Weekend Planner: August 11–12, 2012
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Weekend Planner: August 11–12, 2012

This weekend: An Indigenous cultural festival comes to Harbourfront Centre; explore the Zine Dream with a literary art fair; be part of an epic island party; join others to watch the Perseid meteor shower; and more.

Planet IndigenUS, an Indigenous arts festival, returns this weekend. Photo courtesy of Harbourfront Centre.

INDIGENOUS FESTIVAL: When it comes to celebrating culture in Toronto, there can be no doubt that the Harbourfront Centre is on a roll. Next on the venue’s list of summer festivals is Planet IndigenUS, the world’s largest contemporary Indigenous cultural festival. Come celebrate the future of Indigenous culture with theatre, dance, and musical performances, as well as film screenings and food. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday to Sunday. Times and ticket prices vary, though many events are FREE.

EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL: Here’s an art festival that hopes to shed fresh light on what it means to be a festival in the first place. Blackout Fest is unique in that it doesn’t put any restrictions on what kind of art should be displayed. It only asks participating artists to consider the theme of “The Ultimate Question.” There will be installations, films, photography, fashion, and much more. The Ice Factory (155 Walnut Avenue), Friday to August 19, times vary, $10.

ZINES: Hey, writers out there: are you living the dream? How about the Zine Dream? Toronto’s annual small press art fair, Zine Dream, is back for a fifth year. It promises over 50 vendors of literary works of all varieties (including, of course, zines). Don’t miss zine-making workshops, panels, DJs, and more. Xpace (58 Ossington Avenue), Saturday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., FREE. The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., PWYC.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: Sometimes, excessive capitalization is needed to stress the awesomeness of something. Such is the case with the ALL CAPS! Island Festival, during which a huge lineup of musicians will be gathering for a weekend of performances on the Toronto Islands. In addition to all the music, there will be art installations and bonfires. Also, attendees will be able to camp overnight, which is a rarity. Artscape Gibraltar Point (443 Lakeshore Road), Saturday to Sunday, times and ticket prices vary.

INDIA FESTIVAL: Have you recovered from the festival formerly known as Caribana yet? No? Well suck it up, because another party in the streets is coming your way. The India Day Festival is back with a giant parade and great Indian food and music. Yonge and Dundas Square, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. (all day), FREE.

SPACE: All right, space. You win. Last week’s Mars landing was pretty cool. This week, we’ve got shooting stars. Admittedly, Toronto isn’t the best place to go stargazing, but on a clear night, it’s not bad. Sorauren Stargazers invites you to their first-ever gathering, where they’ll attempt to watch the Perseid meteor shower rain down above the city. You won’t need any special equipment to see the show. Just bring a good pair of eyes, and some blankets and pillows. Oh, and don’t forget to make a wish. Sorauren Park, in the baseball outfield (Sorauren Avenue and Wabash Avenue), Saturday, 10 p.m., FREE.

SUMMERWORKS: The 2012 SummerWorks Festival, running August 9 to 19 at several venues along Queen Street West, features a dizzying abundance of local, national, and even international theatre, performance art, music, and more. To help you zero in on the hottest events, we’ve previewed the Theatre Series, the Music Series, and the Live Art Series & Performance Bar. Prices and times vary; visit the festival website for more details.

CORRECTION: August 11, 2012, 12:22 PM This article originally stated that the India Festival begins at 9:30 p.m., when in fact it begins at 9:30 a.m. We regret the error.


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