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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: June 2013 Archives

This weekend, Pride celebrations and more

Pride Mural Project
Jun 7 to Jun 29
Allen Gardens

This community mural project celebrates queer and trans newcomers by exploring creativity, sharing stories and collaborating. The vibrant mural explores the challenges, experiences and hopes around settling in Toronto.

For more information, check out the Pride Mural Project website.

Pride and Remembrance Run
Jun 29
Start point: Corner of Church and Wellesley

With over 1,000 participants, this 5k run or 3k walk is the largest of its kind in Canada and is one of the most popular running events in the GTA. It's also one of the largest fundraising events during Pride week. The online registrations have closed, but you can still register in person.

For more information, check out the Pride and Remembrance Run website.

Proud Voices Reading Series
Jun 22 to Jun 30
Glad Day Bookshop (FREE)

Among other readings this weekend, there is one featuring stories filled with Toronto streets and heartbeats.

For more information on this and other readings, check out the Glad Day Bookshop website.

Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World
Jun 22 to Jan 5, 2014

The world we live in was born in Mesopotamia more than 3,000 years ago. Home to the world's first great cities, the land "between the rivers" is the birthplace of writing, of codified laws, of urban planning, of long-distance trade, and of empire-building.

For more information, check out the ROM website.

ROMwalks: Historic Toronto
Jun 29

Discover the beginnings of Toronto by walking the historic boundaries of the Town of York. Learn about the people and the institutions that helped develop the city. This year there are added highlights from the War of 1812.

For more information, check out the ROM website.

Italian Contemporary Film Festival
Jun 26 to Jul 6
Various Locations

The festival presents an international collection of feature films, documentaries and shorts, including premieres, advance screenings and independent films. Screenings will be supplemented by guest appearances by filmmakers, actors, authors, academics and other expert speakers and complemented by Q&A sessions.

For a list of films, check out the Italian Contemporary Film Festival website.

Under the Stars: An Outdoor Film Screening
Jun 29 (9 PM)
Southside of Daniels Spectrum in the Courtyard (FREE)

People from across the city are welcome to attend the screening of The Inside Story. It's a unique feature-length film that combines the exciting story of a rising soccer star with an enlightening animated journey of HIV inside the human body.

For more information, check out the Regent Park Arts website.

TIFF in the Park
Every Wednesday, starting Jul 3
David Pecaut Square

The series is back for its fourth season, and the theme this year is Summer of Romance. It all starts with Casablanca. Here's looking at you, kid...

For more information, check out the Toronto Entertainment District website.

Canada Day Celebrations
Jun 28 to Jul 1
Harbourfront Centre

Dance, in all ways, shapes and forms, is the central theme to the weekend. And there are fireworks on June 30!

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

In Concert: Sukhwinder Singh
Jun 29
Royal Celebrations Banquet Hall

He has sung many Bollywood hits including Chaiya Chaiya, as well as the foot-tapping number Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire.


Recreating Dublin in Toronto, and other things to do

Bloomsday Toronto
Jun 16
Start point: TTC Loop at Neville Park

Toronto joins in this international literary holyday celebration, where actors will recreate passages from Ulysses and The Beaches will stand-in for Dublin. Later in the day, the same actors will participate in an around the world reading of the Joyce classic, which starts in Auckland and ends in San Francisco.

For more information, check out the Bloomsday Toronto website.

Jun 14 to Jun 23
Various Locations

This two week celebration of creativity brings the best artists in this country and from around the world together. Intriguing exhibits include a runway of ceramic dolls created by fashion luminaries Viktor&Rolf. Other talked about performances include The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. And there is food at the Future Tastes of Toronto.

For more information, check out the Luminato Festival website.

Liberty Village Art Crawl
Jun 14 to Jun 15
Liberty Village

40 hand picked artists and artisans will exhibit their one of a kind, unique works of arts and products. Indulge your senses with unique artwork, photography, fashion designs, home decor products, jewelry, delicious edibles and more.

For more information, check out the Liberty Village Art Crawl website.

Toronto Japanese Film Festival
Jun 13 to Jun 28
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. Films screening this year range from romantic comedies and manga inspired stories to samurai action flicks.

For more information, check out the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre website.

Blocks Toronto
Jun 16
Various Location

Join in this car-free urban scavenger hunt and rediscover the city. The objective is to track down present day versions of Toronto landmarks captured in archival photos. Travel on foot, bikes or the transit.

For more information, check out art organization Keep 6's website.

Run/Walk for Prostate Cancer
Jun 16
Ashbridges's Bay Park

This annual event coinciding with Father's Day raises money and awareness for prostrate cancer research.

For more information, check out the Safeway Father's Day Walk/Run website.

In Concert: Third Annual Bastid BBQ
Jun 15
Steam Whistle Brewing (The Roundhouse)

Co-hosted by Skratch Bastid and celebrity chef/musician Roger Mooking, this is annual celebration of music, food and people.

For more information, check out Skratch Bastid's website.


Getting a head start on Pride this weekend

A Very Christerical 90's Cabaret
June 7 to June 9
Buddies at Bad Time Theatre

Chris Tsujiuchi steps from behind the piano to in front of the microphone to lead a band of musicians in celebrating 90's tunes. Get ready to sing-a-long to Gangster's Paradise and Alanis Morissette mash-ups.

For more information, check out the Buddies in Bad Times website.

Sister Mary is a Dyke?!
May 25 to Jun 16
Aki Studio Theatre

This one-woman show starring Flerida Peña started out as a monologue for the Buddies Queer Youth Arts Program's Pride Cab. Based on Peña's experiences going to an all-girls Catholic school, the show is billed as a coming-of-age and coming-out-the-closet story with a twist.

For more information, check out the Cahoots Theatre Company website.

Toronto Korean Film Festival
Jun 6 to Jun 8
Innis Town Hall

With an aim to present authentic Korean cinema to Toronto, the film festival brings us a selection of contemporary Korean cinema and panel discussions.

For more information, check out the Toronto Korean Film Festival website.

Toronto Tango Festival
Jun 6 to Jun 9
Lithuanian Hall

Celebrate the passion of Argentine Tango at this annual festival. There will be demos and workshops for all ages and all levels.

For more information, check out the Toronto Tango Festival website.

Factory Wired
May 27 to Jun 9
Factory Theatre

This annual festival presents a showcase of new works in progress. This weekend, check out local theatre luminaries such as Anusree Roy, Priscilla Uppal and David Yee.

For more information, check out the Factory Theatre website.

Drugs: A Community Dialogue
Jun 8 (12 to 2 PM)
All Saint's Church Community Centre (Dundas and Sherbourne)

Dr. Gabor Maté will discuss stigma, discrimination, and criminalization; the impact of trauma, well-being and self-medication; poverty, gentrification and services; and harm reduction.

For more information, check out Dr. Gabor Mate's website.

Beaches Arts and Crafts Show
Jun 8 to Jun 9
Kew Gardens Park

The show started out modestly in 1984 with 25 exhibitors and at that time it was just about the only show event in the Beaches. Since then it has grown to showcase 150 Canadian artists, artisans & designers. Exhibitors are juried and selected based on the quality of their work and the originality of their design.

For more information, check out the Beaches Arts and Crafts Show website.

Dundas West Fest
Jun 8
Dundas (Between Landsdowne and Roxton)

A celebration of arts, community and everything local, this festival will shut down Dundas West to vehicular traffic, bikes and even transit. Instead, the streets will be filled with chalk art, busking and dance lessons.

For more information, check out the Dundas West Fest website.

Honey Jam Audition
Jun 9
Virgin Mod Club

Every year, the city's fierce songstresses come together to audition and get a chance to perform as part of annual Honeyjam showcase.

If you want to audition or listen in, check out the Honey Jam website.