The Weekender: Luminato, Toronto Taste and six other things to do this weekend
1. LUMINATO FIRST NIGHT (FREE!)
The showstopper at Luminato’s First Night celebration is a Canadian Divas–themed concert. Celine isn’t on the lineup (she’s busy boasting about her pregnancy), but Jully Black, Sass Jordan and newcomer Melanie Fiona are. The rest of the annual arts fest’s opening weekend includes world music, dancing in Yonge–Dundas Square and John Malkovich, who stars in the North American premiere of the baroque opera The Infernal Comedy. June 11. 7–10. Yonge-Dundas Square, luminato.com.
2. TORONTO TASTE
Second Harvest—the charity that collects surplus food from restaurants, grocery stores and food warehouses to distribute among the city’s shelters, drop-in centres and soup kitchens—has been fighting hunger in Toronto for 25 years. For many of those years, foodies with a conscience have been enjoying the talents of the chefs, wineries and breweries who join forces at this annual fundraiser for the organization. June 13. 6:30 p.m. $250. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, torontotaste.ca.
3. WOOFSTOCK (FREE!)
Pups and their people take over the St. Lawrence Market area this weekend for Woofstock, the largest dog festival in North America. The Mr. and Ms. Canine Canada pageant is cute or creepy, depending on your outlook. June 12 and 13. 10–6. St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. E., 416-234-9663, woofstock.ca.
4. NAKED BIKE RIDE (FREE!)
Exhibitionists can make their opinions on fossil fuel dependence clear at this annual nudie bike ride. Meet up early to socialize (and strip down to as little as you’re comfortable in) at the park, or steer clear of the downtown core on Saturday to avoid the show. June 12. Noon. Coronation Park (Lakeshore at Bathurst), worldnakedbikeride.org.
5. THE COLLECTOR’S SERIES: THE HAPPY MEDIUMS (FREE!)
Barenaked Lady Kevin Hearn will guest curate this art show and sale, the first in a series of exhibitions at the Art Rental and Sales Gallery that will be organized by art-loving boldface names. Works by Leonard Cohen, Martin Tielli of the Rheostatics and Hearn himself are on offer, and Friday’s opening features a live performance by Hearn and friends. June 11 to 30. Opening party 6–9. AGO Art Rental and Sales Gallery, 481 University Ave., 416-977-4654, ago.net/artrental.
6. FREESTYLE SOCCER AT THE TORONTO ZOO
Footie fans have been looking forward to this weekend’s FIFA World Cup kickoff for months now, but if detaching your resident fan from the TV and getting outside is on the agenda, maybe this freestyle soccer show will be enough of a draw. For the uninitiated, freestyle soccer is more about fancy footwork and tricks than scoring goals—basically what Ronaldinho and Ronaldo do to show off. June 12. $2, plus regular zoo admission. Toronto Zoo, 416-392-5929, torontozoo.com.
7. FRANCO-FÊTE (FREE!)
Francophiles flock to Harbourfront this Saturday for a celebration of all things French, including a spotlight on Haiti and a cooking demo by Pierre Robillard of Café du Lac. June 12. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com.
8. THE WORKROOM YARD SALE AND TRUNK SHOW (FREE!)
Gently used clothing, housewares and fabrics share space with handmade goods and artworks by local crafters, including Kid Icarus, Dear Sukie, Bookhou and Resurrection Fern. Proceeds from the on-site photo booth go to Sketch, an arts charity for homeless youth. June 13. Noon–5. The Workroom, 1340 Queen St. W., 416-534-5305, theworkroom.ca.