This weekend, take advantage of windy weather and go fly a kite; indie music rocks the Junction; a Korean rock group drops in on the Bovine Sex Club; book lovers unite for The Word on the Street; and more.
KITES: Brrr, do you feel that Toronto? Summer is long gone—and fall? Well, we’ll only get fall if we’re lucky. As it appears, we’re on track to head straight into winter. Fortunately, there is one way to take advantage of the windy weather. Windfest, Toronto’s Waterfront Kite Festival, returns for another year of kite flying, demonstrations, and DIY kite-making sessions. Think you’ve seen every kite that’s out there? Think again. Some of the ones featured here will blow your mind. Woodbine Beach (Lake Shore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue), Saturday, 12–8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: So you’ve heard about Toronto’s newest radio station and you’re all excited for Toronto to go full-on indie. Well, why not run with that dream and check out the Junction Music Festival—a day of independent music for all ages. The event features more than 20 venues that will host local music acts. Also, you’ll be treated to headliners such as Bruce Peninsula, Brownman, and fittingly, The Junction. Junction Neighbourhood (locations vary), Saturday, 12 p.m.–2 a.m., FREE.
WORDS: It’s definitely a great weekend to be a book lover in Toronto. And if you need any more proof of that, all you need to do is look toward the latest instalment of the Impossible Words series. This week features graphic novelist and young adult author, Mariko Tamaki (author of Cover Me, True Lies, and Fake ID), who will be reading from her works. That will be followed by a Q&A, a PWYC lunch, and an open mic. Academy of the Impossible (231 Wallace Avenue), Saturday, 1:30 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: The anniversary of Occupy Toronto is coming up and it seems like a right time to think about what we want from our politicians. A new play called Proud (read an excerpt from it here) does just that, and imagines a world in which the Conservatives won all of seats NDP actually got in Quebec during the 2011 federal election. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), runs Saturday to October 6, $20–$40.
MUSIC: If “Gangnam Style” has you hungry for more Korean music, check out this rock band called Apollo 18. They play a mix of post-hardcore and post-rock, won “Rookie of the Year” at the 2010 Korean Music Awards, and will certainly rock your socks off. The Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen Street West), Saturday, 9 p.m., $5.
WORD ON THE STREET: Let’s see a bunch of e-books try to host one of the most popular literary events in Toronto. The Word on the Street returns for its 23rd year and promises an afternoon of everything to do with books, magazines, and literary culture. Featuring heaps of authors (Jeff Rubin, David Suzuki, and more); readings; workshops; and books, books, and more books. Queen’s Park Circle, Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 pm., FREE.
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