West Queen West Weekend Guide. May 18 – 20.

by Rob Sysak, May 17, 2018

West End Phoenix is thrilled to present the Canadian debut of Tadzio Koelb reading from the BRILLIANT new novel ‘Trenton Makes’ along with the soulful greatness of Lucas Silveira. And it’s totally FREE.

Embrace Presents: Marc Sciblia at The Drake Hotel with Molly Parden. 19+ Event with Valid ID.

Friday, May 18th at H Bar. Pop Divas Monthly Dance Party. Let your Prima Donna out and come and tear up the dance floor at our monthly dance party! Doors at 9:30 PM. No cover. Drink specials.

Twist Gallery. Open Friday and Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM. The Sublime: Unbound and Limitless, a photography exhibition by Ann Leese is just one of the many amazing exhibits part of the Contact Photography Festival, and will be up at Twist Gallery for the entire month of May.

? West Queen West’s Pollinator Paradise is back in full bloom! ?

Welcome to Toronto’s very first bee-friendly streetscape. In partnership with Restorative Landscapes, this West Queen West community project aims to create an edible, bee-friendly streetscape amidst our thriving urban landscape. How does a Pollinator Paradise Work? Our planter beds hold a mix of pollinator, edible, and medicinal plants primarily native to Southwestern Ontario. Feel free to pick some herbs and berries to garnish your salad and soothe a sore, but be sure to help preserve the flowers to aid in pollination–the nectar sources of these plants support declining bee and insect life in our area. Did you know that we are the first Bee City Business in Canada and the first Bee BIA?! It’s true! We  ???! We also have bee hotels scattered in our neighbourhood and each of our planters feature incredible local artists and their art! Take a walk between Bathurst and Gladstone to check out our Outdoor Art & Artist Gallery and our Pollinator Paradise.

Saturday, May 19th at The Great Hall: Justin Townes Earle – Solo Tour. 7 PM. 19+

Sunday, May 20th at Death & Taxes: May Long Weekend. $5 Jameson + $5 cask beer. Music by Diggy The DJ. For more information email deathandtaxes@donnellygroup.ca.

Saturday, May 19th at The Beaver: Connection: From Disco to House! 10 PM. Disco never died. She transformed into House. House was Disco’s revenge. Beam Me Up explores the Connection between Disco & House, both through songs that laid the groundwork for House music and those edits and remixes that blurred the line between two of dance music’s most revered movements. While residents the Patchouli Brothers & Cyclist may hold the reins on this musical wandering, their Disco heat is matched by a crowd of congregants that converge to make this party what it really is: a warm, inclusive experience!

Canis Restaurant. 746 Queen St W, Toronto, ON.

The Good Son. 1096 Queen St W, Toronto, ON.

Harlem Underground. 745 Queen St W, Toronto, ON.

Dinner in WQW

Harlem Underground, Convenience, Agora, Milagro Cantinas, Oyster Boy, Hooky’s Fish & Chips, The County General, Lisa Marie, El Almacen, The Swan, Banu, Terroni, Rickshaw Bar, Street Shak, Noce, Entice Culinary Lounge, Butter Chicken Roti, Lamesa, The Drake Hotel, Gladstone Hotel, Fresh, Otto’s Bierhalle, Carmen, Bolt Fresh Bar, Frankie’s, The Good Son, Fonda Lola, Nuit Social, Sweet Lulu, Nana, Nunu Ethiopian Restaurant, H Bar, Squirly’s, Smoque N’ Bones, Loaded Pierogi, Juan Gonzalez Taqueria, Montgomery’s, Canis, Death & Taxes, Noce, Dandylion, The Dog & Bear, Barn Restaurant, Church Aperitivo Bar, Ali Baba’s, North Of Brooklyn, King Slice, Baba’s Doner House, Toma Burger Addiction, Kenzo, La Hacienda, Poutini’s, Ravi Soups.

Brunch in WQW (Saturday & Sunday)

Harlem Underground, Milagro Cantinas, Lamesa, The Drake Hotel, El Almacen, Gladstone Hotel, Fresh, Otto’s Bierhalle, Carmen, The County General, Banu, Bolt Fresh Bar, Swan Restaurant, Lisa Marie, Frankie’s, Cafe Neon, The Good Son and Fonda Lola and Death & Taxes, Nunu Ethiopian.

Coffee in WQW

Nuna Cafe, Jimmy’s Coffee, Antikka – Cafe & Records, Soufi’s, BUNA, Tokyo Smoke, El Almacen, Sam James Coffee Bar, Cafe Neon, Dufflet, Major Treat, Mabel’s, White Squirrel.

Keep up to date on our West Queen West social medias and website for events, sales, WQW merchants, shops, services, storefronts, restaurants and more:




WQW Website

Past, Present & Future Events in WQW:

The Theatre Centre

The Great Hall

Gladstone Hotel

The Drake Hotel

The Beaver

Twist Gallery

Paul Petro Contemporary Art Gallery


Apartment 200

The Raq

Upcoming Events: 

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