Weekend Radar: November 7 + November 8, 2009

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Events on Toronto's Radar for SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7 and SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2009... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

Saturday, November 7:

FESTIVAL | Day of the Dead Festival
This two-day festival at the Harbourfront Centre continues the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead and celebrating their lives with stories, music, and food. Community organizations will be making altars (known as ofrendas) for their deceased loved ones, there will be Mexican crafts and food on sale, as well as troupes of wandering musicians and dancers. Learn how to make the unique mole sauce, or take in a performance of traditional Mexican songs by CafĂŠ con Pan. Runs til Sunday.
Harbourfront Centre, 255 Queen's Quay West, Free, 12 pm - 6 pm

MARKET | St. Lawrence Market 205th Anniversary
To give you some idea of how much the St. Lawrence Market is part of the fabric of Toronto, it's was around a good thirty years before the city itself was founded. This weekend the Market celebrates its 205th anniversary with festivities including food, cooking demonstrations, children's crafts and games, and live entertainment. After Hours, the Human Statues, and the Dirty Dishes will all be performing, and buskers including Mysterion the Mentalist will be delighting the crowds. Other highlights include the Native Earth Performing Arts show The Really Really Fast History of Toronto and the 6 pm lamp-lighting ceremony..
St. Lawrence Market Complex, 92 Front St. E., Free, 9 am to 4 pm

MUSIC | Make Some Noise with Timber Timbre and Bruce Peninsula
Two of Canada's hottest folk/country acts play a very humble venue Saturday in the North York Central Library. Both Bruce Peninsula and Timber Timbre (otherwise known as Taylor Kirk) can regularly pack a downtown venue, especially since Timber Timbre's record was picked up by the indie heavyweight Arts and Crafts label. Here's your chance to see Kirk's haunting brand of folk for free in a very intimate setting, along with the progressive sounds of the Bruce Peninsula collective.
North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Free, 8 pm

MUSIC | The Rock N' Soul Revue
Some of the city's best soul, rock, and R n' B talent comes together for an all-star show at the Opera House on Saturday. Headliner les Badguys will be joined by beautiful and talented 21-year old singer Vaness Alegassi and blogger/artiste Kaysun to throw a party packed full of original, danceable music. There's probably no better venue in the city than the Opera House, the perfect place to get your groove on on a Saturday night.
The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E.,

CLASS | Pop His Rocket
Toronto sex shop and local institution Come As You Are hosts this evening of sensual skill teaching. Ducky Doolittle has 17 years of sexual research under her belt (probably not the kind you can do at the library) and promises to teach girls not only how to blow your man's mind, but also connect with him on a deeper level. Events like this can be a little awkward, especially if it's your first time, so bring a friend have a few laughs while you're at it. Your man will thank you.
Come As You Are, 701 Queen St. W., $35, 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 8

BURLESQUE | Boylesque presents: Boys Under the Big Top
There are tons of burlesque troupes in this town, but Boylesque is the only one featuring an all-male cast. This Sunday the boys will put on a circus-themed at Revival that includes tassels, magicians, mind-readers, and apparently some frisky lions. The guys will be getting some help from burlesque stars Tanya Cheex (Skin Tight Outta Sight), Charlotte Weber (Les Coquettes) and many more.
Revival, 783 College St., $20, 7 pm

COMEDY | Sunday Night Live! Best of Host Sketches
The Comedy Bar in the Bloorcourt neighbourhood has become one of the hottest places in the city to go for live comedy in its short one-year existence. It's been celebrating its first birthday with shows all week and will be closing it off Sunday with a best-of show featuring the funniest host from its Sunday Night Live series. Comics include the omnipresent Debra DiGiovanni, Jonny Harris and David Kerr. It's a free show, but you'll need to grab a ticket to reserve your space.
The Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., Free, 9 pm

MUSIC | Whole Things for 50 Cents
It's tough times out there, no doubt about it, and no one feels the economic crunch more than the artistic community. After all, they're the ones who've been saving up to buy glitter paint while their more straight-laced friends have been paying EI. Toronto's artists swarm the Annex this Sunday to hawk their wares at low low prices in the indie equivalent of a fire sale. There will be entire works of art on sale for 50 cents. Take advantage of these starving artists' impending starvation..
The Central, 603 Markham St., Free, 4 pm - 9 pm

MUSIC | Jeremy Jay w/ Heaven, the Tropics and Black Umbrella
Jeremy Jay is a singer/songwriter/storyteller who lives in LA and claims to be influenced by both John Hughes and Francois Truffaunt. It's pop music with a literary twist. Fresh off of releasing his latest single Love Everlasting, Jay will be joined by local noise pop group Heaven and Slim Twig's band Tropics. Should be erratic, eclectic, and exciting. For those of you who just can't say goodbye to the weekend...
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W., $7, 9 pm

Continuing Events:

FAIR | Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Now in its 87th year, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest indoor agricultural fair in the world. This year it includes a wine competition, a giant vegetable challenge, horse shows, the SuperDogs, a rodeo, a petting zoo and lots more. Highlights this weekend include the Canadian Show Jumping Championships on Saturday and the fair's Rodeo Day on Sunday. A big part of this festival is selling cows by the way, in case you're in the market.
Ricoh Coliseum, 100 Princess Ave.,9 am - 9 pm$16 - $30

FILM FESTIVAL | Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
The Center for Addication and Mental Health's Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival continues this weekend with 8 films over two days. In keeping with the festival's mandate of exploring mental illness through film, Funny... You Don't Look Crazy will examine the relationship between madness and comedy and will be followed by a performance by veteran Canadian comedian Mike MacDonald. Sunday features a double bill that uncovers the links between diet and mental wellbeing.
Workman Arts, 651 Dufferin St., and Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen St. W., $10, Various times

ART SALE | Art Off the Lot
Since Friday, Art Off the Lot has been taking over a vacant Chrysler dealership on King Street to bring you some of the finest visual art talent from across the country. The exhibition/sale is artist represented, which means there are no middle men between you and the art producers themselves. It's also juried to ensure a high standard of artistic merit. Perfect for collectors, art buyers, and those just looking to see some fresh new work. The pay what you can donation goes to produce future exhibitions. Runs til Sunday.
1030 King St. W., PWYC, 7 pm - 10 pm tonight

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