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Masala Mehndi Masti

Weekend Roundup, July 23 to 25

Come rain or shine, Toronto has a bustling weekend ahead with entertainment for everyone!

Friday: Sting gets serious

Friday, July 23
World-famous pop tunesmith Sting has entered the stage of his career where reinterpreting old hits seems enough to satisfy his creative spirit. And so he arrives this evening at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre with a coterie of classical musicians: The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra accompanies the former Police man in a unique performance of his most memorable songs, from “Roxanne” to “Fields of Gold” and much more.

Whet your appetite for Caribbean culture as part of the ongoing Scotiabank Caribana Festival. The big parade may be a few weeks away, but you can get in the mood at the Royal Ontario Museum, which showcases more than 100 works by African-Canadian artists in its “From the Soul” exhibition.

Get ready to (affordably!) strut down the streets of Toronto. Frugal Fashion Week offers an evening of food and apparel at the Bata Shoe Museum, including an exhibition of celebrity- and designer-created shoes, a silent auction and more.

Get to know your prairies as Love, Saskatchewan kicks off at Harbourfront Centre. This weekend-long event features an exhibition on cowboy culture, author readings and performances by such bands as Wide Mouth Mason and Little Miss Higgins.

Saturday: See some stars in Love, Loss and What I Wore

Saturday, July 24
Celebrate women in music with the return of Lilith Fair. The Sarah McLachlan–founded festival was popular in the late ’90s, and has been revived for 2010 with performers including Mary J. Blige, Chantal Kreviazuk and, of course, McLachlan herself.

Take a close friend or loved one to a performance of Love, Loss and What I Wore. The production features a star-studded cast of women who relate dynamic, often hilarious, and always poignant stories from the popular book of the same name.

Steer towards the Young Centre for the Performing Arts to check out the venue’s Saturday Night Cabaret Series. Tonight, acclaimed vocalist Heather Bambrick will have you tapping your toes to infectious jazz rhythms, and on your feet applauding by the end of the evening.

Prepare your best Elizabethan laugh for Canopy Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most affecting romantic comedies. Fall in and out of love with the timeless characters as they’re brought to life under the stars at the University of Toronto’s Philosopher’s Walk.

Sunday: The Bolton Shop sheds light on early photography at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Sunday, July 25
A visit to charming Black Creek Pioneer Village is a journey back to the 19th century. The experience is even more immersive thanks to the venue’s new Bolton Shop photography studio. Here, you can put away your digital SLR and discover the fascinating techniques used to capture and develop images more than a century ago.

“Who let the dogs out?” indeed! Prepare to have your heart melt at Ontario Place—the Purina PropPlan Dog Show is in full swing with canines of all shapes and sizes strutting their stuff.

Finish your weekend with some funny—a night of stand-up comedy—as emerging troupe NBAcomics presents its somewhat strangely named Summer Fest 97’ at Toronto’s renowned giggle garage The Second City.

Weekend Roundup, July 24 to 26

Friday: See the Kuba Komet and other eclectic historical sets at the MZTV Museum of Television

Friday: See the Kuba Komet and other eclectic historical sets at the MZTV Museum of Television

Friday, July 24
Celebrate the arts and culture of South Asia at Masala! Mehndi! Masti!, a popular festival featuring artists, food and clothing vendors and more representing such countries as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Book a tour of the newly re-opened MZTV Museum of Television and see some of the most striking historical televisions still in existence.

Look closely at the exceptionally intricate works on paper by Luke Painter, whose current show, entitled Revival-esque is on display at Angell Gallery.

Saturday: Amy Millan takes the stage at Harbourfront Centre

Saturday: Amy Millan takes the stage at Harbourfront Centre

Saturday, July 25
Grab some new walking shoes or sandals from one of the hundreds of available pairs at Get Outside, then saunter along Queen Street West for more retail therapy.

Enjoy more ethnic offerings as part of the Kultura Filipino Arts Festival, with music, visual arts and readings that reflect the Filipino-Canadian experience.

Sing along under the stars with Stars vocalist Amy Millan as she headlines the Harbourfront Centre’s Canadian Voices festival.

Sunday: Sassy songstress Katy Perry belts 'em out at the Molson Amphitheatre.

Sunday: Sassy songstress Katy Perry belts 'em out at the Molson Amphitheatre.

Sunday, July 26

Join the resident artists of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, as they offer another in a series of “Sundays at the Young.” This week, Noah Richler presents performances of Depression-era songs and stories by Murray McLauchlan, Chris Whiteley, Jean Stillwell and others.

Bounce around on the lawn of the Molson Amphitheatre as Katy Perry performs her sassy little ditties.