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.
If loving Taddle Creek magazine is wrong, we don’t want to be right. The homegrown independent magazine features top-notch art, fiction, poetry, and features about neat Toronto things. But, more than that, it’s made and read by really amazing people, and if you go to the launch party you’ll get to hang out with them. Win-win.
The most righteous soul, disco and R&B by the ladies who understand. Done wrong by your one and only? In need of someone to call your lover? Aunt Flow comes to town every month at the Henhouse. While (disclosure!) Torontoist co-editor and, yes, curator of this list will be pinch-hitting as one of the evening’s DJs, who doesn’t love a sweaty no-cover dance night on a Friday? For you, we will even play Mariah.
A little taste of POP Montreal comes to Toronto. Featuring Big Brave (a drone band from Montreal), Shahman (“two-piece lush and drifting tunes”), Maicamia (“minimal, moody and brooding two-piece from Montreal”), Castle If (“former Saskatoon citizen now TO resident, one-woman drone”), and HX KY (“local Toronto faces, witch music for 2015”).
A musical experience exploring folklore, fairy tales, and legends, with an interactive element for audience members. The event will be made up of three main sets: an original immersive opera written by Chris Thornborrow and based on the lesser-known Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Moon”; a performance by members of Ensemble Polaris (Canada’s “Arctic Fusion Band”) dealing with magic, myth, and mystery; and the Canadian premiere of Elliott Cole’s Babinagar, a twenty-minute work based on an Afghan folktale.
This family-friendly celebration of all things bike features DIY bike repairs, bike safety checks, a sale of gently-used bikes, a bicycle disassembly session, and more. Yvonne Bambrick, author of The Urban Cycling Survival Guide, will be on-deck selling and signing copies of her book on city cycling how-tos.