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Alex McCleod’s Twilight Terror explores the darker side of the environments man constructs for himself in MOCCA’s newest exhibition. Image courtesy of Alex McCleod and Angell Gallery.
FESTIVAL: Getting a little tired of the same ol’ summer street festivals? If you’ve already trodden College a dozen times for Taste of Little Italy (Saturday 12 p.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 12–10 p.m.) then you might want to turn your attention towards some new blocks offering up pedestrian-friendly fun. St. Clair Avenue West shuts down from Vaughan Road to Winona Drive for Feet on the Street (Saturday 5–11 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–8 p.m.) in a showcase of local businesses along the strip. Streetcar traffic will continue unabated, including free heritage streetcar rides on Sunday. Meanwhile Roncesvalles kicks off the first annual Roncy Rocks! (Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.), a celebration of the neighbourhood’s numerous artists and musicians. Though the street is too mired in construction to be shut down to traffic, four stages will feature a bevy of local bands and performers while a sidewalk sale and several art displays take over Roncesvalles Avenue. All festivals FREE.
LUMINATO: Luminato celebrates its final weekend by turning Queen’s Park into an artistic hub for two days of music, art, and food. Tastebuds will be scintillated by 1000 Tastes of Toronto (covered in Torontoist’s Luminato guide) while the visual spectacle of FriendsWithYou’s Wish Come True Festival continues to brighten up the landscape. Saturday’s National Bank Festival features a selection of international divas such as Argentine cabaret sensation Alejandra Ribera from 1–5 p.m., then transitions to global blues for the evening’s set, which includes the Golden Voice of Africa himself, Salif Keita, from 7–11 p.m. Sunday’s closing concert also celebrates World Refugee Day with performances from artists such as Iraqi-American oud player Rahim AlHaj and Burkina Faso’s electronica band Burkina Electric. Queen’s Park North, Saturday 12–11 p.m., Sunday 12–6 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Things didn’t turn out so well last year for the Olympic Island Concert, canceled as it was by the strike that left all ferries beached (although it did create an excellent film premise). With ships sailing smoothly this Saturday things are looking much better for Broken Social Scene‘s second attempt at an island-based show, along with friends Pavement, Band of Horses, Beach House, and Timber Timbre. Nothing short of drydock will stop this all ages rain or shine rockfest, though an umbrella wouldn’t be an entirely unadvisable accessory. Olympic Island, Saturday 1 p.m., $49.50 (plus ferry).
ART: The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art launches its summer season Saturday with Empire of Dreams: Phenomenology of the Built Environment. The exhibition brings together some of Toronto’s most notable visual artists in an exploration of man’s relationship with the environment he creates for himself both literally—in an architectural sense—and figuratively—in a socio-economic one. The opening reception will feature an outdoor BBQ catered by Prague Deli and music by DJ Taco Stand. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (952 Queen Street West), Saturday 7–11 p.m., FREE.
PRIDE: Toronto’s thirtieth Pride Parade may have been pushed a bit later than usual due to the ever–domineering G20, but that isn’t going to stop build-up festivities from getting started nice and early. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre has teamed up with Canada’s preeminent all–male burlesque troupe Boylesque to throw Dead Sexy, a tongue–in–cheek funeral for the ostensibly lost, pre–gentrified Village of yore. Reminisce on the gay ol’ days amidst pole dancing and tassel twirling—and don’t forget to wear black. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), Saturday 7 p.m., $20.
THEATRE: After their inaugural effort performing Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris to sold out crowds last year, Open Corps Theatre is back with a site-specific performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale at the Casa Loma Stables. The Faustian tale of a WWI soldier on his way home from war who exchanges his violin for untold wealth is further explored through a conversation series featuring a rotating schedule of guests. Discussions of the military and moral themes are likely to get pretty topical on the eve of the G20 summit. Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace), Saturday & Sunday 8 p.m., $20 ($15 students/art workers).
FILM: The Toronto Underground Cinema continues to carve a niche for itself with quirky double features, such as Sunday’s Terminator vs. Lady Terminator. James Cameron’s iconic blockbuster featuring a robotic killing machine from the future is pit against an ’80s cult exploitation film about an ancient evil spirit who possesses a young student and uses her body for a murderous rampage, with the latter “borrowing” fairly generously from the former in its so–bad–it’s–good shamelessness. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), Sunday 6:30 p.m., $10 each.
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.