Welcome to another week of too many choices, Toronto. I will be heading home this weekend for a wedding, so I won't have the opportunity to participate in a lot the fun that's happening - please enjoy for me!
That said, it's also Father's Day weekend, so make sure you include your pops in your chosen weekend activities!
On that note, here are the five events I'm most excited for this week:
FILM: Toronto Animation Arts Festival
For all you animation nerds looking to get your networking on, this is the event you've all been waiting for. Even if you're not looking to network, attend just so you have the opportunity to see some of the best Canadian and international feature and short films you won't find anywhere else.
Where: Corus Quay & George Brown College - Waterfront
When: June 13-16th
MUSIC: Sleeping In The Devil's Bed - The Music of Daniel Lanois (Luminato)
While Luminato has a lot of worthy events, this tribute to the music of Daniel Lanois is definitely going to be one of the most memorable ones. Featuring performances by Kevin Drew, Martha Wainwright, Trixie Whitely, The Handsome Family, and the one and only Emmylou Harris, this will be a night to celebrate a true Canadian music legend.
Where: Massey Hall
When: June 10, 7:30pm
FESTIVAL: NXNE Begins
While the main events (Interactive & Music) will truly kick off next week, the festival has expanded to the length of its southern sister SXSW in order to hopefully build out its film portion by no longer overlapping its schedule with that of the music portion of the festival. If all goes as planned, soon enough, filmmakers will be dreaming of getting selected to premiere at NXNE the way they currently wish for a SouthBy spot.
Where: Various locations around the city
When: June 13 - 22nd
THEATRE: All The Sex I've Ever Had (Luminato)
Another great Luminato curated event, this theatrical performance forces us to get over our inherent disgust at the idea of elderly people having and talking about sex. This creative exploration into the sexual histories of seven older performers from the seven different cities the play has toured in, will challenge your media driven notions of what sex should look like. This is one of those plays the youth obsessed Western world is in desperate need of.
Where: Isabel Bader Theatre
When: June 10 - 14th, various times
FOOD: The Lost Train (Luminato)
This Luminato curated experience might be pricey at a steep $225, but it is most definitely an experience you will never forget. This "imaginary journey by Kid Koala and Fred Morin with real food and music" combines the music of Kid Koala and the food of Fred Morin (famous for his Montreal restaurant Joe Beef) and a train ride to... somewhere? It's safe to say this event combines my three favourite things in life - music, travel, and good eats. With only 12 journeys and only 8 people on board per journey, it's also a very exclusive experience.
Where: Fairmont Royal York Hotel
When: June 10 - 13th, Various times