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22 things to do in Toronto this weekend: May 12 to 14

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Ainsley Smith May 11, 2017 11:30 am 1,254

Happy Friday!

From a Mother’s Day brunch cruise to an evening with Serial podcast star Ira Glass, these are the top 22 events happening in Toronto this weekend.

Have a great one,  Toronto!

FNL: Fashion

What: Come and celebrate the fabulous world of fashion as you immerse yourself in the ROM’s collections, and meet local fashion designers. There will also be a series of gallery activations and featured exhibits.

When: May 12, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park

The Jesus and Mary Chain

What: Fans of The Jesus and Mary Chain around the world were excited when the band, which formed back in ’83, reunited in 2007. Now, the Scottish alternative rock band returns with a new album and a new tour.

When: May 12 at 8 pm
Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street

Toronto KPop Con

What: Now in its third year, Toronto Kpop Con provides a fun and fan-friendly musical experience through shows and meet-and-greets with top-level Korean artists, expert panelists, and an exciting array of vendors.

When: May 12 to 14
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Blossom and Bloom Mother’s Day Market

What: This Mother’s Day weekend, the Blossom and Bloom market is back for another year and will feature some of the city’s finest fresh blooms, music, art installations, interactive workshops and more!

When: May 12 to 14, 8 am to 6 pm
Where: Union Station, 65 Front Street West

Spring Into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Market

What: The 5th Annual Spring Into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival is back with the largest free outdoor event, attracting thousands of local and neighbouring visitors to the heart of Parkdale Village. Be a part of this vibrant event and help support the arts, community, culture, diversity and shopping local.

When: May 13, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Parkdale Village

Mac DeMarco

What: Canadian fave Mac DeMarco is back with a fourth album, set to be released on May 5. The indie rocker is touring This Old Dog, along with his other releases this month. Check out his “jizz jazz” sounds at the Danforth Music Hall. Tickets are currently sold out, but you can always try searching online for people trying to sell last-minute tickets.

When: May 13 at 7 pm
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue

Big Shiny Dwayne 4: Dwayne Gretzky Does the 90’s

What: Relive the glory days and dance the night away to the epic sounds of the ’90s. Friday night is already sold out, so make sure to get your Saturday night tickets ASAP.

When: May 12 to 14, 9 pm to 2 am
Where: The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street

Air Guitar Toronto 2017 Championships

What: Attention music lovers: come cheer on the brave and wonderful performers who will be leaving it all out on stage as they rock out with their air guitars at the Drake Underground this weekend. The top finishers will be invited to the Canadian National Air Guitar Championships this summer for their chance at the title and the experience of a life-time representing Canada at the Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, FINLAND.

When: May 13, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West

What: Calling all “This American Life” fans: Ira Glass, the creator, producer & host of the award-winning, iconic weekly public radio program will be in Toronto this weekend.  Also known for his work on the ground-breaking podcast “Serial,” and it’s successor “S-Town,” Ira will be in town for a special evening of storytelling. Glass will mix stories live on stage using audio clips, music, and video, sharing lessons from his life and career. Plus, he’ll answer audience questions with a brief Q&A to close the evening.

When: May 13, 8 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street

Science Rendezvous

What: Recognized for being the Nuit Blanche for science, Science Rendezvous is an annual festival that takes science out of the lab and onto the street. This year’s festival will celebrate 10 years of Science Rendezvous and 150 years of Canadian science.

When: May 13, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Various venues throughout the city

Toronto Flower Market Season Launch

What: There’s really no better way to spend a sunny spring afternoon than surrounded by fresh, seasonal blooms. Come and celebrate the market’s fifth season and the launch of the 2017 season this Mother’s Day weekend and pick up some bouquets for you and your mom.

When: May 13, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Toronto Flower Market, 1001 Queen Street West

Mother’s Day Chocolate Tour

What: If your mom loves chocolate, Tasty Tours are offering the perfect gift for Mother’s Day – an amazing Mother’s Day Chocolate Tour! Score some serious brownie points as you and your mom spend the afternoon visiting some of Toronto’s finest eateries, where you can sample delicious chocolates and chocolatey treats.  There will also be a chocolate making demonstration by an award-winning chocolatier.

When: May 13, 1 pm to 4 pm
Where: 443 King Street West

Moto Market – Moto Revere Anniversary Sale, BBQ, Ride-in

What: This weekend, Toronto motorcycle enthusiasts can enjoy an afternoon filled with all things moto-related. From oil changes to full custom bike builds, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

When: May 13, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Moto Revere DIY Moto Garage, 1250 Dupont Street

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

What: With over 400 cartoonists from more than 20 countries, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival celebrates the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga. Prepare yourself for non-stop readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library.

When: May 13 to 14
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

Cannabis Life Conference Toronto

What: Listen to the industry’s top movers and shakers as they share their expertise and research on a variety of gripping topics, from Cannabis investment, to cutting edge health developments, and everything in between. Speakers include Jodie Emery of Cannabis Culture, Randy And Mr. Lahey from The Trailer Park Boys, Dr. Dave Hepburn, Medutainer and Award-Winning Columnist, and Ricky Williams, Retired NFL Running Back and Heisman Trophy Winner.

When: May 13 to 14,
Where: Evergreen Brickworks, #300 – 550 Bayview Ave

Mother’s Day High Tea and Painting Workshop

What: Treat your mom to a wonderful afternoon and experience at the Paint Cabin! With a special complimentary High Tea service and a painting workshop led by the friendly Paint Cabin team members, this is one Mother’s Day your momma bear will never forget.

When: May 14
Where: Paint Cabin, 723 Gerrard Street East

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise

What: Make your mother feel like the queen that she is this Mother’s Day by treating her to a Sunday brunch cruise. This two-hour cruise will feature a market-fresh buffet brunch with offerings like cinnamon-smothered french toast, a watermelon basil and feta salad, AAA roast beef and honey glazed Virginia ham carving, fresh fruit and much more. Onboard attractions include a free family photo to take home, full cash bar with specialty cocktails and a complimentary rose for mom, all while sailing by breathtaking views of Toronto’s iconic skyline.

When: May 14, 11:30am to 2 pm
Where: The boat will board at Pier 6, 207 Queens Quay West

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch

What: Brunch lovers rejoice, Toronto’s newest hotspot, Ricarda’s, is hosting a Sunday feast fit for the most important women in your life! Brunch is complete with freshly-baked bread, salads, European cheeses, made-to-order pastas, carved meats, pastries and more! There’s also an optional “beverage buffet” featuring house wine, cava, and caesars. Plus, brunchers can enjoy smooth live jazz, and Ricarda’s has a monitored kids zone for families.

When: May 14, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Ricarda’s, 134 Peter Street

Ink, Brush & Fork

What: Led by Lisa Carrie Goldberg of Action Potential Lab along with Chef Christopher Showalter (Grapefruit Moon, Tramonto, Weldon Park), this event offers the perfect excuse to play with your food at this intersection of art, science, and food. Participants will dissect their own squid then let chef transform the meat into a grilled dish, while also harvesting ink for painting and print-making.

When: May 14, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Depanneur, 1033 College Street, Toronto

Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise

What: Treat that special woman in your life to a beautiful lunch that’s complete with stunning views, good food and above all, quality time with her family and loved ones. This Mother’s Day, make your mom feel as special as she is with a special lunch cruise abroad the Empress of Canada.

When: May 14, 12 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: The cruise will board at 11 Polson Street

Lee Scratch Perry

What: Producer, mixer and Grammy-winning reggae dub artist, Lee “Scratch” Perry will be hitting up the Danforth Music Hall for an evening of music you won’t want to miss.

When: May 14, doors open at 7 pm
Where: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave

Mother’s Day Paint Date

What: This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to an afternoon she’ll cherish for years to come as you enjoy a special paint date together.

When: May 14, 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: Paintlounge, 784 College Street


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Ainsley Smith
Staff Writer at Daily Hive

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