Weekend Planner: June 23–24, 2012
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Weekend Planner: June 23–24, 2012

This weekend: gather your spare clocks and join Toronto's first steampunk fair, make the journey to Centre Island to catch dragon boat races, see bicycles ruling the Distillery District, and much more.

Last year's Dragon Boat Race Festival.


THEATRE: You’ve got one more chance to see Sandra Battaglini’s latest solo performance, Classy Lady. Battaglini, who recently appeared in our feature on local comedians, follows up her last show, Hard Headed Woman, with one that explores her rise to ladyhood. The Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street), Friday–Sunday, 8 p.m., $25.

BOAT RACING: If, as you’re strolling along Harbourfront, you happen to see a couple of dragons coasting along the water, fear not. The Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival is back for a 24th year. The event, which includes boat racing and live entertainment, features participants from around the world (around 200 teams and more than 5,000 athletes). See, we don’t need a bridge or tunnel to the Toronto Islands, we just need some more good ol’ fashioned dragon boats. Centre Island (Toronto Islands Ferry Terminal), Saturday and Sunday, times vary, FREE.

STEAMPUNK: Calling all time travellers, futuristic detectives, and lovers of excessive cogs and goggles—there’s a steampunk fair in town and it needs you in order to ascend into greatness. Steam on Queen is Toronto’s very first steampunk street fair and boasts costumes, musical performances, and loads of vendors to suit your every steampunk need. And if you aren’t familiar with the genre, well, now’s your chance to get acquainted with the part of history that never was. Historic Campbell House Museum grounds (160 Queen Street W.), Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.

CYCLING: For all the two-wheeled riders out there, the ultimate festival is rolling your way, as MEC Bikefest returns for another weekend, featuring dozens of bike clinics, demos, repairs, exhibitors, and much more. Distillery Historic District (on Parliament Street and Mill Street), Saturday, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m., FREE.

PARTY: The internet and real life, together again. For those of you who spend every waking hour absorbing memes, anonymously browsing forums, or just in general being a social recluse, now’s your chance to get some sunlight. Reddit, the popular social-news website, is hosting its third annual Global Meetup in cities around the world. Torontonians are invited to an afternoon of outdoor fun in Trinity Bellwoods Park, followed by a trip to Betty’s pub. Trinity Bellwoods Park (155 Crawford Street), Saturday, 2 p.m., FREE.

DESIGN: If the MEC Bikefest isn’t enough cycling mayhem for you, there’s always “Ring My Bell: Bikes Flirt with Art for Bike Month.” This exhibition features tall bikes, fork furniture, custom seats, and more. If you still aren’t convinced into going, a bicycle will also be turned into a giant paintbrush, which will then be used to create a huge outdoor bicycle textile. And later on, at the exhibition’s opening party (at 8 p.m.), there will be the premiere of the short film Fabric Bike and a night of music and dancing. Method LAB (148 Augusta Avenue), Saturday, 3 p.m., FREE.

ART: Here’s something particularly cool for all the lovers of acrylic paint. “ICE” is a weekend-long exhibition that uses frozen acrylic paint and water to explore human sexuality. Local artist Hishani De Silva will be showcasing two collections here–ICE, plus older works from her past (where you’ll be able to clearly see how her technique has developed over time). Artscape Triangle Gallery (38 Abell Street), Saturday, opening reception 6 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.


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