Weekend Planner: September 17–18, 2011
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Weekend Planner: September 17–18, 2011

In this Weekend Planner: an event that could be the wind beneath your wings; Queen Street West gets taken over by art; a dance collective tells the struggles of African Canadians; eat mooncakes at the Harbourfront Centre; see where cider comes from and then sample it; and learn more about Toronto via the most sensible medium (beer, of course).

Ladies and gentleman, get your kites ready for Windfest! Photo by Yvonne Bambrick.

ART: Nuit Blanche is only a few weeks away, so what better way to get into the spirit of street art than with the Queen Street Art Crawl? Now in its ninth year, the much-anticipated festival features the work of 250 jury-selected artists and a lengthy to-see list including outdoor shows and an adventurous art tour, the Parkdale Nightcrawl. Queen West (between Bathurst and Roncesvalles). Saturday and Sunday, FREE.

KITES: What event helps promote clean energy and puts a dazzling array of kites in the sky? Windfest! Toronto’s annual kite festival is back and as autumn’s winds start to blow through the city’s streets, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Kite experts will be on hand for demonstrations, kite building, and much more. Woodbine Beach (Ashbridge’s Bay). Saturday, noon–5 p.m., FREE.

DANCE: Speaking of wind, a dance collective called Wind in the Leaves will be performing “Fleurette Africaine”—a composition of music, dance, and poetry that aims to tell the stories of African Canadians: their struggles and triumphs, their relationships and losses. Dancemakers Centre for Creation (55 Mill Street, Case Goods Warehouse #74, Suite 313 + 314). Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $20.

FESTIVAL: What better way to celebrate the end of the summer than by staying up late and eating mooncakes? Tet Trung Thu: A Mid-Autumn Celebration, also known as the Lantern Festival (because there will be plenty of lantern lighting) promises just that and more. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West). Saturday 1 p.m.–8 p.m., FREE.

ART: Now that the pain of hearing the phrase “back to school” (whether you’re in school or not) has numbed a bit, here’s an opportunity to go to a fun lecture (of sorts) on Saturday! Liam Crockard, an artist who is wrapping up his recent solo exhibition, “A Month of Sundays”, will be performing an improvised, lecture-style (but not quite lecture-style) presentation to talk about his work. O’born Contemporary (131 Ossington Avenue). Saturday 5 p.m.–9 p.m.

CRAFTS: Art in the park! The Danforth East Arts Fair returns with another weekend of crafts and exhibitors. Running rain or shine, this year’s event with over 50 artisans and features like tintype portraits, spinning demonstrations, and live acoustic music. East Lynn Park (1949 Danforth Avenue). Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.

FOOD: An apple a day lets you have a great Sunday! Not Far From the Tree will treat Torontonians to “City Cider,” an event filled with apple picking, pressing, heating, and serving. And the best part—tasting! There will also be orchard tours, corn roasting, live music, and much more. Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Road). Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m., FREE.

BEER: There are good ideas, there are bad ideas, and then there are ideas so amazing that they cannot adequately be explained in one or two sentences. Finish off your weekend with Toronto Beer Quest 2011—a scavenger hunt of sorts that challenges beer-fuelled participants to find their way across the city using a variety of clues. The Charlotte Room (19 Charlotte Street). Sunday, 11 a.m., $40 for a team of two (buy tickets online, but hurry, they are selling fast!).

TIFF: Oh no! It’s the last weekend of TIFF! Never fear, there are still plenty of movies to see and end-of-TIFF parties to enjoy. Check out our survival guide and reviews to make the most of the Toronto film festival’s last days. Whatever you plan, just make sure it doesn’t involve looking at Madonna. TIFF runs Sept 8–18.


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