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Weekend Roundup: September 28 to 30

Friday: Louis C.K. headlines JFL42

Friday, September 28
Fresh off of winning multiple Emmy Awards, Louis C.K. rolls in to Toronto to headline Just For Laughs’ JFL 42 festival. The comedy superstar will be performing brand new material at the Sony Centre for a packed house of eager fans.

Don’t miss tonight’s Canadian premiere of director Abdallah Omeish’s award-winning documentary The War Around Us, which opens the Toronto Palestine Film Festival. Alongside film debuts, the ongoing celebration of Palestinian culture also showcases poetry, music, cuisine and art.

Kim Dorland, one of Toronto’s most exciting contemporary artists, returns to Angell Gallery for a solo exhibition entitled I’m An Adult Now. Dorland’s new works may be his most intimate to date—the abstracted figurative paintings depict the artist and his family amid warm-hued wilderness landscapes.

Saturday: artist Christine Davis’s World Without Sun is among the many nocturnal installations at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Saturday, September 29
Put on your most comfortable walking shoes: you’re going to be pounding the pavement all night long in order to take in all the art installations of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. The free dusk-to-dawn event features dozens of curated, highly interactive artistic happenings around the downtown core, as tens of thousands of Torontonians forgo sleep for the love of modern art.

Toast the opening of the Canadian Opera Company‘s new season as it stages Giuseppe Verdi’s sprawling Il Trovatore at the Four Seasons Centre. Masterfully performed by a superbly talented cast, the quintessential Italian opera seria doles out equal parts love and tragedy.

American singer-songwriter Ben Harper tonight brings his trademark mix of blues, folk, rock, reggae and soul to Massey Hall, where he’ll be trotting out classic cuts and newer tunes from his latest studio album, By My Side.

Sunday: Tap Dogs trod the boards at their final Toronto showsSunday, September 30
Don’t miss your chance to see one of the final two Toronto shows by the wildly successful Tap Dogs. Part musical, part rock concert and all clickety-clackety tap-dancing pizzazz, the Australian production is a dynamic modern dance offering for the entire family.

Get inspired this weekend as the hippest decor and design retailers in the city show of the latest trends as part of the King East Design District Exhibition. With a $10 donation to Habitat for Humanity Toronto, you can access various interactive and educational showrooms featuring fascinating design ideas.

Get your kids hooked on classical music with Mooredale Concerts’ fun and interactive Music and Truffles series. Today’s show features top artists of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing excerpts from works by Franz Schubert and Louis Spohr. The players also take time to talk about their instruments—violin, cello, oboe, clarinet and flute among them.

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