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Long Weekend Planner: February 16–18, 2013

This weekend, the Wavelength Music Festival turns 13, check out the first Toronto Black Film Festival, a chance to interact with many grassroots groups all in one place, and more.

Sarah Neufeld is just one of many performers at this weekend's Wavelength Music Festival. Photo courtesy of Wavelength Toronto.

Sarah Neufeld is just one of many performers at this weekend’s Wavelength Music Festival. Photo courtesy of Wavelength Toronto.

FILM: In honour of Black History Month, consider checking out the very first Toronto Black Film Festival. The schedule includes a range of features, plus some talks and special events. Runs through Sunday, locations and times vary, $10 per film.

MUSIC: The Wavelength Music Festival is back for its 13th year. This year’s event features a whirlwind of performers including (deep breath) Doldrums, Do Make Say Think, Lullabye Arkestra, Cookie Duster, Cadence Weapon, Evening Hymns, Sarah Neufeld, Blue Hawaii, and many more. Besides the music, there will also be art events and burlesque—we’ve got a full preview right here. Friday to Sunday, locations, times, and ticket prices vary.

GRASSROOTS: Ever wanted to get a closer look at the grassroots organizations that make Toronto better? The YES IN MY BACKYARD (YIMBY) Festival lets you do just that. Participating groups span a wide variety of neighbourhoods and interests, including Jane’s Walk, Karma Food Co-op, and Toronto Park People. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: Great Scott! Back to the Future improv returns once again for another evening of unscripted comedy with your favourite ’80s movie. Featuring action, romance, and many laughs, who knows how this epic love story about a real-life couple will turn out? Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 8 p.m., $8.

MUSIC: Toronto and East Coast indie rock are getting together to rock the roof off Lee’s Palace. Headlining is By Divine Right, who are gearing up for a big 2013 with the forthcoming release of their new album, Organized Accidents. The event also features sets by Cousins and Shotgun Jimmie. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 10 p.m., $10.

FAMILY DAY: You can’t have a Family Day without Family Day festivities! Head to the Beaches for its sixth year of Family Day-themed events, which include a petting zoo, ice sculptures, dance troupes, face painting, and as many other things that can be fit into the two-kilometre stretch hosting the event. Various locations along Queen Street East, Sunday, 12–5 p.m., FREE.

BOOKS: Some great Canadian writers are gathering for an evening that’s part of the Vagabond Trust Reading Series. Featuring Ann-Marie MacDonald (Fall on Your Knees), poet Priscila Uppal, playwright Aurora Stewart de Pena, and many more. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), Monday, 8 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: If you’re a Radiohead fan, you won’t want to miss the third instalment of this collaboration called The Radiohead Jazz Project III. The project sees the Toronto Jazz Orchestra and Idioteque (a Radiohead cover band) joining forces for two sets: a classical one with guest vocalist Alex Samaras, and a cover set featuring music from Radiohead’s eight studio albums. The Rex Hotel (194 Queen Street West), Monday, 8:30 p.m., $10.


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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