Weekend Planner: December 5–6, 2009
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Weekend Planner: December 5–6, 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].

20091205urbanplanner.jpg Photo of Jordynn Mackenzie and Shannon McCarthy of Comfortably Lovely. Courtesy of Winter Fling…a Craft Thing.

CRAFT: Support the DIY arts community and shop in a cozy atmosphere with live DJs and plenty of holiday spirit this weekend. More than twenty local crafters are coming together for Winter Fling…a Craft Thing, sponsored in part by Kid Icarus and BUST Magazine. The sale will showcase the talents of many artists, including Jordynn Mackenzie, Jessica Krecklo, Shannon Kehler, and Shannon McCarthy. Come early for your chance to scoop up a loot bag filled with treats and have first dibs on all of the unique and handmade jewellery, knitwear, paper goods, and other wares. St. Stephen’s-in-the-Fields (103 Bellevue Avenue), Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., $1 for adults (kids FREE).
CRAFT: The Stone Soup Collective is adding some music and booze to the cauldron with its first annual punk rock indie craft show, Craftzilla ’09. A bunch of local artists, including Ghoul Friday, Asphyxia Designs, Hera and Scroonch, and Darkly Designed will be selling their creations. Zombie Santa will be in the house, so bring your smile (or scowl) so you can hop up on his lap for a photo. In lieu of an admission fee, the organizers are collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the food bank. The Kathedral (651 Queen Street West), Saturday 1–6 p.m., FREE.
FILM: After twenty-eight years of business, it’s the end of the reel for the Carlton Cinema. Due to declining business, Cineplex Odeon has opted not to renew the theatre’s lease. Although the theatre doesn’t boast state-of-the-art facilities, it will be remembered as a charming venue that was well-known for its programming, which included many homegrown, foreign, and independent films. On its last day of business this Sunday, which Torontoist will be covering, the Carlton is screening nine films including Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, Prom Night in Mississippi, Inside Hana’s Suitcase, Cairo Time, and Good Hair. Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton Street), Sunday 1 p.m., General admission $7.99–$10.50.
SKATING: Hey Stojko! Yo Yamaguchi! Sharpen those blades and slap on your skates for an evening of outdoor skating with Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Nights. Starting this weekend and running every Saturday through February 13 (excluding Boxing Day), the rink is open for an all-ages skate party featuring DJs spinning hip-hop, reggae and dub, disco, swing, and house music. The rink, which is open seven days a week, also hosts drop-in clinics, private and group lessons, and children’s programs. Natrel Rink, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday 8–11 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: The folks at Habitat for Humanity are trading in their bricks and mortar for gingerbread and royal icing this weekend at the seventh annual Gingerbread Build. Participants can register to build a house at the event, or kits are also available to purchase and decorate at home. The kits, provided by Marie’s Gingerbread Creations, include all-natural gingerbread with all of the fixin’s including candy and chocolate. In addition to this weekend’s build, the organization is also hosting a celebrity gingerbread house auction with entries from the likes of Audra Brown, Cake or Death, and Jamie Kennedy Kitchens on display in the hotel lobby. Proceeds from the event will go towards Habitat for Humanity initiatives, which include building simple, decent, and affordable homes for families in need. Delta Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard Street West), Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., $50.
VIGIL: Marking the twentieth anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, a candlelight vigil is being held in recognition of the National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence Against Women. Hosted by Women Won’t Forget, the event will include a Native healing ceremony, speakers, and musical and spoken word performances to honour the fourteen women who were killed in Montreal, as well as the women who have been killed since then because of male violence. Everyone is welcome, and attendees are asked to bring a candle and a rose. Following the vigil at 7:30 p.m., Hart House is hosting a screening of Finding Dawn, a film documenting the five hundred Native women who have been murdered or gone missing in Canada over the past thirty years. Philosopher’s Walk, University of Toronto (80 Queens Park), Sunday 6 p.m., FREE.