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Weekend Roundup August 24 to 26

Friday: Buskerfest sees spectacular performances by the likes of Pancho Libre.

Friday August 24
Have you always wanted to relive your prom? Well now you can with the 10th and final Fake Prom 2012. Get dressed up and enjoy live music and dancing—or a blind date if you’re really brave—at the only annual party that mimics the look and feel of a highschool graduation formal dance at Palais Royale.

The Boss of rock ‘n’ roll returns to Toronto to perform all-American classic hits from a career that spans over four decades. Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band will have their fans dancing in the dark at the Rogers Centre.

All weekend-long, take the family to the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood to enjoy the wacky Busketfest.There’s something for everyone to enjoy including slapstick or silent comedy, daredevils, magicians, circus acts, aerialists, acrobats and so much more.

Saturday: Celebrate Jamaica with Rastafarian music. Photo by Susanna Celso.

Saturday August 25
Experience the endearing voices of teenage pop-opera trio Il Volo as they perform live at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. The 2009 winners of Italy’s popular talent show, “Ti Lascio Una Canzone,” who are on their North American tour, perform hits from their self-titled debut album.

Rastafest 2012 is celebrating Jamaica’s 50th anniversary in style. Drawing from the rich and diverse Rastafarian culture this annual bash at Downsview Park offers fun for the whole family including eclectic music, dance, visual arts and more.

Mobile eats are all the rage these days so why not try a whole bunch of them at one convenient location? The Ex is hosting a Food Truck Rally with the likes of Hogtown Smoke, Hank Daddy’s Barbeque and Tiny Tom Donuts participating. Bring your appetite!

Sunday: Experience Asian music and dance at Telus TaiwanFest with JDaydreamers and other acts.

Sunday August 26
Nearly as well-known for the midway rides and games, the Canadian National Exhibition is fondly recognized for its food. Indulge in delicious, fall-off-the-bone meat at the annual Ribfest. You’ll want to try them all as rib masters compete for the best recipe.

For even more delicious fare, check out the 7th annual Kultura Filipino Arts Festival. Chefs from a variety of local restaurants showcase their talents at the Adobo Masters Cook off at Artscape Wychwood Barns. The free bash also includes Filipino-Canadian visual arts, theatre, film, live music and other activities.

Wind down your weekend with some live music at Telus TaiwanFest. Experience the cultural flavours of Taiwan’s best food, arts, music and more along the shores of Lake Ontario.


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