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This makes perfect sense at the Wish Come True Festival. Photo courtesy of Luminato.
LUMINATO: Miami Beach’s visual art collective FriendsWithYou take their indescribable spectacle of colour and energy—not to mention magic, luck, and shmoopy friendship—to Queen’s Park. It’s all part of Luminato, of course (check out Torontoist’s guide here), where the Rainbow King—2010’s mascot, no less—leads the Wish Come True Festival, a bouncy dance party with inflatables, bounce houses, and giant totems. Happy happy, joy joy! Queen’s Park North, 11 a.m. (continues until 6 p.m. on Sunday), FREE.
TALK: Alright, technically this is for Seniors Month, but if you can pull off a bowler hat, we know you can sneak into the Toronto Public Library’s Grey Matters Series. Tonight’s lecture is on the existential downer Waiting for Godot—you know, two dudes wait indefinitely on a country road for another dude who may or may not be God. Still confused? Catch University of Toronto Prof Alan Ackerman’s symbolic take on the Samuel Beckett classic, and seem super smart at dinner parties from now on. Pape/Danforth Branch (701 Pape Avenue), 12:30 p.m., FREE.
TALK: This Magazine and rabble.ca are co-hosting the ever-growing population of G8/G20 haters tonight at Clinton’s Tavern. Can Canada take charge? More importantly, should we? SPEAK THE F#&K UP is a panel-event-slash-provocative-discussion featuring Low-Income Families Together’s Josephine Grey, Oxfam Canada’s Robert Fox, and Toronto Star reporter and commentator Antonia Zerbisias—all moderated by journalist and activist Judy Rebick. And if, for some reason, you’re not in Toronto (where are you?), catch the whole thing streaming live here. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West), 7:30–9:30 p.m., PWYC (suggested donation $5).
LUMINATO: Canadian folk rock veteran Bruce Cockburn hits the stage tonight at Massey Hall to celebrate his long career of loving in dangerous times at The Canadian Songbook: 40 Years of Bruce Cockburn. Presented by the bigwigs at National Bank Financial Group and part of Luminato (again, here), the event’s hosted by prime CBC commodity Jian Ghomeshi of Q. The Canadian Songbook is celebrating its third birthday in style with forty years of Cockburn covers from Hawksley Workman, Barenaked Ladies, Sylvia Tyson, Buck 65, and more. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street), 7:30 p.m., $55–$85.
MUSIC: Haunting songstress and poet Clara Engel, new album Secret Beasts in hand, will be making us cry tonight at Starving Artist. She’s rocking out with the brass boys of Free Boat Rentals—complete with Dan Gooch on trumpet and Steve Ward on trombone—whose debut self-titled CD was released in May. Their improv-focused jazz mixed with Engel’s lyrics—and maybe even some surprise musical guests—promises a show that’s well worth the trek to Lansdowne. Starving Artist (584 Lansdowne Avenue), 9 p.m., PWYC (suggested donation $5).
MUSIC: North by Northeast (NXNE) runs until June 20. Your best fest bets for music, film, and more are all in Torontoist’s NXNE guide.