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Weekend Roundup, August 19 to 21

Friday: Have a grand ol' time at the CNE

Friday, August 19
It’s that time of year again, the Canadian National Exhibition is here to stay for 18 days starting this weekend! Visitors can expect more than 50 midway rides, classic fair food and non-stop entertainment at this end-of-summer event.

Don’t miss Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne, who brings his I Am Still Music tour to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Along with the usual cadre of hype men, Weezy is joined by special guests Keri Hilson, Lloyd and Far East Movement.

Celebrate the culture of South Asia at Harbourfront Centre’s Masala! Mehndi! Masti! festival. Now in it’s 10th year, the event strives to showcase the many diverse aspects of South Asian culture all weekend long.

Saturday: Sinatra soundtracks Come Fly Away (photo by Joan Marcus)

Saturday, August 20
Get swept away by four love stories set to the music of Frank Sinatra in Come Fly Away. The musical opens this weekend at to the Four Seasons Centre with a crowd-pleasing mix of lively choreography and a soundtrack full of classics.

Who doesn’t love blueberries? The summer fruit is honoured at the Wild Blueberry Festival presented by Evergreen Brick Works. The all-day event includes live music, blueberry tastings and activities for the entire family.

Rock out at the Queen West MusicFest in Trinity Bellwoods Park. The indie jamboree begins at 1 p.m. with live music from Stephen Prickett, Miss Emily, Mike Evin and many more.

Sunday: Enjoy an afternoon in the Toronto Music Garden's serene environs

Sunday, August 21
Make your way to the Toronto Music Garden this afternoon to hear the Shiraz Ensemble take Persian classical music to a new level. The ensemble focuses on exploring regional rhythms, tradition, composition and singing.

Spice up your weekend at final day of the fourth annual Havana Cultura Toronto. The festival, centred on Ossington Avenue, infuses Cuban culture into the city art, dancing and music .

Don’t miss the last weekend of Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. The award-winning show features entertaining stories—both poignant and hilarious—about life in Hollywood, as told by Fisher herself.

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