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Free events in Toronto: June 9-15, 2014

Free events in Toronto this week take you outdoors if you're lucky - generally a free place to be, yes, but as the longest day of the year approaches, concerts, parties, and potlucks make the sunshine all the more special. While some stuff won't be free this week such as dealing with your daddy issues (happy Father's Day), there's plenty to keep you entertained indoors and out. Don't forget your hat, Redditors.

Here's why random nostalgic items belong in your wallet instead of money this week in Toronto.

All caps. Hey, if it's free it's free, so RSVP to see a test screening of "a Feature Film starring Alison Brie" by emailing It's a test screening, so someone might ask you for an opinion. Finally. Monday, June 9, 6:30pm, Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton Street).

Spring Fling
The Piston is giving the last weeks of spring a rush of fun with The Order of Good Cheer (who are releasing an album), Dine Alone Foods, Collective Arts Brewing, and Gooch's World Famous Smoked Meat. For PWYC you can show up to win prizes, see bands, dance to DJs, and see surprise guests. June 11, 18, 25, 9pm, The Piston (937 Bloor St West).

MDFF presents Mike Ott's PEARBLOSSOM HWY
This screening is PWYC, not free, but tossing a couple dollars to the promoters for an Official Selection from Rotterdam International Film Festival 2013 is pretty good business. The film is some American Dream/small town exploration experimental thing, aka 100% on brand for me. June 11, 9pm Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.).

Music in St. James Park: Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Everyone's favourite Toronto Balkan orkestra ("sixteen-piece guerrilla folk force") is playing a free show, because they're super nice. Bring a tambourine or just relax and feel the summer vibes. Friday, June 12, St. James Park (120 King Street East).

The Julee Cruise Ships and The Sandy Pockets
On Friday the 13th you can see a Twin Peaks cover band play for whatever money's in your pocket (PWYC). As time rips try to stay on this side of either Lodge, but if you must pick, go with the darkness. Cooper, wait up! Friday, June 13, 9pm, Holy Oak (1241 Bloor West).

Full Moon Party
This island party is inspired by the Full Moon Party in Thailand. It's a pot luck, and there will be drumming. Friday, June 13, Hanlan's Point Beach, Toronto Island (Hanlan's Point Beach).

Summer Slammers
Party all day long in St Patricks Market Park (Queen and John). Greg Goldsack, DJ Dannyboy, and Whats Dope are your DJs. Friday, June 13, 12pm-11pm, St Patricks Market Park.

Global Reddit Meetup Day Toronto
Why play hipster bingo in the park when you could go fedora hunting at The Office? I can give you a list of reasons if you want. Kidding - we love you, r/Toronto. Saturday, June 14, 7pm, The Office Pub (117 John St.)

The Free Show: Improv Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity comes alive. Get tasteless for free! (Taste is expensive.) Saturday, June 14, 8pm, Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave).

Family Favourites
Saturday Morning Movies for $2.50? That's almost free in the cinema world. This Saturday's screening is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which will screen at 11am at the following theatres: Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas, SilverCity Fairview Mall Cinemas, and SilverCity Yorkdale Cinemas. Check out the line up for the whole summer here. Don't worry, you can show up child-less and hungover - just don't be surprised if random kids ask their mommy's why "that girl looks so sick." Saturday, June 14, 11am, $2.50.

'100 Crushes' Book Launch and Signing
One for fans of comics and graphic novels: Elisha Lim's 100 Crushes brings five years of queer comics together in one soft cover book. That book ain't free, but the launch is, and you can also check out Robert Flack / John Greyson / Elisha Lim / Kiley May's Generations of Queer, too. Sunday, June 15, 2pm, Onsite [at] Ocadu (230 Richmond Street West, Street Level).

Video Vengeance
This free cult VHS screening is back with MegaForce, a 1982 film staring hero Ace Hunter! Necessary exclamation after Hunter, I believe. Sunday, June 15, 8pm,
KITCH (229 Geary Ave).

NXNE 2014 - stay tuned for our yearly Free Events at NXNE post.

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