Blackout Rap Battle

Weekend events in Toronto: February 19-21 2016

Weekend events in Toronto will help get you out of a winter slump with everything from art exhibitions to rap battles. The Artist Project will take over the Better Living Centre this weekend, showcasing 5,000 works by over 250 artists. If your more into seeing a lyrical throwdown, head to 99 Sudbury to catch this year's instalment of the Blackout Rap Battle.

For more events this weekend click on over to our events section.


Hip-Hop Karaoke 9th Anniversary (Feb. 19)
Hip-Hop Karaoke is celebrating its 9th anniversary at Revival this Friday with Del the Funky Homosapien and Grolsch Creates. If you're over watching aspiring singers butcher Mariah Carey and Journey, this makes for a solid alternative.

Long Winter (Feb. 17-19)
Long Winter, a seasonal staple, will end its year this weekend with a show at The Great Hall. Expect to see acts like For Esme and The Wooden Sky plus a bevy of art, performances, installations, dances and readings.

Blackout 6 Rap Battle (Feb. 19-20)
Venture to 99 Sudbury on February 19 and 20 to watch the lyrically gifted go head-to-head in the city's biggest rap battle event. If you want a taste of what's in store, check out the KOTD event trailer here. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Drake will be making an appearance this year. Tickets will set you back $55 for a two-day GA pass.


Winter Stations (Feb. 15-Mar. 20)
If you spent October 1st fawning over outdoor exhibitions at Nuit Blanche and the end of January at Toronto Design Offsite, Winter Stations will be right up your alley. The competition has turned several life guard stations in the Beaches into works of art up until March 20.

The Artist Project (Feb. 18-21)
The Artist Project isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it serves as a safe introduction for those looking to get a glimpse at this city's burgeoning contemporary art scene. Outside of the commercial work, be sure to visit the UNTAPPED Emerging Artist section, which features 20 of Canada's notable up-and-comers.


Rhubarb Festival (Feb. 17-28)
Fans of theatre, dance, music, and performance art will flock to Buddies in Bad Times at the end of the month for the venue's annual experimental art fest. The 37th edition of the event will kick off on February 17 with a party featuring performances by Girls Rock Camp and a few special surprises.

Sounds of The Weeknd // XO Till We Overdose (Feb. 19)
Wanna celebrate Abel Tesfaye's recent Grammy wins? Come Friday, FICTION will be blaring The Weeknd's discography until the early hours of the morning. You'll want to brush up on everything from "Earned It" to "I Can't Feel My Face".

DJ Skate Nights: Finale with Tony Touch (Feb. 20)
Head to the Harbourfront Centre on this Saturday for the final DJ Skate Night of the season. The music for this week's installment will be brought to you by Tony Touch.

LunarFest (Feb. 20-21)
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey by heading to the Harbourfront Centre for LunarFest this Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature marionette theatre shows, top-notch eats, tea tasting, fortune telling, lion dancing and more.

Dita Von Teese Live (Feb. 20)
The reigning "Queen of Burlesque" is touching down in Toronto to perform her routine at the Phoenix on Saturday. If you can't make it to the main event, she'll be doing a book signing at Rosie The Rebel during the afternoon.

Icefest 2016 (Feb. 20-21)
The Bloor-Yorkville Icefest will be returning for its 11th year on February 20th. You can expect the regular roster of ice carving demos, DJs and local eats. The best part? It won't cost you a dime to get in.

Broad City Trivia (Feb. 21)
Have you spent your Saturdays binge-watching Broad City? Well, good news, you can finally put your knowledge of Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson's shenanigans to good use on Sunday. The Gladstone is hosting a quiz with trivia questions, audio clues, video montages and more, all revolving around NYC's most beloved duo.


Winter Brewfest (Feb. 19-20)
On February 19 and 20, the Enercare Centre will be filled with brew-loving Torontonians for the city's newest beer event: Winter Brewfest. If you couldn't get a ticket for Steamwhistle's frosty beer bash in January (the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival), this is your chance to sample some of the best craft beverages the city has to offer.


BYE FOREVER Seconds & Sample Sale (Feb. 20)
Head to Propeller Coffee on Saturday to snag discounted textiles, sweets, ceramics, home goods and prints. Vendors include homegrown favourites like Weekender Supply Co., Light & Paper, Avril Loreti and more.

Gladstone Winter Flea (Feb. 21)
The Gladstone is continuing its series of winter flea markets with an event this Sunday. You'll find a ton of one of kind fashion and home pieces plus a healthy share of vintage goods. If you can't stop by this weekend, it'll also pop up on March 20.

The Leslieville Flea (Feb. 21)
The Leslieville Flea is bringing a host of vintage, salvaged, upcycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and more to the Distillery District on Sunday. Over 50 vendors will be in attendance, so there's plenty to see (and buy).

For more events this weekend click on over to our events section. Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit it for free using this form.

With contributions by Amy Grief.

Photo of last year's Blackout Rap Battle by Alejandro Santiago


Thanks to Grolsch for sponsoring this post.

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