In this Weekend Planner: thank the brave men and women who have fought for our country, see street-style photographs from the 1940s that look just as cool today, fantasize about looking cool on a vintage two-wheeler, take in the night market that is Chinatown, and get your car washed while you're surrounded by a mob of zombies.
PARADE: The 2011 Warriors’ Day Parade celebrates 90 years of honouring our veterans and members of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is the longest-running parade of its type and a great way to support our troops, past and present. CNE, Exhibition Place (200 Princes’ Boulevard), Saturday 10:30 a.m., FREE with admission.
PHOTOGRAPHY: There’s no denying the iconic power of the black and white photograph American Girl in Italy, which shows an elegant girl striding through an Italian street, admired by the surrounding men. The Bulger Gallery is proud to mark the 60th anniversary of that photograph with a series of beautiful street-style photographs by Ruth Orkin in the simply named exhibit “An American Girl in Paris.” The exhibit runs until August 27. Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen Street West), reception Saturday 2 p.m., FREE.
MOTORCYCLES: Mods and Rockers is the third annual event showcasing Toronto’s motorcycle and scooter community. It celebrates the legacy of the mods and rockers of 1960s Britain, whose image was intertwined with their trusty bikes. At Saturday’s two shows, there will be a display of vintage bikes, set to classic rock and Motown from Tin Soldier and the Ronnie Hayward Trio, as well as a burlesque show thrown in. Rockabilly Rock (3 Oakwood Avenue), Saturday 11 a.m., $25 and The Dominion on Queen (500 Queen Street East), Saturday 3 p.m., $25.
NIGHT MARKET: The Toronto Chinatown Night Market offers the sights, sounds, inner-city buzz, and smells of classic Chinatown food. There will be live music and performances, including magic shows, cultural dances, calligraphy demonstrations, and more. The festival runs every Friday and Saturday until September 10. Huron Street (between Dundas and D’Arcy streets), Saturday 5 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
CAR WASH: Ever wonder what it would be like to be trapped in a car, while zombies crowd around you? Well, the Toronto Zombie Walk is holding their second annual Zombie Car Wash: Bloods ’N’ Suds, where your beloved car, bike, or other method of transportation can be washed by their undead experts. You can also drop by dressed as the undead and join in the action. Classic Coin Wash (1286 College Street), Sunday 12 p.m.–6 p.m., PWYC.
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