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Dancing in the streets at a Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday in 2009. Photo by Nicolai Grut from the Torontoist Flickr Pool
This weekend in Toronto: take a peek inside usually private buildings around the city at Doors Open, take in an aerial view of Toronto in a vintage plane at the Wings & Wheels Heritage festival, take part in a fundraiser for Amnesty International, take a car-free walk around Kensington Market, sip some beer at the Brewery Market, or take part in a party for the upcoming Worldwide Short Film Festival.
URBAN EXPLORATION: It’s time again for those two days a year when the public is invited to check out the rarely seen interiors of some of the city’s most impressive buildings. This year, Doors Open Toronto will focus on photography, with multiple locations hosting exhibitions. The 12th edition of the city-wide event includes access to 150 “architecturally, historically, culturally, and socially significant buildings.” For those who have attended previous Doors Open festivities, be sure to visit the buildings new to this year’s event, including the R.C. Harris Water Filtration Plant, the TTC’s McCowan and Roncesvalles Carhouses, and Corus Quay. Also, don’t forget to take a look at our top picks for the event. Various locations, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., FREE.
HERITAGE: You can criss-cross the skies of Toronto this weekend in a vintage aircraft as part of the sixth annual Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival, which showcases modern and vintage airplanes and vehicles. Activities include seminars, a Kids Zone, simulators, and airplane rides. Tickets are available online or at the gate. Downsview Park and Airport (corner of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue), Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., $8–$34.
FUNDRAISER: Human rights champion Amnesty International celebrates a huge milestone this weekend when it turns 50. You can visit the organization’s website in recognition of the milestone when it goes live on Saturday, but if you’d like to participate in the celebration closer to home, don’t miss Amnesty’s fundraiser, A Toast to Freedom, on Saturday night. The event will include wine and cheese tastings, live music, and door prizes. Reserve tickets by emailing [email protected] The Art of Cheese (925 Kingston Road), Saturday 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., $30 per couple.
STREET FEST: A warm-weather favourite, Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market, begins its eighth season this weekend. In celebration, an Art Hop will take place, with studios and galleries throwing open their doors to anyone interested in chatting with local artists, taking part in a workshop, or buying a piece of art. Pedestrian Sundays, featuring artists, musicians, and performers, will continue on the final Sunday of every month until October. Kensington Market (Augusta Avenue), Sunday 12:00–6:00 p.m., FREE.
DRINK: The Brewery Market series is kicking off summer with the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, which has received its fair share of attention recently. Samples and pizza from The Stop Community Food Centre will be for sale, with proceeds going to support the Stop. Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), Sunday 1:00–5:00p.m., admission is FREE (beer for $5, pizza for $2).
FILM: The summer festival season is upon us, and this weekend you can participate in the launch of the upcoming CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival. The festival itself takes place from May 31 to June 5, but the launch—billed as “a music and video spectacle of unparalleled amazingness”—will take place this Sunday, with indie bands and musicians DJ TLO, Kids & Explosions, and The Wooden Sky set to perform. The centre of Yonge-Dundas Square will feature a massive projection cube showcasing live visuals. Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), Sunday 8:00–11:00 p.m., FREE.
This post initially stated that the Brewery Market would feature free beer tastings. In fact, admission to the event is free, but beers are $5 each. Proceeds will go to the Stop Community Food Centre.