Weekend in the City


With two more weekends before the official end of summer, make the best of what little time we have left.  This weekend gives us a look into the world of fanamodium (from sci-fi to comics), an education in Wu Shu and a run/walk benefiting cancer research…in your underwear!


August 27 2009 to August 30 2009 @ St. Lawrence Market

“Ontario’s largest street performers’ festival boasts a collection of musicians, sketch artists artisans and entertainers. Throughout the festival gutsy street performers boldly take their talent right into the audience, where spectator participation ensures that every set is just a little different.

Witness performers skateboarding through fire, riding a unicycle across a slack rope and juggling, and enjoy street theatre by comedians, contortionists, magicians, mimes, human statues, yo-yo artists, acrobats and more.

For the kids, there are lessons in magic and balloon twisting.

After dark, the streets are ablaze with fiery spectacles and comedy performances get even more twisted.

This event is free to attend but donations are welcomed for Epilepsy Toronto, an organization dedicated to promoting independence and quality of life for people with epilepsy and their families.”

toronto african film & music festival

August 28 2009 to August 30 2009 @ Christie Pits Park – FREE

“The Toronto African Film & Music Festival (TAFMF) celebrates African history and culture. The festival showcases African filmmakers and musicians. The three-day celebration includes screenings, music (both indoors and outdoors), panels and workshops.

This weekend-long festival features nine unique films and documentaries from Egypt, Mozambique, Tunisia, Senegal, South Africa and Chad. The festival’s musical component showcases artists from Nigeria, South Africa, Madagascar and Kenya.”

fan expo canada 2009

August 28 2009 to August 30 2009 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre

“For those who can’t afford a trip to San Diego for Comic-Con, there is Fan Expo Canada.

Fan Expo Canada is a weekend-long expo and convention that covers five genres – science fiction, horror, gaming, anime and comic books. In each section, there are special guests, who are available for speeches, answering questions and autograph signings. There is also gaming competitions, workshops and retail exhibits.

This year, some of the guests include actress Linda Hamilton, who was the original Sarah Connor from the Terminator movies, Mary McDonnell known for her roles as Donnie Darko‘s mother and President Rosalin on Battlestar Galactica. Also on this year’s roster is the biggest B-movie actor on the planet, Bruce Campbell, who starred as Ash in the Evil Dead series. Actors from Star Trek, Star Wars, Heroes and more are also be in attendance, along with some of the biggest names in game development like the creator of Halo, and major comic studios like DC Comics.There is also a Masquerade, where fans are welcome to dress up as their favourite characters. Prizes are awarded to best costumes.

Basic tickets are $25 and give access to the entire show floor and most of the autograph signings and attractions. Several attractions are only accessible to fans with the Deluxe Pass, which is $45. Both passes can be purchased online or at the door. Some autograph signings may have an additional fee.”


August 29 2009 to August 30 2009 @ Harbourfront Centre – FREE

“This fest is a celebration of multi-cultural love, marriage, traditions, values and ideologies. Featuring performances, visual arts, and world-class cuisine, TAIWANfest’s new theme of “a new journey” is inspired by the concept of marriage, and continues to use fusion-expression from past festivals.

This festival focuses a lot on cuisine with a live food and banquet demonstration and Andrew Chase, food editor of Homemakers magazine, shares Taiwanese recipes.

Also on hand is a fashion show by Goji Lin with couture dresses, paper sculpturing with Yun Lin and cinema including movies like Orz Boyz, Blue Brave and Cape No. 7.”

the underwear affair

August 29 2009 @ Woodbine Park 6pm


“The Underwear Affair is a 10K run or a 5K walk to benefit cancers like prostate, colorectal, testicular and cervical. The support goes to the North York General Hospital in an effort to find a cure and to develop better treatments.

The run/walk is for people of all ages, athletic abilities and fashion statements. Those participating are encouraged to be in their underwear, however it is not required. After the run/walk, there is a part with dancing, DJs and drinks. EXPOsed is an expo, also on hand, with booths and vendors that have games, giveaways, food and beverages.”

wushu canada

August 29 2009 – August 30 2009 @ Ontario Place – $17.75 single ticket

“Ontario Place hosts Wushu Canada, which leads up to the World Wushu Championships that happen in October. The Wushu exhibit and full-contact sport comes derives from Chinese martial arts. It has become popular because of film performances from actors like Jet Li, who is a five-time world champion. Guests can check out performances, demonstrations and learn moves from top athletes.”

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