The Big Five: May 22-24



The Big Five: May 22-24

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

Taken during Doors Open 2014 at the Portlands Energy Centre  By Vik Pahwa, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Taken during Doors Open 2014 at the Portlands Energy Centre. By Vik Pahwa, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Doors Open Toronto
Various Locations
May 23-24

More than 155 buildings across the city will open their doors for free walking tours this weekend in this once-a-year discovery weekend, giving access to places you might not normally get to see. And the City of Toronto has set up a pretty useful interactive guide to planning your visits, sorted by criteria including architectural style, building type, accessibility and so on.

Intersecting Highways of Indigenous History
Pine Point Park (15 Grierson Road)
May 23-24, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

It might seem redundant to include a tour that is technically part of the aforementioned Doors Open festival as its own separate entry, but this guided walk of Pine Point Park along the Humber River is a little different. Hosted by the Native Canadian Centre, the walk explores how the river has been a link between the different First Nations of Toronto’s past and present–more of a cultural behind-the-scenes than a peek behind closed doors. And, if the weather lives up to the forecasts, it should be worth the trek.

The Record Vault Vintage Vinyl Yard Sale
The Record Vault (10 Flerimac Road)
May 23-24, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cash Only.

This notorious vinyl-only yard sale features thousands of LPs starting from $1.00 and up, with titles across a variety of genres including rock, pop, jazz, country, classical and more. Plus, there will be some used audio gear available for sale. Basically, if you’re a record hoarder, you’re going to want to make the trip.

TD Echo Beach Spring Market
Echo Beach (909 Lakeshore Boulevard)
May 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free admission and fully licensed.

This year’s iteration of the event formerly known as the Junction Flea, the Spring Market will include over 100 vendors offering vintage wares, crafts, clothing, jewelry and more.

Video Vengeance #16: COOL AS ICE+ Wordburglar
Kitch Bar (229 Geary Street)
May 24, 8:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

A screening of the 1991 Vanilla Ice classic, in which young Mr. Ice plays Johnny Van Owen, “a rapper with a crew who wander around the country on motorcycles, rapping wherever and whenever they can.” As the event’s Facebook page explains: “When one of their 90s-as-hell motorcycles breaks down, they become stranded in a small town–and don’t you know it, ICE falls for Kathy Winslow (Kristin Minter) much to the chagrin of her father Gordon (Michael Gross).” Obviously, this is an event not to be missed.