Toronto Weekender: June 7 through 10, 2012

Fun in the sun this weekend? If we’re luck. All this rain as of late has us feeling a little under the weather. But, we are forward-thinking YPs, so let’s get a handle on top and make it another killer workweek break. 

Tonight The Hogtown Pub and Oysters is hosting their grand unveiling and opening night party. Starting at 9pm, head over for some shucking good times. Oysters and nibbles will abound, with some great taps and drinks on hand. It’s the perfect party to start your weekend. 

Also tonight, Scrubs in the City is one of the hottest tickets year after year. This fundraiser in support of Sick Kids is themed Secret Garden this year, and be sure to expect some surprises throughout the night. Toronto’s glitterati will be gathered at Brick Works tonight for a night of curiosities, characters, and cocktails.

Noka Toronto opened up early last month, to some controversy over its branding. (Though it was indeed warranted.) We won’t get into that, but for a hot Friday night time head here for some excellent Japanese fare of gastronomical proportions. If you’re a little daring, opt for the Omakase, where you put your trust in the chef for five or seven courses of his favourite delights.

The big ticket tonight is the Luminato opening party. But it’s super tight guestlist-wise so unless you were invited, you’ll want to head to…The Drinks Show! Yes, it’s a 19+ event. Yes, there are tons of drinks to taste. No, you should not try to get every single one. The Drinks Show is back at 99 Sudbury Street, bringing with it Toronto’s trendiest crowd mixed with the city’s most renowned bartenders. Whether you’re a cocktail enthusiast, one of Toronto’s sip-olites, or just looking for a fun night out, The Drinks Show is where it’s at.

For brunch or lunch head to Dundas and Bathurst for Market 707’s Street Food Fest, where the ‘food containers’ merchants will be paired up with food trucks for some remarkably tasty street eats. Over a dozen nosh-supplying vendors will be on-hand, so come hungry and leave happy. 

This annual arts/performance festival launches this weekend and runs through the 17th, and the city’s all aflitter with anticipation. Celebrating and showcasing everything from visual arts through to music, literature, performance, and so much more, Luminato is a must-attend for anyone and everyone. Taking place at multiple venues across the city, check out Luminato‘s official schedule for full details. 

Dog lovers rejoice! Woofstock is back in barking good spirits in the St. Lawrence Market area. Meet and greet with vendors and dog experts while walking around your pooch in YP style. Watch shows, street performers, and more as man’s best friends have a day dedicated to them and them alone.

Throughout Luminato’s opening weekend, the city’s best chefs take to the street for President’s Choice 1000 Tastes of Toronto, an annual Festival highlight. The participating chefs let their culinary imaginations run wild, reinventing street food in often outrageous, but always delicious, ways. This year a fresh twist has been added, with the chefs featuring a Canadian ingredient in their creation. Every culinary delight, each crafted to eat on the go, is priced at just $5. Catch it Saturday and Sunday in the Distillery District. For brunch, perhaps…?

Photo courtesy Noka Restaurant