Get pumped to get porky. What to eat, drink and do this week.
Ribfest: I completely ignored my dad’s advice to rein it in (cholesterol!) at Ribfest. The sprawling, 3-day gorgefest opened today at Centennial Park. 16 grandstands covered in banners and cheesy slogans (“It’s bone-suckin’ good!”) were slopping out the goods – pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw and ribs. They tour the ribfest circuit across Ontario vying for BBQ supremacy. It’s only so long before the combination of 33 degree heat, classic rock and greasy pork takes its toll – bring some sort of shade. There’s even a coffin simulator at the haunted house to retire to during your meat coma. Free, but all donated proceeds go to food programs for kids. Friday June 29 – Monday July 2, 2012. 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Texas Ranger’s BBQ serves up the sweet, sweet carcass
Take This Waltz. Sarah Polley’s latest film is a bittersweet love story chock full of Toronto locales. Starring the mesmerizing Michelle Williams, Sarah Silverman & Seth Rogen. Opens Friday June 29. Locations across the city.
4th Annual Renegay Party – Village Vapor Lounge Parking Lot – 66 Wellesley St East (N.W corner at Church) FridayJune 29 at 6:00 pm until Sunday July 1st at 11:00pm. Feat. Tom Le Filth, Diskomaster, Paul Kuenzi, Ferry Le Grunt, Destro Sanchez & Many More. Sexytimes!
Canada Day at Queen’s Park - July 1st. 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, BBQ, 21-gun salute, 17 Inflatables (not politicians) and appearances by the High Rendition Jazz Band, Sensation, The WotWots, TVO Kids and Sphere Clown Band. Free.
Fiona Apple, July 4. Sound Academy @ 11 Polson St. www.livenation.com. The mellifluous criminal is back with a new album.
Confessions Underground: Video-based art installation of titillating public confessions on TTC platforms throughout the city. Til July 15. Send your own tales of public sharting to be broadcast (hey, it happens to the best of us).
Dazed & Confused: outdoor film screening @ Yonge/Dundas Square. July 3. 9 pm. Free. Stoner comedy that stays the same age.
Ghost like Swayze to a Drop-in Clay Class. All skill levels. July 4. $15, students $12. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. 111 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8080.
The Boom. Comedy extravaganza. The Drake. 1150 Queen St. West. July 5, 8 pm. Feat. Bryan Hatt, Fraser Young & Cheap Smokes. $10.
Star Trek Live. Imperial Oil Auditorium, Level 1, Ontario Science Centre. “With the help of a surprise visitor from the planet Vulcan, Starfleet Commander Sean Christopher and his team of rookie cadets must stop a shocking invasion of Romulan forces from the future that threatens planet Earth” (AKA typical inlaw visit) . Multiple shows daily. Free with admission. Go…NOW.
Tiffy Thompson is a writer and illustrator for the Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at @tiffyjthompson.