Indian Giver Setsune Incubator

The top 5 free events in Toronto: June 6 - 12

Free events in Toronto this week will probably get you riled up. Most notably an art show about cultural appropriation in fashion and a panel discussion about the 1981 Bathhouse Raids. The latter was an event that changed gay rights in Toronto forever and is part of Pride Month programming.

Here's what to do in Toronto this week in case those holes in your pockets haven't been fixed yet.

Tafelmusik baroque summer institute (June 6 - 18)
The classical music fest returns this summer with four free music shows in June. Music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and more from the talented hands and mouths of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

Human Rights Panel: Bathhouse Raids (June 7)
Part of Pride Month programming all over the city, this Human Rights Panel at the 519 Community Centre focuses on the 1981 Bathhouse Raids. This was the year I was born, but the results of these non-sensical raids still reverberate in gay Toronto today. Margaret Atwood is among the speakers on the panel.

Indian Giver (June 8)
You know those girls that wear feather headdresses to music festivals? Seriously, if you know one of them recommend this show. In partnership with Craft Ontario and Culture Storm Indian Giver addresses issues of cultural appropriation through fashion, textiles and wearable art. Opening reception is June 9 6:30 - 10 p.m.

Cheryl Pop: Objects for listening (June 8 - July 4)
Cheryl Pop is an extremely cool artist from Chicago. Just LOOK at this gold leaf room she created in 2012. For this new show she's created a site-specific work in partnership with OCAD students. Head to the opening party which features a House of Monroe's mini- vogue ball and DJs Mary Mack and Cozmic Cat.

Open Tuning music festival (June 11)
This adorable little music fest made our Free Outdoor Live Music for Summer 2016 list. I saw adorable because it happens on porches, in garages, laneways and parks around Seaton Village (West Annex). Bringing your own instrument to join in, is encouraged and you'll probably find someone to play with since there are over 90 acts, 40 genres of music and 15 official venues.

Photo from the Setsune Incubator website.

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