any BIXI you may use.
Coronation Park (Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West), June 15, 2013, 12PM Free
R. Kelly's TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET Sing-Along
So, this is happening. A sing-along screening of the first twenty-two chapters of R. Kelly's hip-hopera Trapped in the Closet will be screening this Saturday night at the Lightbox, proving that TIFF's programmers have a very good sense of humour. I don't see nothin' wrong with singing along to songs like "Bump n' Grind" and "Ignition (Remix)" while trapped in a movie theatre with die-hard R. Kelly fans and you can enjoy this special evening for just $13 (worth it). Hilariously enough, children's tickets are available.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), June 15, 2013, 9PM $13
For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film post.
Taste of Little Italy
The restaurants and bars of Little Italy will be pouring out on to the streets this Friday through Sunday for Taste of Little Italy. A festival celebrating the best in Italian cuisine, restaurants--Italian or not--will be serving discounted samples of their food and drink in stalls along College Street. Artists will be selling their works and a series of Italian performers will play a range of Italian tunes, from classics like the Tarantella to contemporary DJs who flew in from Italy for the festival. Visit any of the restaurants that are part of the Little Italy BIA and you can enter to win a trip for two to Italy.
College Street (between Bathurst Street and Shaw Street), June 14-16, 2013, 6PM Free
Skratch Bastid presents: Bastid's BBQ 2013
Skratch Bastid hosts his third annual Bastid's BBQ at Steam Whistle along with celebrity chef Roger Mooking this Saturday in support of Manifesto Community Projects. This music and food event will feature food by Massive Catering and a special BBQ dish by Mooking. Music will be provided by a series of DJs, including Starting From Scratch, Hedpsin, The Gaff, DJ Pump, Jesse Futerman, Vinyl Richie and a special guest MC that Skratch has been working with closely. Tickets are available through bastidsbbq.eventbrite.ca.
Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard), June 15, 2013, 4PM $15
For more food listings, check out our Toronto Food Events post.
Roncy Rocks! Music & Arts Festival
It's not the Polish festival quite yet but Roncesvalles Village will be celebrating itself this week for Roncy Rocks, the fourth annual music and arts festival that sees the main street close down and west enders come out for an afternoon of food, live performances and free movies. With four stages set up for family-friendly musical performances and a free film playing at The Revue during the Saturday afternoon festivities, there will be plenty of activities for all ages, including a public art installation by Lisa Anita Wegner and a juried art show set up on the street. Workshops and sidewalk sales will be set up throughout the day so come for a purpose or just stroll through to enjoy the scene until 8PM.
Roncesvalles Village, June 15, 2013, 11AM Free
Luminato officially gets underway this weekend. For a look at what's on offer at the festival this year, check out our posts on Luminato-related concerts and theatric performances. Head on over the official site linked to above for other festival events.
For more info on summer festivals in Toronto, check out our roundup post.
Greg Behrendt has taped three stand-up specials for Comedy Central, appeared on The Colbert Report, Chelsea Lately and even Oprah (OPRAH!) so it was only natural that his Saturday night show at Comedy Bar be added to the NXNE Comedy line-up. Playing two shows on Saturday night--one at 8PM and one at 10:30PM--Behrendt will be joined by hosts Craig Fay and Andrew Ivimey, and special guest opener Jay Scott before he takes over the stage for a solo stand-up set. This guy is pretty funny and comes recommended by Janeane Garofalo so don't hold it against him that he also wrote "He's Just Not That Into You."
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), June 15, 2013, 8PM $20
For more comedy listings, check out our This Week in Comedy post.
Lead photo by Scott Snider
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