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Radar: CNE Opens, In Memory, Masala! Mehndi! Masti!, Lil Wayne with Keri Hilson and Far East Movement, "You Are Here" at TIFF Lightbox

ENTERTAINMENT | 2011 Canadian National Exhibition
Today is the day our arteries have been dreading because the opening of the CNE means the arrival of donut cheeseburgers and deep-fried everything. The CNE's 132nd season pushes the fairgrounds beyond the usual corn dogs and spinning rides with new events, performances and food stands. Musical performances by popular Canadian acts like K-OS and Lights along with celebrity chef demos with professionals like Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman are highlights of the 2011 season that runs until September 5th.
Exhibition Place (200 Princes' Boulevard) 10AM $16 general, $12 seniors/children under 13, Free for children under 4

ART | In Memory: Something that happens after then, and before now
Inside a haunted and abandoned funeral parlour, Labspace Studio continues their examination of memory and remembrance with the final exhibit of the (Re)collection Project. By inviting fifteen artists to display their works surrounding the theme of the future of memories, performances and installations will be scattered throughout the space in hidden and creepy areas. (Body elevator, anyone?) An art show undoubtedly unlike any other Toronto has seen, the exhibit will be open this one weekend only.
Defunct Funeral Parlour (717 Queen Street East) 9PM Pay What You Can

CULTURE | Masala! Mehndi! Masti!
Head south to the Harbourfront Centre this weekend where the city of Toronto will be going South Asian for the annual Masala! Mehndi! Masti! festival. Running until Sunday, there will be performances by Afghan-Canadian musician Waheed Soroor and daily double bill screenings of Indian films starring Abhay Deol. Visit the Meena Bazaar for handicrafts, silks, saris and mehndi jewellery and the Masala Bazaar for traditional South Asian foods. Check out the event schedule for other interesting activities like midnight yoga and a chat with Breakaway's Vinay Virmani.
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) 6PM Free

MUSIC | Lil Wayne with Keri Hilson, Far East Movement and Lloyd
Young Money himself is returning to the Big Smoke tonight for a concert packed with special appearances. Lil Wayne will perform songs from his eight auto-tuned studio albums but the possibility of hearing new material from his upcoming release Tha Carter IV is high. Appearances by R&B artist Keri Hilson and electro pop group Far East Movement are planned but bets are on a surprise performance by Drake.
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore Boulevard West) 7PM $43.25-$200.75

FILM | You Are Here at TIFF Bell Lightbox
Daniel Cockburn's You Are Here is released in Toronto tonight at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and rightfully so--the Toronto filmmaker used his home city as the backdrop for this story about people seeking advice on where to go. Premiering to rave reviews at TIFF 2010, Cockburn's story is not everything that it seems as it delves into the surreal world of human consciousness. This multi-layered film is playing on limited release, only remaining in theatres until August 25th.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) 1:30PM $12.00 regular $9.50 student/senior

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