a weekend in the city.

Today is the first Friday of spring. In honour of this momentous day, I’d though I’d let you know about some cool shiz that’s happening this weekend and some other fun ideas. Here’s a look at a torontette weekend.

TONIGHT: Film Fest & food

Skip on over to Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor West) to check out the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour featuring 9 unique films tonight. The tour’s getting lots of buzz – a must see. After the show is over, pop into El Salvadoran Tacos El Asador (690 Bloor West) for the city’s best tacos, South American soccer and cheap beer.

SATURDAY: Kick-ass girls on skates,  Fun in the dark & Motown

Two words. Roller. Derby. Don’t even think twice, just click right here to read all about it.

As I’m sure many of you already know, tomorrow night is Earth Hour, starting at 8:30pm. Why not have an earth hour cocktail party? Turn the lights off, serve worldly concoctions and observe our city in the dark. Or get dolled up for PROM V: NOIR, the annual ROM soiree for the city’s finest femmes et hommes.

If you’ve got a craving for live music, Wrongbar is where you need to be for the Mayer Hawthorne and the County show: a throwback to Motown REVIVED…you’ll be wishing you wore your pantsuit and platforms. His music is intoxicating retro-genius. Listen to him on myspace here.

SUNDAY FUN DAY: South on Queen, tix fix & vintage

When you wake up Sunday morning (or Sunday afternoon if you’re like me) feeling the aftershocks of the night before, you’ll need a good lunch spot. And when I say “aftershocks”, I of course mean that you’ll still be feeling the soul in your veins from the Hawthorne show…I definitely am not referencing  the withdrawal blues…get your minds out of the boozy-gutter…we’re all responsible adults here. Harlem Underground is where you need to go (745 Queen West) for some southern-fried chicken wings, jambalaya and corn bread that’ll make you cry hallelujah.

With your belly full, stroll down the street to Rotate This (801 Queen West) and check out what new concert tickets they have on sale. The great thing about this place is that they don’t charge you the blasphemous fees like online ticket sellers do. Bring cash and an open mind.  A few of the many they have on sale right now:

Two Hours Traffic : on myspace

Sleigh Bells : on myspace

Best Coast : on myspace

Feeling proud as a peacock with your newly purchased, awesome show tickets it’s time for a little vintage shopping. 69 Vintage Collective (sister store to 69 Vintage) on Bloor West is my favourite. Recently reviewed by Toronto Life, this store manages to appeal to all tastes. If you are a vintage scourer with unlimited patience, you can go the ‘buy the pound’ route. If you feel inclined to support local independent vintage dealers, you can head upstairs and check out their individual showcases. And if you are in the mood for some good quality, unique pieces, the store’s your playground.

I hope this gives you some good ideas of things to do this first weekend of spring. Lots of love. Happy Friday.

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