Backyard Composting

  • FoodShare Toronto (90 Croatia Street)
  • 5:30 p.m.

Reduce waste and grow healthier gardens this summer by getting into Backyard Composting. Join compost facilitator Mike Nevin and agronomist Orlando Lopez Gomez to learn how you can turn your veggie peels and other organic cast-offs into rich soil in just one month. The workshop will cover best practices for household composting, troubleshooting, and more.

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Music History on the Yonge Street Strip

Photo by Kiril Strax from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Photo by Kiril Strax from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • Multiple venues
  • 6:30 p.m.

It’s almost impossible to talk about live music in Toronto without someone bringing up their favourite venues and bands from “the good old days.” Get educated on the topic with a Music History on the Yonge Street Strip walk, courtesy of Heritage Toronto. Visit sites of past and present venues, including Massey Hall, The Colonial, and the Eaton Auditorium, while hearing about the artists who graced their stages.

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Flashbacks to the Future

Photo via The Power Plant.

Photo via The Power Plant.

  • The Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West)
  • 7 p.m.

Power Ball, the Power Plant gallery’s annual fundraising event, is rolling back around, and we caught up with the gallery’s director Gaëtane Verna to find out why it’s still one of Toronto’s quintessential art events.

After 16 years of Power Ball themes, Verna said it was difficult to cook up something different. Instead of focusing on the future (e.g. 2013′s “15 Minutes” and 2012′s “Quarter-Life Crisis” themes), the June 5 event will celebrate analogue technology and sci-fi visions of the year 2000.

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AGO First Thursdays

June's AGO First Thursday is all about Canadian art, and features a live performance from Sloan. Photo courtesy of Sloan.

June's AGO First Thursday is all about Canadian art, and features a live performance from Sloan. Photo courtesy of Sloan.

  • Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

Canadian art is the name of the game at the June edition of AGO First Thursdays. Artists will be creating interactive one-night-only pieces all throughout the gallery’s Canadian collection, with opportunities for everyone to try their hand at creating an artistic work of their own. Oh, and Sloan will be playing live. Act quickly on this one—these nights tend to sell out, and there won’t be any walk-up sales at the door once all the tickets are gone.

Details: AGO First Thursdays

Ongoing…

A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
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