This week’s best parties include the arrival of new DJ duo Summer Fling, a beachy day jam on Ward’s Island, and free after-dark screenings by the Canadian Film Centre.
Thursday: YLMC: Agency documentary afterparty
Featuring Summer Fling DJs. The Ossington, 61 Ossington Avenue. #OSS Free. 10 p.m.
I’d like to introduce you to Summer Fling. They’re a new DJ duo, but, well, you’ve sort of already met them. Young Lions Music Club founder Bobby Kimberley and his friend-turned-lover Anna Wiesen have teamed up to bring DJing to a whole new level of love. This week, they’ve already won the approval of a Mr. Harry Rosen—yeah, the men’s fashion mogul—and I hear a certain secret “Chef” has secured them for his coming out party later this summer. But first, they’re hitting The Ossington to rock an afterparty for the documentary Agency, a film from model-turned-director Meredith Wright that “follows young women from around the world who are struggling to work as models in Osaka’s unforgiving fashion market.” Find out more here. Peep the trailer below, and find screening times here.
Friday: #SequelSeries presents Back To The Future 2
With The Lazy DJs & Ben Cormier. CineCycle, 129 Spadina Avenue. #QNW $5 advance, $7 at the door. 8:30 p.m.
When you first met Holly Knowlman, she was throwing a massive, secret party with her housemates featuring live music and DIY glow-in-the-dark treats. Now, she’s back doing the profesh thing as one half of Tegan&Holly, a new-ish party duo that wants to fuse the worlds of camp and cool with art—or the art of drinking?—and other fun things. This time around, T&H are brining you #SequelSeries, a three-part concept party fusing take-two films, bands and beats. This time, watch Back To The Future 2 in all its DeLorean glory, and then dance the night away at off-the-beaten-path CineCycle. The girls promise: “Nice times, nice people, popcorn, dancing, intermissions, eclecticism, cheap beer.” Find out more here.
Saturday: Island Shaker, a beach party
Ward’s Island Beach, board ferry at 9 Queens Quay West. #HAR Starts at 1 p.m.
Yeah, yeah, this is called The Night List, but it’s hotter now, and brighter, and the nights are shorter, so this was inevitable. It’s going to happen. If you can’t wait for Promise’s Cherry Beach shindigs to start up, or you don’t want to stick around the city for the Global Village Backpackers hostel’s Sunday day jams, then this is the next best thing. The day party is like nightlife’s brunch. (But, like, not if there’s bottle service.) And, if Facebook is any indication, this shaker is set to be the biggest yet. While previous instalments have reached the ones and twos—hundred, that is—this one has already attracted 600-plus RSVPs. In other words, all of downtown and two-thirds of the 905 will be there. BYOEverything. Pro tip: water taxis leave from Queens Quay at $15 per person. Goes until sundown.
Saturday: Festival Of Art & Music (F.O.A.M.)
Featuring DJs M.O.S., Tom Wrecks, CrashDex. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue. #ROS $35 advance tickets here. 9 p.m.
Take a big patio. Add installation art. Music. Food. Presto—you’ve got F.O.A.M., an arts and music fest that will support Motionball, a not-for-profit that supports Special Olympics Canada. (Remember the last big party they threw? It was at The Carlu, after which I went to The Comfort Zone.) This time around, a collection of local artists will craft installations out of recycled and repurposed goods, supporting Evergreen’s eco mission. As for music, look for DJs M.O.S. (of New York and Miami fame), local Tom Wrecks and, best of all, DJ/drum crew CrashDex. There are also s’mores, free beer vouchers, and comfort food designed by unexpected caterers Fran’s. And, perhaps even better still, it’s 25-plus, so bring those IDs and feel young again. Pro tip: two free shuttles will run between Evergreen Brick Works, Broadview Station and Yonge & College (outside of Fran’s Restaurant at 20 College Street). Find out more here.
Sunday: The Canadian Film Centre’s free screenings & more
Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Street. #BCT Free. 9 p.m.
Toronto has more than its share of film festivals, but certainly we can always make use of more late-night park screenings. So the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is kicking off CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival by doing just that. Head to Dufferin Grove Park for an after-dark screening of Christmas in June, a series of Christmas shorts that will hopefully get you in the mood for a post-flick dance party. Or you can head to the opening gala the following Tuesday with champagne and everything. (Buy tix for that here.) If you can’t wait until Sunday, Inside Out is hosting an outdoor screening of Clue on Thursday, May 31. How many days until TIFF? Ah yes, 98.