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Hot Shopping: Lady Gaga Offers Black Magic

No stranger to controversy—some might say she actively courts it—Lady Gaga has debuted a dark-hued fragrance called Fame, which the pop songstress says “smells like an expensive hooker.” Wondering what exactly that scent entails? Well, the opaque liquid, which becomes translucent when sprayed, is composed of belladonna, saffron, honey, apricot nectar, crushed tiger orchid and jasmine sambac for a floral and fruity scent. Inhale the aroma for yourself; pick up a bottle, $89 for 100 mL, at The Bay.

Weekend Roundup, June 17 to 19

Friday: Devo is among the bands at this year's NXNE (photo by Snarkygurl)

Friday, June 17
From June 16 to 19, the North by Northeast (NXNE) festival takes over Toronto with concerts by 650 bands, plus screenings of 40 music-related films and 50 panel discussions. Don’t miss free shows taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend, including acts like Descendents, DEVO and Men Without Hats.

Join in the annual Taste of Little Italy free street party where locals and visitors alike descend onto Toronto’s historic Italian neighbourhood on College Street between Bathurst and Shaw streets. Enjoy live bands, entertainers and street food from Friday through Sunday.

To fete its imminent opening at Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall in September 2011, British fashion store TopShop opens a pop-up location this weekend at Queen Street West and Soho Street. The Pop-Up Top Shop previews a collection for sale and also offers contest, a beach zone, free frozen yogurt and a live DJ.

Saturday: Get some haute street food at 1,000 Tastes of Toronto

Saturday, June 18
One of Toronto’s most anticipated foodie events takes place today and tomorrow along John Street (between Adelaide and Wellington). As part of  Luminato, 1,000 Tastes of Toronto showcases street food-sized portions of diverse cuisine from top restaurants like Woodlot, Queen Margherita Pizza and Lee.

Visit St. Lawrence Market for its annual Strawberry Festival, inaugurating the start of this delicious fruit’s harvest. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you’ll be treated to samples, lessons on making strawberry jam, and cooking demonstrations by Toronto chefs Massimo Capra (of Mistura) and Michael Bonacini (of the Oliver & Bonacini restaurant group).

Iconic Beach Boys singer and songwriter Brian Wilson plays an intimate show at Massey Hall this evening, in promotion of his latest album, Brian Wilson Re-imagines Gershwin .

Sunday: See a revolutionary war reenactment at historic Black Creek Pioneer Village

Sunday, June 19
Celebrate this Father’s Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village, where you can watch as 200 costumed soldiers re-enact the Revolutionary War in the “Battle of Black Creek.” Walk around the village to see how soldiers lived in camps or visit the historic brewery for samples. Last but not least, end the day with a Father’s Day barbecue rib dinner.

The second annual Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off in Toronto today. The festival showcases 27 craft brewers from across the province—at events and venues throughout Toronto—until June 25.

Crowds of screaming fans are sure to fill Queen Street West for the MuchMusic Video Awards tonight. Co-hosted by Selena Gomez, performers and guests include Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars, City and Colour, the Black Keys and many more.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 4 to 6

Friday, March 4

"Naked Naked Naked" is on view at the Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery. Photo credit: “She is Sunshine... She is Love. Oil on canvas.”

Artists bare their souls in “Naked Naked Naked,” on view at Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery until March 26. This group exhibition of paintings explores the theme of the word “naked,” from the literal meaning to more metaphorical interpretations about the soul, truth, and pure expression. Stop by the exhibition grand opening on Thursday, March 3, and catch a sultry burlesque show by The Sin Sisters. Visit the Facebook page to add your name to the guest list for the vernissage.

Enjoy a Vegas themed evening at “Drag for a Wish” that includes casino-themed games, a drag show by some of Ottawa’s top performers, and silent auction. Presented by Algonquin College’s Event Management program, which is raising money for the Children’s Wish Foundation. (more…)

Hot Date: Go Gaga Again

MARCH 3 Part singer, part provocateur, Lady Gaga brings her Monster Ball tour back to Toronto. The pop songstress is as well-known for her outrageous costumes as she is for such songs as “Poker Face” and “Just Dance.” Air Canada Centre, 8 p.m., $49.50 to $175; call 416-870-8000 or visit Ticketmaster to buy.

Hot Date: Lady Power

JULY 11 & 12 Eccentric pop diva Lady Gaga rides her disco stick—along with her multitude of outlandish and barely-there costumes—into town for two nights as part of her self-described “pop-electro opera” Monster Ball concert tour. No need to put on your poker face or pretend that you’re k-kinda busy. Just dance like you’re her biggest fan. Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah! Air Canada Centre, 8 p.m., $49.50 to $175; call Ticketmaster at 416-870-8000 or click here to charge.