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Labour Day Weekend events 2012 in Toronto

Labour Day weekend events 2012 in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this August 31-September 2, 2012.

CULTURE

Hispanic Fiesta
Flamenco dancers, andean musical performances and Spanish food, arts & crafts will fill Mel Lastman Square for the entirety of the weekend with the 2012 Hispanic Fiesta. Over 20 Spanish-speaking countries will be represented at this annual festival and party, where cultural entertainment and traditional folklore are showcased for the curious eyes of Toronto. Head up to Mel Lastman Square for an uptown fiesta celebrating Hispanic cultures worldwide.
Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge Street), August 31-September 3, 2012, 7PM Free

ART

Artfest Toronto
Sculptors, painters, photographers and mixed media artists line the streets of the Distillery District this morning to begin Artfest Toronto, an annual free outdoor exhibition. Running throughout Labour Day weekend, this art festival, curated by arts and crafts community veteran Lory MacDonald, will feature the works of artists like Patrick Lajoie, Mark Rehkopf, Ashlee Comerford and Denial Art. The event is free and open to the public, art lovers and collectors.
Historic Distillery District (55 Mill Street), August 31-September 3, 2012, 11AM Free

COMEDY

The Panel Show
David Tichauer hosts The Panel Show, a comedy quiz show featuring Toronto comedians being asked questions about current events, odd news and strange trivia. Joining Tichauer at Friday's show will be the hilarious Ron Sparks along with fellow comedians Jim Kim and Chris Leveille, fielding stupid quiz show questions with stupidly funny answers. Tickets will be available at the doors at Comedy Bar.
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), August 31, 2012, 8PM $5

For more comedy events, check out our This Week in Comedy post.

MUSIC

Labour of Love
It's the weekend that house heads and trance freaks wait for all year--Labour of Love returns this Saturday with a line-up of the best DJs, trance and house musicians from around the world. This year's line-up includes strong acts like Manzone and Strong, Paul Van Dyk, Tinie Tempah and Markus Schulz, who play The Guvernment and Kool Haus on Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are available through Ink Tickets with prices reflecting entry for both days. This is a 19+ event.
The Guvernment (132 Queens Quay East), September 1-3, 2012, 10PM $110

INTERsection 2012
The intersection of Yonge and Dundas will transform into a music festival venue this Saturday for INTERsection, an all-day music marathon with performances by Toronto artists such as TorQ Percussionists and Bang On A Can All-Stars. The square will transform into a party that is part music festival, and part marketplace for artists to display their works. The 5th annual event boasts a 'musicircus,' where an eclectic mix of performers will gather on stage for a variety of acts inspired by avant-garde composer, writer and music theorist John Cage. Spend your Saturday at Dundas Square, if you dare brave the crowds.
Yonge and Dundas Square, September 1, 2012, 2PM Free

Skratch Bastid Presents: Maseo (De La Soul)
The Skratch Bastid Presents series returns to the Revival tonight featuring Maseo of hip-hop group De La Soul. Credited with being one of the oldest 'relevant' hip-hop groups (having worked with Tribe Called Quest and Mos Def), De La Soul recently toured with Gorillaz, and Maseo often DJ'ed his mix of old-school, house, and '80s hits at the after-parties. Now you can get a taste.
Revival (783 College Street), August 31, 2012, 10PM, $15

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ENTERTAINMENT

Canadian International Air Show
This one is going to be a noisy one: a summer tradition in Toronto returns with the CNE's annual International Air Show. This year, Canada will be widely represented amongst the jets flying above the Ex in the form of Snowbirds, CF-18 Hornets, T-33s and CP-140s. Jets take off around noon on Saturday and will do 4-hour shows through to Monday. (Be sure to check out the rehearsals on Friday, too.)
Canadian National Exhibition (100 Princes' Boulevard), September 1-3, 2012, 12:30PM Free

FASHION

Really Really Free Market
Have some gently used goods and services that other people will actually want? Swing by Campbell Avenue Park and drop off your items by 5PM to give away to the folks at the Really Really Free Market, where everything is a free trade. Browse the items that other people have donated to the free market cause and stick around for a community BBQ and campfire after 5PM for just $7. At the end of the day, all unclaimed items will be donated to community organizations to help the less fortunate.
Campbell Avenue Park (Campbell Avenue and Antler Street), September 1, 2012, 10AM Free

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

BOOKS & LIT

10th Annual Toronto International Poetry Slam
The Great Hall will be filled with poets tonight for the 10th Annual Toronto International Poetry Slam, where 22 poets from Canada and the U.S. compete for a prize of $1000. Competitors will include names like Synonymous, Raissa Simone, Lip Balm and Jen Kunlire, all of whom will battle with spoken word. Returning champion Prufrock will defend his title against the poets, who will recite their own works. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), September 2, 2012, 7PM $20

FILM

Transcendent
In a one-night-only engagement, The Royal Cinema will be premiering Transcendent, the story of an 18-year-old girl confused about who she wants to be when she meets a mysterious boy with a strange past. Directed by Ray Xue and starring Swan Lewis and Jennifer Langen, the film is a dark coming-of-age story that finds a young woman forever changed by a new friendship. Tickets are available in advance by e-mailing restudies@live.com or by phone at 647-200-3947.
The Royal Cinema (608 College Street), August 31, 2012, 6:30PM $10

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

FOOD

Bar Gilead
Drop in to the Gilead Cafe this evening between 5 and 8pm, and you can enjoy happy hour with tapas and cocktails as part of the Jamie Kennedy-owned spot's Bar Gilead series. Start your long weekend off right.
Gilead Cafe (4 Gilead Place), August 31, 2012, 5PM

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

Lead photo from Labour of Love. Photo of the air show by makoto2007 in the blogTO Flickr pool


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