Holiday Planner: May 22–24, 2010
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Holiday Planner: May 22–24, 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].

20100522urbanplanner.jpg FOO the clown will perform as part of the HarbourKIDS Festival this weekend. Photo courtesy of Harbourfront Centre.

SALE: The Toronto Women’s Bookstore, the Annex neighbourhood’s beloved non-profit bookstore dedicated to promoting anti-oppression and feminist politics, is holding a store-wide sale to celebrate the shop’s new ownership. TWB has had a tumultuous few months due to tough economic times and was slated to close at the end of May. With the help of various fundraising initiatives and donations, the shop stayed afloat while in search of a new buyer. At 3:30 p.m., an announcement will be made revealing the guest of honour—TWB’s new owner. Shoppers will be treated to ten percent off regular stock, snacks, and live entertainment by Anna Camilleri and Truth Is. Toronto Women’s Bookstore (73 Harbord Street), Saturday 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
KIDS: With just twenty-some-odd school days left until summer holidays—but who’s counting?—the kids are getting stir crazy. Let them get outside and have some fun this weekend at the HarbourKIDS Festival. Kids can join the clown club, participate in a juggling workshop, check out Fireguy‘s skateboard show, try aerial and acrobatic equipment, enjoy song and dance with Splash ‘N Boots, or plant a magic bean with Garden Jane. The festival will also feature the Toronto International Circus Festival and the Zero Gravity Circus troupe. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West); Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; FREE.
ART: The Artisans at the Distillery are ushering in another long weekend with their triannual outdoor craft show, nestled in amongst the beautiful historic buildings that house shops, restaurants, and cafes. Canadian artisans will display and sell handmade items such as jewellery, Irish wooden flutes, custom furniture, photography, fine art, gourmet jams and preserves, and pottery. The Distillery District (55 Mill Street); Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; FREE.
FOOD: Canadians will show their true poutine love this weekend with mass consumption of the quintessential French-Canadian artery-clogging comfort food. The World Poutine Eating Championship, hosted by Smoke’s Poutinerie, is offering bragging rights and cash prizes to participants—local amateurs and Major League Eating‘s professional eaters—who can polish off the most pounds of poutine. Spectators can also have their chance at winning prizes for taking a guess at how much will be consumed. BMO Field (170 Princes’ Boulevard), Saturday 12 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Inside Out Festival, which opened on Thursday and runs through May 30, is celebrating “twenty years of queers” with more than 250 films showcasing Canadian and international LGBT cinema. One of our picks is Bear Nation, a documentary exploring the gay community’s subculture of “bears”—big, hairy, husky guys. The film was produced by Kevin Smith and directed by Toronto-based filmmaker Malcolm Ingram, with an Arts & Crafts–infused soundtrack and scenes from Toronto’s gaybourhood. Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West), Saturday 9:45 p.m., $7.75–11.75. Advance tickets available online.
FILM: Remember when you tried video dating in 1987? Or that road trip you took down to D.C. in ’85 for that heavy metal festival? Bet you never thought your discarded or abandoned videos would hit the big screen. They just might if Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have been around your neighbourhood scouring garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses, and dumpsters. Since 2004, the pair have sought out funny and bizarre videos to add to their growing collection as part of the Found Footage Festival, which we previewed earlier in the week. Toronto is the second stop on a spring tour that will take the festival to seventeen North American cities, with hosts Pickett and Prueher in attendance to offer their observations and commentary about the videos. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), Sunday 7 p.m., $15. Advance tickets available online.
VICTORIA DAY: In case you forgot, you get an extra day off this weekend in celebration of the late Queen Victoria’s 191st birthday. To pay homage to sweet ol’ Vicky, the Fairmont Royal York and Victoria Spirits are hosting the first annual Queen Victoria Look-A-Like Contest. The competition, which will be hosted by chef Bob Blumer and special guest Miss Conception, will see a panel of celebrity judges award the crown based on the domains of poise, royal skill, and knowledge. Fairmont Royal York (100 Front Street West), Monday 12–4 p.m., FREE. RSVP by emailing [email protected].
FIREWORKS: For anyone who wants to see a spectacular May Two-Four fireworks display, we recommend you head to Ontario Place (Sunday 9:30 p.m.), Canada’s Wonderland (Sunday 10 p.m.), or Ashbridges Bay at the Beach (Monday 9:30 p.m.).