In this Weekend Planner: Join the 99% as Occupy Toronto begins, grab your best tweed for a bike ride around the city, get a gig and a meal with “Feat In The East 6," a comedy variety show takes over the Poor Alex Theatre, see how an infamous hurricane changed Toronto, discover a world inside a snow globe in a new ballet, and listen to a string quartet tackle the classics inside a church.
PROTEST: Now that Occupy Wall Street has passed its one-month mark, it’s only appropriate that the protest that found its origins through a Canada publication (Adbusters) makes its way to Toronto. Though many aren’t sure what to expect of Occupy Toronto Market Exchange and have unpleasant G20 memories lingering in their minds, it seems that the scale of the upcoming demonstration is going to be anything but small. Toronto Market Exchange (Financial District, Corner of York Street and King Street W.), Saturday, 10 a.m., FREE.
BICYCLES: Attention tweed-lovers! Your “Father, please bring the day where I may ride around the city in my Donegal jacket” prayers have finally been answered. Tweed Ride Toronto gives cyclists the chance to “get your tweed on” in a bike-riding event that has taken the world by storm. So button up, good chap, and dust out that pipe because it’s all for charity. The ride will also allow a break for tea. Cheerio! Ride starts from the Trinity Bellwoods Park gates, Saturday, 3 p.m., $15.
MUSIC: Dreamcatcher, a Montreal and Ottawa–based electronic duo, will be performing alongside several acts in a gig called Feast In The East 6. Along with the music, the venue will offer a FREE harvest dinner and dessert with advance tickets. Dickens Street Theatre (35 Dickens Street), Saturday, 8 p.m., $7.
COMEDY: Prepare yourself for a night that may include crowd surfing and bottle throwing. Marty Topps House Party Show is a comedy variety show that features musical acts, “hot” dancers, local athletes, karaoke stars, and more confetti canons than you can shake a stick at. Special guests include Chris Locke, Tim Gilbert, Sky Shark, and more. The Poor Alex Theatre (772 Dundas Street West), Saturday, 10 p.m., $7.
NATURE: These days in Toronto, as it typically is before winter, most days’ forecasts are a battle between “lots of sun” and “lots of rain.” If you’d like to see what happens when rain wins, check out the Hurricane Hazel Tree Tour—a walk through the city that’ll show you all the spots hit hardest as well as how the hurricane changed the landscape and the lives of the people who lived there. Étienne Brûlé Park Parking Lot (Old Mill Drive at Catherine Street), Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–noon, $5 donation.
DANCE: We still have a couple months to go until performances of The Nutcracker start making the rounds, but until then check out A World to Shake—a new ballet aimed at audiences of all ages. This ballet tells the tale of a young girl who, after discovering a new world in a special snow globe, finds adventure when the world in the snow globe starts to blend with her own. George Brown College, Building C, Room 127. (160 Kendal Avenue ), Sunday, 2 p.m., Adults $25, Children $15.
MUSIC: Music is in the air, as the Windermere String Quartet marks the opening of its seventh season with “The Golden Age of String Quartets”: a programme that includes work from Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart. If you’ve ever heard period instruments in a church, then you already know that this set will probably sound stunning. St. Olave’s Anglican Church (360 Windermere Avenue), Sunday, 3 p.m., $20.
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