In this Weekend Planner: highlighting Anishinaabe art, a painting showdown, and a Hasselhoff extravaganza.
- Art: “Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes“ is a collaborative effort of the AGO and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in New York City, where the exhibition recently wrapped up after a one-year run. The displays are organized by themes relating to Anishinaabe concepts of place and spirituality, and how they interact with the outside world. One of the most intriguing themes is “cottager colonialism,” which suggests that the colonization of indigenous land continues by way of vacationing tourists. Political statements are scattered throughout the exhibition, from Nadia Myre’s bead-covered pages of the Indian Act to the use of historical indigenous status documents in Robert Houle’s “Premises” series. Floral beaded bags and leggings, meanwhile, provide inspiration for the contemporary paintings of Christi Belcourt, an Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award recipient. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $19.50 (included with general adult admission). Details
- Sports: Those of you who have so much energy that you’re bouncing off the walls will want to pay attention to this very appropriate, albeit quite literal event suggestion. Women’s Parkour Jam is two days of activities geared towards those who enjoy the sport, or want to learn more about it. Discover a new way of traversing our city, with both indoor and outdoor demonstrations and workshops. Monkey Vault Movement Training Centre (100 Symes Road), Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m., $10. Details
- Festivals: The arts are alive and well in Parkdale, and this weekend they’re spilling into the streets and taking over as many spaces as possible! Why? The Lab Cab Festival is on, bringing two full days of theatre, dance, music, film, crafts, comedy, and visual art to Queen West. Aiming to provide a safe creative space, the festival connects local experienced and amateur artists to their community, while encouraging them to experiment with their crafts. Multiple venues, Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., FREE. Details
- Art: If you think that watching an artist at work is a treat, imagine what it would be like to see Canada’s 20 best painters simultaneously creating masterpieces before your very eyes. That’s exactly what you’ll get at the Art Battle National Championships—one room, and 20 artists creating a new piece of work in hopes of securing the title of our country’s best live painter. All creations will be available for purchase via silent auction after the competition. Mattamy Athletic Centre (50 Carlton Street), Saturday at 7 p.m., $12-$70. Details
- Film: Oscar-worthy movies are great and all, but there’s just something special about experiencing the dregs of the industry with a group of people. Ergo, Bad Movie Tonight Toronto has put together a Hasselhoff Extravaganza! As one might expect, the evening will focus on the very best/worst of David Hasselhoff’s career, with a screening of 1978’s Starcrash, followed by Baywatch Nights—the crime spin-off of the popular beach drama (yeah, that was a thing). Grab a friend, a drink, and prepare to ask repeatedly, “Why? Just why?” Clinton’s (693 Bloor Street West), Sunday at 8 p.m., FREE. Details
- Art: If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 adults. Details
Film: You’d be hard-pressed to think of a filmmaker more frequently linked to his national cinema in the popular imagination than Satyajit Ray, whose work in the 1950s brought an independent streak to the production of Indian cinema as famously as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless countered the establishment of French costume dramas around the same time. Yet prior to the 1990s, you might have found it equally difficult to name a major international figurehead who was as underrepresented at repertory screenings, so dire was the state of the films’ prints.
Twenty years after the Academy Film Archive restored the Bengali director’s deteriorating and otherwise endangered negatives and made proper retrospectives possible, TIFF Cinematheque offers “The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray,” a far-ranging program that gives Toronto audiences the opportunity to see the fruit of that labour as well as the work of arguably India’s most influential filmmaker. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West). Details
- Performing Arts: So far, this summer has seen music, film, theatre, and food in the spotlight, and now it’s time to focus on the foxy females (with a few guys thrown in for good measure). The Toronto Burlesque Festival is taking over Revival Bar, the Mod Club, and the Hyatt Regency Hotel for four days of shows, classes, and parties with some of the sexiest performers from across the continent. Multiple venues, Friday at 10 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.,10 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m., $22.50–$70.00, $130 for 3-day pass. Details
- Film: Every part of our city will be drenched in WorldPride this summer, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bent Lens: Pride on Screen comprises nearly two months of screenings, exhibits, and speaking engagements that reflect the broadness of our LGBT community. Check out films under the stars in David Pecaut Square, take in a conversation with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, and much more. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West). Details
- Music: The Beaches International Jazz Festival has grown over the years into 10 days chock-full of diverse programming, including a jazz run, a street festival, a food truck fest, and much more. It’s as much a celebration of the Beaches area and community itself as it is a jazz fest, although an appreciation for the music is evident throughout. Artists playing main-stage concerts include Trampled Under Foot, Paul James, and Dumpstaphunk—check out our top picks. , all day and all day, FREE. Details
- Theatre: With so many sold-out shows at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, there were plenty of people who didn’t get to see many of Torontoist‘s top picks. Not to worry: as they have for several years now, the Toronto Centre for the Arts is presenting Best of Fringe, a two-week additional run for some of the most popular shows at this year’s festival, including Theatre Brouhaha’s Punch-Up, Pea Green Theatre’s Three Men in a Boat, and The Howland Company’s 52 Pick-Up. We strongly suggest double billing shows over an evening (each show runs about an hour) and buying tickets well in advance, as each show gets only three performances. Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street), all day and all day, $17.75–$21.75. Details
- Photography: Our fascination with fame and celebrity isn’t new—and this is illustrated in Izzy Gallery’s newest exhibit, Terry O’Neil: The Man Who Shot the Sixties. A photographer from the U.K., O’Neill snapped iconic shots of everyone from The Beatles and Rolling Stones to Brigitte Bardot and Faye Dunaway. The opening party features an appearance by O’Neill himself, and his “photographs from the frontline of fame” will remain on display until the end of August. Izzy Gallery (106 Yorkville Avenue), Saturday at 11 a.m., FREE. Details
- Offbeat: This is one of those fun activities where a little bit of education gets snuck in, without your really noticing. The St. Lawrence Market Scavenger Hunt pits teams against each other in a competition to find clues throughout one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods. Since the theme is “Then and Now,” the 19 riddles and codes will focus on more than 200 years of local history and art. Berczy Park (35 Wellington Street East), Saturday at 12 p.m., $25. Details
- Theatre: Fans of oddball British humour—rejoice! The Lower Ossington Theatre has brought the genius of Monty Python’s Eric Idle to Toronto with their rendition of Spamalot. Watch as flying cows, killer rabbits, and all sorts of bizarre elements come together to tell a twisted version of the legendary story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Lower Ossington Theatre (100 Ossington Avenue), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., $49–$59. Details
- Festivals: The fifth annual Waterfront Night Market, held a stone’s throw from the lake, on Cherry Street, will feature a vast array of “street food,” predominantly Asian-style. There will also be several performance stages, a midway and “kids zone,” and plenty of late-night attractions, such as the sports court and an interactive karaoke exhibit. T&T Supermarket (222 Cherry Street), Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., FREE. Details
- Music: There’s bound to be a lot of barbecuing, beaching, and boozing around the city this summer, so we’d like to suggest something a little more refined to keep things balanced. The Music in the Garden series features weekly performances by a variety of unique musical groups, amid the luscious greenery of the Toronto Music Garden. The Akwesasne Women Singers start things off on July 3 with a showcase of English and Mohawk songs, followed by Music from the Garden of India (July 24), an all-female fiddling supergroup (July 31), the Nagata Shachu taiko drumming ensemble (August 21), the Veretski Pass Trio (September 4), and many more. Toronto Music Garden (479 Queens Quay West), Sunday at 4 p.m., FREE. Details
- Music: It’s going to be hard adhering to the “day of rest” idea this summer, with Sunday Serenades taking over Mel Lastman Square every weekend. Your toes will tap, your fingers will snap, and before you know it you’ll be dancing up a storm to some of the most talented big bands in the GTA. Check out Sophisticated Swing (July 13), the Mississauga Swing Band (July 20), the Toronto All-Star Big Band (July 27), the Bob Cary Orchestra (August 3), the Metro Big Band (August 10), and the Swing-Shift Big Band (August 17). Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge Street), Sunday at 7 p.m., FREE. Details
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