Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (June 8-14)

The Encampment - Credit: Ryan Mallard

The Encampment – Credit: Ryan Mallard

Great weekend ahead and if you’re staying in Toronto, you’ll have plenty of options to keep you busy.  It’s a week of festivals ~ and whether you’re into art, short films or nature, I’m sure you’ll find at least one to explore.

Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity is here until June 17th, celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, film, magic, and more. As 2012 marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Luminato highlights include a luminous large-scale art installation, entitled The Encampment at Fort York National Historic Site (June 8-24) and Laura’s Cowthe world premiere of a new family opera about the iconic Canadian heroine Laura Secord (June 6-10) at Enwave Theatre.  

Einstein on the Beach - Credit: Lesley Spinks

Einstein on the Beach – Credit: Lesley Spinks

Other Luminato Picks include four-act opera Einstein on the Beach (June 8-10) and ///Reply\\\, a street-art installation along Parliament Street, between Dundas & Wellesley (June 8-17). Click here for the Luminato full schedule. Download the Luminato 2012 Mobile App.

Village Day street fest at Yonge and Lawrence on Saturday, June 9th with live-music, a BBQ, free caricatures, street performers, balloons, facepainting, buskers, magicians, Kid Zone play areas, jumping castles and mini-golf. Here’s a Village Day Activity Map. (All events free, except for BBQ)

  • Toronto Tree Festival celebrations will be underway on Saturday, June 9th at Centre Island.  Events include guided walking/cycling tours as well as a tram tour, tree-planting, tree-climbing and rescue demos. (Festival admission is Free; ferry fees apply)

Continuing this week:

  • 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)
  • 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: Metric at the Opera House (June 12).

Enjoy your week!

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