The top 5 free events in Toronto: March 9 - 15 2015
Free events in Toronto this week you can embark on a Trekkie odyssey, take in some of the best live music moments from Toronto in the past year, thumb through zines, and look back on the Wonder Years. Long Winter is back for the last time, and as always the Great Hall mega-show is pay-what-you-can. You can also get a free! cupcake! for helping out animals this Friday at Coalition in Kensington Market. Win/win.
Here's how to practice exercising financial fidelity in Toronto this week.
1. Sound Image Photo Show (March 12-29, Analogue Gallery)
This voter-curated exhibit shows submissions from Toronto's best music photographers. The opening is March 12 at the Queen Street gallery from 6-10pm. Full disclosure: our own music photogs' works make an appearance every year.
2. 7th Annual OCADU Zine Fair (March 12, OCAD)
From 11am - 6pm in OCAD's lobby you can browse zines, comics, art prints, and more by students and local artists (almost all of which will be purchasable for pocket change). There will also be on site button making, because what would a zine fair be without buttons?
3. Photopia (March 13, Gallery 44)
One of the most exciting photo shows in Toronto is back: at Gallery 44's yearly fundraiser is back see works by photographers including Tobi Asmoucha, Marc Audette, Sally Ayre, Marco Buonocore, Jamie Campbell, Alice Dixon, Pete Doherty, Brendan George Ko, Jennifer Long, and more. If you can't make the opening, the exhibit is up until March 21.
4. To Be Takei (March 14, Carlton Cinema)
Exciting stuff for Star Trek fans: Carlton Cinema is screening 2014 documentary To Be Takei for free on Saturday night. The eccentric actor played USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu, but the story doesn't end there.
5. The Wonder Years Marathon (March 14, Smiling Buddha)
I've said it before - nostalgia is free. Unless you get into Ebay, then you're screwed - if you can't afford classic TV memorabilia you may actually be on the winning team, especially thanks to this week's free Wonder Years marathon. There will be breaks between episodes (but stay off Ebay).
6. Sunday Scene: Felix Kalmenson (March 15, Power Plant)
The Power Plant Gallery's Sunday Scene series brings dynamic artists to the Harbourfront. This edition features Toronto's Felix Kalmenson, currently showing A Year in Revenue at Pari Nadimi Gallery. Kalmenson "explores the mediation of histories and ongoing narratives by state, institutional and corporate bodies."
Also check out these regular free events
Elvis Mondays (Mondays, The Drake)
Toronto's longest running indie showcase, William New's free show has put thousands of bands on stage. It's at the Drake Underground every Monday.
Free Nights at the Horseshoe (Monday/Tuesday, The Horseshoe)
The Legendary Horseshoe has a storied history, and hosts free indie rock shows in the early week with Shoeless Mondays and Dave Bookman's Nu Music Night on Tuesdays.
Canadian Opera Company (Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre)
September through to early June, catch free classical shows at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts "most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m."
MOCCA (Tuesday - Sunday)
While nearly all art galleries in the city are free to enter, it's worth noting The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is always PWYC.
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