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Weekend Roundup, July 3 to 5

This weekend bestows continuous culture and cuisine with a stream of events flooding Toronto.

Friday: Saxophonist Branford Marsalis keeps things cool at the Toronto Jazz Festival.

Friday: Saxophonist Branford Marsalis keeps things cool at the Toronto Jazz Festival.

Friday July, 3
Get lost in circuitous compositions and innovative improvisation as saxophonist Branford Marsalis performs with the Dave Holland Quintet in a Toronto Jazz Festival event at Nathan Phillips Square.

Celebrate the life of literature while mourning the (alleged) death of books at the 2009 Scream Literary Festival. Tonight, wander down to the basement of Type Books (883 Queen St. W., 416-366-8973) for poetry and performances.

Head to The Hot Spot at the Harbourfront Centre and marvel at a performance by Roberto Linares Brown, one of Cuba’s most skilled arrangers and composers.

Saturday: Lots to see and do (and taste!) at the Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta.

Saturday: Lots to see and do (and taste!) at the Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta.

Saturday, July 4
Behold the balconies, bakeries and boutiques busting with food, music and drink during the annual Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta along St. Clair Avenue West.

Delight in Oscar Wilde’s comedic tale of social hypocrisy and flawed identity in an all-female Toronto Fringe Festival rendition of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Travel back to a time of dueling knights and dancing gypsies with the Renaissance Festival at Casa Loma—fire eaters, archery demonstrators and more provide a full day of family fun.

Pamper your palate with the prix fixe Summerlicious selections at Il Posto Restaurant. Your choice of mains includes seafood spaghetti, fresh fish or veal scaloppini.

Sunday: Soak City gets you wet at Ontario Place.

Sunday: Soak City gets you wet at Ontario Place.

Sunday, July 5
Drench yourself in water and sunshine at Ontario Place’s Soak City.

Wake up on Pop Bistro’s patio with an order of eggs benedict—perfectly poached eggs are served on a bacon-stuffed, Hollandaise-drizzled croissant.

Surrender to the legendary charisma and class of Tony Bennett as he closes the Toronto Jazz Festival at the Canon Theatre.

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