Holiday Planner: July 31–August 2, 2010
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Holiday Planner: July 31–August 2, 2010

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Two women in Caribana’s 2009 parade. Photo by xbeta from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

This holiday long weekend in Toronto: Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul Festival brings the groove, Caribana takes to the streets, visit a vintage sale, Twilight comes to town, talking about Toronto’s food, Newmindspace calls on you to use the force, and see some “live” comedy television.

FESTIVAL: The Harbourfront Centre’s World Routes series continues this weekend, getting into the swing of Caribana with Island Soul 2010. The festival’s schedule offers a full cross-section of Caribbean culture for all ages, including music, dance, comedy, film, and workshops aplenty. Some highlights include a concert by reggae superstar Queen Ifrica and a selection of cinema from the islands at the CaribbeanTales Film Festival. For some real excitement—and a tasty snack—see local frymasters The Real Jerk and Caribbean Roti Palace square off in the Best Caribbean Dumplings in Toronto Cook-Off. Various locations in and around Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at various times, FREE.
PARADE: Caribana has been bringing the islands to Toronto in a flurry of bright feathers and calypso rhythms for a week now, building to the fervid crescendo of the main event: the parade! Notorious for growing exponentially with each year, this year’s procession is set to draw over one million spectators—no doubt meaning some fairly epic traffic congestion around downtown, so motorists be warned. Things will kick off with several Masquerade Bands competing for attention in Exhibition Place, before leading the charge down Lakeshore Boulevard to Parkside Drive. Exhibition Place (15 Saskatchewan Road), Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., $20–$25 for Exhibition Place kickoff party, but Lakeshore viewing is FREE.
STYLE: Looking to round out your wardrobe with some accents from bygone eras? Head on down to the 107 Shaw Gallery‘s monthly vintage clothing sale The Chosen Ones and rummage away. Vendors on the docket for July’s installation include Tomorrow Never Knows, Bobby McGee Vintage, and LAB Consignment. With each vendor bringing the best of their respective collections, you’re bound to find something to buy, be it for costume party or casual wear. 107 Shaw Gallery (107 Shaw Street), Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
FANDOM: Toronto’s twihard population has much to rejoice about this weekend, with the arrival of the touring Official Twilight Convention. The Westin Harbour Castle will play host to a concentrated horde of screaming fans dressed as vampires, werewolves, and emo adolescent girls (can you say verisimilitude?) in this comprehensive tribute to Stephanie Meyer’s franchise juggernaut. A handful of ancillary actors from the films—boasting credits like “werewolf Paul”—will be on hand to sign autographs (for twenty dollars a pop) and explain what it’s like to work with Edward and Bella. Sorry, kids, no RPatz this time around. The Westin Harbour Castle (1 Harbour Square), Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m., $25.
WORDS: A city the size of Toronto has a lot of mouths to feed, and the intricacies of filling that many bellies are often lost on your average citizen. The Foodprint Project was established to address these exact issues, opening discussion and debate on everything from urban agriculture to the ever-evolving street food issue. In their second event, panelists will explore zoning issues, maps and food, the evolution of food culture, and the dangers we may yet face. Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), Saturday 12:30–5 p.m., $5.
FUN: Almost three years ago, the architects of fun down at Newmindspace got it in their heads to use the then-newly-conceived event space in front of the Royal Ontario Museum to stage a lightsaber battle using only spray-painted cardboard tubes and blacklights. Now it’s time for those Jedi to return and take up new and improved arms, with colour-changing LED lightsabers available for five dollars a piece on the event site. Claim a weapon, choose your side, and wage war on behalf of whichever side of the Force holds dominion over your heart and mind. Open to Jedi and Sith of all ages. The space in front of the Royal Ontario Museum (Bloor Street West and Avenue Road), Saturday 9 p.m., FREE (lightsabers available for $5).
COMEDY: Insight Productions have teamed up with Comedy Bar in the search for Canada’s next original comedy program. Pilot Week has collected twenty-one contenders—culled from over 140 entries—to perform original, half-hour, written-for-television comedies live on stage over the span of the week. Monday night kicks things off with works from Ashley Botting, Lauren Ash, and Amish Patel. All showings are open to the public, so head on down for some real “live” television—which could be game show, sitcom, or any number of other rib-tickling formats. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Monday 8 p.m., FREE.