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The X AVANT music festival kicks off this weekend with an audio-visual performance from Detroit techno king Jeff Mills. Image by Jason Pare and courtesy of the Music Gallery.
The weekend has arrived! Don’t miss the Drake’s fall market, a vintage sale in Leslieville, a celebration of independent bookstores, and the Yes In My Backyard Festival. On the music front, Dr. Dog, Blonde Redhead, and Olenka & the Autumn Lovers hit town, while the X AVANT Festival explores the depths of reality.
MARKET: Pull on your autumn sweater this weekend and head on down to the Drake Fall Market, the hotel’s biannual street-shopping event. If you’re not in the fall spirit yet, surely the goodies from Saurauren Canning and handmade scarves and mittens from the Knit Café will help remedy your curmudgeonliness. Meanwhile, baked goods from the Drake café, vintage items from the General Store, and free Drake memorabilia from FREECycle will be yours for the taking. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
SALE: Any vintage connoisseur in this city must be familiar with Gadabout and Eclectisaurus. The former, a Leslieville landmark, is packed with high-fashion garments and costume jewelry, along with old board games, toys, cameras, and books, while the latter, located in Cabbagetown, specializes in everything from antique furnishings to ceramics and barware. This weekend, the stores pool their considerable resources for a super sale of vintage from the 1880s to the 1970s, offering clothes, jewelry, curios, and textiles. Best of all, the sale will take place in Maple Cottage, the quaint historical home whose front-yard maple tree is said to have inspired Alexander Muir‘s “The Maple Leaf Forever” in 1867. Maple Cottage (62 Laing Street), Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Independent bookstores are the life’s blood of any city’s literary scene, hosting readings and stocking works from little-known authors and small presses. Independents Matter is a nationwide celebration of independent booksellers, and Roncesvalles’ Another Story Bookshop will be participating. The day-long event will feature appearances by David Miller, reading from Witness to a City at 10:30 a.m.; Jody Nyasha Warner, reading from her historical picture book, Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged, at 11:30 a.m.; Cordelia Strube, reading from Lemon (shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and longlisted for the Giller Prize) at 1:30 p.m.; and Michael Winter, reading from his new novel, The Death of Donna Whalen, at 3 p.m. Another Story Bookshop (315 Roncesvalles Avenue), Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: Founded in 2006, the Yes In My Backyard Festival was sprung from neighbourhood groups being unfairly pitted against policy makers and labelled as Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) activists when they expressed concerns over excessive developments in their communities. Now in its fourth year, YIMBY acts as a forum in which citizens, organizations, politicians, and other stakeholders can gather and exchange ideas about the future of their communities. Participants YIMBYing it up this year include Not Far From the Tree, Spacing magazine, the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, Jane’s Walk, CAMH, Public Displays of Affection, and many more. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Excellent music abounds this weekend! Philadelphia lo-fi quintet Dr. Dog, who sound like the Beach Boys on a rainy day, will be performing on Saturday in support of their latest album, Shame, Shame, along with Here We Go Magic. (Phoenix Concert Theatre [410 Sherbourne Street], Saturday doors 5:30 p.m., $19.50.) Meanwhile, Blonde Redhead, who recently announced that they will release multiple versions of their latest record, Penny Sparkle, will take over the Phoenix on Sunday night. (Phoenix Concert Theatre, Sunday 9 p.m., $24). Finally, fall into fall with the precious country-folk of Olenka & the Autumn Lovers, fronted by Polish singer-songwriter Olenka Krakus. (The Garrison [1197 Dundas Street West], Sunday 9 p.m., $5.)
MUSIC: The Music Gallery’s annual new-music festival, X AVANT, returns from Saturday until October 24 with the theme “What is Real?” Festival highlights include The 50 Minute Ring, a condensed production of Richard Wagner‘s gargantuan four-opera Ring cycle, as well as the world premiere of the Halo™ Ballet, a modern-dance production set in the Halo video game universe. This weekend’s events will kick off on Saturday with a live audio-visual performance by Detroit techno master Jeff Mills, along with DJs Jamie Kidd and Martin Fazekas. [Polish Combatants Hall (206 Beverley Street), Saturday 9 p.m., $15–$20.] On Sunday, French singer Donatienne Michel-Dansac performs one of the most daring feats of vocal endurance, Georges Aperghis‘s Complete Récitations. (Music Gallery [197 John Street], Sunday 8 p.m., $15–$25.) (All-access festival passes are available for $75 here.)