Weekend Planner: August 29–30, 2009
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Weekend Planner: August 29–30, 2009

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 [email protected].

20090829urbanplanner.jpg Photo from Virgin Festival ’07 by Kasandra Bracken.

MUSIC: The squeaky wheels of Toronto get the grease this weekend. Poor ticket sales and feedback were enough to prompt Virgin Festival organizers to bail on Burl’s Creek and settle on the Molson Amphitheatre as the festival’s new venue. That means there won’t be any tents or toasted marshmallows, but your concert ticket will garner you free same-day admission to Ontario Place and the CNE. V-Fest is boasting a line-up of more than thirty bands, with Ben Harper and Relentless7, Pixies, and Franz Ferdinand taking the stage on Saturday. Sunday’s notables include Nine Inch Nails, Pet Shop Boys, and Our Lady Peace. There will also be plenty of Can-con this weekend with Sloan, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Thunderheist, Plants and Animals, and The D’Urbervilles. Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore Boulevard West), Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m., $39.50 and up.
HORTICULTURE: Art and nature come together at Sherway Gardens with an exhibition of the majestic miniature trees knows as bonsai. The Misseto Bonsai Club is hosting the annual Exhibition of Bonsai, with displays of indoor and outdoor trees, demonstrations, and advice from experts. Bonsai trees are way too expensive to kill and replace, so learn about propagation, maintenance techniques, and care at this two-day event. Sherway Gardens (25 The West Mall); Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; FREE.
COMMUNITY: You’ll be seeing green with hordes of eco-conscious bargain hunters scavenging and scooping up new duds at the Swap Meet on Saturday, hosted by SwapSity. Visitors are bound to find some guilt-free treasures among the fifty booths with items of clothing, music, books, electronics, trinkets, and toys for sale and swap. Walmer Road Baptist Church (188 Lowther Avenue), Saturday 1:30–5:30 p.m., $3.50.
FESTIVAL: Also in the theme of green, Yonge-Dundas Square is hosting the annual Live Green Toronto Festival. The festival, which is expected to draw more than thirty thousand people, will showcase more than one hundred exhibitors, local food, live music, and a variety of family-friendly events. From bees to bikes and composters to cosmetics, the action will spill out onto Yonge Street (which will be closed from Dundas to Queen Streets). Yonge-Dundas Square (corner of Yonge and Dundas streets), Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., FREE.
ART: Zine Dream 2, organized by Jesjit Gill and Laura McCoy, promises much more than zines—we’re talking fifty vendors with books, comics, prints, crafts, baked goods, original artwork, vinyl, and posters for sale. There will also be comedy, live music, and DJs to round out the bill. The good folks at the Toronto Zine Library will be taking part by hosting an open house in the library space upstairs and inviting visitors to make a page for a collaborative zine they’re putting together. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), Sunday 12–6 p.m., PWYC.
COMMUNITY: It’s the last Sunday of the month, so you know what that means—the residents and merchants of Kensington Market are coming together for another installment of Pedestrian Sundays. With this month’s theme of “air,” community members will be flying messages of peace, blowing horns and bubbles, and consuming chili. Also as part of the monthly celebration of community, culture, and ecology, MP Olivia Chow will be in attendance for a talk and community art project. As part of “Screwed Out of Our Share,” Chow hopes to send Canada and Conservative Minister John Baird a message about how our city lost $330 million for new streetcars. The art project—composed of screws in wood spelling out a message from citizens—will be displayed on Parliament Hill in September. Kensington Market, Sunday 1 p.m., FREE.