This weekend: a dance festival returns for its 20th year, Toronto Design Offsite Festival hosts a kick-off weekend, Catl. plays a final gig before a hiatus, and more.
DANCE: DanceWeekend is returning for its 20th year. Performances will include ballet, jazz, flamenco, and contemporary styles. (Jade’s Hip Hop Academy Performance Company, as seen in the above video, will be making an appearance.) Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday to Sunday, times vary, $10 donation.
DESIGN: The Toronto Design Offsite Festival showcases the boundless creativity of artists and designers. Though the actual exhibition doesn’t officially start until Monday, they’re holding a Junction Kick-off Weekend to help get the ball rolling. There will be more than 10 exhibitions to explore. Various areas in the Junction neighbourhood (Dundas Street West and Keele Street), Saturday and Sunday, times and locations vary, FREE.
PARTY: Here’s an interesting spin on your typical night out at the club. The House of Nuance is putting on an event called “Parliament is Burning” (which is a reference to a documentary called “Paris is Burning“). Attendees will compete in vogue dance categories for trophies. The Winchester Kitchen (51A Winchester Street), Saturday, 9 p.m.–2 a.m., FREE.
COSPLAY: Do you love dressing up as your favourite anime or cartoon character? You don’t need to wait until the next comic-con to don your best homemade outfit. The annual Darkrave Cosplay Party is here. There will be a $100 prize for the winner and $50 for second place. Pacha Lounge (1305 Dundas Street West), Saturday, 9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: You’ve only got one more chance to see Toronto blues band Catl. before they go on an indefinite hiatus. Trust the title of their latest album, Soon This Will All Be Gone. If getting to see this final gig isn’t enough, the show will also feature performances by the Royal Crowns and Canadian Shield. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), Saturday, 9:30 p.m., $12.
MARKET: If you didn’t get everything you wanted for Christmas, here’s a chance to change that. 101 Markets is a local vintage and handmade marketplace where you can find all your winter wardrobe needs. Check out their website for a preview of what’s on offer. 3030 Dundas West (3030 Dundas Street West), Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE (unless you buy stuff).
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