Long Weekend Planner: September 3–5, 2011
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Long Weekend Planner: September 3–5, 2011

In this Labour Day Weekend Planner: the Air Show and Labour Day Parade at the closing CNE; the Lab Cab Festival; Dr. Whom's outside time and space, and the Sketchersons are outside Comedy Bar; Kidstreet are back in town, and ALL CAPS are back on Toronto Island; and Theatre Rusticle previews older and wiser versions of Peter and the Wolf.

Artists will perform in every nook and cranny of the Factory Theatre this weekend as part of the Lab Cab Festival. Design by Kurt Firla (photos by Aviva Armour-Ostroff and Ivan Regalado.)

FESTIVAL: The sixth edition of the Lab Cab Festival, in its current annual weekend iteration, brings a dizzying array of performances and installations under one (large and rambling) roof. Curators Aviva Armour-Ostroff and Andre du Toit have programmed two jam-packed days at the Factory Theatre, where you can find classical Greek theatre in the stairwell, stand-up in the bathroom, clowns Morro & Jasp cooking in the lounge, and so much more music, theatre, comedy, film, and interactive art. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), Saturday and Sunday, noon–6 p.m., FREE.

AIR SHOW: The skies will be buzzing this closing weekend at the CNE, as the Canadian International Air Show marks the end of another season at Exhibition Place. Perennial Canuck favourites the Snowbirds and the Skyhawks will be there, of course, as well as the U.S. jet team Heavy Metal and a vintage Lancaster Bomber. The show is free with admission to the grounds (which is free on Labour Day Monday) or from any good vantage point along the waterfront. Central National Exhibition Grounds (210 Princes Boulevard), Saturday to Monday, FREE (with admission, which itself is FREE on Monday).

COMEDY: Back for one night only, the (former?) Time Lord Dr. Whom (Scott Montgomery) and his spirited female companion (Sorbo smoocher Alice Moran) journey across time and space in an improvised homage to the long running BBC sci-fi series. The exceptional cast includes The Carnegie Hall Show‘s Chris Gibbs, Anand Rajaram (CBC’s Men With Brooms), Mantown‘s Rob Norman, and many more. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 9 p.m., $15.

MUSIC: The fast-talkin’, high-jumpin’ siblings of Kidstreet are in town to party and promote their upcoming album, Fuh Yeah. They’ve got some high-octane support, too, in the form of rousing electro-pop act OPOPO, and buzz-heavy experimental suitcase wizard Doldrums. Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West), Saturday, 10 p.m., $10 (in advance.)

BRUNCH: Start the day early on the island with brunch at the Island Cafe. Why (besides the idyllic setting and good food)? Because half of this Sunday’s brunch proceeds will go to Amnesty International, as part of that charity’s Taste for Justice campaign. (Then, you could stick around in the afternoon for the below event…) Island Cafe, Ward’s Island, Sunday, 8 a.m.–noon, various prices.

MUSIC: The ALL CAPS folks had a great time with their weekend festival at the beginning of the month, but they’re looking to go back to the island this Sunday for a much more relaxed musical visit. Hence, the ALL CAPS Decompression show, boasting the suitably tranquil sounds of the Weather Station and the chilled out beats of Digits. The evening gathering at the Artscape venue on Ward’s Island will be a bring-your-own-everything affair; pack a picnic dinner and a blanket, gather some friends, and enjoy the evening’s low-key proceedings. Artscape Gibraltar Point (443 Lakeshore Avenue), Ward’s Island, Sunday, 5:30 p.m., PWYC (BYOPicnic).

PARADE: It’s what we have the day off for: the annual awareness event for labour rights, the Labour Day Parade, will cross the city, starting out at City Hall, and moving along Queen to the CNE, where admission is free for all workers (and we’re ALL workers, right—or at least, support them?). Monday, 9:30 a.m. step-off at Queen Street & University Avenue, west along Queen to Dufferin, south to the CNE, FREE.

THEATRE: Theatre Rusticle‘s dark new fairy tale show, Peter and the Wolf, incorporates their limber dancer-actors (Matthew Romantini, Hume Baugh, Lucy Rupert, and more) and a full chamber choir to tell the story of the two supposed adversaries meeting at the end of their lives. This long weekend’s two preview shows are your chance to catch the show before their sold-out opening on Tuesday. Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., previews Saturday and Monday, $10 adult preview price ($5 students/children).

COMEDY: It’s rare to see the Sketchersons perform away from their home base at Comedy Bar; the troupe, still flush from the success of the Kevin Sorbo Garbage Weekend,  will be headlining at the Hard Times Monday night showcase, which will also feature sketch from the Regulars, and improv from Pickled Jesus. (Pat Thornton, meanwhile, will be doing an odd sort of improv show with fellow birthday boy Jason Derosse back at Comedy Bar.) Hard Luck Bar (812 Dundas Street West), Monday, 9 p.m., PWYC.


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