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Harbourfront Centre’s new exhibition showcases artists from Saskatchewan, including a multimedia showcase of All Citizens, Canada’s smallest dedicated live music venue. Photo by Serena McCaroll.
PARTY: NXNE brings almost as many unofficial events as it does official shows. Usually these are crazy after-hour parties in dingy venues; this year, however, the unofficial hot tickets are sunny BBQs. Hand Drawn Dracula, White Whale Records, The Musebox, and host Tim McCready are collaborating on an all-day, inside and outside affair, with bands playing throughout, including headliner Rich Aucoin. 159 Manning Avenue, 2–11 p.m., $10.
ART: Harbourfront Centre‘s newest exhibitions, Combine and Tack, are part of the World Routes series. Both shows open to the public tonight, featuring work from across Saskatchewan. Combine includes a multimedia showcase about All Citizens, a tiny multi-use venue in Bruno, SK, that’s become a hotspot for bands travelling across Canada: it’s played host to The Phonemes, Bob Wiseman, and Julie Doiron (who has her own day and a bench dedicated to her there). York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 6–10 p.m., FREE.
LUMINATO: The Young Centre‘s resident artists have collaborated with Luminato to produce the second annual Waves Festival, a weekend full of art, music, theatre, and dance, with all shows under fifteen minutes long. Multiple performances will be taking place throughout the centre, including theatre from Fu-Gen and b-current, music from Subliminal and Miranda Mulholland, and much more. Best of all, like many other Luminato exhibits in the Distillery District, there’s no cover charge. The Young Centre (55 Mill Street), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Pizza Man, produced by Beacon Theatre, is the inaugural production at the recently opened Wylde Studio. The studio’s namesake, Peter Wylde, has taught generations of theatre school students over four decades, and is striking out on his own for the first time in a very long career. Directed by Marianne McIsaac, the cast of Pizza Man includes several of Wylde’s former students. With very limited seating, interested attendees are advised to reserve spots in advance by email. Wylde Studio (52 St. Lawrence Street, #215), 8 p.m., $20.
LAUNCH: Quarterly arts and culture magazine Bad Day has chosen Parkdale’s newest fine dining and punk rock establishment, Parts and Labour, as the venue for the launch of its eighth edition, with articles featuring the aforementioned Julie Doiron, Ariel Pink, artist Michael Snow, and more. There will be some NXNE-connected musical guests, who cannot be named due to “contractual obligations,” as well. Parts and Labour (1566 Queen Street West), 9 p.m.–4 a.m., $12 (includes magazine and supplement).
MUSIC: North by Northeast (NXNE) runs until June 20. Your best fest bets for music, film, and more are all in Torontoist’s NXNE guide.