Take refuge from the tundra full of lovers and basketball fans with three great downtown Toronto art festivals.
Wavelength Music Festival
Wavelength is a Toronto born music collective. For 10 years Wavelength was a weekly Sunday night concert series in Little Italy. After a couple venue changes, Wavelength today is an online community, monthly concert series and two annual festivals.
This weekend features 20 bands playing in downtown Toronto from February 12 – 14. You’ll hear a range of melodic electro music – variations on shoegaze, soul pop, folktronic, prog rock and more. Get ready for vibes and good times. They even have a school bus from one venue to the next on Saturday! Get an all access pass for $39.
For those not in town this weekend you can still soak up vibes from Wavelength #ICYMI gallery at the Markham House City Building Lab. It’s a revival of Wavelength: Past, Present and Future featuring posters, artwork, show photos and more from the decades long history of supporting independent musicians in Toronto. On until February 21.
Toronto Black Film Festival
This festival started in 2013 after 8 successful years of the Montreal Black Film Festival. It is committed to creating “cool, international, independent, politically incorrect and eye-opening” programming.
Special events include marking 50 years since the Black Panther party began with screenings of Black Panther: Vanguard of the Revolution. On Saturday radio station G98.7 will live broadcast from Carlton Cinema about realities of the film industry. For more industry talk, check out the TBFF Black Market for panel discussions on filmmaking with Trey Anthon, creator of ‘da Kink in my hair, and award-winning filmmaker Clement Virgo.
This festival gives a voice to black filmmakers that, as we know, often get snubbed from establishment. So check out the schedule and celebrate entertainment that actually reflects our world!
TIFF Next Wave Film Festival
Next Wave is all about young filmmakers. There are free screenings of films from around the world showing what life is like as a teen and young twenty-something. There is even a Netflix-binge-worthy marathon of Angsty and Awkward films. Or Check out the full schedule of free films.
Next Wave encourages new talent, too. Last week they hosted a 24-Hour Film Challenge and there is a screening of the films on Saturday.
High school bands will compete for bragging rights at Battle of the Scores. They’ve had three weeks to compose a score for a short film and will compete live on stage Friday night. There’s plenty more to soak up at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this weekend.
Get out there! See some art!
You can tell your friends Toronto has more than basketball to offer the world.
Photos by Jamieson Williams