June 17th-20th
Live In Bellwoods; The NXNE Picnic Series @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. A no-wristbands-required BYOpicnic series featuring acoustic performances from NXNE artists. Thurs: Smile Smile from Dallas, Tristen from Nashville, Final Flash from MTL, Boats from Winnipeg. Fri: Young Galaxy from MTL, Make Your Exit from Toronto, Imaginary Cities from Winnipeg, Gramercy Riffs from St Johns, The Balconies from Ottawa. Sat: The Sheepdogs from Saskatoon, Sandman Viper Command from Burlington, Savoir Adore from Brooklyn, Dinosaur Bones from Toronto, US Royalty from Washington, DC. Sun: Olympic Island from Toronto, The Peelies from MTL, Allie Hughes from Toronto, The Elwins from Toronto, Ruby Coast from Toronto. Bring instruments to join the jam!

June 17th-19th
Sounds Like The Riverside@The Riverside Neighbourhodd. Twelve venues will feature a wide variety of music. FREE!

June 18th-20th
Taste of Little Italy@College St. between Bathurst and Shaw. Throngs of people, enthusiastic Italian bands, roasting pigs, mini ice cream cones, sheer madness.

12 pm The Selby Is In Your Place Book Signing @ Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W. Todd Selby will be there until 1:30 pm, signing copies of his beautiful new book of wonderful places and spaces.

6:30 pm Gunless Film Panel @ The Spoke Club, 600 King St. W. Presented by Raindance’s Boozin’ and Schmoozin’, with your $20 ticket, ($15 for students) you’ll get to see a lively discussion between the director and producer of the new Paul Gross film, free appetizers, a Wild West inspired drink, and a smokin’ DJ. Each person who buys a ticket online recieves a signed copy of an early edition Gunless script. www.raindance.org/site/boozin-and-schmoozin-toronto

7 pm OPENING: Parlour Pop Up Photo Installation, The Sound of my Hair @ Parlour Salon, 6 Ossington Ave. In celebration of Parlour’s one-year anniversary, light hors d’oeuvres, beer, cocktails, music and hair! Limited guestlist, RSVP to safia@lotusleaf.ca

7 pm The Adventures of Spaghetti Cowboy @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Spooky Ruben’s short film, a send-up of Spaghetti Westerns, starring Feist, gets a world premiere at NXNE. Narrated by Alan Cross.

7:30 pm Return to El Salvador @ Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave. Philadelphia-based doc director Jamie Moffett will be in town to present the international premiere of the film. $10. 20% of the proceeds support the legal claims of Salvadorean refugee claimant Jose Figueroa.

7:30 pm Leaving Hate Behind: The Nate Phelps Story@ Rm. 2158, 1 King’s College Circle, Faculty of Medicine Macleod Auditorium, University of Toronto. The estranged son of infamous bigoted paster Fred Phelps speaks out about his experience growing up with a father who is most famous for the horrifying message ‘God Hates Fags.’ Nate will talk about finding his way out of his family’s campaign of hate. Official Pride Toronto 2010 affiliated event. For tickets: http://www.cficanada.ca/ontario/events/nate_phelps_estranged_son_of_fred_phelps_speaks_in_toronto/#label

8 pm OPENING: Summer Exhibition, Adaptation: Between Species @ Powerplant Gallery, Harbourfront Centre. Responding to the cultural desire to go back to nature, this summer group exhibition highlights interspecies encounters.

12:30 pm THEY Lounge@ The Hilton Poolside, 145 Richmond St. W. Design, mixology, culinary arts. Electronica, world, 50’s jet set, jazz, classics, 80’s, house. Swim, relax, enjoy. Until 4:30 pm.

1 pmToronto Island Concert@Olympic Island. This concert, thrown when they feel like it by Broken Social Scene, is always one of the best events of the year. Featuring BSS, Pavement, Beach House, Zeus, Timber Timbre, Band of Horses, The Beauties, and Flash Lightnin’, and with food vendors like Caplanksy’s, The Common, Herbivore, Swan Restaurant, Summer Time Lemonade, and Feng’s Dumplings.