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Eon Sinclair of Bedouin Soundclash practises fancy footwork. Courtesy of Eon Sinclair and Athletes for Africa.
SPORTS: Toronto is still under the sway of football club fever following Real Madrid’s recent clouting of our Toronto FC. On Saturday, soccer lovers and music fans will mix together at Athletes for Africa’s 5v5 Charity Soccer Tournament. Teams of five players each have raised nearly twenty thousand dollars in advance of Saturday’s Cherry Beach games, the proceeds from which will go to a new youth centre in northern Uganda. The most successful fundraising team gets to play against the recently revealed “mystery” celebrity team consisting of Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Ted Leo (of Pharmacists fame), two members of Great Big Sea, soccer whiz Steve Elias, and Athletes for Africa founder Adrian Bradbury. Other well-known players headlining their own teams are Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning and Eon Sinclair of Bedouin Soundclash. There are prizes for all attendees (players and fans), including possible invites to see Modest Mouse play the private after-party at the Sound Academy. Cherry Beach Fields (275 Unwin Avenue), Saturday 2–8 p.m., FREE to watch.
FILM: After four days of bicycle-related short film programs, the Toronto leg of the Bicycle Film Festival (mentioned in Wednesday’s Urban Planner) wraps up with a late night Bicycle Film Festival After-Party. Members of Fucked Up (playing as The Bitters), Heaven, Austin’s Mutating Meltdown, and undisclosed “special guests” play the gig. The big finale boasts two rooms with two DJs, perhaps in keeping with the two-wheeler theme. Studio Gallery (294 College Street), Saturday 10 p.m., $8 ($10 after 2 a.m.).
THEATRE: The Driftwood Theatre Group’s presentation of the First Annual Toronto Shakespeare Festival—delayed due to the city workers’ strike—finally happens this weekend. The company winds up its summer travelling Bard’s Bus Tour with not one but two plays by Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors (on Saturday) and King Lear (on Sunday). The play’s not the only thing. All afternoon, theatre group members will be hosting activities for kids and adults loosely based on the Bard’s work. Think “Iambic Pentameter Jump Rope.” Kids get the fun stuff like face-painting, while the “mature” are invited to take part in Shakespeare-related symposiums. For the immature, there is the “anatomy of a fight scene” workshop. Todmorden Mills (67 Pottery Road); Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., FREE (workshops et al); Saturday and Sunday 7:30 p.m., pay-what-you-can—$15 suggested (performance).
MUSIC: Gordie Johnson returns to Toronto with his new(ish) band Grady to headline the West Queen West Musicfest. Tons of local acts are scheduled to hit the stage every forty-five minutes, Hero Certified Burgers will be grilling, and Molson Canadian is operating a beer garden. All proceeds from the festival go to the Toronto East General Hospital, which will be accepting donations throughout the day. We know what we’re doing on Sunday! Trinity Bellwoods Park (1053 Dundas Street West), Sunday 1–7 p.m., FREE.
CRAFTS: The Workroom presents their Kids Trunk Show—a back-to-school special of the crafty kind. The Sunday afternoon show will offer hand-crafted goods geared to the younger set—clothing, toys, art, and crafts. On-hand workshops include free cupcake-decorating and button-making. Tea purveyors Tealish donate free iced tea for the thirsty. The Workroom (1340 Queen Street West), Sunday 12–5 p.m., FREE.