Long Weekend Planner: September 1–3, 2012
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Long Weekend Planner: September 1–3, 2012

In this Long Weekend Planner: take a stroll through a street art exhibition; experience the return of the noisy—yet delightful—Air Show; watch Public Enemy shred through a classic album; get your march on for the annual Labour Day Parade; and more.

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ART: It’s been a long summer. And hopefully, for you, it’s been a satisfyingly busy one. If so, perhaps a casual stroll through a world of art will help ease you into the fall season. Artfest returns for another year of showcasing Toronto’s emerging talent. The street exhibition features paintings, photography, and sculptures. Is there a more relaxing way to use this Labour Day weekend? We think not. Distillery District (9 Trinity Street), Friday to Monday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.

ISLAND FESTIVAL: This right here might just be your last chance to get some summer fun over on the Toronto Islands. Island Cafe is celebrating the long weekend with an Arts Festival of live music, art, and artisans. Don’t miss performances by Charlotte Cornfield, the Tich Maredza Band, and Dale Morningstar. Island Cafe, Ward’s Island (20 Withrow Street), Friday to Monday, times vary, PWYC.

MUSIC: So long, summer music festival scene. It’s been a blast. But wait! There’s still more. INTERsection is bringing you an all-day music marathon with some of Toronto’s most innovative musicians. The event features performances by Bang On A Can All-Stars (which features multiple sets from its various members) and Contact. Yonge and Dundas Square, Saturday, 2–10 p.m., FREE.

THE AIR SHOW: It’s the final weekend of the Ex and you know what that means: the annual Canadian International Air Show is back. In its 63rd year, the show features roaring jet engines that’ll be taking to the skies in a choreographed display over Lake Ontario. Has anyone ever been proposed to via skywriting at the Air Show before? Make this happen, Canada. Also, you’re next, Dorothy. CNE (100 Princes’ Boulevard), Saturday to Monday, 1 p.m., FREE with admission.

BIKE TOUR: Ah, the city. If you need more reasons to explore the neighbourhoods you live in while also getting to ride your bike around some more, look no further. Toronto Laneways is hosting a bike tour where you’ll get to explore laneway homes, Croft Street, and graffiti alley. Meet at the south-east corner of Trinity-Bellwoods Park (Gore Vale Avenue and Queen Street West), Sunday, 11 a.m., FREE.

MUSIC: Sure, someone as talented as Tyler the Creator has earned the right to stage dive with a broken leg, but let’s face it: the days of classic rap performances might just be behind us. But here’s a little group you may have heard of before. Rap legends Public Enemy will be stopping by Toronto for a complete performance of their opus It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Kids, they just don’t make ’em like this anymore. Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), Sunday, 8 p.m., $31.75.

PARADE: You might be gearing up, looking for ways to spend your extra day off, but do you actually know why Monday’s a holiday? Labour Day—the Canadian observance of which has its roots in the great Toronto strike of 1872—celebrates workers everywhere. And what better way to celebrate than with a parade? Don’t miss the annual Labour Day march to the Ex, and show some solidarity with the workers who make the world go round. Starts at Queen Street West and University Avenue, Monday, 11 a.m., FREE.


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