The Weekend To-Do: We’re celebrating the first weekend of summer at Montreal’s new beach, Toronto’s pop-ups and Edmonton’s Refinery party
Yesterday was the longest day of the year and we’ll be taking full advantage of the late sunsets this weekend with visits to urban amusement parks and beaches, shopping for bijoux and a long-awaited album from a ’90s star.
Clock Tower Beach
Bikini season has arrived and Old Montreal is our unlikely tropical destination this long weekend. Lounge in the sand of the new Clock Tower Beach just steps from downtown.
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do
The immensely talented yet not at all prolific Fiona Apple released her first album in seven years to rave reviews this week. I can’t stop singing along to her catchy first single, “Every Single Night”—and not in the “Call Me Maybe” way.
Drakeland Launch Party
Forget the Ex. This summer, the roller coaster action’s at the Drake Hotel’s Drakeland Amusement Park. At tonight’s launch party you can get your fortune told, sip a lemonade-based cocktail and indulge in tasty carnival treats.
Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., Toronto
June 22, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
North Star + Geoff Mcfetridge Pop-Up Shop
After a 20-year hiatus, sneaker brand North Star Sportswear is re-launching with an old school Canadiana collection. Pick up a cottage party–ready outfit from its limited-edition Canada Day collaboration with L.A.-based artist Geoff Mcfetridge, who created the Virgin Suicides title sequence.
Magic Pony, 680 Queen St. W., Toronto
June 22 to 28
Rue Pigalle Store Opening
Once a hidden Yorkville gem, Rue Pigalle opened a sparkling new shop across the street from Trinity Bellwoods on Thursday. Lovers of neighbouring café Clafouti will find Rue Pigalle’s Parisian owner Isabelle Fish’s selection of jewellery and accessories nicely complements a pain au chocolat.
927 Queen St. W., Toronto, 647-352-8115
Refinery Late Night Art Party
The Art Gallery of Alberta’s Refinery Party is staging a sold-out Automatiste Revolution. Guest participation in collaborative painting projects is a must, so best leave your couture at home. Check back on Monday for FASHION’s coverage of the evening.
Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., Edmonton
June 23, 9 p.m.
Best of Hot Docs Vancouver
Eight sold-out shows from Canada’s International Documentary Film Festival will be screened in Vancouver this weekend. Our top pick is The Imposter, an unusual story about a 13-year-old Texan boy who goes missing only to return a few years later under strange circumstances.
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver
June 22 to 24