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Thursday, June 14 Benefits
FANDOMITE Costume party with live DJ, famous cosplayers, food, a DIY workshop and more. 7 pm. $25, benefits Ronald McDonald House & the George Brown Fdn. Revival Bar, 783 College. fandomite.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. RAT RACE FOR UNITED WAY Certified 5K fundraising run followed by an after-party with BBQ and live music by the Lonely Hearts. 6 pm. $20, stu $10 + $100 pledge minimum. Pre-register. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W. unitedwaygt.org/ratrace.
A COMPENDIUM OF A FATIMID COURT MUSICIAN Talk by George Sawa. 1-2 pm. Free w/ museum admission. Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford. agakhanmuseum.org. BOARDS & BEERS GAME NIGHT Make new friends and learn new games. 6-9:30 pm. $6. Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas E. 416-843-7344, firstname.lastname@example.org. DUNDAS STREET & THE QUEEN’S RANGERS Heritage talk by Lt. Col Phil Halton on the 225th anniversary of Simcoe arriving in Ontario. 7:30 pm. Free/pwyc. Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas. 416-767-5472. END UNJUST HIV CRIMINALIZATION: A COM- MUNITY DIALOGUE People living with HIV, community orgs & human rights advocates discuss HIV criminalization in Canada and where the struggle goes from here. 6 pm. Free. Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard W. 416-5951666, eventbrite.ca, email@example.com. HOW THE PROVINCE’S SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT OPERATES Presentation by a member of the SIU. 7-8 pm. Free. Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College. 416-393-7746. INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF TORONTO Lecture on the roots of street and place names and the relationships Indigenous cultures had with plants. 7:30 pm. $12-$15. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence E. 416-397-1362, torontobotanicalgarden.ca. MINDFULNESS AND ZEN MEDITATION Gentle yoga, relaxation, silent meditation. All levels. Tue & Thu 6-7 pm. Free/pwyc. Centre Place, 320 Richmond E #101. zen.centreplace.ca. TBG ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKET Food, flowers and VQA wines. 2-7 pm. Free admission. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence E. torontobotanicalgarden.ca. TRANSFORMING SPACE: CAN ARCHITECTURE COME ALIVE? Talk by multidisciplinary artist Philip Beesley. 11 am-1 pm. Free w/ admission. RSVP. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. firstname.lastname@example.org. TTCRIDERS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Learn about the group & get involved in the fight for affordable, world-class public transit. Guest speaker Deena Ladd. 6 pm. $15, members free. College Street United Church, 454 College. 647-775-8185, ttcriders.ca. WALK WARD’S ISLAND An insider’s tour of the Island community led by residents. Tue & Thu 11 am, Sat 11:15 am, Jun 2-Sep 29. $25. Meet at ferry docks. Ward’s Island Ferry Docks, white gazebo. walkwardsisland.com. THE WALRUS TALKS THE FUTURE & 15TH ANNIVERSARY Discussion on how trends are defining our future with Lisa Charleyboy, Geoff Cape, Craig Nevill-Manning, Robert Jago and Tanya De Mello. Followed by reception. 6:30 pm. $20-$25. Pre-register. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. thewalrus.ca. WELCOME TO KOREATOWN Walking tour. 6:30 pm. $10 sugg donation. Alpha Korean United Church, 300 Bloor W. heritagetoronto.org.
Friday, June 15 Benefits
ALL-STAR GALA Semi-formal with cocktails, luxury live & silent auctions, live entertainment. 8:30 pm. $125 (benefits Dr. Seed’s research at Sick Kids’ Hospital). Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Blvd. sickkidsallstargala.com. NIGHT MARKET 6IX Local vendors, art, entertainment, food and dancing. 5-11 pm. Free. Benefits Ronald McDonald House Toronto & the George Brown College Fdn. Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd. nightmarket6ix.ca. RELAY FOR LIFE Walk the track, pass the baton to your teammate or join in trackside activities in this Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser. 6 pm-midnight. $150. Pre-register. Downsview Park, 70 Canuck. relayforlife.ca.
CARING FOR THE EARTH: INTRO TO ORGANIC GARDENING Workshop. 2-4 pm. Free. Preregister. Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence E. 416-395-5710.
GENERAL MERCER FUN FAIR Family fun with BBQ, bouncy castles, raffle, face painting, sports, prizes, and more. 3-7 pm. Free. General Mercer Public School, 30 Turnberry. facebook. com/events/451523248618987. JUNEFEST DEAFBLIND AWARENESS MONTH Flag raising, info booth, demos and activities to raise awareness. 11 am-3 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W. junefest.ca. PEOPLE IN MOTION CAREER FAIR Job seekers with disabilities are encouraged to attend. 10 am-5 pm. Free. Variety Village, 3701 Danforth. pimcareerfair2018.eventbrite.ca.
Saturday, June 16 Benefits
DRUNK MEAN GIRLS – A LIVE READ Pseudocelebs breath sweet, alcoholic life back into the film. Doors 7 pm, show 7:30 pm. $10. Proceeds to the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. facebook.com/events/191677821454367. GATES OPEN HOME & GARDEN TOUR Tour houses perched along the Scarborough Bluffs and get home and garden inspiration. 10 am-4 pm. $30 (benefits Scarborough & Rouge Hospital Fdn). Pre-register. Guild Park & Gardens, 201 Guildwood Parkway. 416-281-7342, bdluffsgatesopen.com.
PADDLE THE ROUGE Paddling lessons, an opportunity to paddle on the Rouge River, music, food trucks and activities for all ages. 8 am-5 pm. $55 (benefits Wildlands League). Preregister. Rouge Beach Park, 195 Rouge Hills. 416-971-9453, paddletherouge.com.
THRILL OF THE GRILL Father’s Day foodie event with 10 Danforth chefs creating a BBQ feast in support of kidney research at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre. Noon-4 pm. $20. Danforth Avenue, just east of Broadview. danforththrillofthegrill.com.
B BASIC BIKE MAINTENANCE Hands-on workshop with Cycle Toronto. 3-4 pm. Free. Preregister. Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College. 416-393-7746. Br BELLS ON DANFORTH Pedal-powered family friendly parade to celebrate cycling. Meet at 10:30 am, depart at 11 am. Free. Withrow Park, 725 Logan. bellsondanforth.ca. CANADIAN HYMN TEA Hope United Choir sings Canadian hymns interspersed with historical anecdotes. Includes tea & refreshments. 5:30 pm. Free will offering. Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth. 416-691-9682, hopeunited.ca. CLOTHING REPAIRATHON Bring clean clothing in need of small repairs, max 2 items per family. 9 am-noon. Free. Withrow Park Farmers’ Market, 725 Logan. repairathon.com. DEMOCRACYKIT WORKSHOPS: DRIVE POLITICAL CHANGE Learn about participation in the 2018 municipal election and civic campaign skills. 2 pm. Free. Pre-register. Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College. 416-393-7746, eventbrite.ca. DISCOVER DOWNSVIEW PARK Walking tour. 1:30 pm. $10 sugg donation. Downsview Park Hub, 70 Canuck. heritagetoronto.org. 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. rGUYANA’S 52ND ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE Celebration with an opening ceremony, cultural show, arts and crafts, Guyanese cuisine and dominoes. Noon-8 pm. Free. L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre, 2000 McNicoll. allianceofguyanese.ca. HISTORY COMES ALIVE Historic re-enactors stroll the streets (noon-3 pm), and a historic spinner demonstrates her art (10 am-1 pm, 8 Market St). Free. Berczy Park, 35 Wellington E. oldtowntoronto.ca. HOGTOWN ROLLER DERBY DOUBLE HEADER The All-Stars play the Hamilton Area Roller Derby, then the Debs play South Simcoe Rebel Rollers. 5 pm. $10, srs $8, under 12 free w/ adult. Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main. 647-9843487, hogtownrollerderby.com. INORGANIC MARKET Bring TVs, computers, phones and other unused electronics for safe disposal. 11 am-3 pm. Free. Goldhawk Park Library, 295 Alton Towers Circle. 416-5587035, inorganicmarket.ca. INSTRUMENTS OF HAPPINESS Tribute to George Harrison by 100 electric guitarists, led by Tim Brady and hundreds of Doane Uschool ukulele students. 11 am-3:30 pm. Free. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay. luminatofestival.com. JUNCTION FARMERS MARKET Local farmers & food vendors. 9 am-1 pm. Free. Junction Train Platform, 2964 Dundas W. junctionmarket.ca. THE LESLIEVILLE FLEA @ THE DISTILLERY Curated flea market selling vintage and handcrafted goods. 11 am-6 pm. Free admission. The Distillery District, 55 Mill. leslievilleflea.com. rLESLIEVILLE TREE FESTIVAL Urban forest celebration with music by Toronto All-Star Big Band, environmental exhibits, kids’ activities, artisans & more. Noon-4 pm. Free. Leslie Grove Park, 1158 Queen E. yourleaf.org. OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR On the Edge of the City: Toronto in 1833 tour. 12:30-2 pm. Free. Rain or shine. Toronto’s First Post Office Museum, 260 Adelaide E. townofyork.com. PAPER FAIR AT THE P.O. Party with local makers of paper goods with handmade paper items on sale, activities and more. 11 am-5 pm. Free admission. Toronto’s First Post Office Museum, 260 Adelaide E. fb.com/TOs1stPO. PRETTY HEROES & TORONTO SAILOR MOON CELEBRATION Watch anime, play vide games, check out vendors and more at this girl power pop-culture & cosplay convention. Jun 16-17, see website for info and to register. $40-$60, child $18-$20. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills. prettyheroes.com. RALLY FOR DECENT WORK Show your support for a $15 minimum wage & decent work for all. Guests include Naomi Klein, Chris Buckley, Sandy Hudson, Ritika Goel & others. 1-4 pm. Free. Outside of the Ministry of Labour, 400 University. 647-685-1655, 15andfairness.org. 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. rSOLDIERS AND SPIES Weekend of revolutionary war re-enactments, musket demos, marching and more. Sat-Sun 11 am-5 pm. $11-$15. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy. blackcreek.ca. TORONTO BLOOMSDAY FESTIVAL (Anna Livia Productions). Actors and musicians re-enact scenes from James Joyce’s novel in a walk along the beach, followed by readings and music at the Beaches Library. 9 am-noon. Free. Kew Gardens Park, 2075 Queen E. 416778-8203, torontobloomsday.com. TORONTO GREENEST NEIGHBOURHOOD LAUNCH Learn about the program and get tips on reducing energy bills. 2-4 pm. Free. Jane/Dundas Library, 620 Jane. green13toronto.org. 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. rWITHROW PARK FARMERS’ MARKET Weekly live music, arts & crafts for kids and local organic food. 9 am-2 pm till Oct 13. Withrow Park, 725 Logan. withrowmarket.com. WOMEN IN TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY Those who identify as women can learn about nontraditional careers. 10 am-4 pm. Free. Preregister. Metro Hall, 55 John. eventbrite.ca.
Sunday, June 17 Benefits
JOURNEY TO CONQUER CANCER – RUN OR WALK Hot breakfast, entertainment and post-race celebration at this PMCC fundraiser with 1, 3 and 5K options. $45 reg fee, kids free (Princess Margaret Cancer Fdn). Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 610 University. runorwalk.ca.
black owned summer market music, performances, food, products and services from black-owned businesses. 1-8 pm. free admission. artscape wychwood barns, 601 christie. blackownedunity.com. day of delight 2018 clay & paper theatre presents artists, puppeteers, actors, singers, circus performers and dancers in an insurrectionary love-in. 2-5 pm. pwyc. dufferin grove park, 875 dufferin pk. fb.com/clayandpaper. eglinton way farmers’ market weekly to oct 28, 8 am-1 pm. free. carpark 47, 125 burnaby blvd. 416-487-3294. 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. b5fwod ride to trillium park & rideplanning clinic info on planning & leading group rides followed by group ride to the waterfront park. fwod is a group for *trans, women and gender non-binary cyclists. 5:15 pm. free. urbane cyclist, 280 college. bikemonth.ca. market 55 weekly farmers’ market in the upper beach. 9 am-1 pm. community centre 55, 97 main. facebook.com/farmersmarket55. romwalk: queen’s park circle history & architecture walk. 2-3:30 pm. free. meet in front of the ontario legislative building, 111 wellesley w. rom.on.ca. sunday artisan market rotating roster of local makers. 10 am-3 pm, may 13-nov 4. free admission. evergreen brick works, 550 bayview. 416-596-1495, evergreen.ca. word sound power open mic & community networking, all cultures, ages & disciplines welcome. 6-9 pm. pwyc. amp studio cafe, 154 oakwood. facebook.com/djblacklotus. yonge street: in the heart of music city heritage toronto walking tour. 10:30 am. $10 sugg donation. black bear espresso, 25 carlton. heritagetoronto.org. yorkville exotic car show classic and exotic cars on the mink mile. noon-5 pm. free (donations to prostate cancer canada welcome). bloor west closed to traffic between avenue and bay. bloor-yorkville.com/yorkvilleexotics.
Monday, June 18
brain health activities that may reduce your risk of dementia. 6 pm. free. pre-register. deer park library, 40 st clair e. 416-393-7657. buddhist teachings and meditation session on jun 18 & 19 at 7 pm. $15-$20. somatic stretch, 681 markham. 647-447-1211, firewheel.herokuapp.com/events/1777. reflecting on franklin: moving forward symposium on the legacies of colonialism, issues of climate change & more related to sir john franklin’s 1845 expedition. 9:45 am-5 pm. free w/ rsvp (rom admission not included). royal ontario museum, 100 queen’s park. 416-586-5797, email@example.com. what next for the left after the ford win? international socialists’ public forum. 7 pm. free. steelworkers hall, 25 cecil. socialist.ca. the world records of the universe talk by professor bryan gaensler. 6:30 pm. free. s. walter stewart library, 170 memorial park. 416-396-3975. yoga mondays outdoor open-level yoga class. noon-1 pm, jun 18-sep 3. free. yongedundas Square, 1 Dundas E. ydsquare.ca.
Tuesday, June 19 Benefits
shout sister toronto south/east choir year end concert in support of children’s book bank. 7 pm. $10. kingston road united church, 975 kingston. shoutsisterchoir.ca.
aids candlelight vigil remember, honour and celebrate those who have passed and those who fight on. 9 pm. free. barbara hall park, 519 church. torontoaidsvigil.ca. big time horse racing at danforth & main 1853-1912 heritage talk by barbara myrvold. 7 pm. free. beaches library, 2161 queen e. 416393-7703. compassion circle discussion, meditation and non-judgemental support group. 7-9 pm. free. inner arts collective, 257 danforth. 647863-5963, fb.com/thecompassioncircle. dancing in the park scottish country dancing, no partner needed. tuesdays in june, 7 pm to dusk. free. edwards gardens, 755 lawrence e. dancescottish.ca. gossip girl trivia 7 pm. free. lucky shrike, 850 dundas w. 416-815-7777. persuasive pitch competition inspirational speaker competition. 6 pm. $15. revival bar, 783 college. speakerslam.ca. pollinator-friendly gardening info session. 6:30 pm. free. s. walter stewart library, 170 memorial park. 416-396-3975, tpl.ca. through a web darkly: sex and death in the world of spiders maydianne andrade talks about the lives and loves of some of the world’s most notorious spiders. 7 pm. $20. royal ontario museum, 100 queen’s park. 416-586-5797, firstname.lastname@example.org. the ward uncovered: the archaeology of everyday life holly martelle, tatum taylor, john lorinc and michael mcclelland discuss the city’s first immigrant neighbourhood. 7 pm. free. toronto reference library, 789 yonge. tpl.ca.
Wednesday, June 20
celebrating national indigenous day movember foundation hosts a screening of two indigenous shorts, plus a drumming and singing showcase and discussion. 5:30 pm. free. rsvp by jun 15. mo house, 588 richmond w. eventbrite.ca/e/46172024769. the creation of canada’s first national urban park talk on rouge national urban park. 6 pm. free. lillian h. smith library, 239 college. 416-393-7746. cyberattacks and digital privacy tips on protecting your privacy and guarding against identity theft and ransomware. 7-8 pm. free. toronto reference library, 789 yonge. tpl.ca. democracykit workshop 1: drive political change learn about participation in the 2018 municipal election and civic campaign skills. 6 pm. free. pre-register. s. walter stewart library, 170 memorial park. 416-396-3975. toronto music trivia all genres/eras, prizes to win. 7:30 pm. free. rorschach brewing company, 1001 eastern. 647-924-2711. trivia club team game. 8 pm. free. farside, 600 gerrard e. facebook.com/triviaclub. what’s on the end of your fork? talk on food being a powerful medicine to heal chronic disease. 2 pm. free. s. walter stewart library, 170 memorial park. 416-396-3975.
Thursday, June 21 Benefits
eva’s home for life home-themed marketplace and auction, hosted by design duo colin mcallistar & justin ryan. proceeds to eva’s initiatives for homeless youth. 6-10 pm. $125. holcim gallery, evergreen brick works, 550 bayview. evas.ca.
indigenous peoples day sunrise ceremony event to recognize the unique and important history, culture and contributions of first nations, métis and inuit peoples. 5:30 am. free. nathan phillips square, 100 queen w. toronto.ca/aboriginal-events. shades of our sisters exhibit honouring mmiwgt2s and empowering families to celebrate the lives of their loved ones. 11 am-7 pm, opening ceremony at 11 am. li ka shing knowledge institute, 209 victoria. facebook.com/shadesofoursisters. summer solstice labyrinth walk group walk. wheelchair accessible, braille labyrinth on site. noon-1 pm. free. toronto public labyrinth, 1 trinity sq. labyrinthnetwork.ca.
Black Owned Summer Market takes place June 17.