Toronto Tipsheet: Vector Festival, Canadian Air Guitar Championships, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson plus more

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Alessia Cara Soulful Brampton pop star graces the Massey Hall stage. 8 pm, all ages. $39.50-$59.50. On sale Friday (July 15). November 2. See listing. 


Friday 15

Closet Monster (NNN) Stephen Dunn’s acclaimed film about a queer teen wanting to escape his hometown opens today. See listing.

Franco-Fête Celebrate francophone musicians including Valaire, Cy, Mélanie Brulée and Mehdi Cayenne, at Yonge-Dundas Square for three nights beginning tonight at 8 pm. FREE. See listing.

In Flux Ryerson design students mount sculptural and immersive digitally fabricated installations at the Design Exchange. Tunes by DJ Odario. 8 pm. $25. Don’t miss our preview.  See listing.

Lawren Harris’s Contrasts: In The Ward AGO curator Andrew Hunter talks up the Group of Seven great at the Art Gallery of Ontario. 6 pm. $10-$15. ago.net. More info. See listing. 

Saturday 16

Black Futures Now TO Conference geared toward Black women (cis and Trans) and gender non-conforming folk includes panels, coding workshops, art workshops and Toronto’s most influential creatives appearing as keynote speakers. Guests include: human rights activist Akio Maroon, CBC’s Amanda Parris, writer, journalist and activist Huda Hassan, activist Teddy Syrette from Pride Toronto and more. TEL building (88 The Pond). 8am – 6:30pm. $5-$15. Chek out our interview with the conference’s creator. For more info

Vector Festival Showcase of digital games and creative media practices including exhibitions, screenings, performances and more continues to July 17. Various prices and venues, festival pass $25. Don’t miss our preview here. See listing.

Canadian Air Guitar Championships Head to the Mod Club for lots of laughs and to raise funds for Right to Play. 7 pm. $20. Check out last year’s craziness. See listings.

Junction Night Market Community food fest in support of Four Villages Community Health Centre food voucher program. 7-11 pm. Food/drink tickets $5. 2964 Dundas West. See listing.

Sunday 17

Porch View Dances Sometimes lots of drama can be found in your own front yard, driveway or porch. Now in its fifth year, the annual community dance festival uses real people as storytellers and movers. Audiences go from house to house, where they see outdoor spaces brought to life. Choreographers include Karen and Allen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance, the fest’s producers Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi of Kokoro Dance and Kate Alton of Crooked Figure Dance. Weather permitting, Seaton Village – meet at 727 Markham at 7 pm for this unique pwyc event. See listing.

Shakespeare In High Park: Hamlet Frank Cox O’Connell stars as the Danish prince, to September 3. Amphitheatre at High Park. 8 pm. Pwyc-$25. See listing.

Ravine strategy pop-up in Scarborough Public consultation on the city’s plan for valley spaces. 2 pm. FREE. Thompson Memorial Park, 1007 Brimley (behind Scarborough Museum). See listing.

Monday 18

The Julie Ruin Kathleen Hanna and Co. bring high-energy new album Hit Reset to Lee’s Palace. Doors 8 pm. $25.50. See listing.

Tuesday 19

Slipknot/Marilyn Manson/Of Mice & Men Get your ghoul on at the Air Canada Centre. 7:30 pm, all ages. $42.50-$75. See listing.

Dave Matthews Band Molson Amp hosts the jammy radio rockers. 8 pm. $52-$95.  See listing.

Wednesday 20

Making sense of the 2016 presidential race American studies prof and political commentator Robert Watson dissects the madness stateside at Al Green Theatre. 7:30 pm. $25. See listing.


Next week July 21-27


Cast From The Storm Documentary about teen survivors of conflict in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Serbia screens at Hoc Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, followed by a Q&A. It’s a benefit for Lifeline Syria. 6:30 pm. $10. July 21. See listing.

Suzanne F. Kingsmill The author launches her newest Cordi O’Callaghan murder mystery at Sleuth of Baker Street. 6 pm. FREE. July 21. See listing.

Paul McCartney The Beatle brings his One On One Tour to First Ontario Centre in Hamilton. 8 pm. $39.50-$295. July 21. See listing.

Anderson .Paak The popular singer/songwriter/rapper hits the Phoenix for an all-ages show. Doors 7 pm. $25. July 22. See listing.

Beaches International Jazz Festival The month-long fest comes to a close as Ghost Town Blues Band, Melanie Durrant and others perform on the Woodbine Park mainstage. Free. 11 am-8 pm. July 24. See listing.

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