Weekend events in Toronto include a solid handful of dance parties, concerts and major ongoing cultural events as well as a handful of (mostly free) Oscar parties and screenings.Events you might want to check out:
Canadian Apparel (February 24-26 @ 499 Queen St W)
Ten Canadian designers join forces for this three-day pop-up featuring fine goods manufactured in Canada. It's happening in the old American Apparel space on Queen Street West.
Trudeau: We're Watching You Toronto (February 25 @ Trinity Bellwoods Park)
This is a mass protest with activations across the country asking the Canadian government to end mass surveillance, support anti-terrorism bill C-303, and support a bill that protects advocates, whistleblowers and journalists.
Wolfe Island "Winter Ball" Music Festival (February 26 @ The Great Hall Toronto)
This one-day music fest hopes to raise funds for the Wolfe Island Music Fest in Kingston, Ontario. Jason Collett hosts an all-star lineup.
100 Percent Dynamite (February 24 @ The Piston)
DJs General Electric, Misty Rock 'n' Roll and Parkdale Funk celebrate the explosive sounds of vintage reggae, soul and rock 'n' roll all on vinyl.
The Big Sound (February 24 @ The Great Hall)
This party celebrates the glory days of classic soul and Motown with Toronto's biggest Motown and classic soul revue.
Goodbye for Now, Holy Oak (February 25 @ Holy Oak)
The Holy Oak is closing its door and will say farewell with a concert starring Kieran Adams, Bram Gielen, Carmen Elle, Johnny Spence and loads of guest vocalists.
Bey Bey Dance Party (February 25 @ Studio Bar)
Bey Bey All Night is a Beyonce dance party playing the diva's greatest dance floor anthems with a live performance from Toronto's Beyography dancers.
Fit YAAAS (February 25 @ The Beaver)
This is a sporty little dance people for gay folks and their friends. Expect spandex, drink specials, and lots of happy, vocal house for the Fit DJs.
Young M.A (February 24 @ REBEL)
Young M.A. is one bad ass female MC and she's taking over Rebel for this massive party, which will include DJs, guest stars and an all around good night of hip hop.
Altar: Alternative Retro Dance Party (February 26 @ Blyss)
This isn't your typical retro dance party. Altar celebrates the alternative with new wave, post-punk, classic dance and synth pop. DJ Lazarus spins and Jenna Syde hosts. Get out your eyeliner!
Somewhere There Creative Music Festival (February 24-26 @ Tranzac Club)
This is the fifth anniversary of the Creative Music Festival, which embraces an ever-diverse all-local roster, providing a flattering look at Toronto's exploratory music scenes.
Hyuna Tour 2017 (February 24 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
K-pop star Hyuna lands in Toronto for her first-ever concert. Lots of fan interaction is promised, so check out what at the hype is about.
Lee Fields & The Expressions (February 25 @ Lee's Palace)
The North Carolina soul singer is like a living, breathing new age James Brown. If you need a night of high-energy, authentic soul music then get to this show.
Screen Queens does the Oscars (February 26 @ The Royal Cinema)
There are dozens of free Oscars screenings, but only one will feature lineup of drag queens talking up the red carpet and during the show.
Rhubarb Festival (February 15-26 @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)
Canada’s longest-running new works festival transforms Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation, with artists exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, music and performance art.
Winter Stations 2017 (February 20 - March 27 @ The Beach)
Lifeguard stands to Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches in Toronto’s east end are transformed into temporary, interactive installations.
The Artist Project (February 23-26 @ Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place)
Head to this annual modern art fair to see work from over 250 contemporary artists. Even if you're not looking to buy anything, you can check out both established and up-and-coming visual artists for kicks.
Toronto for Everyone (February 23-26 @ Honest Ed's)
This weekend-long farewell to Honest Ed's features parties, discussions, a market, an art maze and an opportunity to walk around and say goodbye to the legendary Toronto building.
Bloor-Yorkville Icefest (February 25 @ Village of Yorkville Park)
This two-day Icefest takes over Bloor-Yorkville village where 20,000 pounds of crystal clear ice will be sculpted into all types of shapes celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO