21C MUSIC FESTIVAL Exploration of new sounds and ideas. Concerts by the Gryphon Trio, Stewart Copeland, SoundStreams, Kaija Saariaho, DJ Skratch Bastid, Don Byron and many others. $21-$90, festival pass $149-$179. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor W. rcmusic.com. May 23 to 27 ARTFEST TORONTO SPRING ART & CRAFT SHOW Painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more by Canadian artists plus kids’ art workshops and live music. 11 am-6 pm daily. Free. The Distillery District, 55 Mill. artfestontario.com/toronto. May 19 to 21 BASSWEEK Celebration of bass music and culture at Bassline and other venues. Wristband $60-$70. BassLine Music Bar, 865 Bloor W. bassweek.ca. May 18 to 27 CZECH THAT FILM FESTIVAL Screening Milada, Ice Mother, 8 Heads Of Madness, Barefoot and The Quartette. Films with English subtitles. $10-$14. Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles. eventbrite.ca/o/7903729516. May 18 to 21 rJUNIOR: BIG THOUGHTS FOR GROWING MINDS Harbourfront Centre’s new international children’s festival features theatre, dance, music and storytelling featuring the Monkey Bunch, BoucharDanse, Cas Public, Fred Penner and others. Ticketed shows $20, some events free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com/junior. May 19 to 25 SING! THE TORONTO VOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL A cappella festival, concerts w/ Rockapella, Toronto Northern Lights Chorus, Cadence and others, workshops, intimate club and free shows at Distillery District. Various venues. singtoronto.com. May 23 to Jun 3 SPRING BEERFEST T.O. Food trucks, brews, campfires, outdoor games and more. $20- $30. Fort York Garrison Common, 250 Fort York. springbeerfestto.com. May 19 to 20 TORONTO KPOP CON Music convention with A.C.E, SAmber, Jun Curry Ahn and others, fanmeets, concerts, panels, workshops, films and more. Day pass $40, concerts extra. Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Bldg, 255 Front W. torontokpopcon. com. May 18 to 20 rURBANI_T Public playground for urban culture & creativity with music, urban art, fashion and design. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W. 416-533-6425, urbani-t.com. May 17 to 19
CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL The annual month-long showcase of photo-based art features exhibitions, public installations, workshops, talks and more. Most events free. Various venues. contactphoto. com. To May 31 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF SOUTH ASIA Feature films, shorts, documentaries and music videos from around the world on themes of South Asian cultures and identities. Various venues and prices, some events free. iffsatoronto.com. To May 21 PAPRIKA FESTIVAL New plays, dance performances, workshop productions, experimental art and more by young artists and companies. Free/pwyc. Native Earth Performing Arts, 585 Dundas E, Aki Studio. paprikafestival.com. To May 20 rWEEFESTIVAL Theatre Direct’s biennial arts, theatre and culture festival geared to children aged 0-6. Aerial arts, theatre, puppetry, music and post-show family parties. $12-$25. Various venues. weefestival.ca. To May 21 How to find a listing Daily events appear by date, then alphabetically by the name of the event. r indicates kid-friendly events
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Thursday, May 17 Events
ARCTIC WARMING AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR WORLD Talk by Benjamin Trister of the Climate Reality Project Canada. 7 pm. Free. Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood N. tpl.ca. CABBAGETOWN POLLINATOR GARDENS PLANTING Meet the gardeners, get plants and seeds and learn about the seven layers of a Forest Garden. 4-6 pm. Free (pwyc for plants/seeds). 493 Parliament. fb.com/greenthumbsto. A COMMON THREAD: A HISTORY OF TORONTO’S GARMENT INDUSTRY Lecture on the exhibition. 6:30 pm. Free. S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park. 416-396-3975. DIAGONAL POCKET FOLD BOOK Workshop. 2 pm. Free. Pre-register. S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park. 416-396-3975. DOWNSVIEW PARK: FOOD IN THE PARK Program to explore connections between stewardship actions & food security. 6-8 pm. Free. RSVP. Downsview Park Discovery Centre, 70 Canuck. 416-952-2160, downsviewpark.ca. DREAM YOGA Five classes in studying dreams and improving dream recall. 6:30 pm. By donation. The Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles. awakenintoronto.org. EAST END GAME NIGHT Make friends and learn new games. 6-10 pm. $6. Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas E. email@example.com. EYEBLINK: SMASH THE PATRIARCHY Presentation inspired by the underlying feelings of rage and empathy witnessed by the audience in Yoko Ono’s films Freedom and Fly. 8 pm. $8$10. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. gardinermuseum.on.ca. 5GAYBOURHOOD WATCH: RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE VIEWING PARTY Pearle Harbour, Beardoncé & DJ Orange Pekoe host. Pre-show 7:30 pm, episode 8 pm. No cover. Proceeds to Rainbow Railroad. Apartment 200, 1034 Queen W. facebook.com/events/1723724954361513. GREATER HIGHWAY REDEMPTION MINISTRIES ANNUAL CONVENTION Celebrating 20 years of service/ministry in the Rexdale community. May 15-20, fundraiser May 18, see website for details. Greater Highway Redemption Ministries, 306 Rexdale, unit 12. 647-700-5080, ghrministries.com. GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK Outdoor walks and tours, workshops, lectures and more. May 13-19, see website for details. Various venues and prices, some events free. greytogreenconference.org/giw. LUNCH TIME YOGA Bring a mat & water. Noon1 pm. Free. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front E. sonycentre.ca. MINDFULNESS AND ZEN MEDITATION Gentle yoga, relaxation and silent meditation for all levels. Tue & Thu 6-7 pm. Free/pwyc. Centre Place, 320 Richmond E #101. 647-348-7755, zen.centreplace.ca. 5QUEER SWING DANCE Beginner class, no partner or experience necessary. 7-7:45 pm. $7/ pwyc. The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church. swinginout.ca. SHARING DANCE Learn a fun choreography. No experience needed, all ages/abilities welcome. To May 31 Tue & Thu 6:45-8 pm. Free. Preregister. Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis. sharingdance.ca. TBG ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKET Year-round market offering food, flowers and VQA wines. 2-7 pm. Free. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence E. torontobotanicalgarden.ca.
Friday, May 18
CAREGIVER SERIES LECTURE: THE CHANGING RELATIONSHIP Talk on strategies to communicate and connect effectively with someone with dementia. 2-3 pm. Free. Pre-register. Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence E. 416-395-5710. EXPERIENCE HU: THE SOUND OF SOUL Group contemplation & conversation for all to transform and uplift your consciousness. 7-7:30 pm. Free. Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View. thesoundofsoul.org. THE MUNK DEBATE ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS Michael Eric Dyson, Michelle Goldberg, Stephen Fry, and Jordan B Peterson debate. 6:45 pm. $40-$100. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe. munkdebates.com/tickets. THE PERFECT BUBBLE: HAS CAPITALISM FAILED US? Talk by Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece. 7 pm. Free (RSVP required). Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge. eventbrite.ca/e/43354370088. ROM FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE Cottage Country night with The Practically Hip, DJs D-Smooth & JBAKKUP and the Good Enough Live Karaoke Band. Learn how to camp from experts at Parks Canada. 7 pm. $17. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. rom.on.ca.
Saturday, May 19
BAIN HONOUR CANOE LAUNCH CEREMONY Launch of a canoe painted by Indigenous illustrator Les Harper. Launch Ceremony followed by a Strawberry Ceremony by Wisdom Keeper Pauline Shirt. 11 am. Free. Bain Co-op Community Centre, 100 Bain. 416-465-5976, facebook.com/bainhonourcanoe. BEACH GARDEN SOCIETY PLANT SALE Variety of perennials plus gardening and membership info. 9-11 am. Free admission. Adam Beck Community Centre, 79 Lawlor. 416-461-8714, facebook.com/BeachGardenSociety. THE BIRDS ARE BACK IN TOWN Family nature walk. 1:30 pm. Free, $2-$5 sugg donation. High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge. 416-392-1748, highparknaturecentre.com.
Chinese Calligraphy Asian Heritage Month workshop. 2-3 pm. Free. Pre-register. Pleasant View Library, 575 Van Horne. 416-395-5940. Dawn Chorus Early morning hike to hear the morning chorus of birdsong as the sun rises. 5 am. Free. See website for event update. High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge. highparknaturecentre.com. east enD rain garDen Crawl Tour through Danforth East Village with local organizations & businesses plus mini-workshops. 9 amnoon. Free. Michael Garron Hospital, 825 Coxwell. eventbrite.ca/e/44817330843. eBw Farmers market Local farmers, chefs & food producers market, 8:30 am-1 pm. Free admission. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. 416-596-1495, evergreen.ca. garDen@kimBourne season opener Party and environmental fair to learn about the permaculture garden plus exhibits, rain barrel painting and live music. 10 am-4 pm. Free. Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh. facebook.com/GardenKimbourne. mortgage 101 Learn about the pre-approval process and what the banks don’t tell you. 2-4 pm. Free. Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College. 416-393-7746. rontario plaCe opening weekenD Yoga in the park, DJs and live music, educational walking tours and more. May 19-20, see website for details. Free admission. Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore W. 416-314-9900, ontarioplace.com/whatson. reColleCtiv Group for folks with cognitive impairments to socialize & find joy through music-making.12:30-2 pm. Free w/ RSVP. Tranzac, 292 Brunswick. recollectiv.ca. rsaturDay storytime Stories, songs and rhymes.11 am. Free. No registration required. Jones Library, 118 Jones. 416-393-7715. shavuot CoFFee house: CeleBrating the musiC oF ruth & Fellow heroines Evening of harmonizing, studying and noshing. 7:30 pm. Temple Sinai Congregation, 210 Wilson. 416-487-4161. toronto salsa praCtiCe All levels, no formal instruction, no partner necessary. 3:30-5:30 pm. $7. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor W. 416-536-7663, torontosalsapractice.com. worlD FiDDle Day: workshops anD Jam Workshops with Shane Cook and Elizabeth Rodriguez and afternoon jam. 10 am-4 pm. $20, jam free for listeners. Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas W. hughsroomlive.com. yonge street: in the heart oF musiC City Walking tour. 10:30 am. $10 sugg donation. Starts at 25 Carlton. heritagetoronto.org.
Sunday, May 20 Benefits
5psyChiC BrunCh Two insightful 15-minute readings plus a $5 meal voucher. 11 am-3 pm. $42 (benefits Rainbow Association of Can-
adian Artists). Cranberries, 601 Parliament. 416-925-6330, psychicbrunch.ca.
an enChanteD evening Chanting of sacred mantras to live music and a vegetarian meal. 6-8 pm. Free, donation for meal. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor W. 416-539-0234, meditationtoronto.com. BaCkstage tour oF the Four seasons Centre Weekly 90-minute tour of the venue. 10:30 am. $20, stu/srs $15. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416-363-8231, coc.ca/tours. Begin 2 run Running group, runs about 5km. 9 am. Free. InsideOut Studio, 210 Laird. 416849-4765, firstname.lastname@example.org. Caring For the planet – Bringing BaCk Bees, BirDs & ButterFlies Presentation by bee genomics researcher Dr. Clement Kent. 10:30 am. Free. Don Heights Unitarian Congregation, 18 Wynford, suite 102. 416-4448839. rimpaCt skateBoarD CluB: sunDay night sessions Skateboard lessons for kids 6-14 of all levels & ability. 5-7 pm. $25. St Alban’s Boys and Girls Club, 843 Palmerston. 416-617-7454, impactskateclub.com. market 55 Weekly farmers’ market in the Upper Beach. 9 am-1 pm. Community Centre 55, 97 Main. facebook.com/FarmersMarket55. romwalk: CitaDels oF wealth Financial District walk. 2-3:30 pm. Free. Meet in front of the Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge. rom.on.ca. sunDay artisan market Rotating roster of local makers. 10 am-3 pm, to Nov 4. Free admission. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. 416-596-1495, evergreen.ca. viCtoria Day tea & tour All-ages tea and tour of the museum. 1-4 pm. $7. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas W. 416-394-8113.
Monday, May 21
rviCtoria Day at the Fort Guided tours, soldiers’ drills, historic cooking demonstrations and interactive exhibits to explore. 10 am-5 pm. $6-$14. Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd. 416-392-6907.
Tuesday, May 22
Compassion CirCle Discussion, meditation, and non-judgemental support group. 7-9 pm. Free. Inner Arts Collective, 257 Danforth. 647863-5963, fb.com/thecompassioncircle. DoCtors in Denial Dr. Joel Lexchin reads from and discusses his book about the relationship between the Canadian medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry. 7 pm. Free. Beeton Hall. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416-393-7149. hip hop DanCe Classes Drop-in. 5:30-6:30 pm. Free. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front E. sonycentre.ca. lunCh time yoga Bring a mat & water. Noon1 pm. Free. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front E. sonycentre.ca. minDFulness anD Zen meDitation Gentle yoga, relaxation and silent meditation for all levels. Tue & Thu 6-7 pm. Free/pwyc. Centre Place, 320 Richmond E #101. 647-348-7755, zen.centreplace.ca. sharing DanCe Learn a fun choreography. No experience needed, all ages/abilities welcome. To May 31 Tue & Thu 6:45-8 pm. Free. Preregister. Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis. sharingdance.ca. phD Developmental psyChology – serial homiCiDe Lecture by Sasha Reid. 6:30 pm. Free. 6:30 pm. Free. Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood N. tpl.ca.
Wednesday, May 23
BoarDagain Drop in game night Learn a new game and make new friends. 6-10 pm. $6. Death in Venice Gelato, 536 Queen W. email@example.com. Curious Conversations: gallery tour Exhibition curators Sarah Quinton and Anna Richard will lead a tour of Jane Kidd: Curious. 6 pm. Pwyc. Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre. 416-599-5321, textilemuseum.ca. how the provinCe’s speCial investigations unit operates Presentation by a member of the SIU. 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. Deer Park Library, 40 St. Clair E. 416-393-7657. imaginepeaCe Forum Conversation series that pairs artists with academics to discuss how governments & citizens are shaping the future in the digital space, part of the Yoko Ono exhibit. 6:30 pm. $18. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. gardinermuseum.on.ca. reCent signiFiCant privaCy investigations anD Consultations By the ipC Topics include Bill 160, tenant privacy rights, disclosures to the Children’s Aid Society, patient legislation and more. 7 pm. Free. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge. tpl.ca. re-vision assistive DeviCes program Campaign launCh Local MPP candidates answer questions about accessibility, including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. 6-7:30 pm. Free. CNIB Community Hub, 1525 Yonge. 437-922-7353. the sexual revolution in the soviet union Presentation by editor Fred Weston on the 1917 Revolution, legalized homosexuality and how it was reversed by the Stalinist counterrevolution. 7 pm. Free. Ryerson Oakham House, 63 Gould. 416-821-7421, marxist.ca. take Charge oF your health Info session on homeopathic medicine and how it can positively impact your life. 6-7 pm. Free. RSVP. Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine, 344 Dupont. 416-535-5995, firstname.lastname@example.org. tapestry teaCh-in Open to families, beginners and experienced weavers. 5:30-7:30 pm. Included w/ admission. Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre. 416-599-5321. toronto musiC trivia All genres/eras, prizes to win. 7:30 pm. Free. Rorschach Brewing Company, 1001 Eastern. 647-924-2711.
Thursday, May 24 Benefits
Dx Design auCtion Fundraiser in support of design education with a live & silent auction of furnishings, decorative objects and design adventures. 7 pm. $169.50. Design Exchange, 234 Bay. dxda.squarespace.com. ywCa toronto women oF DistinCtion awarDs Fundraiser and awards presentation to celebrate the city’s inspiring women. 6-10 pm. $250. Pre-register. Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front W. womenofdistinction.ca.
Fixing newsroom Culture: in Conversation with lara setrakian Farah Nasser talks with the co-founder of Press Forward about mediaindustry sexual harassment and more. 6:30 pm. $25. Pre-register. Corus Quay, 25 Dockside. cjf-fjc.ca/j-talks. the legaCy oF honest eD mirvish Bill Gladstone talks about Toronto’s famous entrepreneur, theatre patron and neighbourhood hero. 6:30 pm. Free. S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park. 416-396-3975. liBerty reClaimeD: history oF the village Heritage Toronto walking tour. 6:30 pm. $10 sugg donation. Massey Harris Park, 945 King W. heritagetoronto.org. multi-Faith CanDiDates meeting – BeaChes east york Provincial election candidates will be asked about adequate income, affordable housing, education, the environment and more. 7-9 pm. Free. Beach United Church, 140 Wineva. 416-423-5406. osap inFo session Info on the Ontario Student Assistance Program. 4 pm. Free. Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College. 416-393-7746. raise your voiCe! eleCtion voting & CiviC engagement For youth Learn who’s who in the election, how to vote and why voting is important. 4-5 pm. Free. Parliament Street Library, 269 Gerrard E. 416-393-7663.
Toronto Kpop Con takes over the Convention Centre May 18-20.