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Small Print Toronto pays tribute to Matilda—and Roald Dahl’s many other beloved creations—at the Toronto Roald Dahl Festival. Image by Quentin Blake, courtesy of Small Print Toronto.
This weekend’s features: Queen West has a sidewalk sale, Bell Lightbox throws a block party, Fort York holds a parade, film posters get their due, and Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss get their own respective tributes.
WORDS: The wacky world of Willy Wonka and the BFG descends on Toronto this weekend for the Roald Dahl Festival, put on by the good people at Small Print Toronto. The wide selection of family-friendly events range from writing and art workshops to dance parties, as well as the book launch of The Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl by the Roald Dahl Foundation’s Artistic Director Donald Sturrock. Be sure to catch a screening of Wes Anderson’s stop motion masterpiece The Fantastic Mr. Fox, or if you’re more adventurous, a buffet of dishes inspired by Dahl’s Revolting Recipes. Theatre Direct’s Wychwood Theatre & Christie Studio (601 Christie Street), Saturday and Sunday at various times, $5–$10 per event, $21 for a Workshop All Access Pass.
SHOP: The Queen Street Business Improvement Area will be holding their first annual sidewalk sale on Saturday, with businesses between the Osgoode Subway Station and Bathurst Street flooding out onto their doorsteps to present the best the neighbourhood has to offer. The so-called Fashion District has plenty of couture hotspots to peruse, but the strip’s wide selection of bars and eateries will be offering up choice culinary features as well. With TIFF moving itself into the neighbourhood via the new Bell Lightbox headquarters, expect Queen West to be putting its best side forward for the bustling festival traffic. Queen Street West from Bathurst Street to Osgoode Subway Station, Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: It’s been a long road for the Toronto International Film Festival since they broke ground on the ambitious project of their shiny new headquarters in 2007, but this Sunday will see the nick-of-time unveiling of the brand new Bell Lightbox with a rip roarin’ block party! Hosted by local comic superstars The National Theatre of the World, the shindig promises family activities, catering by local restaurants, and celebrity lookalike concerts, in addition to musical guests ranging from The Sadies to Fefe Dobson. The official ribbon cutting is scheduled for noon, after which point the public will be invited inside to peruse the festival’s cutting edge new home, as well as the various galleries and film installations within. For more TIFF, Torontoist’s complete coverage is all right here. King Street West from Peter Street to John Street, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
PARADE: Already exhausted by all the glitz and glamour of the film festival? Looking for something more classical, perhaps historically relevant? Trade in red carpets for muskets at the Brandywine Parade, commemorating the Battles of Brandywine and Queenston Heights in 1777 and 1812, respectively. The event will feature marching, military displays, and period shows by the Queen’s York Rangers, the Regimental Pipes, the Flute and Drum Corps, the Old Guard, and two Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. Fort York (100 Garrison Road), Saturday 4 p.m.–6:15 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Not to be outdone by the Dahl Festival, the girls from Skin Tight Outta Sight will be paying tribute to their own paragon of children’s literature in the newest installation of their Naked Girls Reading Series. The Cat in the Hat gets the burlesque treatment at their tribute to Dr. Seuss, with everyone’s favourite rhymes delivered in the buff! Green eggs and ham, in the nude? Check it out, it’s hardly lewd! The Painted Lady (218 Ossington Avenue), Sunday 7 p.m., $15 ($25 for a couple).
ART: Ensuring that you can’t throw a handful of popcorn without hitting something cinema related during festival time, the Post No Bills series returns with the newest installation of their gallery tributes to poster art, this time—you guessed it—with a celebration of film posters. Featuring works by twenty emerging artists, the showing likely won’t boast the same politically charged surrealism of their Polish peers, but hey—there’s popcorn appetizers and music from your favourite soundtracks. Leslie Jones (1182 Queen Street East), Sunday 7 p.m., FREE.