This weekend: a zine party puts sand on the dance floor, Star Wars fan-fiction, a fundraiser against Line 9, a film festival for the best in Canadian cinema, and more.
FILM: It’s been at least three minutes since we’ve had a film festival in this city, so if you’re starting to feel the withdrawal, check out Canada’s Top Ten, which features the best in contemporary Canadian cinema. This weekend’s schedule includes picks like Still, Stories We Tell, and a variety of shorts. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), Friday to next Sunday, January 13, times and ticket prices vary.
BARTER: After the gift-giving season, you might be finding yourself with more stuff than you can handle. If that’s the case, then drop by the seventh Really Really Free Market, which gives you a chance to bring stuff you don’t want and take stuff you might need. This event’s theme is winter, which includes hockey, warm clothing, and the like. Campbell Park Community Centre (255 Campbell Avenue), Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: After successful Dr. Who and Game of Thrones performances, fan-fiction is striking back with everyone’s favourite intergalactic franchise. That’s right, Fan Fiction: Star Wars is happening and features a variety of comedians using material generated by fans from all over the world. If you’re familiar at all with this universe, then you know the possibilities are endless. Black Swan Comedy Theare (154 Danforth Avenue), Saturday, 8 p.m., $7.
ZINES: “Call my name, Bastian!” If this eternal shout is lodged into your childhood memory, then you might appreciate this next event. The Southern Oracle is a zine launch as well as a winter dance party that comes equipped with a Neverending Story-themed, bar-wide art installations, and a dance floor covered entirely in sand (no shoes allowed). Mây (876 Dundas Street West), Saturday, 9 p.m., $7 or PWYC.
MUSIC: If you’re hoping to get some smooth sounds out of this weekend, a set by OG Melody may do the trick. (Their music reminds us a bit of TLC.) The show will also feature R&B duo Gentlemen of Leisure. Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 10 p.m., $7.
FUNDRAISER: With the closure of the Experimental Lakes Area, it has become increasingly clear how little Prime Minister Stephen Harper cares about the environment. Rock Against Line 9 is a fundraiser and awareness-raising show that aims to help combat an Enbridge pipeline that is en route to becoming part of the tar sands pipeline network. The event features a variety of acts that run all day including Indigo Cabaret, Illogik, Loopsy Dazy, and DJ Lumberjockey. Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), Sunday, 2 p.m.–12:10 a.m., PWYC (suggested donation $10–$20).
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