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Paint Your Faith in progress. Artwork by Chor Boogie, Siloette, Elicser, and Mediah, courtesy of Flex PR.
ART: The Metropolitan United Church donated a thirty-by-sixty-foot exterior wall of its own building to a handful of international graffiti artists (Chor Boogie, Siloette, Elicser, and Mediah) so that they may paint a collaborative interpretation of faith. The United Church of Canada’s website, WonderCafe.ca, hosts the wall’s “Paint Your Faith” unveiling today. Various faith and art activities accompany the reveal, including fresh blank canvases for the inspired. Oh, and there’s music, refreshments, and a barbecue, too. Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen Street East), Saturday, 12–4:30 p.m., FREE.
PERFORMANCE: Imagine a cable-access painting show where the teacher is a performance artist who runs on a treadmill throughout the entire demonstration, and the subject matter, rather than a mountain landscape, is a unicorn stabbing the artist through the gut—or a portrait of Super Mario and Luigi. And the artist is talking on his cellphone half the time. Or cutting his hair. Seriously—you have to see it for yourself. Let’s Paint TV host John Kilduff brings his brilliance to the sidewalk in front of the Drake Hotel as part of his world-wide “Embrace Failure” tour. Drake Hotel sidewalk (1150 Queen Street West), Saturday, 4–5 p.m., FREE.
ART: A Canadian aside to the ICC’s upcoming “Vanity Fair Portraits” touring exhibit is open to the public as of this weekend. The parallel exhibit, “Canadian Content: Portraits by Nigel Dickson,” aims a different lens at iconic Canadians. By the time the big show opens next weekend, no one will notice these beautiful shots. Royal Ontario Museum, Institute for Contemporary Culture (100 Queen’s Park), Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., $22 (museum admittance).
WATER: The Humber River celebrates the tenth anniversary of its designation as a Canadian Heritage River (the only one in the Greater Toronto Area). Celebrations begin with a bike ride tour of the old French fort locations (early!), arriving at a festival of fake archaeological digs and real snakes, Shakespearean drama and Native prayer, plaque unveiling and voyageurs. Etienne Brûlé Park, Saturday 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., FREE.
FAMILY: The Parkdale Youth Festival partners up with this weekend’s concurrent Queen West Art Crawl and Manifesto to complete a Toronto weekend festival triumvirate. The Parkdale Youth Festival aims to raise awareness about youth services active in the Parkdale area. Organizers compete for your attention by filling two different stages full of performance and music, not to mention providing two all-day kids activity stations, and ongoing workshops on everything from yoga to flower-making. Parkdale Town Square (Queen Street and Cowan Avenue), raincover at Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue), Saturday 12–10 p.m., FREE.
WRAP: The Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this weekend, and TIFF is throwing one last free day (and night) of partying in Yonge-Dundas Square. Chuck D. hosts the final festivities, where Eclectic Method present a video mash-up of the films from Essential 100. Yonge-Dundas Square, Saturday, 12 p.m. (film), 9 p.m. (party), FREE.
FILM: Camera begins a season-long series of free Saturday afternoon film screenings curated around the theme of obsession. The series starts with a screening of All About Eve, Joseph Mankiewicz’s brilliant salute to Bette Davis and the understudy starlet who undoes her. A must-see for budding scriptwriters. Camera (1028 Queen Street West), Saturday, 3 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Music Gallery hosts a collaborative afternoon of Afro-funk improvisation with the Woodchoppers Association and a very special guest, Mali vocalist Jah Youssouf. Together they sway to the influences of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and Ali Farke Touré, and infuse their sounds with alternative jazz/rock. This is the last stop on their Canadian tour and the only Toronto date. The Music Gallery (197 John Street), Saturday, 8 p.m., $15.
Toronto Bike Messenger Association’s fundraiser for Darcy Allan Sheppard, which is in fact not taking place until next Saturday, September 26.This weekend’s Planner mistakenly included the