Weekend events in Toronto: June 21-23, 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 21-23, 2013.
Steam on Queen
Ever asked yourself, "Self, what is steampunk?" Last year, 4500 people did and because of the grand curiosity of these folks, the Steam of Queen 2nd Annual Steampunk Street Fair returns this Saturday. Taking place at The Campbell House at Queen and University, this science fiction genre that is typically set in the Victorian era (hence, steam machinery references) will come to life in real time with performances, costumes, food vendors and handicrafts littered throughout and around the historic Toronto home. This is a free event that will include tours of the home but there will be plenty of opportunity to spend money at this sci fi-centric affair. For the full schedule of events, visit steamonqueen.ca.
The Campbell House (160 Queen Street West), June 22, 2013, 11AM Free
2013 Pride Festivities get underway today with a host of parties and other lead-up events. The theme this year is SUPERQUEER, so here's hoping that the festivities are outrageous and exuberant. The festival starts off fairly slow this weekend, but make sure to check out our top 10 events at Pride Toronto post to get ready for the days ahead. There's lots in store.
The Junction Summer Solstice Festival 2013
The Junction is inviting the neighbourhood to spend the longest day of the year together in one place. The Junction Summer Solstice Festival takes place this Saturday, on the summer solstice, with activities and events happening through the day around the Dundas West and Keele area. The DIY culture that the neighbourhood has become known for will be alive and well with vendors set up selling their art, designs and music and a night flea market taking place once the sun goes down. A night movie screening has also been added to a full day of entertainment. Head west for the solstice magic on Saturday!
The Junction (Dundas Street West & Keele Street), June 22, 2013, 12PM Free
Love is Lust x Lust is Love presents The Lab Magazine
The Lab Magazine celebrates the launch of its 7th issue with an outrageous, lusty, sweaty party at House of Moments this Friday night. With DJ sets by Diamond Rings, Natural Animal and Kings of the North, this party is all about the artist-to-artist culture that fashion, film, music, photography, art, and culture magazine perpetuates. Copies of the issue will be handed out free with tickets, which are available on the eventbrite page.
House of Moments (386 Carlaw Avenue), June 21, 2013, 10PM $15 advance $20 door
Strange Brew Festival
Mind readers and gypsy punks, beer experts and foodies will gather for an evening of the strange within one of the coolest venues in the city. Strange Brew Festival, presented by Mill Street Brewery and Young Lions Music Club, happens this Friday night at Metropolis Factory in conjunction with Ontario Craft Beer Week. But this is no ordinary love of beer--Strange Brew will feature 11 top Ontario brewers while sideshow acts like bearded ladies, contortionists, sword eaters and mind readers roam. The evening will be topple the odd scale with performances by Dwayne Gretzky, The Golden Dogs and Jumple. Gourmet Gringos, Hogtown Smoke and The Feisty Jack will provide the munchies. Keep Toronto weird: come by for a strange brew.
Metropolis Factory (50 Edwin Avenue), June 21, 2013, 8PM $20
Toronto Jazz Festival
It's Friday and it's a free for all: One of Toronto's longest running music festivals is now underway with all Friday night shows completely free. The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has been one of the premier music scenes in the city since 1987 and this year, the festival has expanded beyond its jazz roots (Willie Nelson played Massey Hall last night as part of the fest). Tonight at Nathan Phillips Square, R&B legend Smokey Robinson will perform a free public show with ticketed shows like James Cotton ($37.85, The Horseshow Tavern) continuing throughout the weekend. Check out our post on 5 must-see concerts for more information.
Various locations, June 21-29, 2013, various times, Free
Gob Squad: Super Night Shot
Super Night Shot is a movie that has been recreated 200 times in cities across the world for ten years. The German artists, Gob Squad, have vowed to wage war on anonymity by ambushing the city of Toronto tonight, turning its people into the actors and its sidewalks into a film set. Embarking on a one hour filming spree at 10PM, Gob Squad will rush the city, demanding and taking content before premiering their film exactly one hour later in David Pecaut Square. Sound mixed live as it plays for the waiting audience, Super Night Shot will be reborn, an entirely different film than it was in Berlin or Bangalore. Head to King West and hope to be a part of it or sit in the audience and wait for the squad to show up with their footage ready.
David Pecaut Square (221 King Street West), June 22, 2013, 11PM Free
The Sheepdogs Have At It
If Greta Gerwig and Sofia Coppola films aren't enough for you this weekend, The Sheepdogs' documentary The Sheepdogs Have At It opens in theatres this Friday evening. Following their rise to fame from obscurity, the film follows the Saskatoon band all the way to their Rolling Stone cover and through to the recording of their next album. This is a doc that has defied the odds by getting theatre time so don't count on it sticking around for too long--see it by Thursday before it's gone.
Cineplex Yonge + Dundas (10 Dundas Street East), June 21-27, 2013, various times, $13.50
For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film post.
The Design Exchange presents the Christian Louboutin Exhibition
Christian Louboutin, personally kicked off the opening of his exhibit Christian Louboutin: An Exhibition Celebrating 20 Years of Design, Artistry and Magic last night at the Design Exchange and this weekend, the show opens to the public. Showcasing the French shoe designer's best stiletto, boot, sneaker and pump creations over the last two decades while celebrating his inspirations, designs and theatrical style, the exhibit displays hundreds of Louboutin's red soled shoes--both rare and popular--for public consumption. Not to worry if you're too busy patio-ing this weekend though; the exhibit runs until the middle of September.
Design Exchange (234 Bay Street), June 21-September 15, 2013, 10AM $22
For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.
EatUpTO is the tech conference of farmers' markets with food innovation at the core of the event. 99Sudbury will become headquarters to this food marketing and networking event on Sunday, with professional chefs, pop-up and food truck entrepreneurs and restaurant experts experimenting with new ideas to better market themselves. The public will act as taste testers, giving immediate feedback and playing a role in the future of foods in their local eateries and markets. Fidel Gastro, Sangwich, Cool City Oyster Yard, Hops and Robbers and The Mexi-Can are just a few of the participants at this foodie festival, which runs just one-day only. Eat your heart out!
99Sudbury (99 Sudbury Street), June 23, 2013, 12PM $20
TO Food Fest 2013
And also competing for top food fest of the weekend is TO Food Fest, a food festival taking happening northeast of the city. Quality international foods will be served with brands like Meat Pie Mates, Babi & Co., NomNomNom Crepes and Marathon Donuts & Coffee joining in on the feast along with dozens of other experienced and amature chefs. This event is completely free and you'll have 5 hours to stuff your face. Sounds like a good lazy Sunday to us.
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (5183 Sheppard Avenue East), June 23, 2013, 1PM Free
For more food listings, check out our Toronto Food Events post.
Toronto's Second Annual Ninja Parade
So this should be weird. Event organizers promise over 75 ninjas in attendance, who will parade around Trinity Bellwoods Park. Hopefully there will be a fight.
Sunday 2-4pm. More info here.
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