Weekend Radar: July 18 + 19, 2009
Events on Toronto's Radar for SATURDAY JULY 18 and SUNDAY JULY 19, 2009â¨... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar
FESTIVAL | 37th Annual Festival of India
Canada's annual festival of Indian culture brings a new air of excitement to old traditions, with a parade on Saturday morning, a food festival and a massive outdoor Yoga session.
Yonge Street and Waterfront (main event) / FREE
FESTIVAL | Mexico: Beyond Your Expectations
Day 2 of 3 of the massive Mexican festivals at the Harbourfront Centre features food, Mexican wresting (Lucha Libre) and a show by Cafe Tacuba.
Harbourfront Centre / FREE
PARTIES | Provocouture Presents: A Party Girl Cabaret
Canadian Wolfman and the lovely miss Provocouture host this night of burlesque performances, belly dancing and acrobatics, with live music from secret special guests! Also includes hula hoop goddess Martine and circus acts by Cirquebility
Display Arts Buliding of Sterling Studio Lofts, 225 Sterling Road #103
PARTIES | Benefit Without Borders
Burners Without Borders, a charity group that has helped raise thousand of dollars towards helping rebuild various communities around the world, hosts a fundraising variety show featuring comedy, circus, sideshow and burlesque acts contributing to the cause.
Bread & Circus, 299 Augusta Ave / $10 / 8pm / 19+
BOOKS | Bothered By My Green Conscience
Franke James will read a visual essay from her book, "Bothered By My Green Conscience", in which she discusses "going green" from a uniquely ordinary, non-radical perspective that readers can identify with, avoiding the often overbearing stance of many environmentalist authors.
Roots, 100 Bloor Street West / FREE / 3-4pm
MUSIC | These Electric Lives at the Horseshoe
These Electric Lives have been a solid staple on the Toronto indie circuit for several years, and will soon release a full-length follow-up to their 2007 self-titled EP. Come early to catch bizarre and brilliant openers Pants & Tie, who sound halfway between James Brown and Suicide!
Horseshoe, 368 Queen St W / $7 / 9pm
COMMUNITY | Mabuhay Festival and Trade Show
The Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC)'s Mabuhay Festival celebrates Filipino-Canadians with this massive, multi-venue event, exploring the culture's traditional art, music and food, and bringing together the vibrant and creative Toronto Philippine community, one of the fastest-growing and most relevant groups in the city.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Trade Show HQ)
PARTIES | 2009 Toronto Zombie Walk Fiendraiser
The Zombie Walk, first held in Toronto in 2003, has become an international phenomenon, with events in the US, UK, Australia and Isreal. This year's annual summer fundraising event will feature live music from the Screamagers, the Ralcones, and Skullians, as well as contests, costumes and prizes.
The Smiling Buddha Bar, 961 College St. W / $10, $7 for Zombies!
Sunday July 19
SPORTS | Toronto Roller Derby: Smoke City Betties VS Chicks Ahoy!
The Toronto Roller Derby has moved to a new home at Downsview Park - this game will pit Toronto's Smoke City Betties against last year's champions Chicks Ahoy!
The Hangar Sports Complex @ Downsview Park, 75 Carl Hall Road, Unit 2 / $12 advance, $15 door / 3pm
MUSIC | Wavelength 472
Toronto's iconic music series continues with a noise-rock marathon featuring Sun RaRaRa, The Meat (side project of the fantastic Guelph group Brides), and Culture Reject.
Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St / PWYC / 9pm
BENEFIT | All Ages Benefit for East Metro Youth Services
Everyone's A DJ gives novice DJ's and masters alike a chance to spin for an all-ages crowd at the trailblazing Whippersnapper Gallery, as a benefit for East Metro Youth Services, a Scarborough children's health centre that has been active for thirty-five years. Of course, you need to be under 18 to DJ at this event...
Whippersnapper Gallery, 587A College St / $5 / 2:30pm
MUSIC | Beaches Jazz Festival
The Beaches Jazz festival continues with free shows at various venues such as King Sunshine at 3PM at Woodbine Park.
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