Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (May 18-24)

Picasso's "Jacqueline with Crossed Hands" - Credit: jmussuto

Picasso’s “Jacqueline with Crossed Hands” – Credit: jmussuto

Victoria Day long weekend is finally here and Toronto is packed with events to keep you busy all week long:

The Toronto International Circus Festival will bring clowns, acrobats, fire-eaters, unicyclists, jugglers and daredevil stunts to the Harbourfront Centre this long weekend (May 19-21; Free). Check out their program for the weekend.

While you’re at the Harbourfront, you might want to swing by for the Dance Marathon (May 18 & 19 at 7pm; Cost 35$). 

Victoria Day Fireworks are on Monday, May 21st at dusk at Canada’s Wonderland and at 9:30pm at Ashbridges Bay Park.

  • Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris is on at the AGO until August 26th.  According to the AGO, “this exhibition offers a rare perspective on the life and work of this iconic artist: his own”.  Over 147 pieces from Pablo Picasso’s own collection are displayed, including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings.  They have been touring the world as the Musee has been undergoing renovation.
  • Contact Photography Festival is being held this month and includes over 1000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at close to 200 venues across the city (until May 31; Free). Here’s their schedule.
  • The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival continues this week until May 27th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Inside Out is a non-profit who’s mission is “to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film and video made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities”.
  • Over 85 artists and artisans from across the country are uniting at the Artisans at the Distillery art show in the historic Distillery District (May 19-21 at 11-6pm; Free). It will feature pottery, paintings, textiles, clothing, jewelry, gourmet food and more.

Music in the City: Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings. Highlights: Powerglove at The Hoxton (May 23).

Looks like a sunny week ahead.  Hope you take advantage of the great weather and enjoy your long weekend!

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