May 7th-8th Dufferin Grove 5th Annual Clothing Swap @ Dufferin Rink House, 875 Dufferin St. Bring your clean unwanted, never worn, why did I buy it, too big, too small clothes to the rink house on Saturday and return Sunday (between 10 am and 2 pm both days) with something you’ll actually wear. The remaining clothes will be donated to local organizations (not Value Village). Seamstress on hand for “quickie” alterations.
May 7th-8th Jane’s Walk @ various locations. A hybrid walking tour-urban exploration-neighbourhood festival! Look at places from the point of view of those who live and play in the neighbourhood. janeswalk.net
Until May 31st Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival @ various locations. Annual photography festival with over 1000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at more than 200 venues. This year’s theme of Figure & Ground focuses on our relationship to the environment, looking at how photography alters perception, informs knowledge and uncovers meaning. scotiabankcontactphoto.com.
7 pm Star Wars Day @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. Festivities include photos with Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion, the world’s best remixes/mash-ups/parodies/tributes on the big screen, costume contest, trivia game show for prizes and more!
7 pm To Japan With Love Opening Reception @ Function 13, 156 Augusta Ave. A collective of artists who have a genuine connection and love for Japan and have created art for the fund raising relief efforts. PWYC, with all net proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross for the relief efforts in Japan.
6:30 pm The Show Off Opening Night @ OCADU, 100 McCaul St. The work of the class of 2011, presenting an eclectic mix of more than 500 graduating students working in twelve undergraduate programs ranging from drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, criticism and curatorial practice, integrated media and sculpture/installation. PWYC. Until 10 pm, Friday from 9:30 am to 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.
7 pm Your Stockings Need Mending @ Freedom Clothing Collective, 939 Bloor St. W. WORN Fashion Journal’s monthly mending night! Bring your worn-out clothes for a night of fixings and refreshments.
10 pm D.I.Y. @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. DJs Geoff Snack and Nick Class play ODB, DOA, SSD, UGK, PIL and DRE in a punk/rap extravaganza.
10 pm Fuses @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. Records of all shapes and sizes!
10 pm Disorder @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Musical comedy duo Brock and McGill + ROCK resident DJs 4est and Peachy Keen delivering a stupidly fun mix of tunes to keep you dancing all night long.
4 pm Tequila & More Spirits Show @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W. Sample over 30 brands of tequila while enjoying authentic Latin foods, music, dance and art. www.tequilaandmore.ca
10 pm Scissors @ Blondie’s, 1378 Queen St. W. Booze, babes and bare skin! House music with DJs Fawn BC, Sokes and Miss Michie.
10 pm STD @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. An omni-genre dance party playing every song you want to hear. Drink specials and no cover before 11:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Whatevs @ 751 (downstairs), 751 Queen St. W. 90s hip-hop and gangsta rap party with DJ Steve Rock playing all your golden era favourites. Loose morals in effect.
10 pm Neat, Neat, Neat @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Punk, new wave, shoegaze, mod revival and Brit-pop with special guest DJs Ryan Gavel and Shehzaad Jiwani.
10 pm Greasers vs. Socs @ Crawford, 718 College St. A costume party, not a rumble! Dress as either a Greaser or Greasette, a Soc or Socette and get a free CD mixed by General Eclectic, Splattermonkey and Double K. All original rockin’ rhythm and blues, northern soul, Motown and rockabilly 7” 45s all night. Free before 11:30 pm, $3 after.
10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Dress in your 90’s finery! All your favorite 90s pop, hip hop, dance, rock and indie hits. Free before 11 pm with student ID, $5 after.
10 pm Yacht Rock @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. $5 to step aboard!
10:30 am Parkdale/Toronto Hort Plant Fair @ Parkdale School and Community Centre, 75 Lansdowne Ave. Vendors with gardening wares for both the inexperienced and green-thumbed. Until 1:30 pm.
4 pm Art + Design Walk @ Analogue Gallery, 673 Queen St. W. Free walk along West Queen West looking at some of the CONTACT photography shows and meet with the movers and shakers in the indie design world. This month’s emphasis is on spring fashion trends in women’s and men’s wear. Pre-registration is highly recommended at www.westqueenwest.ca.
9 pm WORN’s Fancy Pants Vintage Dance @ The Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. WORN Fashion Journal’s Issue 12 release party! A tribute to two-legged tailoring, from leggings to churdars to jodhpurs to Oxford bags – come dressed in your best pair and shake your moneymaker. $10 in advance from Robber (863 Queen St. W.), Function 13 (156 Augusta Ave.) and Freedom Clothing Collective (939 Bloor St. W.) or $12 at the door.
10 pm Faith @ Crawford, 718 College St. Music from the 1980s with DJs Scott Wade, Sarah Small Fry, Kevin Knows and Josh V. $5.
10 pm Motown Party @ 751, 751 Queen St. W. Motown, northern soul and remixes upstairs with DJs Fawn BC and Caff, and an all vinyl set downstairs with DJs Brett Millius and Reverend Throwdown. $11 pitchers and cheap bar rails all night long. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Space Pussy: Deep Space 069 @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. A land where hip-hop, disco and dance music collides. Expect plenty of mystique and provocative dancing. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Friendship @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Slow, weird, happy, fun music to make friends and dance to.
10 pm Reality Bytes @ Augusta House, 152-A Augusta Ave. Plug in your dial-up modems, lace up your docs, grab your chain wallets, turn off Friends on your TV, dust off your 90s records and grab your discman! Drink specials before 11 pm.
10 pm Heavy Motel @ Motel, 1235 Queen St. W. Stradlin’ the delicate lines between pop, rock and metal with danceable rock and metal tunes from the late 70s to the early 90s. Expect the likes of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Loverboy, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Meat Loaf, etc. Drink special for the night is “The American” (a Bud and shot of Jack, $8).
10 pm Standards @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A solid night of dancing to the best in northern soul, girl groups, garage, ska, punk and 50s-60s R&B.
10 pm Members Only @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Party jams with the Members Only DJs, who share a mutual affection for all things disco, new wave, house and techno. $10.
10 pm Shake, Rattle & Roll @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. 60’s pop and rock n’ roll + Motown + soul with lady DJ duo Bangs & Blush. $5.
8:30 am Markham Women’s 5K & Girls’ 1K @ Bill Crothers Secondary School, 44 Main St., Unionville. Run or walk to support girls’ education in Africa in support of Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative! Registration begins at 7 am. Visitmarkhamwomens5k.com to register for the race or to make a donation to Plan Canada.
11 am LAB Consignment & Friends Pop-Up Shop @ The Drake Sky Yard, 1150 Queen St. W. Bring mom or shop solo for new and select vintage clothes and accessories for guys and gals from LAB Consignment, Jewelry from Alynne Lavigne, White Crow, Lost and Found Vintage, CHOSEN and more! Until 4 pm.