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Hardcore rockers Fucked Up don’t often do “silent,” but they’re scoring a classic silent film for the Images Festival’s closing gala nonetheless. Photo by lanny bolger from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
This weekend in Toronto: a bake sale in support of Japan, glee clubs hit Canada, a spotlight on a Queer Cinema icon, a silent film scored by Fucked Up, a long overdue art exhibit, and a veggie-centric foodie festival.
FOOD: Heena and Niya are a couple of local foodies with a big plan: throw a bake sale on a grand scale to support the earthquake relief effort in Japan. After a call to arms that brought in numerous supportive businesses and citizens, they have established Toronto Bakes for Japan, a weekend-long bake sale that will see all profits donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. How often can you have a good deed rewarded with a sugar rush? Special mention goes to Yoshi’s Sweets (2359 Queen Street East), whose head chef is donating his day’s wages on top of their entire day’s income. See website for participating locations and business hours.
GLEE: Calling all Gleeks! The Randolph Academy is embracing the recent renaissance of show choir—thanks to a certain slushie-slinging television show—by searching for the country’s top glee club. Show Choir Canada has brought together groups from across the country to present their jazziest jazz hands, and the best performers will be announced at the finals Saturday. Perhaps when the winning team brings home the trophy, that mean ol’ cheerleading coach will finally leave them alone. Queen Elizabeth Theatre (190 Princes’ Boulevard), Saturday 2 p.m., $29.50.
FILM: Independent film firebrand and New Queer Cinema poster boy Gregg Araki launches his latest film, Kaboom, this weekend at the Lightbox. The director will be promoting the launch—as well as TIFF’s retrospective on his works—by participating in a conversation with artistic director Noah Cowan. Hear all the gritty details of the auteur’s sensational oeuvre, then catch a screening of Kaboom immediately after. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), Saturday 7 p.m., $15–$18.50.
MUSIC: The Images Festival ends with a bang—and a fair amount of profanity—in a closing-night show that mixes artistic endeavours from very different ends of the spectrum. Polaris Prize–winning hardcore punk band Fucked Up provides a live original score for a screening of 1928 proto-revenge film West of Zanzibar, which finds a cuckolded magician seeking revenge on his nemesis in East Africa. If that’s not a unique way to spend your Saturday night, then we just give up. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), Saturday 8 p.m., $12 students, $15 regular.
ART: Quite some time ago we offered up some high praise for Yasmine Louis‘ city-commissioned Thirteen Neighbourhoods project, in which the artist carried out extensive research on a series of communities in need of revitalization, which inspired a series of prints. Since then, the T-shirts and pillows made from the prints became lost in the quagmire of logistical issues, but they are finally resurfacing as an exhibition that’s part of the C27 Arts Festival. Unfortunately the commissioned works are not for sale, but it’s still an excellent and long-overdue opportunity to see the fruits of Louis’ labours. The exhibition runs through April 28, with artist reception on Sunday. Cedar Ridge Creative Centre (225 Confederation Drive), exhibition Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., reception Sunday 1–4 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: Vegetarians rejoice, for the foodie festival craze has finally delivered an entirely meat-free tour of local eateries with Veggielicious. Although it has been posited that the -licious suffix is getting a tad out of control, there’s no denying that the vegetarian celebration offers up some choice dining options for those whose palates lean towards the green. Participating restaurants are generally veggie-only to begin with, though there are a few spots that could accommodate carnivorous friends as well. Various venues and prices, festival runs until April 24.