In this Weekend Planner: a film festival celebrating bikes and bike culture; a festival that is so good it requires “ALL CAPS!” in its name; a tour to discover how to source your own food for free from our local trees; a chance to laugh at, or with, Colin Mochrie; some innovative, turn of the century–inspired burlesque; and the last days of Summerworks.
A crowd spills out of a makeshift theatre following a screening at last year’s Toronto Bicycle Film Festival. Photo by Sean Connors from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
BIKE/FILM: For those who love bikes and films, the Bicycle Film Festival is the place to be! Saturday features both a selection of short films, aptly named Bike Shorts, and full-length features (read about its origins). Some highlights includes the quirky short The Bicycle Cap Made With Love by a Bike about how a bicycle and sewing machine fall in love to produce a bicycle cap (The Royal, 608 College Street, Saturday, part of Program 4 at 7 p.m., $10), and Labour of Love, which documents the achievements of Caroline Van Den Bulk, an amateur rider and kindergarten teacher who takes on the grueling endurance Race Across America (also at the Royal, Saturday, part of Program 3 at 5 p.m., $10). The festival ends with an After Party at the Hard Luck Bar (812 Dundas Street West), Saturday 10 p.m., $5 or free with film ticket).
ARTS FESTIVAL: The ALL CAPS! Island Festival promises a great day on the islands with performances by Julie Doiron, The Wooden Sky, Rich Aucoin, Jenn Castle, Evening Hymns, DD/MM/YYYY, and more. It also has a nifty Whippersnapper-curated art exhibit with collaborations between artists and performers who created site-specific installations. Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island, 443 Lakeshore Avenue), Saturday and Sunday 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m., $12–$25 plus ferry.
ENVIRONMENT: While we know that trees can provide food, how many of us realize that Toronto’s urban forest produces millions of pounds of edible treats each year? Laura Reinsborough from Not Far from the Tree, Susan Poizner of Growing for Green, and Amanda Gomm from LEAF are leading tours through the Ben Nobleman Community Orchard to discover the bounty our trees provide. Forbes Wild Foods will also be on hand with their own treats from nature. Ben Nobleman Park (Eglinton Avenue West and Everden Road), Sunday 10:30 a.m., suggested $5 donation.
SUMMERWORKS: The SummerWorks closing-night party features a strong lineup of bands, including Whale Tooth and Graham Wright from Tokyo Police Club. The MOCCA Courtyard (952 Queen Street West) Sunday 6 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Admit it, sometimes it is fun to laugh at another person’s expense. And this time around, Colin Mochrie, best known for his role on Whose Line is it Anyway?, will be the centre of attention when Canadian Comedy Award–winner Ron Sparks and other fellow comedians throw some comedic jabs at the affable Mochrie in Ron Sparks’ Celebrity Roasts: Colin Mochrie. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), Sunday 8 p.m., $10.
BURLESQUE: Glamour Puss Burlesque puts together a show inspired by turn-of-the-century Parisienne cabaret with a modern twist in Follies Très Bare, a night of dance, intrigue, and “cheeky wit.” It also features Chicago’s infamous male performer Jett Adore, who won the title of the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Most Innovative for 2011. Revival Bar (783 College Street), Sunday 9 p.m., $15–$20.
MORE SUMMERWORKS: The annual SummerWorks Theatre Festival continues to bring edgy independent theatre and music acts to audiences eager to get a sneak peek at next year’s biggest hits. This is the last weekend of the festival, so check out our top 10 theatre picks and our music series guide for your last-minute best bets. Music Series highlights this weekend include Powers and Green Go, and there are still lots of great plays to see: on Saturday, a tale about a girl’s strange dreams about a grizzly bear in Exit, Pursued by a Bear and Morning Glory, a string of vignettes looking at women with mental disabilities in Ontario prisons; on Sunday, Combat, which has the provocative tagline of “we believe in peace on earth/we will punch you in the face,” as well as Brothers, a new work by Jeremy James (a former member of Le Theatre du Soleil) and Philip Mckee inspired by Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.