Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of June 6–8

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of June 6–8

The Matthew Barney film River of Fundament plays as part of the Luminato Festival this weekend. (Image: courtesy of Luminato)

In this edition of The Weekender, an outdoor music festival, a rare chance to tour some modern homes and three other things to do in Toronto this weekend.


Field Trip
Local record label Arts & Crafts brings stages its annual outdoor music festival once again. In addition to performances by headliners like Interpol, Fucked Up and Broken Social Scene, the family-friendly event will have food trucks, an Etsy marketplace and even a bouncy castle. June 7–8. $75 for one day, $125 for two. Fort York and Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Rd.,


Toronto Modern Home Tour
Toronto is continually up in arms over heritage buildings, which have a tendency to be knocked down or otherwise abused by developers. Much less appreciated by local architecture buffs is Toronto’s supply of modern homes, many of which coexist with older properties in otherwise unassuming neighbourhoods. Saturday brings a rare chance to go on a self-guided tour of six thoroughly modern living spaces, including artist Charles Pachter’s stunning Chinatown pile. June 7. $30 advance, $40 door. Various locations,


The God That Comes
Singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman bends his glam-rock style to a theatrical adaptation of Euripides’ The Bacchae. Far from a literal reworking of the original, the one-man production takes the Greek tragedy and uses its framework of hedonism and murder to give Workman an opportunity to put his cabaret skills to use. The debauched musical performance should make for a memorable night out. Until June 29. $40. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave.,


Wacken Metal Battle Canada
Watch Canadian bands compete to win a coveted slot on the bill at Germany’s famed Wacken Open Air festival, an annual convention of the world’s best metal acts. The night’s entertainment will include sets from Vancouver’s Neck of the Woods, Montreal’s Mutank and guest headliner Skull Fist. June 7. $10. The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E.,


The annual multi-arts festival is back for another year of performance, installations, screenings and talks. The list of events is dauntingly huge, but we’ve narrowed it down for you. Until June 15. Various prices. Various locations.