Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].
The Buy Design Spring Social is being held at The Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District. Photo by Anna Lisa Sang.
FUNDRAISER: Socialites will flock to the Distillery District for an evening of dirty ’30s–inspired live music, mingling, swing dancing, croquet, and badminton as part of the Buy Design Spring Social. For the seventh year running, the adult dress-up party will raise money for Windfall, an award-winning charity that provides new clothing and basic-needs items to Torontonians living in poverty or crisis. Last year’s space-themed event proved to be out of this world, raising nearly one hundred thousand dollars for the organization. The Fermenting Cellar (55 Mill Street, Building 58), Saturday 8 p.m., $75 or six tickets for $375. Tickets available online.
CRAFT: Ransack the Universe, a Bloor West shop that prides itself on keeping the environment and human rights close at heart, is hosting an Indie Craft Fair. Among the vendors will be crafters and artists who make unique clothing, accessories, decorative items, photography, cards, and jewellery. Discerning shoppers can grab a drink, enjoy some music, and support DIY enterprise and the independent craft movement. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), Saturday 12–5 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: Slow Food Toronto, an organization that aims to change, foster, and steward our city’s relationship to food, presents the third annual Farm to Home Fair. The event organizers hope to connect good, clean, fair farms with city dwellers, while educating the latter group about community-supported agriculture, farmers’ markets, farm work and volunteer opportunities, food policy, and urban agriculture. The fair will feature live folk and bluegrass music courtesy of The Strumbellas, along with appetizers featuring local ingredients prepared by Chef Marc Breton, food tastings, and children’s activities. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West); Saturday 1–4:30 p.m.; adults $10, children $5. Tickets available online.
KIDS: Pig-tailed and milk-moustached darlings can learn about the importance of being environmentally conscious with clown sisters Morro and Jasp. Go Green will follow Jasp in her quest to write a book, hoping to become a famous author. When it becomes apparent that she doesn’t know enough about environmental issues, she enlists the help of Dr. David Suzuki, who sends a letter outlining day-to-day changes they can make to reduce their ecological footprint. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue), Sunday 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $15.
TALK: Dozing workers, subway suicides, trip planning, fare hikes, controversial ad campaigns—oh, and feathered friends—have been among the most talked-about public transportation issues as of late. To address these concerns, a series of town hall meetings have been organized. Let’s Talk: TTC Riders and Workers will provide a forum for airing grievances and discussing important issues related to improving TTC services in terms of efficiency, reliability, and safety. Sunday’s talk will be moderated by CFRB host and chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance John Tory. Transit Workers ATU Local 113 President Bob Kinnear and frontline workers will be in attendance to answer questions and respond to comments. Downsview Secondary School (7 Hawksdale Road), Sunday 1–3 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: In honour of Ossington’s rise to coolness as the hot-spot destination for stylish suburbanites, our friends ArtStars* are hosting a celebratory 905er Costume Party with DJ Vaneska spinning tunes. As we told you the other day, partygoers are encouraged to wear appropriate douchebag and ditz attire and simulate the drive down a 400-series highway for a night out on the town. Prize packs that include silk-screened goodies and doodads from South Common Mall will be awarded to the best (or rather, worst) dressed. See and be seen with special guests such as fashion reporter Russ Martin, Rolly’s Garage founder Robin Lacambra, publicist April Wozny, and ArtStars* matriarch Nadja Sayej. Baby Huey (72 Ossington Avenue), Sunday 10 p.m.