Weekend Planner: July 5-6, 2014



Weekend Planner: July 5-6, 2014

In this Weekend Planner: geek swaps, a festival of horror, and Toronto on film.


  • Markets: Be honest—you have a lot of “priceless” collectibles taking up space in your closet, locker, basement, and/or garage, don’t you? Free yourself of clutter and make a few bucks (or trade for something you’ll actually use) at Geek Swap. Since the room will likely be filled with rare and popular toys, cards, comics, and more, we can’t guarantee you won’t go home with more than you came with! Back Space (587A College Street), Saturday at 12 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Film: Gore. Nudity. Sex. Violence. If you’re not turned off yet, consider adding Horror Fest to your agenda this weekend. Immerse yourself in great genre cinema, with two days of short films and feature length pieces. Since you’ll likely need a palate cleanser after a few hours of blood and guts, there will also be a sexy performance from Loretta Jean of Nerd Girl Burlesque. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $10 per film. Details
  • Sports: Let’s face it, acting ladylike is highly overrated, especially when sports like roller derby exist. Experience the awesomeness that happens when you combine tough chicks, witty names, snazzy uniforms, rollerskates, and flat tracks at Bruiseapalooza, presented by the GTA Rollergirls. In this bout, the Derby Debutantes will take on the Fergus Feims. Ted Reeve Arena (175 Main Street), Saturday at 7 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Details
  • Film: For years, Toronto has been both a disguised supporting character in hit Hollywood films and a cinematic muse in its own right. A new anthology from the University of Chicago Press—World Film Locations: Toronto, edited by Tom Ue—explores the city’s role as shooting location, inspiration, and international film destination through articles on everything from David Cronenberg to local architecture. To mark the book’s publication, TIFF will be welcoming a number of its contributors this coming Sunday and putting on a free screening of Drying Up the Streets and The Strip, both works that explore the grittiness and seediness of ’70s Yonge Street. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), Sunday at 6 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Film: Most of us have that friend who somehow knows about every hilarious and terrible Youtube video in existence. The guys behind Modern Superior‘s Video Vengeance are kind of like that friend—only they gather groups of people at a bar to watch weird and mind-boggling VHS movies. The eighth instalment of this screening series sees vampires and robots blended together in a neat RoboCop ripoff called Robo Vampire. Don’t question it—just come, grab a drink, and prepare to be wowed. KITCH (229 Geary Avenue), Sunday at 8 p.m., FREE. Details


  • Art: If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 adults. Details
  • Art: “The greatest art always returns you to the vulnerabilities of the human situation.” – Francis Bacon

    “In the human figure one can express more completely one’s feelings about the world than in any other way.” – Henry Moore

    These quotations, which welcome visitors to Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” immediately establish the exhibition’s tone and focus. Each artist’s distortions of the human figure, shaped by their wartime experiences, capture the vulnerability of our mortal forms. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $25 adults. Details

  • Theatre: With more than 130 shows and additional programming, the Toronto Fringe Festival can be overwhelming. And since the shows are picked mostly via a lottery system, finding one that will be worth your time and money can be a crapshoot—though the best shows can and have gone on to eventual Broadway runs and major film adaptations. We’ll help you get the most out of your Fringe experience with a rundown of the festival’s promising and potentially can’t-miss shows—and we’ll be back with reviews as the festival progresses.$8.50–$14. Details
  • Film: Every part of our city will be drenched in WorldPride this summer, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bent Lens: Pride on Screen comprises nearly two months of screenings, exhibits, and speaking engagements that reflect the broadness of our LGBT community. Check out films under the stars in David Pecaut Square, take in a conversation with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, and much more. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), all day and all day, . Details
  • Photography: Our fascination with fame and celebrity isn’t new—and this is illustrated in Izzy Gallery’s newest exhibit, Terry O’Neil: The Man Who Shot the Sixties. A photographer from the U.K., O’Neill snapped iconic shots of everyone from The Beatles and Rolling Stones to Brigitte Bardot and Faye Dunaway. The opening party features an appearance by O’Neill himself, and his “photographs from the frontline of fame” will remain on display until the end of August. Izzy Gallery (106 Yorkville Avenue), Saturday at 11 a.m., FREE. Details
  • Festivals: The first annual Toronto Festival of House Culture has come about to celebrate what’s already happening on a regular basis across Toronto: people organizing living room and backyard performances and salons for artists who are keen to connect with people in a more intimate setting. Over three days, organizers have planned music performances, screenings, storytelling, and poetry readings at a half-dozen west-end homes, kicking off with a potluck dinner and opening night show on Friday night headlined by singer Cheryl White; other highlights over the weekend include a workshop and performance by Sarah Pelzer, an evening of theatre and music by pop band Words Around the Waist, and a “troubadour” session on Sunday with Kyp Harness. , Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m., PWYC. Details
  • Festivals: With three days of outdoors music, the Toronto Urban Roots Festival (or TURF, for short) brings a diverse selection of acts to the Garrison Common grounds, including alt-country veterans like Jeff Tweedy and Jenny Lewis, legedary bands like Neutral Milk Hotel and the Violent Femmes, and local acts like July Talk and Bidiniband. In addition to the festival lineups, there’s also a bonus Club Series associated with the festival playing for the week at the Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace that’s included in the higher-priced passes. Fort York, Garrison Common (100 Garrison Road), Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12:15 p.m., $68–$365. Details
  • Theatre: If you haven’t heard of Twelve Angry Men, you’ve likely seen it parodied in a number of movies and television shows over the years. Now here’s your chance to see the real deal, on stage, thanks to the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Watch the drama unfold in a claustrophobic deliberation room as one dissenting juror unravels what is supposed to be an open-and-shut murder case. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m., $29–$74. Details
  • Theatre: Fans of oddball British humour—rejoice! The Lower Ossington Theatre has brought the genius of Monty Python’s Eric Idle to Toronto with their rendition of Spamalot. Watch as flying cows, killer rabbits, and all sorts of bizarre elements come together to tell a twisted version of the legendary story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Lower Ossington Theatre (100 Ossington Avenue), Saturday at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., $49–$59. Details
  • Music: There’s bound to be a lot of barbecuing, beaching, and boozing around the city this summer, so we’d like to suggest something a little more refined to keep things balanced. The Music in the Garden series features weekly performances by a variety of unique musical groups, amid the luscious greenery of the Toronto Music Garden. The Akwesasne Women Singers start things off on July 3 with a showcase of English and Mohawk songs, followed by Music from the Garden of India (July 24), an all-female fiddling supergroup (July 31), the Nagata Shachu taiko drumming ensemble (August 21), the Veretski Pass Trio (September 4), and many more. Toronto Music Garden (479 Queens Quay West), Sunday at 4 p.m., FREE. Details

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