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Photo from 2008’s pillow fight at Nathan Philips Square by Miles Storey/Torontoist.
YARD SALE: Roncesvalles has had it pretty rough in recent months. The seemingly unending construction—not to mention interrupted bus service—has put a damper on business and community morale. Hopefully, the third annual Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale will provide the village with a much-needed boost. Residents will sell their wares from the comforts of their own garages and yards, and RAYS has asked vendors to donate ten percent of their profits to the West-End Food Co-op. Between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West, Lansdowne Avenue and Parkside Drive; Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m., FREE.
KIDS: Joyce Kilmer would be proud. On Saturday, Leslieville will host its annual tree festival, an event that celebrates community, public space, and forest appreciation. The sixth annual festival will offer crafts and activities for kids; a native plant sale; environmental education displays; green goods, arts, and crafts; tree dancers; and performances by Robert Priest, Sam Cash, Chris McKhool, and more. Leslie Grove Park (Queen Street East and Jones Avenue), Saturday 12–4 p.m., FREE.
PILLOW FIGHT: Oh, Newmindspace. They’re so darn cute. This weekend, the fun collective will host another installment of its popular pillow fights. But behind the whimsy is a note of sadness—the event will take place at Yonge–Eglinton Square, the midtown hub that will soon be built on top of. Come bid adieu to the square armed with pajamas, good sportsmanship, and soft, feather-free pillows, which will be donated to needy individuals after the fight is over. Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, Saturday 3 p.m., FREE.
CYCLING/ART/FUNDRAISER: It’s no secret that Torontoist has Banksy fever. The mysterious British street artist, whose pieces started popping up in Toronto earlier this week, has captured our attention—and that of the taggers and proprietors who have vandalized, covered up, or carted away most of his/her works. This Sunday, three of our favourite things—Banksy, bikes, and breakfast—come together at the Bells on Bloor Pancake Breakfast. The fundraiser for the annual cycling parade will take place in a lovely backyard, followed by a cycling tour of the remaining Banksys, and even some of those that have been removed. 42 Howland Avenue; Sunday breakfast at 10 a.m., tour at 12 p.m.; $20, $10/kids.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Playboy and National Geographic have one thing in common—no one reads them for the articles. The latter is famous for its stunning photographs, which capture some of the world’s most extraordinary locations. On Sunday, as part of the CONTACT Photography Festival, an expert panel moderated by local curator Stephen Bulger and including the magazine’s director of photography, David Griffin, will discuss the historical and artistic significance of a selection of images from National Geographic‘s archives. The exhibit will be on display until June 5. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park); Sunday 1:30 p.m.; $20/regular, $18/members.
COMEDY: This weekend, Alan Frew, the Juno-winning vocalist for bitchin’ ’80s band Glass Tiger, hosts Sunday Night Live with The Sketchersons, one of the nation’s top comedy troupes. The weekly event is modeled after Saturday Night Live and includes new sketches, uproarious characters, and guest hosts. Meanwhile, if you’re worried that Frew is a one-trick pony, don’t fear: he’s also an actor, author, artist, registered nurse, and as a bonus, he co-wrote everyone’s favourite Olympic theme song. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Sunday 9 p.m., $8.