This week’s top happenings include a curator talk at Narwhal Gallery’s new breakup exhibit, the opening of new Parkdale boutique Elevator, and more.
Thursday: Elevator grand opening party
1273 Queen St. W. Free. Doors at 6 p.m.
Another day, another place to shop. Come one, come all to meet Elevator, Parkdale’s newest hotspot for accessories and jewellery. Housed inside Queen West strip mainstay Made You Look’s former second home, the shop pulls inspiration from the grand hotels of the 1930s and offers a plush selection of designers from across North American and Europe. We’re talking top-notch, but still affordable. Oh, and you’re all totally invited to party with your new neighbours. So go get a drink and groove to some beats while you rummage the racks for your next statement necklace or patterned socks. Just RSVP on Facebook so they have enough booze, okay? Can’t make it? An online boutique launches soon.
Friday: Stir It Up
Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St. $15. Doors at 10 p.m.
You want dirty dancing? Head to the Annex WreckRoom on Friday for a night of “reggae & ragga jungle.” Presented by Highgrade, a live sax will accompany masters of the decks for smashing mashups, plus a live performance from Demolition Man. Plus, it’s hosted by Lucky General, one of Toronto’s longest-serving, still-high-in-demand MCs. It’s going to be intense. And sweaty. Trust. Find out more here.
Saturday: WORN Fashion Journal presents: Secondhand Prom
Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square. $10 advance tickets online or at Type Books (883 Queen St. W.), or $15 at the door (includes new issue). Doors at 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, WORN Fashion Journal—the biannual indie pub that “discusses the cultures, subcultures, histories, and personal stories of fashion”—is hitting the sweet (issue) sixteen and celebrating with a prom-themed hoedown. It’s actually a Secondhand Prom, for “all the proms we wish we had.” Was your prom brilliant or awful? Everyone has a story. Either way, this time you can drink. Performances by This Broken Mixtape will led to dance-offs fuelled by spiked punch. And—mmmm—handcrafted cake made by “local bakery genius” Corey Moranis. Formal attire (and praying) optional. Your curfew’s at 2 a.m. Find out more here.
Saturday: 8 Days No Contact curator talk and opening reception
Narwhal Gallery, 2988 Dundas St. W. Free. Runs to June 9. Doors at 2 p.m.
With the sun staying around longer each day, we’ve all got a little more time to do better things before, well, drinking the night away. On Saturday evening, the Junction’s Narwhal Gallery will welcome art lovers for the opening of 8 Days No Contact, gallery founder Kristin Weckworth’s “curatorial response to a found breakup journal from 1994.” A 3-D installation of artwork and objects, the show is an “exploration of the disintegrated landscape of a splintered heart.” Even better: Narwhal is launching an original catalogue that documents the creation of the show with words by each contributing artist. There’s also a curator talk first. Find out more here.
Wednesday: #DrinksDemos—The Mobile Revolution
Project: RHINO, 71 Bathurst Street, 4th floor. $12 early bird online, $20 general admission. Doors at 7 p.m.
In case you hadn’t heard, Toronto’s startup scene is crazy right now. And you know what I always say: first comes the boom, then come the parties. Presented by Project: RHINO, a hub for entrepreneurs, #DrinksDemo is a place for savvy tech types, seasoned or curious, to talk shop over beers and foosball. Moderator Jeffrey Howard, the startup prince behind Clayza, a new toolkit for creative professionals to connect and score gigs, put this on my radar a while back, and thankfully the series is back for summer. Wednesday’s theme: The Mobile Revolution. A panel of four will debate, capped off with a demo by Byron Hawes from Flee, a new portal that gets your travel dates and budget and recommends escapes to “overlooked gems” in North America. Find out more here.