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U.K.-based dancer Arthur Kyeyune is celebrating his birthday with a weekend exhibition of art and music from all over the world at the Gladstone Hotel this weekend. Detail of a photo by Rahman Ben.
In today’s Urban Planner: barbecue and music for everyone at the Kapisanan Centre (including those too young to get into the bars at NXNE), two art exhibitions open at the Gladstone Hotel and a new Bloorcourt gallery, and Luminato and NXNE continue into the weekend.
MUSIC: With an eye towards entertaining those too young to attend NXNE’s shows in 19-plus venues (and anyone else who’s into the exceptional bill featuring bands like Tops, Boys Who Say No, and Doldrums), the Daps All Ages series, in conjunction with the Whippersnapper Gallery, is presenting an all-day-and-night music showcase, complete with “BBQ corn, BBQ tofu, BBQ, BBQ hot dogs, BBQ everything” to keep attendees satisfied gastronomically as well as aurally. Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture (167 Augusta Avenue), 5 p.m. onwards, PWYC.
ART: A new art gallery in the Bloorcourt Village, Studio 835, opens tonight with “THE LOOK OF (FLOWERS) THAT ARE LOOKED AT,” an exhibition of new paintings by Toronto-based artist Joy Broadbent. Broadbent’s surreal work mashes pop culture images like a certain well-known mouse into vibrant kaleidoscopes of flowers, eyes, and fruit. Bloorcourt Gallery (Studio 835, 835 Bloor Street West), 5 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
ART: Dancer and model Arthur Kyeyune, who spent his formative years in Ontario but is now based in the U.K., is celebrating his 30th birthday with a weekend of art and music at the Gladstone. He’s travelled all over the world in the last decade and has drawn on an international pool of fellow performers and artists for his “30 Exhibition.” Tonight’s opening reception and party will include performances by soul singer Rita Carter, Celtic fiddler Stephanie Cadman, and percussionist Jason Lee Jackson. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m.–10 p.m., PWYC.
LUMINATO: The annual multi-disciplinary festival that “brings Toronto’s light to the world, and the world’s light to Toronto” runs from June 10–19 this year. Check out our preview of Luminato 2011, which includes Torontoist‘s top picks from this year’s festival.
NXNE: Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 13–19 this year, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE. We’ll have recommendations for shows to check out posted every day at 11:30 am., so check back shortly and load up on musical goodness.