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Weekend events in Toronto: July 27-29, 2012

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this July 27-29, 2012.

PARTIES

Happy Endings #15
After a hiatus of a few months, Happy Endings is back and bigger than ever. Bringing UK's very own Scuba, you know Mansion is not playing around. With the amazing Egyptrixx and Exeter on hand playing a set, the return of happy endings will deliver on its name. For tickets, please visit Ticketweb.
Bright Pearl Restaurant (346 Spadina Ave), July 27, 10pm, $15 advance tickets

Itzsoweezee w/ Dubbel Dutch, Tom Wrecks & Demiggs
Texas native Dubbel Dutch (a.k.a Marc Glasser) is back, this time playing at The Drake Hotel. His music is not what you'd expect from a Southern state native, rather touching on many genres and blending them to develop a sound that's all his own. For the music fanatics who missed him at Mansion's Happy Endings, make sure to catch him on Friday July 27th.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), July 27, 10:30 pm, $10 at the door.

Puma Presents Mad Decent Block Party 2012 Toronto
By far one of the best lineups I've seen all summer for Toronto music festivals, Mad Decent will be taking over Dundas Square. With amazing sounds from Baauer, Zebra Katz, Jacques Greene, Nadastrom, Zeds Dead and many more, this lineup is golden. For the full artist roster, please visit Mad Decent.
Yonge & Dundas Square, July 28, 1pm-11pm, free and all ages.

FESTIVALS

Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market
Pedestrian Sundays returns to Kensington. Now in its 9th season, this community-minded festival aims to showcase the businesses, and resident artists and musicians of one of Toronto's most tightly-knit neighbourhoods. Expect performers, cooking classes, and closed off streets (so plan your parking accordingly).
Kensington Market, July 29, 12 pm, free.

FILM

Lift and Images Festival's Ward's Island Picnic
Ward's Island Picnic will consist of games, food, and great company. Come out and enjoy the summer weather and celebrate this year's Tom Berner Award recipient Milada Kovacova, while taking a look back at previous winners with a 16mm film screening of their works. For more information, please visit Lift. Cash food and bar.
Ward's Island Club House (20 Withrow Street, on the island), July 28, 3pm.

Free Toronto Film Festival Event
The festival will showcase the best short films from Canada, France, Russia and other international capitals of filmmaking. You must RSVP in order to guarantee a seat at this free event. For more information, please visit Wild Sound.
National Film Board Cinemas (150 John Street), July 28, 7pm.

For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film and This Week in Rep Cinema post.

MUSIC

Uma Nota 5-Year Party
Uma Nota is what happens when you pair up talented artists and groovy music. This year, multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter Quique Escamilla makes his debut. With an evening featuring artists such as Maninho Costa & Batucada (just to name a few), you'll want to put on your dancing shoes and prepare yourself for a night filled with music. For full line-up, please check out Umanota.
The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W) 10 pm, $15. Tickets available via Eventbrite.

For more music listings, visit our weekly Hot Ticket post.

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FOOD

Toronto Food Fest
Many cultures come together this weekend to bring you an extravagant foodaganza. Many restaurants from throughout the GTA and interntional cuisines will be represented, while chefs from George Brown and Liaison College will also be in attendance to cook up culinary delights for your enjoyment. Come and enjoy a few amuse-bouches and try new foods from all over the GTA.
Chinese Cultural Community Center (5181 Sheppard Ave East) July 29, 2012, 1:00-6:00pm

The Toronto Festival of Beer 2012
Is beer your drink of choice? If you answered yes (and we know you did), then the Toronto Festival of Beer is for you. Featuring more than 100 brands of beer on-site--Mill Street, SteamWhistle, Hogtown just to name a few--you're likely to find old favourites, while stumbling across some new ones. Enjoy eats from food trucks and local restaurants.
Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place, July 27 - 4:30-11pm / July 28 - 1:30-8pm /July 29 - 1:30-8pm

Mabuhay Festival and Trade Show
Come celebrate Filipino heritage with art, food and crafts from their culture. With a trade show being held at the convention center, vendors will set up shop and display arts and crafts from their culture. Enjoy some chicken adobo while being entertained by the traditional dances of the Philippines.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (222 Bremner Blvd. Toronto), July 28, 9am.

For more food news and events, check out our weekly This Week in Food post.

COMEDY

Spare Hearts Improv Finale Show
A show that was only supposed to be a one time thing (a post-Valentine's Day revue by singles, for singles) ended up running for a year and a half. Completely improvised, the show that's stolen the hearts of Toronto audiences with its comedic takes on love, heartbreak, and everything in-between, is coming to an end.
Comedy Bar (945b Bloor St. W.) July 28, 8pm, $5.

For more comedy listings, visit our This Week in Comedy post.

THEATRE

Backbeat
Backbeat tells the rousing tale of how The Beatles became "The Beatles," and tracks their journey from Liverpool to Hamburg's Red Light District. It also tells the sometimes-forgotten story of the love triangle between Stuart Sutcliffe (the original bassist), John Lennon and a German photographer, through classic rock 'n' roll tunes.
Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King St. W.), July 27 (8pm), July 28 (2pm and 8pm), July 29 (2pm), $45-$130.

For more theatre listings, check out our This Week in Theatre post.

FASHION

Frugal Fashion Week
Attention all fashionistas (and frugalistas): Frugal Fashion Week has arrived. Celebrating Canadian fashion, boutiques in Rosedale-Summerhill invite you to come shop and support local designers. Some events will require admission, while others are free. For a full list, check their website.
Various venues, July 26-29.

For more fashion news and events, check out our This Week in Fashion post.


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