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The Big Five: May 22-24

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

Taken during Doors Open 2014 at the Portlands Energy Centre  By Vik Pahwa, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Taken during Doors Open 2014 at the Portlands Energy Centre. By Vik Pahwa, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Doors Open Toronto
Various Locations
May 23-24
Free.

More than 155 buildings across the city will open their doors for free walking tours this weekend in this once-a-year discovery weekend, giving access to places you might not normally get to see. And the City of Toronto has set up a pretty useful interactive guide to planning your visits, sorted by criteria including architectural style, building type, accessibility and so on.

Keep reading: The Big Five: May 22-24

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The Big Five: May 15-18

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

Pinball photo courtesy of event's Facebook page

Pinball photo courtesy of event’s Facebook page.

Beer & Ball Festival
Handlebar (159 Augusta Ave.)
May 15, 7:00p.m.- 2a.m. $8 cover.

The final night of Kensington Market’s 1st annual Beer & Ball Festival features pinball tournaments and prizes followed by a Wavelength Music Series presentation of Big Dick, Kurt Marble, The Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band, Battlewulf with DJ Ravetapes and patio video games by Hand Eye Society.

Keep reading: The Big Five: May 15-18

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The Big Five: May 8-10

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

A page from Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (real name Steve Murray) will be presenting at TCAF, one of our top events this week

A page from Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. Zdarsky (real name Steve Murray) will be presenting at TCAF, one of our top events this week.

Learning from Latin American (Sub)Urbanism
OCAD University (100 McCaul St., Room 230.)
May 8, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free.

A lecture by noted Mexican artist Alejandro Cartagena, to be followed by a conversation with author and urban columnist Shawn Micallef.

For the past decade Alejandro Cartagena has been investigating the relationship between Mexico’s urban centres and the suburbs built around them, examining the ways in which explosive growth has altered the landscape and affected the lives of residents.

Keep reading: The Big Five: May 8-10

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The Big Five: April 24-27

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

Photo from Studio Ghibli Double Bill event Facebook page.

Tangled Arts Festival: Strange Beauty
401 Richmond (401 Richmond St. W)
April 24, 9:00 am – 7:00 p.m. April 25, 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Free.

This collection of new exhibits and performances, carefully selected and commissioned by Canada’s leading disability arts organization, invites audiences to reimagine and rediscover conventional notions of beauty while wandering through the galleries, cafes and public spaces of 401 Richmond.

Keep reading: The Big Five: April 24-27

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Don’t Call the Cops: The Gladstone Hotel Hosts Four Days of Nature-Inspired Art

Back for a third year, Grow Op invites urbanites consider the interaction between natural and built environments.

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The Gladstone Hotel’s Grow Op is back and, no, there’s nothing illegal about it. The third iteration of this annual multi-disciplinary exhibit examines natural and built environments, filling the hallways and rooms of the building’s second floor. Throughout, you’ll find art installations inspired by local landscapes and personal struggles with urbanism. It’s less gallery work and more about showcasing creative expression from a environmentally-focused community.

The exhibit is an eclectic mix of work by contributors who specialize in architecture, landscape design and environmental studies. At Grow Op, you will find everything from artist and landscape architect Adrienne Hall’s pitch black room that evokes memories of being in a white pine forest (if you’ve ever been in a white pine forest) to architect Julie Bogdanowicz’s beautiful photographs of septic tank mounds. This isn’t work to be bought and sold, but ephemeral site-specific set-ups that are more powerful when viewed together.

Keep reading: Don’t Call the Cops: The Gladstone Hotel Hosts Four Days of Nature-Inspired Art