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The top 5 free events in Toronto: May 9-15 2016

Free events in Toronto this week range from tailgating at the ACC in support of the Raptors' play-off run to quirky art shows about 1970s malls to one of the year's biggest comic book celebrations. There's no need to stay at home in your sweatpants if your bank account is dry.

Here's a roundup of free events in Toronto this week.

Jurassic Park Raptors' Fan Zone Party (May 9, 11, and 13)
Now that the Raptors are through to the second round, fans at Jurassic Park, the aptly named area on the west side of the ACC, has become even more frenzied than before. Starting around two hours before tip-off, the tailgating gets underway during both home and away games, though the atmosphere during the latter is always a bit more exciting.

Wendy Chun on Habitual New Media (May11)
Broaden your understanding of the rapid ways in which media and technology are shaping our lives with the immensely intelligent Wendy Chun, who serves as the Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. The subject of her upcoming book and this talk is how technology is at its most important to us not when it's novel, but when it becomes habitual.

Rodney Graham at Contact 2016 (May 12)
One of the great things about the Contact Photography Festival being spread out over a month is that big openings still take place well after the fest has gotten underway. This is a case in point as Canadian artist Rodney Graham opens his show Jack of All Trades in which he stars in self-portraits related to a variety of professions.

Gallery Galleria (May 12-17)
The notorious Galleria Shopping Mall is turned into a big art gallery for this event featuring nine artists tasked with responding to the "mall's current ecology, varied economies, and aesthetic eccentricities." The next decade will see massive change here, and these works try to assess what will be lost when the mall is razed. Opening reception May 13, 6-8pm in the Centre Court.

Toronto Comic Arts Festival (May 14-15)
Toronto's biggest comic book festival is back for another year at the Reference Library. In addition to the main fair - which is always free - there is a host of affiliate events taking place across the city.

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Photo by Christian Bobak.

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