Graffiti, electronica(rt), haircuts, DJs, vogueing ninjas… ah, yet another weekend festival in Toronto. Club beats and street breaks intersect at Queens Quay West this weekend as part of the Harbourfront’s World Routes weekly summer festival series. There’s a full event listing here, but we’ve picked and panned out a few points of interest for your pleasure at the pier.
Ladytron, Woodhands, Thunderheist, Crystal Castles―it’s all here. Normally this kind of thing would set you back fifty bucks or a wristband, but just like beats, the cover charge is cut. Kaput. Zilch. Waltz on in and jam to the keytar, (dust it off and) jerk it with Thunderheist, or seizure from the signature CC strobe lights on the cheap.
Ever wondered where the Mod Club kids get their hair cut? Retro hair cuts are going down Saturday and Sunday in celebration of the fest’s fifth year. We don’t know if five years ago counts as certified retro, but there’s no better way to cut costs than with a free trim, clip, crop, or chop―that is, unless you plan on getting snippy with your stylist.
See graffiti in action while artists worry not of having their work washed away by the City of Toronto, but rather, only by their competition. A two-day challenge is going down at all four corners of the lawn, with cash prizes. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the face behind your favourite pavement defacement when the winners are showcased alongside the Pop, Lock, and Load breakdancing champs Sunday afternoon.
Pasty-white gamers finally have the chance to emerge from their underground lairs and (gasp!) see the great outdoors―without sacrificing a minute of practice. With 80 gaming tents, and live DJs to button-mash your thumbs to, it’s a gamester’s paradise. Not only that, but any and all never-ending arguments about the ultimate Halo p3wnsor will be settled―the three-day games fest is part of a nationwide search for the Canadian gamer supreme. Still not as cool as winning the talent contest for wishing to be an Oscar Mayer Weiner, but a close second, if that is what you truly want to be.
Photo by Chris Jackson from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.