Weekend Radar: October 24 + 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24:
PARTY | LG Fashion Week "Wear Love" Closing Night Party
LG Fashion Week wraps up with a huge bash at the 41,000 square foot lakeshore nightclub Muzik. Designer Roberto Cavalli will be exhibiting a line of swimwear, and no doubt everyone will be dressed to the nines. The bar's got an extended license until 4 am, and ladies get in free before 11 pm. Come dish about what people are wearing, drink yourself into a stylish stupor, and cab home beneath the Toronto skyline, dreaming of next year's designer lines.
Muzik, 15 Saskatchewan Rd., 9:30 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | International Festival of Authors
The 2009 IFOA enters its first weekend with a truly eclectic evening featuring Jack Layton, bicycles, and the Talking Head's David Byrne. That's right, it's the thirtysomething left-wing Torontonian's holy trinity. The City of New York recently asked Byrne to design their new bike racks, and the musician, filmmaker, and author will be discussing his recent photo album/travelogue Bicycle Diaries. Be sure to wait outside to watch Jack Layton show up on his 10-speed. Say what you want about his politics, the man looks good in spandex.
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen's Quay West, $15, 1 pm
UNDEAD COMMUNITY | 2009 Toronto Zombie Walk
Can some one explain this zombie thing to me? Why are people so obsessed with them? I mean, I liked 28 Days Later as much of the next guy, but did we really need Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Anyways, its clear Torontonians know something I don't, because the zombie walk has been hugely popular since it began in 2003. This year the "three kill-o-meter" walk begins at Trinity Bellwoods and ends at Bathurst and Bloor. Followed by a zombie double bill at Bloor Cinema.
East end of Trinity Bellwoods Park, Free, 3:30 pm
DANCE RECORD ATTEMPT | Thrill the World 2009
The big day is finally here. The folks at Thrill the World have been practicing for months to break the world record for the largest-ever performance of the dance routine from Michael Jackson's Thriller. You can bet that there will be stiff competition all around the world this year, but hundreds if not thousands will show up Saturday at Queen's Quay. If you don't want to participate, you should at least stop by to take a picture or something. You don't see something like this everyday. Donations taken will go to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Harbourfront Community Centre, 637 Queen's Quay, Suggested $10 donation, 6:30 pm
ACTIVISM | 350: International Day of Climate Action
Torontonians concerned with climate change celebrate the International Day of Climate Action with a few events this Saturday. Tension is mounting ahead of the crucial Copenhagen Climate Conference in December, which many are hoping will do what the Kyoto accord has failed to do and lead to meaningful action on global warming. Torontonians have chosen a trendy way to show their concern by planning a flash mob that will roam the downtown core chanting "Tick, Tick, Tick" to show that the clock is running out on our time to take action on climate change.
Yonge-Dundas Square, Free, 3:30 pm
MUSIC | New Way of Hearing
Music is such a central part of many of our lives it's difficult to imagine not being able to enjoy it. Obviously deaf people get along just fine without it, but they must wonder what all the fuss is about. That's why the clever students at Ryerson University have put together this concert specially designed for the hard of hearing. The concert will employ the recently unveiled Emoti Chair (which allows you to "feel" the music by translating it into physical sensations), as well as multimedia displays to deliver a satisfying experience for those with hearing impairments. Part of the X Avant New Music Festival, which runs til Sunday.
Music Gallery, 197 John St., $20, 3 pm
Sunday, October 25:
FILM | The BQE: A Film by Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens is such a good musician that he decided to see if he was good at other things, like making movies. The result is BQE, an homage to New York's Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The hand-shot short film captures all the beauty of tangled traffic and the brick and mortar in the New York boroughs, spreading the images out on three separate screens. Yet another great screening from Innis Town Hall, the only downside is for once it's not free.
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., $12, 7:30 pm
HISTORY WALK | Human River
Residents of the Bloorcourt Village neighbourhood may have noticed an inscription at the southwest corner of Christie Pits park that reads "Garrison Creek." It's not there to commemorate an ancient water source, but to mark the point where Garrison Creek continues to run beneath our city. This Sunday the Torontophiles at the Public Space Committee stage a walk that traces the path of the river, revealing telltale signs like sagging houses, dips in streets, and buried bridges. For the history buff in all of us.
The Pavilion at Christie Pits Park, Donations welcome, 12:30 pm
COMMUNITY | PS Kensington: Halloween!
This is it, the very last PS Kensington of the year. From here on out its cold and snow and misery. Its fitting that PSK will go out with a bang though, as the neighbourhood will surely be full of people shopping for Halloween costumes in Kensington's vintage shops and enjoying what will hopefully be some of the last enjoyable weather until Spring of next year. Top three costumes being shopped for: Lady Gaga, Patrick Swayze, and Zombie Patrick Swayze.
Kensington Market, Free, 1 pm - 7pm
FASHION | Portobello East on Queen West
Portobello Market is a fashion and craft market inspired by the long-standing European markets like the one found in London's Camden and Portobello Road districts. The market is provides a low-cost venue for local artists to exhibit their work, so independent designers get a chance to sell their goods directly to the public. Tons of clothes, jewellery, and crafts on offer at a much more accessible venue than Portobello's other venue in the Distillery District.
Burroghes Building, 639 Queen St. W., Free, 12 pm - 6 pm
FILM FESTIVAL | Planet in Focus 2009
Canada's most notable environmental film festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a program packed full with vital, alarming, and uplifting films. Over 85 films from all over the world have been screened over the past four days, with this year's spotlight program, Fast Forward Towards a 20/20 Vision, focusing on the next decade of environmental change. This weekend features a children's program at the Bata Shoe Museum and Sunday's closing night film Earth Keepers, which documents one man's struggle to preserve the Trois-Pistoles river in Quebec.
Various locations and prices
FILM FESTIVAL | Get Animated!
Anyone who remembers The Log Driver's Waltz or The Cat Came Back can attest to the fact that this country has a rich history in animation. Beginning on Friday, the National Film Board has been celebrating World Animation Day with three days of animated programming including official selections for the Toronto International Film Festival. This weekend the NFB screens its international program and some cartoons for families.
NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St., Free, various times
STORY FESTIVAL | FOOL - Festival of Oral Literature
This festival celebrates the power of ever-changing oral stories, some of which have been passed on through generations, taking on new meaning with each telling. The festival has several events over the weekend, including a workshop on storytelling and social justice and Sunday's closing party at Kensington Market's Bread and Circus.
Various locations and prices
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