Weekend Planner: February 20–21, 2010
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Weekend Planner: February 20–21, 2010

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].

20100220urbanplanner.jpgImage from Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp. Courtesy of Totsapalooza.

FAMILY: A space shuttle bursting with indie rock, children’s literature, crafts, dance, and organic space snacks is leaving orbit, descending through the atmosphere, and landing at Revival this weekend for the second annual Totsapalooza: The Space Age Rodeo Edition. The lead book at this year’s festival is Katie Van Camp’s Harry and Horsie, a retro-comic art illustrated tale of two young space adventurers. Armed with DIY spirit and the motto “indie never grows up and moves away,” the event will be hosted by the Tot Squad: Vicki Bell of The Little Paper, Chris Reed of Small Print, and Don Kerr of Rooster Studio. Musical entertainment will be provided by Don Kerr and The Jet Pack Orchestra, Bellwoods Trinity, I Eat Kids, and Sho, Mo, and The Monkey Bunch. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Children’s Storefront. Revival (783 College Street); Sunday 2–5 p.m.; Adults $10, children $8, non-walkers FREE. Tickets available at TYPE Books, Soundscapes, and online.
GARDENING: With thoughts of spring in full bloom, plant lovers will enjoy the fifteenth annual open house at the Toronto Botanical Garden in partnership with the Ontario Horticultural Association. “Get The Jump on Spring” will feature more than forty horticultural societies, garden clubs, and environmental organizations from across Ontario, along with members of the Master Gardeners, demonstrations, hourly draws for garden-themed prizes, a marketplace, and a floral design competition. Volunteers will also be selling spring flowers during the open house to raise funds for Sunnybrook Hospital. Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Avenue East), Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
OLYMPICS: Nathan Phillips Square will be resplendent with patriotism and Olympic spirit during CTV’s Olympic Celebration, happening in five cities across Canada. Visitors can watch live coverage of the 2010 Winter Games on the big screen, visit Olympic-themed winter gaming zones with curling and an ice hockey shoot-out, enjoy an aerial show, check out MuchMusic’s celebration theatre, or relax at the beer and wine garden. Musical entertainment will be provided by Justin Hines, Fefe Dobson, and Barenaked Ladies. Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), Saturday 1–6 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: The winter blues will be nowhere in sight as thousands of visitors enjoy the fifth annual Bloor-Yorkville Ice Fest. The streets will be lined with ice carvings of beavers, geese in flight, polar bears, and an Inukshuk—all reflecting this year’s theme of Canadiana. Carvers will demonstrate the use of chainsaws, grinders, and chisels in transforming blocks of ice into works of art and showcase their craft as part of the tenth annual Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition. For a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, you can have your photo taken with a fifteen-foot ice sculpture of huskies hauling a sled. Local shops and restaurants, such as Holt Renfrew, Clarins Skin Spa, Jack Astor’s, and Whole Foods, will also donate a portion of their sales to the Heart and Stroke Foundation during the festival. Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland Street between Bellair Street and Old York Lane), Saturday and Sunday 12–5 p.m., FREE.
CLOTHING: If you’re hunting for a bargain, or seeking an eco-conscious way to revamp your wardrobe or some incentive to clean out your closet, the OMG Swap is for you. Participants should come prepared to swap ‘til they drop with clean, gently used items of clothing, and Mercer Union will provide the drinks, snacks, and mirrors. A seamstress from The Make Den will be on hand to make alterations at reduced rates just in case you find that almost perfect piece. When the swapping is done, all unclaimed clothing items will be donated to Sistering and the Diabetes Association. Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West), Sunday 12–6 p.m., $5 (suggested donation) and clothing to swap.
GARDENING: So what if the temperature is hovering just above zero, there’s more snow coming, and planting season is still more than three months away? It’s time to think spring! For more than twenty years, Seedy Saturday events have been taking place in cities across Canada. Our local event, Seedy Saturday on a Sunday, is being presented by the Toronto Community Garden Network (TCGN), an organization dedicated to promoting organic and community gardening in the city. The event will feature an eco-fair, organic and heirloom seeds for sale and trade, gardening workshops, food vendors, and children’s activities. This year’s event will also feature members of the North American Native Plant Society (NANPS), who will be offering information about the role of native flowers in vegetable gardening. Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), Sunday 12:30–6 p.m., $2 or PWYC.