Weekend Planner: November 17–18, 2012
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Weekend Planner: November 17–18, 2012

This especially festive weekend, the Cavalcade of Lights returns, the Mod Club celebrates 10 years, Owen Pallett curates a music bash, Santa Claus is coming to town, and more.

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MUSIC: The music festival circuit always goes into a kind of hibernation come winter, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few options available. NuJazz Festival returns with another stellar lineup. Along with workshops and orchestral shows, you can also catch a variety of artists, including Billy Martin and Wil Blades, who will be playing a set this weekend. Runs to November 24, locations, times, and ticket prices vary.

DOGS: Let’s be honest, you could never get an army of cats to go along with something as adorable as this. So checkmate. Dogs win. Winter Woofstock returns for another year of doggie-inspired events such as a fashion show, costume contests, and a stupid dog trick contest. If you haven’t yet felt the true power of a dog wrapped up in the holiday spirit, go ahead and take a look at this. Direct Energy Centre (100 Princes’ Boulevard), Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., $10.

CAVALCADE OF LIGHTS: It’s the event that this Kanye West song was made for. For those who love amazing fireworks, giant Christmas trees, live music, and overall wintry/holiday goodness, look to the Cavalcade of Lights, which is entering its 47th year this weekend. Protip: Don’t forget your gloves and hot chocolate; it’s bound to be a chilly night. Nathan Phillips Square, Saturday, 7 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: If you’re Canadian and you’re into music at all, you’ve probably come across Exclaim! at some point. For their 20th anniversary they’re asking some past cover artists to curate shows—and this weekend’s particular event, Exclaim! Magazine Destination Out Showcase, features bands handpicked by violinist extraordinaire Owen Pallett. The Music Gallery (197 John Street), Saturday, 8 p.m., $17.

PARTY: The Mod Club, famous for acting as a spring board for emerging or popular talent, is having a bash for its first decade and is bringing in a whole host of guests including DJs, Nightbox, and Dr. Draw. There will also be a red carpet and champagne to kick off the evening. Mod Club (722 College Street), 9:30 p.m., $10.

STAR WARS: By now you’ve probably heard the amazing news that Little Miss Sunshine/Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt has been tapped to pen the next Star Wars movie. Here’s your excuse to go out and celebrate with breakdancing stormtroopers and hard-rocking Ewoks. Darkrave, this Star Wars themed party, invites all attendees to dress up in their intergalactic best and promises DJs, video projections, and lightsaber quality lasers. Pacha Lounge (1305 Dundas Street West), Saturday, 9 p.m., $10 for 19+, $20 for all ages.

SANTA CLAUS: It doesn’t matter if you were naughty or nice this year, you’ve still got a chance to catch Santa and friends shimmying on down for his annual parade. This year’s edition features many floats, an iPhone app that turns phones into jingle bells, and tie-ins to the much-hyped 100th Grey Cup. Check out our preview here. Parade starts at Christie Pits, Sunday, 12:30 p.m., FREE.

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