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CELEBRATION: St. Lawrence Market has been a culinary hub of our city since even before we were a city (talk about putting the cart before the horse). This year, while the City of Toronto is celebrating its 175th anniversary, St. Lawrence Market is celebrating 205 years of food and freshness. It won’t be your usual Saturday at the market with live music, buskers, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, and guided tours of the building. In honour of the city’s birthday, many farmers, merchants, and artisans will be featuring products for the special prices of $1.75 and $11.75. St. Lawrence Market (93 Front Street East), Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: Harbourfront Centre will come alive this weekend with the Day of the Dead Festival, a Mexican tradition that celebrates the lives of the departed with music, dance, food, and ofrendas (offerings). The event will feature traditional and modern Latin music by Mariachi Fuego, Café con Pan, and La Alianza, as well as entertainment by the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company. This family-friendly event will also feature storytelling and crafts for the “little niños,” demonstrations on how to make sugar skulls, orange-glazed pan de muerto (bread of the dead), and Mexican mole (“mo-lay”), and a marketplace with vendors selling figurines, crafts, jewellery, and baked goods. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday and Sunday 12–6 p.m., FREE.
CULTURE: The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) is hosting the ninth annual “The Road to Asia” festival. This two-day celebration of arts and entertainment will highlight the richness and diversity of Asian culture, with representation from countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, and Japan. The festival is expected to draw more than three thousand visitors who will enjoy musical performances, community and cultural displays, and a multicultural marketplace. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court); Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, FREE for children.
ART: The Power Plant Gallery, nestled near the lake at Harbourfront Centre, is offering a four-week workshop focusing on Toronto’s contemporary arts community. With the guidance of the gallery’s curatorial team, participants will gain a behind-the-scenes perspective of art production and exhibition, from artists’ studios to private art collections. The program will also include guided tours of local museums and galleries. Whether you’re new to town, or just want to get more involved in the arts scene, the course will offer artists, collectors, and art-lovers networking and learning opportunities. Power Plant Gallery (231 Queens Quay West); Saturdays 2–5 p.m.; $180 for members, $200 for non-members.
MUSIC: The Toronto Public Library is dusting off its stuffy image by turning Dewey decimals into decibels. As part of the Make Some Noise series that kicked off on Thursday, the library is featuring a series of live performances by local musicians. Bruce Peninsula and Timber Timbre, both nominees for this year’s Polaris Prize, will be hitting the stage (stacks, actually) for Saturday’s all-ages show. North York Central Library (5120 Yonge Street), Saturday 8–11 p.m., FREE.
ART: In the spirit of “photography by anyone, for everyone,” galleryDK is hosting the second annual PhotoLab exhibition, “PhotoLab2.” The show, which runs through December 13, is a collection of photos submitted by dilettante and professional photographers alike, as well as lens-based artists. As part of this equalizing exhibition, there will be no identifying labels on the pieces and photographer’s names will be withheld—there’s no way to know if the photograph is by an established artist or Joe Shmoe—leaving buyers to rely only on their own sense of style. Submissions, which were accepted until the end of October, could be of any style: landscapes, portraits, urban scenes, black and white, or colour. All pieces are now available for sale at the recession-friendly price of $125. galleryDK (1332 Queen Street West), opening reception Saturday 7–10 p.m., FREE.
BURLESQUE: Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that had been away…the boys are back in town! BoylesqueTO, Canada’s only all-male burlesque troupe, presents Boys Under The Big Top: A Circus Extravaganza. This breast-free burlesque show will include the whole package: scantily clad boys, aerialists, fire performers, and other saucy circus acts. Revival (783 College Street), Sunday 8 p.m., $20 in advance ($25 at the door).