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This week in Toronto the sleepy days of early 2017 get a jolt with the city's biggest design show in IDS and the concurrent citywide festival known as Toronto Design Offsite. It's a mostly free celebration of local artists and designers featuring installations, talks, and parties that'll have you seeing the city in a whole new light.
Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto this week.
The Toronto Design Offsite Festival is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 16-22. The city-wide fest transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking design and art out of the studio and into the streets with installations, exhibits and parties.
Their new album Walls is out, and they have monster hits you already know... this will be a huge rock show from the Nashville, Grammy award-winning band. It's a good way to start your week off with a bang, and there are still tickets available.
Cocktails with a side of Magic? The Harry Potter themed Lockart thinks so. Magician Dan Trommater will go table to table and give guests some dazzling sleight of hand, convincing even the deepest of nonbelievers. It all begins around 7p.m., and there's no cover.
The Ryerson Image Centre and Black Artist's Networks Dialogue team up to present a season of exhibitions exploring historical and ongoing struggles for justice between people of colour and police forces representing the state. One of the major highlights is No Justice, No Peace: From Ferguson to Toronto at the Gladstone Hotel from February 2 to 26.
Pay tribute to the legendary poet, songwriter and artist with this Genie Award–winning documentary that follows a 30-year-old Leonard Cohen on a visit to his hometown of Montreal. Before he was a celebrated musician, Cohen was a poet and a novelist. This NFB documentary casually observes Cohen in his daily routine: he bathes, he gets a haircut, he delivers a reading before an audience.
Come Up To My Room is The Gladstone Hotel’s Annual Alternative Design event in which the upper floors of the hotel are transformed into wonderfully weird immersive art instillations. Artists and designers create over 20 projects with over 65 participants. This year's theme is Transplant.
The Interior Design Show is Canada’s design fair and features world-renowned designers and architects who participate in keynote speaking series' and create inspiring feature exhibits. Lots of home, office and general life decor ideas.
Internationally renowned music-video master Director X joins Cameron Bailey for a look back at his career, from his formative days in Toronto's 1990s hip-hop scene to his current position as go-to director for some of music's biggest names. He's created career-defining videos for artists like Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, JAY Z, Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.
Although they opened their doors months ago, this grungy new music venue is finally having an official opening party with a free shoe from Fake Palms. Elsa and Lonely Parade and DJ Absolutely Free will also be playing.