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A piece from Best of Show winner Mark Stebbins at last year’s Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Image courtesy of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
In this Weekend Planner: a mix of new and old art markets; a retrospective of a long-running music festival; a long-running rock festival; the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and the newly pronounced Toronto Outdoor Art Day; an all-night performance-art sleepover; a Smiths and Morrissey–themed karaoke night; and great performances at the Fringe Festival.
EXHIBIT: The Market Gallery will showcase 50 years of one of Canada’s longest-running music festivals in “The Mariposa: Fifty Years of Making Music,” an exhibit that includes historical photographs, festival programs, and sound recordings. For those who have been unable to make the journey up to Orillia for the annual Mariposa Folk Festival, which has been described as “somewhere between backwoods fiddling and B.B. King,” this exhibit might just take you there, in spirit, anyway. It documents the festival from its folk revival roots in the 1960s to the present day and runs until October 15. Market Gallery<, second floor of the St. Lawrence Market South Building (95 Front Street East), Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
ARTS MARKET: The self-explanatory Arts Market is an all-year artisans’ market, where artists are not restricted to one or two outdoor summer shows and instead can showcase their work through weekly or monthly floor-space rentals in one of Toronto’s hottest ‘hoods, Leslieville. The market opens Saturday and runs every weekend. Arts Market (1114 Queen Street East), Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
ART: Mayor Ford has proclaimed July 9 Toronto Outdoor Art Day! It’s no coincidence that it is the first weekend day of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, the country’s largest such event, with hundreds of artists and craftspeople participating, drawing an estimated 100,000 people each year. Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), Saturday 10:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., FREE.
CONCERT: Edgefest this year will have local favourites Sandman Viper Command, Harlan Pepper, Hollerado, Dinosaur Bones, and the Arkells, as well as big names like the Weakerthans, A Perfect Circle, and Rise Against, amongst many others. Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall Road), Saturday 11 a.m., $60.60–$102.10.
PERFORMANCE ART: A performance art event called Eat Sleep Breathe (and Shit) is unlike any other. Organized by Maggie Flynn and artist collective VSVSVS, it is performance art presented in a cycle of life activities that lasts the entire night until 1 p.m. the next day, happening in a warehouse at the docks at Polson Pier. Guests are invited to stay the night and BYOP (bring your own pillows), and you can even get served dinner and breakfast if you RSVP! VSVSVS Studio/Gallery/Warehouse (25 Polson Pier), Saturday 7 p.m.–Sunday 1 p.m., $10 or PWYC.
KARAOKE: Drown your sorrows in a pint and sing to your heart’s (dis)content at The World Won’t Listen (But We Will) – The Smiths & Morrissey Karaoke! Unleash your inner Moz as you croon your way through your frustrations via the Beaver’s selection of various Smiths and Morrissey tunes. The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West), Saturday 9 p.m., $5.
FRINGE: Want to see more of what Fringe has to offer? Check out our preview to track down the best of the fest.