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].
UNDEAD: Just when we thought it was safe to walk the streets again, hordes of zombies rise from the dead for the 2009 Toronto Zombie Walk. Would-be corpses do the zombie shuffle from the pit of Trinity-Bellwoods park, east along Dundas, through Kensington Market, and up through the bowels of the Annex to Bloor and Bathurst streets. The Bloor Cinema hosts an accompanying “Cinema of the Dead” double bill (Zombie and Night of the Comet) following the brains-seeking mob’s arrival, while Sneaky Dee’s hosts the Official Toronto Zombie Walk After Party, starring The Rock Ons. Trinity-Bellwoods Park, Saturday 3 p.m., FREE; Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), Saturday 7 p.m., $16 (zombies) or $20 (living).
MUSIC: Jack Layton takes on a bold dare in answer to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s A Dare to Remember challenge, pledging to spend two hours busking on the Danforth to raise money for the foundation. Layton will be playing his guitar (and singing!), but has invited anyone who wants to pitch in to come and join him. Monetary busking donations go towards fighting AIDS in Africa. Corner of Danforth and Logan avenues, Saturday 3–5 p.m., FREE.
WALK: The Toronto Public Space Committee hosts the fifth annual Human River walk which follows the original (now buried) Garrison Creek stream bed from Christie Pits all the way down to Fort York. Participants are encouraged to dress in blue to mimic the watery spirit of the former river. A closing reception will be held at Fort York’s Blue Barracks for all streaming humans. Meet at the Pavilion at Christie Pits Park, Sunday 1 p.m., FREE.
PERFORMANCE: Clay and Paper Theatre invites Toronto residents to collectively face their fears by participating in the Night of Dread tenth anniversary parade. Join the troupe’s giant puppets, stilt walkers, and fire-dancers as they make their way through the darkening streets. The parade route returns to Dufferin Grove park for further “dreadful” activities. Extra costumes and puppets are available for those who arrive early to the parade assembly. Dress code is black and white. Dufferin Grove Park; Saturday 4 p.m. (assembly), 6 p.m. (parade); pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested).
PHOTOGRAPHY: We’ve got a double-pronged photojournalism event for those who have an interest in witnessing the experiences of Northern Africa. Photojournalist Dominic Nahr has his first solo show “Fragile Borders” at O’Born Contemporary (on until November 28, see the gallery site for visiting hours), focusing on his work from the Dadaab refugee camp—the world’s largest with more than 250,000 inhabitants—on the Kenya/Somalia border. Nahr is in Toronto for a brief visit, and will be speaking at the other end of town for a casual talk about his experiences working in North Africa. O’Born Contemporary (710 Yonge Street, second floor), Saturday 1–5 p.m., FREE; Double Deuce Saloon (1168 Queen Street West), Sunday 8 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: The time has come for the last Pedestrian Sunday: the annual Honouring Our Ancestors festival. We are invited to take to the car-free streets to meet the spirits of our wiser predecessors, warm our hearts with soup for the soul, and prepare for the long winter ahead. There will be a parade, a costume contest, and much, much more. Kensington Market, Sunday 1–7 p.m., FREE.
FASHION: Northbound Leather presents “Tribe,” the Yonge Street fetish store’s thirteenth annual fetish party—claiming to be the world’s largest—and fashion show. The fashion performance circles around the theme of “rite of passage,” exhibiting the latest fetish-wear through the ritual experiences (from flogging to fire play) of one young man as he achieves full-member “tribal” status. The party also features three fetish-themed environments, a dungeon with more than thirty stations, and music from monthly Fetish Night‘s DJ Jimi Lamort. Fetish-attire dress code is strictly enforced. The Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), Saturday 9 p.m., $55 ($45 in advance).