Toronto Weekender: June 6 through 9, 2013

So it looks like we’re in for a pretty bleak weekend weather-wise. Thanks Ms. Nature. Nevertheless, we’re Canadians and we’re built Ford tough (the auto company, not the “large and in charge”), so we’ll be out and about at any (or all) of these noteworthy events…

Tonight’s an awesome night for those who like to get into a li’l fun and excitement. With two of the season’s greatest events, it’ll be difficult to choose where to cast your line…

First up, we’ve got Scrubs in the City. This Sick Kids fundraiser takes over Brick Works for an evening of neighbourhood cultural collision. Drinks, dancing, live entertainment, silent auction… it’s got the works. Themed as a Block Party, dress appropriately summertime chic. 

Next, there’s the awesome sauce that is the Power Ball. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s massive annual shindig, the Power Ball is looking to give you your 15 minutes of fame. Art exhibits and installations, VIP areas, hundreds of cool art-o-philes, drinks, dancing, late night… the list goes on as to why the Power Ball is a powerful event. 

Parts and Labour is celebrating three years with three days of cool specials and parties. Starting on Friday, enjoy oyster and sparkling specials in the restaurant with your glorious dinner, or stop into the shop late night for the CROSSS LP Release Showcase.

Morgan Shim and DLux are droppin’ the beats Friday night over at House of Moments, the coolest spot in the East. Friday’s throwdown is dubbed Hidden Door, and it’ll be a dinner and cocktail party of epic moments. (Sorry, had to throw that in somewhere!) 

Looking to get thrifty on Saturday? Head on over to The Gladstone Flea… as in market. Packed artist goods, reclaimed vintage finds, crafts, designs, jewelry, clothing, and more, the Gladstone Flea provides a curated market so you don’t have to fall victim to the thrift store itch. 

The night we at Notable have been waiting for arrives Saturday, as Luminato‘s inaugural fundraiser, the Big Bang Bash, takes over the ROM for an evening of merriment. Featuring Viktor&Rolf’s exclusive Dolls exhibit – which the designers created especially for this year’s Luminato festival – the Big Bang Bash leads off with a VIP dinner before an awesome after party. 

Also Saturday night, if you’re more the get-involved kind, head on out to MOCCA to strain your vocal chords at K-TOWN, their hot karaoke fundraiser. Combining artworks with the ancient artform that is karaoke – what? You don’t consider it an artform? – K-TOWN is another artistic endeavour worthy of a night out. 

After all the partying and playing, you’ll need to refuel on Sunday. Treat yourself to one of the city’s best brunches and make a reservation over at Splendido for their amazing Sunday spread. After you’ve noshed out on delights like pain au chocolat and house-made terrines, follow up with an open-faced lobster sandwich or eggs Benny with brown butter bearnaise. The perfect luxe cure to a rowdy weekend. 

And let’s keep the eating going Sunday night at Toronto Taste, Second Harvest’s awesome annual food frenzy that sees over 60 chefs cutting, chopping, frying, baking, and doing any manner of cookery at The ROM. Hosted by Bob Blumer and Roger Mooking, Toronto Taste is the perfect chance to do just that – taste all that our city’s chefs have to offer.

Top photo courtesy Splendido