All hands on deck! Four on the floor! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Are you willing to be awake until dawn for the next 96 hours? Are you prepared to experience amazing art, music, discussion, and diversity? Then to you we say: Happy Weekend. Here are some reasons to get excited:
5 days of amazing indie bands, fantastic film, and thought-provoking discussion on the ins and outs of the music industry. Musicians from all over the world, and right here at home, will invade every sweaty back-room stage in the city, and keep the party going ’til 4 am with extended last call. Films highlighting the musical past, present and future will be on offer, presenting a cultural landscape that spans the decades, from Woodstock to Wilco, and the map, from Sneaky Dee’s to Dakar. The conference this year features a celebrity discussion between Wu Tang Clan’s GZA and hip hop historian Fab Five Freddy. And all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t be overwhelmed! Check out what made our list of NXNE must-sees.
WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Get shorty! This is the film fest for those with limited attention spans and open minds. Whether it’s young filmmakers realizing their vision, a bizarre and unbelievable animated feature, or a story told so eloquently, it expresses true emotion in 15 minutes or less, shorts are an art-form of masters, and a fantastic way to experience a range of compelling film without holing up in your basement for the next 3 months. Politics, sex, therapy, rebellion and death: it’s all here.
PRIDE WEEK-CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP
Pride kicks off this Friday, and this year’s theme, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, sums up both the party and the energy perfectly. A surge of positivity and community spirit flows through the city during the festival, so start getting warmed up for next weekend’s Dyke March (June 27th) and Pride Parade (June 28th) by checking out the art exhibits, like DiverCiudad, theatre presentations from Jean Genet, or The Baby Formula, a film about sisters doin’ it for themselves. Take a drumming workshop or find your cause at one of the many discussions, presentations, and gatherings of people passionate about change (for a full list of all the amazing events, check out www.pridetoronto.com). And, oh yeah, PARTY!
*P.S – happy lesbians – we have tix to giveaway for Swagga Like Us-definitely one of the best parties of the week. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “SWAGGA!”
HERE’S WHERE YOU’RE DRINKING THIS WEEKEND: ROGUE EDITION
For anyone not into organized fun, here’s a roundup of the best parties happening this weekend that don’t require a wristband and a schedule ripped from Now Magazine.
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Oops! With chock-a-block parties, bands and pride…you may have forgotten that this Sunday is indeed Father’s Day! Our big idea to come within the next couple days, BUT if you are looking to book a one-of-a-kind adventure then hitch a flight on Georgian Bay Airways to Frying Pan Island for fish and chips. Just a REALLY COOL idea from us to you.
Feeling creative? Strapped for cash? Name this bar and you could drink for free all summer long, with a $1000 tab. Just remember to buy us a beer.