Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (May 25-31)

Gumball 3000 - Photo Credit: John Yavuz Can

Gumball 3000 – Photo Credit: John Yavuz Can

Toronto, start your engines.  The weekend’s here and a whole lot is happening:

The 2012 Gumball 3000 is turning heads as it zoom-zooms from New York to its next pit stop, Toronto. It will stay here overnight and then continue on its 3000 mile journey to LA.  Gumball 3000 Rally is being held in Bloor-Yorkville as the luxury cars, their celebrity drivers and Gumballers expect to arrive on Friday, May 25th at approximately 9pm and cars will be on display until Saturday, May 26 at 9:00am (Free). From’s the A’s to the SUV’s, you’ll get a chance to see them all, including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls Royce, to eco-friendly hybrids, and some never-before-seen models. 120 supercars will be on display, closing Yorkville Ave, Cumberland St & Belair Streets for pedestrian traffic.

In commemoration of the 2ooth anniversary of War of 1812, Doors Open Toronto takes a look at the past 200 years in Toronto’s architectecture and history. Over 135 buildings will open their doors to the public for the weekend and honour the people who built the city. ( May 26 & 27; Free)

Toronto Taste is at on the ROM this Sunday, May 27th, a charity event featuring 60 of Toronto’s top restaurants and chefs as well as 30 beverage purveyors, with proceeds from the event to benefit Toronto’s Second Harvest.

Continuing this week:

  • 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”.

Music in the City: Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings. Highlights: Yelawolf on at Phoenix Concert Theatre (May 26); One Direction at The Molson Ampitheatre (May 29 & 31).

Have a great end of May!

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