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Weekend Roundup, June 5 to 7

Luminato isn’t the only game in town; this weekend there’s lots to see and do (and eat)!

Martha Rosler's <i>Invasion 2008</i>, part of the Still Revolution exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Friday: See Martha Rosler's Invasion 2008, part of the Still Revolution exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Friday, June 5
Survey Still Revolution: Suspended in Time. At the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, this photography exhibition explores the evolution of that medium and its role in shaping the way we see the world.

Spend a hysterical evening at the Second City as its latest timely revue, 0% Down, 100% Screwed, skewers the economy.

Tuck into acclaimed Canadian cuisine at Canoe with a starter of maple-cured B.C. salmon and Yukon caribou as an entree. An array of Canadian cheeses offers the perfect ending to your meal.

Carl Robinson gives Toronto FC a kick (photo by Paul Giamou).

Saturday: Carl Robinson gives Toronto FC a kick (photo by Paul Giamou).

Saturday, June 6
Discover Casa Loma, the city’s majestic castle with with secret passages, ominous turrets and a beautiful garden that evokes Old World elegance and charm.

Climb the Frank Gehry-designed spiral staircase at the Art Gallery of Ontario and find intimate, sunlit respite within its top-floor espresso bar.

Cheer and chant with the fervent fans of Toronto FC as the hometown team takes on the Los Angeles Galaxy at BMO field.

Take a tour of the Amsterdam Brewery and see how the company combines Canadian barley with Danish yeast for a unique and refreshing cold one.

<i>Jersey Boys</i> swings it '60s style (photo by Joan Marcus).

Sunday: Jersey Boys swings it '60s style (photo by Joan Marcus).

Sunday, June 7
Get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup and many other treasures at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Travel back to the 1960’s with the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, which recounts the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ rise to fame.

Enjoy comedic cabarets courtesy of the Toronto Festival of Clowns at the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement.

Preview the 2009 Contact Photography Festival

The world’s biggest photography festival captures a medium’s transformative ways.
—By Amy Baker

Photography is arguably the modern world’s most popular and accessible form of visual expression. As such, it is constantly challenged to progress with the times and the needs of its innumerable devotees, all the while remaining true to its primary intent—to document life, from the extraordinary to the mundane. Technologically, the medium has evolved from its pioneering daguerreotypes to instant film to the present-day ubiquity of digital cameras and photo-sharing websites. It has advanced in spirit, too: First as an inexpensive way to preserve one’s portrait, then as a means to reveal exotic locales and, of course, a vehicle for artistic interpretation. Now, with their border- and class-defying proliferation, photographic images can act as educational tools and help advocate for social and political change.

This capacity for change, coupled with photography’s resilient nature, is explored in this year’s Contact Toronto Photography Festival and its theme, “Still Revolution.” In its myriad forms, the medium has drastically transformed the ways in which images have been created, disseminated and viewed over the past two centuries.