This holiday weekend Harbourfront Centre explores some folky roots, get creative with a cardboard wonderland, the FU2 Festival returns with artists galore, another edition Monkey Toast will have you laughing all the way home, and more.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: If you’ve ever been annoyed by those fake Facebook campaigns that promise to benefit certain causes (LIKE this 1,527 times to solve world hunger!), here’s a slightly more tangible way to make a difference, while also having a grand night at the same time. Buzzfest 2012 is bringing artists together again for a few days of solid rock and roll. The weekend includes such names as Starcrossed, Deception of Fate, Elana Drive, and much more. All proceeds go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Hard Rock Cafe Toronto (279 Yonge Street), Friday to Sunday, times vary, $10.
FOLK: Sometimes the evolving nature of music production can make it all seem a bit overwhelming; every now and then it doesn’t hurt to take a trip back to its roots. That’s exactly what Harbourfront Centre hopes to accomplish this weekend with HarbourKIDS: Folk–a festival that aims to look at a world without digital media. Featuring music from The Cowgirl Choir and folk-pop duo Sunparlour Players, crafts including weaving, quilting, yarn-bombing, and much, much more. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday to Monday, times vary, FREE.
CARDBOARD CREATIVITY: Everyone knows that if you get a small child a gift for Christmas, odds are they’re going to end up playing in the box it came much more than the toy itself. Here then is a chance to recapture that inner imagination: the first ever Global Cardboard Challenge invites kids and adults to a cardboard wonderland of sorts where you’ll get to bring and build cardboard games for all to enjoy. There’s even a giant cardboard pegasus. Artscape Wychwood Barn (601 Christie Street), Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., PWYC.
WORDS: Anyone in the magazine business can tell you one thing: in the age of the Internet, it’s hard as heck to keep the old model afloat. So come out and support the launch of a new contemporary art magazine called Millions. This magazine features articles and interviews with new and old Canadian and international artists, and also has projects made specifically for each issue. Clint Roenisch Gallery (944 Queen Street West), Saturday, 1–4 p.m., FREE.
PERFORMANCE: Have you recovered from Nuit Blanche? Of course you have. This weekend, the performance artists are the ones getting spotlighted at the FU2 Festival–a celebration of urban folk culture that’s hosted by Fedora Upside-Down and co-organized by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. The event features 17 bands, poets, artists, dance and craft workshops, and more. Ukrainian Cultural Centre (83 Christie Street), Saturday, 2 p.m.–2 a.m., ticket prices vary.
COMEDY: Letterman? Psh, if you’re looking for a variety talk show that’s actually entertaining, head on over to the next edition of Monkey Toast–an improvised talk show that features a handful of comedians and artists. This week’s show features Brendan Canning, a founding member of the mega-indie group, Broken Social Scene, as well as Steve Patterson, host of CBC’s Debaters. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Sunday, 8 p.m., $10.
BEER: Ok, so maybe we have many reasons to be jealous of the fact that we don’t get quite the same Oktoberfest experience as some of our European friends. But that doesn’t mean we can’t give it our best shot! The Brewer’s Backyard is hosting its final event of the year with the theme of an Oktoberfest party. If you don’t have any Thanksgivings plans yet, head on over for a variety of beers exclusive for the occasion and an all around good time. Koerner Gardens, Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), Monday, 12–4 p.m., FREE (well, unless you buy beer and food).
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