Looking for something to do this weekend that is a bit out of the ordinary? We decided to put together some can’t miss weekend activities for the ultimate indie fan. We’ve included a mix of food, movies, and of course music. Follow this itinerary for the ultimate indie weekend.
Be forewarned, you might want to take Monday off 🙂
Start your weekend off right with by attending one of the most revered indie music traditions in Toronto – the Wavelength Series. The Wavelength music series has a long history as a stepping stone for emerging, indie music talent in the Toronto area. The list of artists that have come through the program is a who’s who of Canadian indie including Broken Social Scene, the Arcade Fire, the Constantines, Owen Pallett, Feist, Fucked Up, Holy Fuck, The Hidden Cameras, Crystal Castles, Manitoba a.k.a. Caribou, Tokyo Police Club, Austra, METZ and Grimes.
This Friday Wavelength is putting on “All Toronto’s Parties” featuring a host of indie acts. Find out who’s playing here.
Bluegrass Brunch at The Dakota (Sat: 10am – 2pm)
Dakota Tavern‘s Bluegrass Brunch is one of the most entertaining meals you are likely to have in Toronto. For $18 you will be entertained with some sweet Bluegrass jams while you enjoy the traditional brunch favourites: scrambled eggs, sausages, pancakes, potatoes, and even a little fruit (to help with that hangover you might be nursing).
The Communist’s Daughter’s Gypsy Jazz Show (Sat: 2pm – 4pm)
After your Bluegrass Brunch walk across the street to one of the Ossington area’s original hangouts – The Communist’s Daughter. Order up some hair of the dog and be entertained from bartender Michael J who serves drinks while masterfully playing trumpet, busting out Balcan-tinged jazz that will put a smile on your face (if their bourbon doesn’t work).
Dance Cave – Full on Alternative Saturdays with DJ Mr Pete
Located upstairs in Lee’s Palace, The Dance Cave has a long history as the go-to YYZ venue for DJ’s spinning alternative, indie, and brit-pop with a host of DJ nights that appeal to those looking for something different from the downtown club-scene. You’re sure to find true music fans dancing their faces off while belting out the lyrics to their favourite indie-anthems. This is an indie Toronto tradition you need to experience.
Toronto is extremely lucky to have two of the best film festivals in the world right in the downtown core. TIFF and Hotdocs are both international festivals and program films all year-round at their respective venues: TIFF’s Bell Light Box and Hot Doc’s Bloor Cinema. Both have amazing matinee programming with a host of indie features and docs. Check out the schedules for both: Hot Docs | TIFF
The Walking Dee(ad) at Sneaky Dee’s
Let’s be real, we all just want to watch TV on a Sunday night, right? But this is the Ultimate Indie Weekend – so staying in is not an option. Next best thing? Head over to Sneaky Dee‘s who have just started playing The Walking Dead starting promptly at 9pm downstairs. They’ve even developed some specials including a drink aptly named The Governor’s Daughter (Baileys, Peach Schnapps and Grenadine) for $3.00. And for the flesh-eaters, they’re dishing out plates of Chili Nachos w/ a pitcher of Buzz or Cool for only $19.35.