Weekend Planner: May 14–15, 2011
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Weekend Planner: May 14–15, 2011

Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

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The Bonnie Gordon Cake Show. Photo courtesy of Michael Kohn.


This weekend in Toronto: an arts and crafts market in the Beach, a cake show at Wychwood Barns, interactive Inuit art on Queens Quay, tree planting at Milne Hollow, a birthday celebration for the Toronto Underground Cinema on Spadina, and a blues tribute on Dundas West.

EVENT: A unique arts and crafts show takes place in the Beach on Saturday inside one of the city’s oldest movie theatres. Movies and Makers: An Art and Craft Show is curated by local artist Lisa Pijuan-Nomura and showcases 32 vendors, with a laundry list of offerings including jewellery, puppets, pottery, visual art, fashion, children’s toys, home décor pieces, skin-care products, and more. Fox Theatre (2236 Queen Street East), 11:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., FREE.
EVENT: Who doesn’t love things that look pretty and taste good too? This Saturday is Bonnie Gordon’s 2011 Cake Show, featuring demonstrations, a bake sale, a cake design competition, and live challenges by cake designers. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Confectionary Arts Bursary Fund. Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), Saturday 12:00–5:00 p.m., $5.50–$10.50.
ART: A unique interactive event takes place on Saturday at the Museum of Inuit Art, featuring Inuit artist Noah Maniapik. His own subject matter ranges from “wildlife to shamanistic story to fishing,” combining vibrant colours with balance and movement. The printmaking workshop will include a one-hour demonstration of stencil printing, following which visitors will be able to try their hand at making their own mini-prints to take home. Museum of Inuit Art (207 Queens Quay West), Saturday 12:30 p.m., FREE.
ACTIVITY: With winter over and the official start of summer a little more than a month away, it’s time to get your hands dirty to make the city a better—or at least greener—place. Join the Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests group in Milne Hollow to plant native trees and shrubs, which are essential to improving the quality of water in Milne Hollow Pond and the Don River. You can register online to take part and learn all about proper tree-planting techniques and tree care. Parking lot on the south side of Lawrence Avenue, just east of the DVP off-ramp, Sunday 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Time for a birthday celebration: the city’s second-largest movie theatre, the Toronto Underground Cinema, is turning one! They claim it’s taken “a lot of blood, sweat, and beers to get this far,” as well as the support of the Toronto film community. In return for that support, the birthday celebrations will include free screenings of two film favourites: Jurassic Park and Clue. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), Sunday 7:00 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: A harmonica tribute to one of the major figures in blues history takes place at Hugh’s Room on Sunday night. Blue Midnight III: A Tribute to Little Walter features Raoul and The Big Time with special guests, including Grammy-nominated Billy Branch, Bharath Rajakumar, and Doctor Nick. Little Walter is remembered for his hits “Juke” and “My Babe” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West), Sunday 8:30 p.m., $29.50–$32.50.

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