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Total Eclipse (Klaus Nomi) by Will Munro, whose work is currently being exhibited at the AGO. The opening reception is this Saturday.
This weekend in TO: a photography marathon, the sizzles and smells of Taste of the Danforth, a new social hub at BikeSauce, a Brazilian exhibit opening, a tribute to Will Munro, and the math rock of Maps and Atlases.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Toronto’s talented shutterbug community will be coming out in droves this weekend for the annual Toronto Photography Marathon. The city’s best, brightest, and most tenacious photographers will compete from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday to shoot twelve photos reflecting twelve unique themes (to be announced at the event) on a twelve-exposure roll of film. The catch? The photos have to be in sequence, so each photographer only has one shot (pun intended) to get the perfect capture for each theme. Photographers, don’t forget to bring an unloaded 35mm camera (no digital). Winners will be announced at the official awards night on August 21. Meet at Artscape Wychwood Barns, east end of Barn 5 (601 Christie Street); Saturday 10:30–11:30 a.m. (registration and games), 12 p.m.–Sunday 12 p.m. (marathon); $42 pre-registration, $50 on-site registration (price includes film, processing, and free entry to the awards night).
FOOD: Opa! With approximately 200,000 residents of Hellenic origin, Toronto boasts the third-largest Greek community outside of Greece itself. And while it’s probably best not to bring a plate to smash, that won’t stop you from enjoying Taste of the Danforth, the annual street festival in which Greektown’s most delicious restaurants show what they have to offer. That means souvlaki, mezes, moussaka, baklava, and lots and lots of feta! In addition to its epicurean delights, the festival will feature performances of traditional Greek music and dancing, circus training for kids courtesy of the Centre of Gravity, and beer, wine, and spirit gardens. Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Donlands avenues, Saturday 12 p.m.–12 a.m., Sunday 12–8 p.m., FREE.
CYCLING: BikeSauce, an east-end bike repair and cycling advocacy organization, is expanding its facilities with a brand spanking new social hub and library, which will be launched on Saturday. The social space offers the tantalizing promise of coffee and free wireless internet, while the library’s shelves are stocked with books and magazines about cycling, civil engagement, and Toronto’s storied history. This Saturday’s launch will include a family-friendly group bike ride (12–2 p.m.), an open house (12–6 p.m.), an Alleycat race (7 p.m.), and a nighttime adults-only keg party (9 p.m.). BikeSauce Social Hub and Library (717 Queen Street East, entrance around back), Saturday beginning at 12 p.m., FREE (Alleycat race has $10 registration fee, with proceeds going to BikeSauce).
PHOTOGRAPHY: Art openings can be stuffy affairs, but The Department’s reception for Toronto photographer Nico Oved‘s new exhibit is sure to be quite the party. The photographs in the exhibit were taken during the three years Oved spent living in Brazil, and through architectural images, he has documented the country’s sobering reality of illiteracy, AIDS, gangs, and shantytowns. Heavy stuff, but the opening will be off the hook, featuring Brazilian BBQ, delicious caipirinhas (Brazil’s national cocktail), wine from Henry of Pelham and beer from the Amsterdam Brewery, and live samba de roda from Rio de Janeiro samba master Maninho Costa. The Department (1389 Dundas Street West), Saturday 12–4 p.m., FREE.
EXHIBIT: Beloved Toronto icon Will Munro, who died in May, wore many different hats throughout his life. In thirty-five years, Munro was an artist, community-builder, DJ, restauranteur, activist, and go-to party host. The AGO is honouring Munro with Will Munro: Total Eclipse, an exhibit of his work that includes silk screens on paper and mirror, hand-stitched quilts, and handmade posters. Munro’s works often paid tribute to his heroes of punk rock, New Wave, and the queer scene, and to commemorate that, the exhibit will feature a media kiosk including clips from Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, The Nomi Song, Paris Is Burning, and other films and music that influenced him. The opening reception is this Saturday, and the exhibit runs until September 26. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), Saturday 8–11 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Despite what its name suggests, math rock is not a category of music extolling the glories of cosines, equations, and parallelograms. The genre, influenced by prog-rockers like Frank Zappa and Jethro Tull, employs a number of complex, asymmetrical rhythms, jarring starts and stops, and aural dissonance. Chicago quintet Maps and Atlases, who will perform tonight at the Horseshoe, is probably the name most associated with math rock in today’s indie scene. After four hit EPs, their much-awaited full-length LP debut, Perch Patchwork, was released to rave reviews at the end of June. Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), Saturday, doors at 9 p.m., $11.50.