The Weekend To-Do: Luminato’s opening festivities, Jeremy Laing’s sample sale and Robert Pattinson’s Cronenberg-debut

Summer weather—and the festival season that comes with it—is taking hold across the country. This weekend, we’re hitting up an all-day loft party in Toronto, a gallery opening in Vancouver, shops for runway looks (and accessories to match) and following Robert Pattinson on an epic cab ride across Manhattan (that was filmed in Toronto). Buckle up.

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A scene from Cosmopolis


Toronto’s 10-day-long festival of arts and creativity kicks off today with dozens of events across the city. On Saturday, FASHION and Lancôme present Soon is Now, an all-day loft party featuring live painting and performances by Canadian artist Corno and Lady Gaga collaborator Charlie Le Mindu.

Airship 37, 37 Parliament St., Toronto
Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Everyone’s favourite vampire caused a near-riot on Monday when he arrived at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto for the premiere of Cosmopolis. Director David Cronenberg’s latest puts R-Pattz in a decidedly adult role opposite Toronto homegirl Sarah Gadon.

In theatres across Canada today.

Jeremy Laing shot by Lewis Mirrett

Jeremy Laing, Complex Geometries and Arielle de Pinto Sample Sale

Scoop up some loose, layered pieces straight from the runway at New York Fashion Week while waiting for your table at Grand Electric (Laing’s studio is right across the street from the always-full taco joint).

207A Cowan Ave., Toronto
Saturday, June 9, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tracks on Tracks

A Via train full of rock ’n’ rollers departs Vancouver Friday night, making performance stops along the way in Jasper, Alberta, Melville, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Hornepayne, Ont., before arriving in Toronto June 12. Follow Adaline, Portage and Main, the Belle Game and more on CBC Radio 3.

Mark Lash 50% Off Sale

Jeweller Mark Lash’s annual sale begins this weekend; everything at his diamond-encrusted Richmond Hill store is 50 per cent off. Pick up some cufflinks for Father’s Day, and a little sparkle for yourself.

9033 Leslie St., Richmond Hill
From June 7 to June 16

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True Blood

Sookie, Bill and Eric are finally back with the season five premiere of True Blood. Even better? Siofan Davies’ Monday morning recaps on

Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Aaron Flint Jamison at Artspeak

Text-obsessed, Portland-based artist Aaron Flint Jamison’s solo show opens tonight at Artspeak gallery in Gastown. When Jamison isn’t showing on the west coast, you can find him in the Parisian gallery Air de Paris alongside Belgian-born installation artist/slide-maker Carsten Höller.

233 Carrall St., Vancouver
Friday, June 8, at 8 p.m.

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