WINE: Prepare to enjoy fine wine, food, and persistent denial of the coming world economic collapse and food shortage as the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo opens today. Strap on your BlackBerry, put on your suit, and get drunk the luxurious way—by drinking tiny glasses of expensive wine as you pretend to be interested in a random brochure on stainless steel grape skin processing in Southern France. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building (222 Bremner Boulevard), tonight from 2–10 p.m., Saturday from 12–10 p.m., Sunday from 12–6 p.m., $15.
MUSIC: One of the greatest live club bands ever (according to the Horseshoe’s listings and the testimony of a drunk guy at Queen and Spadina) arrives in Toronto tonight, prepared to put the rock back into roll, repeatedly. The Fleshtones debuted at CBGB in 1976 and basically eat, breathe, and perspire New York garage rock, so pause your Alexisonfire DVD and get down to Queen Street tonight. The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), doors at 9 p.m., $12.
CRAFTS: Local artists, Canadian craft workers, and other really nice people wearing knitted sweaters converge today at The Moose Show. It features all handmade goods and is run entirely by Toronto based artsy-types, so you should probably go and find something to augment that really original pea coat and brown boot combo you’ve been wearing lately. CNIB Conference Centre (1929 Bayview Avenue), Friday 1–9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $6 (free for children under twelve).
ART: A quick heads up to would-be art purchasers—today is the last day to preview the goods at OCAD’s Whodunit? mystery art sale. Grab a pen and paper, take note of the pieces you like, and be prepared for battle on Saturday as the hordes move in to snatch up all those $75 stocking stuffers from under your nose (dads, you’d better be reading because we don’t need any more goddamn mini-deodorant sticks). Ontario College of Art and Design (100 McCaul Street), 12–8 p.m., art goes on sale Saturday from 10–4 p.m., FREE.
Photo by Photolass from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.