Toronto Weekender: August 16 through 19, 2012

Another day, another dollar, right? Well, another week, another weekend! This TFSS, let us curate your most notable weekend with restos, shows, events, and more. The scene is as hot as the thermometer right now, so let’s take advantage, shall we…

Up in Dovercourt Village, Picea997 Pizzeria and Bar opened but two weeks ago, and already has regulars clamouring back in for their superb pizza pies. Featuring mainly “wood fired pizza of Naples,” Picea997 also serves up bar snacks and antipasti, salads, desserts, and of course, libations to quench anyone’s thirst. Perfect for a Thursday night respite.

ONExONE and ONEup are putting on a show at CUBE tonight. Walk the Oneway, hosted by style icon Glen Baxter, features a Diesel runway show, music by Morgan Shim, and some noteworthy surprises throughout the night. This celebrity fashion show is an awesome way to launch your weekend.

A new spot on College Street, Red Fish is helmed by two ex-Fishbar vets who are sticking to what they know best: sustainable seafood. With a menu that focuses on conscientious ingredients, Red Fish is aiming to please the palates of diners while helping to perpetuate the use of sustainable ingredients. Head on in, dine on some morally safe seafood, and enjoy the beginning of your Friday night.

The good ol’ CNE is back at Exhibition Place starting Friday and running through September 3rd, with all the usual suspects: The Midway, Rides, Food Building, Air Show, Farm, Casino, Kids’ World, and so much more. This year’s concerts include Nick Carter, The Tea Party, Don McLean, and the Darcys among others. And this year’s heart attack food, you ask? The bacon-wrapped, deep-fried hot dog. Life. Is. Good.

Fans of The Edge’s Dean Blundell Show take note: On Saturday at Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), Sausagefest ’12 is serving up rock like nobody’s business. From Sloan to Monster Truck to The Watchmen and many more, Sausagefest ’12 is the perfect mix of music and brews, sponsored by Amsterdam Brewery. 

The first event for new foundation Share the Love – whose mandate is to help Canadian kids by putting on one-of-a-kind events and experiences – is Saturday night at a very notable venue: a fabulous property at 87 Bridle Path. With open bar, unlimited food from Belly Busters and everyone’s favourite The Burger’s Priest, and some hot entertainment, Summer Lovin’ is a surefire weekend hit!

The one-year anniversary of BLUEBLACK Music’s Oh So Beautiful artist showcases is Saturday night, celebrating a year of performances at the AGO. This (somewhat) concert series has gained noteworthy acclaim for featuring some of the brightest up-and-coming talent, and the anniversary party – featuring nine sublime musicians – Saturday night is a celebration of all their successes.

587 College Street just got a lot hipper thanks to Johnny Jackson’s opening last weekend. Who’s the namesake? Don’t ask. (Seriously, don’t ask.) But, enquire about their intriguing and whimsically described menu, with updated takes on mac n’ cheese, deep-fried Mars bars, and poutine, to name just a few. It’s a restobar with personality to be sure, and no better spot to close out your Notable weekend. 

Summerworks is coming to a close, and this theatre fest is going out in style on Sunday night at The Great Hall. Featuring performances by OG Melody, Marker Starling, Tenderness, Rival Boys, Coins, and DJ John Kaffrey, this farewell fiesta will be an alterna rock-out. Now that’s ending your weekend with a bang.