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Ryerson University

Hot Art: Nuit Blanche’s All-Night Viewing Party

All Night Convenience is among the interactive displays at this year’s Nuit Blanche

SEPTEMBER 29  Artistic inspiration isn’t subject to the whims of a nine-to-five schedule. It occurs at any time and in any place. During Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, creativity happens overnight, as thousands of residents and visitors descend with the sun to engage with more than 40 commissioned art installations in and around the Entertainment District, City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square, Ryerson University and the intersection of King and Church streets. (An additional 100 independent projects will be displayed across the city.) Among the most intriguing of these dusk-to-dawn displays are All Night Convenience, a 300-square-foot “store” created by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky that grows darker as patrons carry away its illuminated retail goods, and Museum of the Rapture by Douglas Coupland, which explores the separation of mind and body through a labyrinth of signs and living tableaux in an underground parking lot. Begins at 7 p.m., free admission; click here for more information.

Royal Couple’s Three-Day Tour of Canada Begins Today

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: UK Ministry of Defence

You’ll have to be on your toes if you want to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as they’re whisked through Canada on their three-day royal visit that kicks off today and promises to be decidedly less exciting than last year’s royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka William and Kate). (more…)

Where in Toronto: Maple Leaf Gardens as a Grocery Store

photo by Rasheed Clarke

I hate starting off a story with “when I was a kid…”
It makes me feel old. Ah well. When I was a kid, my dad would take me to hockey games at Maple Leaf Gardens so I could cheer on my favourite Leaf, Felix Potvin. We always rode the subway downtown from our home in Etobicoke because my dad hates paying for parking. College station was a lively place on game nights as fans rushed off the trains, up the stairs and down Carlton Street to what used to be
a national hockey hub.

The Buds moved from the Gardens to the Air Canada Centre in 1999, and it’s taken more than a decade for their former home to find another permanent tenant. Or, more accurately, two new tenants.

The first is Loblaws, the grocery store chain that two weeks ago opened its latest Toronto location inside the southwest wing of Maple Leaf Gardens. In the company’s words, this store represents “food’s greatest stage.” A lofty statement, but there are some novelties that set the place apart from other grocers: a sushi bar, omelette bar, a sizable patisserie, and a really tall glass case of cheese.

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Weekend Roundup, August 26 to 28

Friday: Dance the techno prince at Harbourfront Centre's Telus Taiwanfest

Friday, August 26
Discover the age-old traditions and contemporary customs of Taiwan at Harbourfront Centre’s Telus Taiwanfest. The weekend-long festival immerses visitors Taiwanese culture through dance, music, art and food. Tonight, hear music by the Musuo Girls Band, and learn the modern dance known as the “techno prince.”

Witness weird and wonderful street acts at the Scotiabank Buskerfest. This weekend, the St. Lawrence Market area is taken over by talented jugglers, magicians, fire dancers and more, performing to benefit the Epilepsy Toronto foundation.

Enjoy the acoustic sounds of singer-songwriter Matt Costa at the Great Hall. The indie-folk artist plays selections from his soulful repertoire and is supported by opening band Bahamas.

Saturday: Lady Antebellum headlines the CMT Music Festival (photo by 1035 WEZL)

Saturday, August 27
Make your way north of the city to Burl’s Creek Park near Barrie, for the CMT Music Festival. Headliners include Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Ronnie Dunn—all rarin’ to entertain at this family-friendly country music showcase.

Support Ryerson University’s student radio station CKLN/CHRY by checking out its Vintage Vinyl Party & Sale at the Ryerson Student Centre. Thousands of records, CDs and books are available, with proceeds going to support community radio.

Test your basketball skills against the pros! The NBA Jam Session at Yonge-Dundas Square begins today with basketball programming for all ages. The event features NBA personalities, slam dunk contests and mascot appearances all in celebration of basketball.

Sunday: Let your geek flag fly at FanExpo

Sunday, August 28
Calling all comic, anime, Sci-Fi, gaming and horror aficionados: FanExpo is here! For four days at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the industry’s leading experts and celebrities make appearances to satisfy their ever-growing Canadian fan base.

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for the Arts presents its sixth annual Kultura Arts Festival in Kensington Market. The festival highlights the cultural identity of the Philippines through art, dance, music and film, and today it coincides with Pedestrian Sunday—car traffic is barred from the neighbourhood, making it that much easier to explore.

Enjoy an afternoon of classical music by the Windermere String Quartet at the Toronto Music Garden. The acclaimed group is known for their dynamic performances of popular and lesser-known compositions from the Baroque and Classical eras.