Do Make Say Think is Toronto Standard’s weekly weekend preview.
Come for the music, stay for the films, comedy and art because NXNE is now 20 and like a good little 20-year-old, the festival is broadening its horizons. Headliners this year include St. Vincent, Spoon, Sleigh Bells, Mac DeMarco, and METZ amongst others. Highlights of the film fest include the premiere of Richard Linklater’s latest Ethan Hawke vehicle Boyhood. For easier ticket purchasing and festival scheduling, download the NXNE app and use it religiously over the next 10 days. It’ll lead you to the good stuff. Venues across Toronto, June 13-22
Head to College if you’re looking for an education on real Italian food this weekend. Taste of Little Italy begins Friday night with restaurants down the College strip extending their patios and welcoming eaters for late tastings while bands perform and stalls are set up in the street for shopping. The festival runs until 2AM on Friday and Saturday, wrapping up at 10PM on Sunday. College Street (west of Bathurst Street), June 13-15, 6PM-2AM (Friday), 12PM-2AM (Saturday), 12PM-10PM (Sunday)
Whether you need a flower crown to hang out in Bellwoods or you don’t know what else to get for Father’s Day, Saturday’s Toronto Flower Market is the place for all needs flora. Local growers and florists will be selling everything from peonies to roses to ranunculus, but, for the best selections, rise early with the farmers.1056 Queen West, June 14, 10AM-3PM
The masters of upcycled, recycled, vintage, antique and used goods return to Leslieville’s monthly flea market to sell off all things junk, collectible and artisan. Leslieville Flea Market, run out of the Ashbridge Estate, which, in itself, is worth the trip to see, takes place on the third Sunday of each month. Helpful tip: if you can’t make it this Sunday, they’re at Harbourfront Centre on the first of every month. 1444 Queen East, June 15, 10AM-5PM
Symphony tailgating is now a thing in Toronto the Weird. The TSO Tailgate is a legitimate event during which food trucks and pop-up bars are set up on the patio of Roy Thomson Hall while TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian and his orchestra perform Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. Eat, drink and be Stradivari. 60 Simcoe, June 14, 7:30PM
Friday Night Live at the ROM is typically a massive party with dinosaurs and mummies but this month’s #FNLROM couldn’t be more thoughtful. Building on the theme of Indigenous NOW, the Association For Native Development In The Performing And Visual Arts will showcase artisan crafts and demos while ROM experts will participate in talks around the galleries. Performances by Derek Miller and Fawn Big Canoe are included in the ticket price. 100 Queen’s Park, June 13, 7PM
Lauren Pincente is Toronto Standard‘s events editor. Follow her on Twitter.