Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (June 1-8)

Blitzen Trapper Massacre – Credit: CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival Gallery

June’s here.  The calendar’s catching up to our summer-in-spring weather.  Looks like we’re working with 3 seasons this year. I’m trying to figure out if Winter was Spring or vice-versa.  Regardless, just pull out the sunblock and have your umbrella ready as you face the next week.  Lots on the go in TO:

The 18th Annual CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival  (June 5-10 with Free outdoor screenings Sunday, June 3rd) will kick off this week, showcasing 244 films from 35 countries. This year’s festival received a record-breaking 4768 submissions from 113 countries. This included 797 Canadian submissions, out of which 66 films were selected. Some of the Celebrity Shorts (June 7) include David Duchovny (The Beaufort Diaries), Rainn Wilson (Blitzen Trapper Massacre), John Malkovich (Butterflies) and others. Click here for locations and the full festival schedule. (Tickets $10)

  • Sounds Like the Riverside (Sat, June 2 @10am-11pm) comes to Broadview and Queen.  This year’s street festival promises to introduce you to “the creativity side of Riverside” with events including: Giant Jenga, live entertainment, a free BBQ, salsa dancers and over 120 artists on the Riverdale Art Walk. (Free)
  • Yonge-Dundas Square is transformed into Piazza Italia, an Italian meeting place where you’ll find coffee, gelato, pizza, live music and special appearances from athletes and TV personalities.  ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli hosts (Sat, June 2 @Noon-11pm – Free).
  • “Bring in the clowns”.  No need to sing the song, they’re coming for the Toronto Festival of Clowns (May 31st-June 3rd). Check out their schedule for a list of festival events. Past festivals have hosted some of North America’s top clowns. 
  • Get your drink on at The Drinks Show (June 8 & 9 @6pm-1am) which returns to 99 Sudbury, where they will introduce some of the newest and trendiest cocktails in town, mixed up by professional mixologists.  Add the hottest house, dance and hip-hop music to the mix, along with events (including: challenges, contests, swag & photo ops) and you got a party. (Tickets: 23$ online/ 30$ at door)

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.

Music in the City: Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings. Highlights: Dave Matthew Band at Molson Ampitheatre (June 2); Dandy Warhols at Phoenix Concert Theatre (June 3)

Have a great week!

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