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Photographs on display for the 2007 CONTACT photography festival in the Allan Lambert Galleria, BCE Place, Toronto. Photo by blainekendall.com from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
This weekend in Toronto: shop at an outdoor market at the Drake, help Type Books celebrate their fifth birthday, watch Michael Kaeshammer and Sam Bradley perform, check out the first day of the month-long Scotiabank CONTACT photography festival, get some fresh air and learn on a ROMwalk, and build some upper-body strength while raising money for Don River regeneration projects.
SALE: Time to freshen up those bartering and buying skills because the Drake’s one-day-only Spring Market is here. The sale will feature every item you can think of: antiques, jewellery, cards, flowers, plants, art, furniture, and more. Get to the outdoor sale early if you want first dibs on the best items. Corner of Queen Street West and Beaconsfield Avenue, Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE (except for your purchases).
LITERATURE: When you picture a typical fifth birthday you probably think of things like cotton candy, loot bags, and bouncy castles, but Type Books‘ birthday party has something a little different. In celebration of half a decade of book-selling, the community bookstore will host a full-day public reading event at its Queen Street store that will feature “pop-up” readings from 18 local authors, including Gil Adamson, Andrew Pyper, and Robert Rotenberg. The party will include tea and cakes from local independent stores Tealish and White Squirrel Coffee. Type Books (883 Queen Street West), Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Juno-nominated artist Michael Kaeshammer, whose seventh studio album, KAESHAMMER, was released on April 5, will be in Toronto performing at Massey Hall on Saturday night. Kaeshammer specializes in boogie-woogie—a style of piano blues popularized in the 1930s—and has received strong praise for his latest album’s catchy tunes and lyrics. Tickets are available online. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street), Saturday 8 p.m., $39.50–$59.50.
MUSIC: Canadian-born/U.K.-based songwriter Sam Bradley is performing at the Drake on Saturday night. His second EP, Zuni, was released last fall and his newest single, “Woman You Crazy,” was released last week. The album mixes rock, folk, soul, and blues to create tracks that appeal to a wide audience. Twilight addicts might recognize Bradley’s name from the first film’s soundtrack, which featured his song “Too Far Gone,” co-written by Robert Pattinson. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $12–$15.
FESTIVAL: The month-long Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival officially starts this Sunday. This year’s festival has the theme “figure and ground” and it will investigate “how photographic images alter perception, inform knowledge, and uncover meaning.” More than a thousand artists exhibiting their works this year at 200 venues, including six primary exhibitions, public installations throughout the city, featured exhibitions at 37 locations, and open exhibitions, which are responses by artists to an open call to participate in the festival. There is also a full roster of workshops, events, and portfolio reviews to keep every photographer or photography lover happy. Check the calendar for a full list of shows and events, including numerous openings on Sunday. Multiple locations, Sunday (through to May 31), FREE.
EVENT: The weather is finally starting to warm up a little, and what better way to get in shape for those summer cut-off denim short shorts than a walk around the city, while you learn something at the same time? The ROMwalks 2011 series starts on Sunday with a walking tour along the Danforth featuring stops at the Prince Edward Viaduct, Danforth Music Hall, Carrot Common, and Riverdale Park. The 2011 series includes 10 different walks between May and September, including two in French, and two ROMwalksPLUS, for which spots must be reserved in advance. Corner of Danforth Avenue and Cambridge Avenue, Sunday 2 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority hosts its annual Paddle the Don fundraiser, sponsored by Manulife, on Sunday. Individuals and corporate teams will paddle the Don River from Ernest Thompson Seton Park to the mouth of the Keating Channel. The event itself is free, but donations to fund regeneration projects are encouraged. Starts at Ernest Thompson Seton Park (near Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road), Sunday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., FREE.
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