This weekend, allow your inner artist to be inspired at the Queen West Art Crawl, use a bike to help generate power for a music festival, the Vietnamese Lantern Festival returns, take a stand against sexual violence and Take Back the Night, and TIFF goes out with a bang.
ART CRAWL: It’s the Queen West Art Crawl–your best bet to get into the bohemian spirit (at least until Nuit Blanche arrives later this month). This year, you’ll find art walks and talks, galleries and exhibitions galore, the outdoor art show and sale, a chance to get your photo taken tintype portrait style, and much, much more. Various locations along Queen Street West, Friday to Sunday, times vary, FREE.
LANTERN FESTIVAL: Want to know the best way to mark the end of the summer harvest? Eating mooncakes, lighting lanterns, and looking up at the sky is certainly a good start, at this year’s Vietnamese Lantern Festival. Besides the aforementioned activities, there will also be singers, dancers, and an Ao Dai Competition (a showcase of traditional long dresses). Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday, times vary, FREE.
CYCLING: Okay, this is seriously one of the coolest ideas for a concert. If you (a) love listening to music, and (b) love to ride your bicycle (don’t worry, we’re not about to break into Queen), you won’t want to miss the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival, an event that requires you (yes, you!) to keep the music going. Audience members are invited to power the portable sound generators via generator bikes, and then use their own bicycles to travel between venues along with the performers. Featuring sets by Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Rae Spoon, and more. Coronation Park, Saturday, 2 p.m., FREE.
RALLY: It’s a bit sad to say that this rally has become one of many necessary actions in the battle against sexual violence, for it shouldn’t need to exist at all, but with the recent string of attacks at Christie and Bloor, the annual Take Back the Night march serves as an important reminder for all of us. Despite what police officers and not-really-relevant political relatives have to say, women shouldn’t have to be the ones taking extra precautions when they’re alone at night–the responsibility always falls on the attacker. Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre (220 Cowan Avenue), Saturday, 4 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Here’s a play that’s remarkably relevant given many of the issues surrounding the upcoming American election. Hiding Words (for you) features a sort of shift in time that goes from the present to 1850s Guangzhou, China to 2007 Hong Kong, and back again. It takes the audience along for a ride that explores how its female characters find their voices and fight against the restrictions placed against them by society. Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (231 Queen’s Quay W.), runs Saturday to September 23, 8 p.m., $25.
ART: “Sadistic Glam” -’94 takes a look at redundancy ruin through photographs, VHS tapes (it feels so retro even to type that), and interviews, on the way to examining celebrity, pro-wrestling, and our culture’s changing relationship to violence. There will also be bands starting at 11 p.m. The White House Studio Project (277.5 Augusta Avenue), Saturday, 10 p.m., $5.
FOOD: Satisfy your hunger with the Fortune Cooking Festival—an event that carries on from the Lantern Festival the day before. Here, you’ll find an Iron Chef Competition, cooking demos, performances by Raging Asian Women, Samprdaya Dance Creations, and more. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Sunday, times vary, FREE.
FILM: Sadly, a Toronto icon is having its last hurrah this Sunday and is inviting film lovers of all generations to share this one last memory. That’s right, the Toronto Underground Cinema is opening its doors for the last time with a double bill that appropriately includes Night of the Comet and The Last Waltz. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), Sunday, 6:30 p.m., $5.
TIFF: Ask any local cinephile and they’ll tell you: contrary to Andy Williams’ time-honoured holiday standard, early September is, in fact, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Why? Because early September means TIFF (on this year from the 6 to 16), and TIFF means movies, movies, and more movies, with all sorts of big-time movie stars swanning about town. Keep an eye out for our daily recommendations, visit our TIFF ’12 hub for our reviews, and have yourself a merry little TIFF-mas time.
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