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].
COMICS: As we mentioned yesterday, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) runs this weekend, and comic and graphic novel lovers will also be interested in an art exhibition that is running concurrently with TCAF through June 13. Cartoon City showcases the talents of graphic novelists who use city neighbourhoods as the backdrop for their illustrated stories. The show will feature work by local illustrator and cartoonist Michael Cho, along with seven others. York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday 10 a.m.–11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: It’s been a tumultuous decade for the Democratic Republic of Congo, with war that has seen millions killed, raped, and left homeless. “From Congo With Love,” an outdoor art show organized by Oxfam Canada, features a collection of striking portraits from British fashion photographer Rankin, who is better-known for his shots of celebs like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Britney Spears. Each of the photographs, which were taken last fall in eastern Congo, are accompanied by a testimony written by the person in the portrait. Trinity-Bellwoods Park (905 Queen Street West), Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
ART/SCIENCE: For many, the middle-school science fair was an adolescent rite of passage that involved making an erupting volcano and neatly pasting the steps of the scientific method on a display board to dazzle the judges. In contrast, Too Cool For School, which we previewed earlier in the week, aims to promote imagination and exploration in both science and art by showcasing fifty adult luminaries and their projects: creative woodburning, a mathematics lapidary unit, better umbrellas, a plant listening device, living viral tattoos, and an elastic band sculpture, among others. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday 12–4 p.m., FREE.
SALE: That’s Women’s Work is an organization dedicated to empowering women and fostering the growth of artists, with plans to open a Women’s Art Gallery on Roncesvalles in the near future. Just in time for some last-minute Mother’s Day shopping, the group is hosting a craft sale and fundraiser that will showcase the work of forty local crafters and artisans. The show will also feature DIY natural cleaning workshops courtesy of Anarres Health, self defense workshops with Grace Kim, Young Picasso with Caro Cloutier, and live musical entertainment. A portion of the proceeds go towards Sistering’s Inspirations Studio and the Annex Cat Rescue. Emmanuel-Howard Park Church (214 Wright Avenue), Saturday 5–8 p.m., FREE.
SHENANIGANS: Torontoist caught up with Keith Cole last month to shoot the shit and discuss his run for mayor. True to his word, Cole has organized the first annual MILF Diaper Toss. The event, which is open to all MILFs and MILF supporters, is said to be family friendly and probably just what mom wanted on Mother’s Day. The event aims to protest of the lack of greenery in the “concrete bowl of advertising and ugliness” known as Yonge-Dundas Square. Yonge-Dundas Square (corner of Yonge and Dundas streets), Sunday 9–11 a.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The homegrown indie rock collective Broken Social Scene is embarking on a tour of local record shops in support of the band’s new album, Forgiveness Rock Record. The tour begins on Queen West at Criminal Records and Rotate This, followed by performances at Soundscapes and Sonic Boom. Each shop gave away a limited number of tickets to the performance in their store with the purchase of the new album, released just days ago. The Soundscapes and Sonic Boom shows are both listed as “sold out,” but you could still try to weasel your way in or settle for sidewalk or street seats. Criminal Records (493 Queen Street West), Sunday 2 p.m.; Rotate This (801 Queen Street West), 4 p.m.; Soundscapes (572 College Street), 6 p.m.; Sonic Boom (512 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m.; FREE.
FILM: Hot Docs wraps this weekend. You can peruse Torontoist’s coverage of the festival over the past week here, or watch for our final feature about the fest on Saturday morning.