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The Beauties beautify the Horseshoe Tavern this Saturday. Photo courtesy of Six Shooter Records.
This weekend, crawl for some art along Queen West, the Lab Cab Festival takes over the Factory Theatre, ArtStars* leads a PR workshop for artists, The Beauties hit the Horseshoe, the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival pedal-pushes across town, and a Georges Méliès retrospective (with live music!) screens under the stars.
ART: One of Queen West’s core events, the Queen West Art Crawl, returns this weekend for its eighth year. The festival starts Friday and runs until Sunday, and includes an outdoor art show and sale, a kids zone, walking tours, and performances. On Saturday night, the Parkdale Prom will take place in the parking lot at 1325 Queen Street West, with public space hijackers Newmindspace designing four classic prom themes, and awarding prizes for Prom King and Queen. Saturday night will also include the Parkdale Nightcrawl, taking guests on a whirlwind tour of art, fashion, and music in the neighbourhood. Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue; Saturday 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; FREE.
THEATRE: In 2006, actor and director Aviva Armour-Ostroff developed the Lab Cab Festival, an annual two-day event in which artists fill every inch of the Factory Theatre with performance pieces (both complete and in progress), using everything from the washrooms to stairwells to courtyards. The Factory, which was formed in 1970 as a forum for experimental theatre, will be jam-packed with performance, music, poetry, comedy, visual arts, and stuff for kids all weekend. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), Saturday and Sunday 12–6 p.m., FREE.
WORKSHOP: So many starving artists go their entire lives without being appreciated, only to find rabid fanbases and have their works sold for millions after they die. But all you brilliant Toronto visionaries won’t succumb to that fate. ArtStars* mastermind Nadja Sayej will be holding a workshop this weekend for artists on how to cope with the PR machine. Sayej, a prolific freelancer and web-TV maven, will enlighten artists on how to use social media to promote their brands, put together a press kit, get noticed by critics, get press attention, and more. University of Toronto Art Centre (15 King’s College Circle), Saturday 2–4 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: Since their debut album dropped in June, The Beauties have officially gone legit. The quintet, who for four years drew hundreds of fans to the Dakota Tavern every Sunday, are moving to more prestigious venues. Tonight, the roots rockers play the second of two shows at the Horseshoe. Also playing are Simone Felice, the erstwhile drummer of The Felice Brothers, and the Dave Bidini Band, led by eponymous Rheostatics founder, nine-time author, and general Renaissance-man-about-town Dave Bidini. The Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), Saturday 10 p.m., $12/advance.
MUSIC / CYCLING: Why not indulge in one more kooky hipster cycling event before winter hits? The Toronto Bicycle Music Festival is just the ticket. The mobile, pedal-powered party will begin in the pit of Trinity Bellwoods Park with a show from Tomboyfriend. The caravan will then mosey over to Dovercourt Park, where Griffin, kit wilson-yang, and Richard Laviolette will perform. The fest will wind up at Dufferin Grove Park, with performances by Evalyn Parry and The Strumbellas. Trinity Bellwoods Park (Crawford Street, between Dundas and Queen streets west), Dovercourt Park (Bloor Street West between Dufferin and Ossington avenues), and Dufferin Grove Park (Dufferin Avenue at Sylvan Avenue); Sunday 2 p.m.; FREE.
FILM: French filmmaker Georges Méliès, one of the fathers of cinema, made over five hundred films between 1896 and 1914, including A Trip to the Moon, a prototype for the science fiction film genre. On Sunday, Bellwoods Bike-In moves to Parkdale for a Méliès retrospective, including screenings of A Trip to the Moon, The Enchanted Well, Fairyland: The Kingdom of Fairies, and more. A number of musicians armed with turntables, accordions, and singing saws will provide live musical accompaniment to the films. 64 Cowan Avenue in the backyard, Sunday 8:30 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.), PWYC.
FILM: TIFF’s in town! Torontoist’s complete coverage of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is all right here.