In this Weekend Planner: find rare works at the Antiquarian Book Fair, a global cabaret festival brings together some of Canada's brightest young artists, check out a play that centres around a woman's sexual identity crisis, Wavelength presents a double whammy with a documentary and gig in one night, make your adorable pet even more adorable with Dogtoberfest, Cask Days returns with plenty of "real ale" to go around, and discuss how to rebuild this city in the sky with Upper Toronto.
BOOK FAIR: Here ye, here ye: no longer must booklovers journey to dusty shops in Europe to unearth the ancient piece of literature their hearts desire. The Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair is back in town, bringing with it an incredible collection of books, letters, and manuscripts holding values from under $100 to well beyond $100k. This year’s event features 50 grand antiquarian booksellers from across Europe and North America. Gather thy friends and get thee to the reading! Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West), Friday to Sunday, $15 (for three-day pass).
CABARET: This weekend, Canadian musical and theatre artists are invading Toronto! The fourth annual Global Cabaret Festival is a gathering of award-winning and yet-to-be-discovered artists—a celebration of creativity and music! Featuring such artists as Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson, and Torontoist hero the National Theatre of the World. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street, Building 49), Friday to Sunday, $25 for day pass.
THEATRE: If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the zombies and vampires roaming the city streets, here’s a new drama to check out. Like the First Time is a play about a woman experiencing a sexual identity crisis—she must come to terms with her newfound singledom while also dealing with her ex-husband (who is trying to win her back). One Little Goat, a Toronto company, brings the play home after a successful run in New York. Walmer Centre Theatre (188 Lowther Avenue), runs October 28 to November 13, show times vary, $20.
MUSIC/FILM: Just because Halloween falls on a Monday this year doesn’t mean the weekend before you can’t party like it’s the year 666! Wavelength presents an appropriate prelude to the spooky holiday with a film, live set, and DJ gig combo. First up, they’ll show Corpusse: Surrender to the Passion—an hour-long documentary about the Canadian electro-rock musician Corpusse. Once you’ve seen the film, the artist will be performing live! Be sure to stick around after for a set of haunted house jams by the DJs at Invisible City Sound System. Cinecycle (129 Spadina Avenue), Saturday, 10 p.m., $15.
PETS: These are the days when not only pics of the grossest Halloween costumes get passed around on Facebook or Reddit, but also pics of cute furry animals in costume. Enter Dogtoberfest, a Halloween costume-filled event for your pet. No, it’s nothing like Oktoberfest; feeding alcohol to animals is illegal. This festival includes a costume contest, professional photography shoots, fur colouring, and much more. Best of all, it’s dogs only! Eat it, cats! Just kidding, it’s open to all pets. Cosmopawlitan Pet Boutique + Spa (478 Queens Quay West), Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
BEER: Speaking of Oktoberfest, though the famous German beer festival may have ended several weeks ago, Bar Volo is still celebrating beer this fall. Cask Days 2011 celebrates cask-conditioned ale in its glorious unfiltered, natural form. Featuring over 100 casks of the “real ale,” this festival promises to provide the perfect cure for end-of-weekend blues. University of Toronto, Hart House Quad (7 Hart House Circle), Sunday, noon to 11 p.m., ticket prices vary.
FLOATING CITY: Remember Upper Toronto? That zany yet ingenious idea to design a new Toronto on top of old Toronto? Well, the creators are back and are holding another consultation to further develop the science-fiction utopia. Organizers are asking the public how they would design communities, streets, and other infrastructure that helps create a successful city. From turning the TTC into an actual rocket to using a giant mirror to harness the power of the sun, the sky’s the limit for participants’ imaginations. Fairview Public Library (35 Fairview Mall Drive), Sunday, 1:30 p.m., FREE.
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