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Weekend Planner: November 3–4, 2012

This weekend, celebrate the dead at Harbourfront; a film festival spreads awareness for breast cancer; watch Doctor Who fan fiction get performed live; and much more.

This weekend, the Day of the Dead Festival comes to the Harbourfront Centre. Photo by Jonathan Thiang.


MUSIC: The summer music festival circuit might be far in the rearview mirror by now, but here’s a way (a much lighter way than the punk chaos of the past few months) to get back into the spirit. The Sleepwalk Guitar Festival returns for a second year and promises a stellar line-up of guitar-friendly performers. Curated by Luke Doucet, it’ll features performers including Albert Lee, Colin Linden, and Don Rooke. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), Friday to Sunday, times and ticket prices vary.

FILM: There are better ways to spread awareness about breast cancer than silly Facebook memes, and this is one. The Breast Fest Film Fest returns for its fifth year of documentary and dramatic films, plus appearances from various speakers, to explore the issues surrounding this deadly disease. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street W.), Friday to Sunday, times and ticket prices vary.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Halloween may be over, but the undead festivities have only just begun. The Day of the Dead Festival, Mexico’s annual celebration in which families come together to remember those who have died, returns to the Harbourfront Centre. The programme features workshops in Mexican cuisine, craft-making, live music, dance, and more. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday to Sunday, times vary, FREE.

ICE FESTIVAL: When the Bay starts hanging up the lights outside its storefronts, you know that commercial-Christmas has arrived. But that doesn’t have to be an entirely bad thing: Ice, Wine & Dine is starting to embrace the chillier weather with a holiday-themed evening of live entertainment, wine tastings, ice carvings, fire performers, and DJs. Along Elm Street, Saturday, 4 p.m., FREE.

PAGAN FESTIVAL: If Willow and Tara are the first words that come to mind when you read neo-pagan, it’s time to break some stereotypes. The Wheel invites you to allow Halloween to keep on rolling with an evening featuring Dragon Ritual Drummers, a performance art installation, artists, and other pagan explorations. Yonge-Dundas Square, Saturday, 5 p.m., FREE.

DOCTOR WHO: Surely, the best fan fiction out there has to be when Ron Weasley inexplicably starts choking in the Gryffindor commons when all of a sudden, Dr. House walks in. For tales from a different doctor, one might drop in on Fan Fiction: Doctor Who—an event where comedic and improv artists take fan fiction from around the world and perform it live. Black Swan Comedy (154 Danforth Avenue), Saturday, 8 p.m., $5.

ART: Fans of art history and the Group of Seven are in for a special treat. Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven is an event which brings together scholars and experts on the famous group of Canadian painters. Besides the exhibition, which just toured Europe, there will be a discussion panel by the exhibition’s curatorial team and a symposium. McMichael Canadian Art Collection (10365 Islington Avenue), Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $25.

CHOCOLATE: There are only so many appropriate moments in life where you get to hum aloud that Archie song, and this is probably one of them. The Luxury Chocolate Show is a chance to let your taste buds run wild in glorious hues of chocolate-inspired goodness. Featuring the Chocolate Bar and Lounge, chocolate-making demonstrations, the 911 Chocolate Relay, and chocolate tasting sessions. Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., $25.

READING: Here’s a chance to hear Mike Van Graan’s Green Man Flashing, as performed by the Actors Repertory Company. This piece tells the story of a woman who is raped by a high-ranking party official and must now decide whether she’ll go public and change the outcome of South Africa’s second post-apartheid election in 1999. Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander Street), Sunday, 7:30 p.m., PWYC.


Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to events@torontoist.com.

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