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Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Hot Date: Drawn to Reading at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Bryan Lee O'Malley (photo by Laura Taylor)

MAY 5 & 6 Enthusiasts of illustrated storytelling assemble for a celebration of comics, graphic novels and their creators at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Showcasing Canadian and international talent, the event promotes the literary and artistic merits of the increasingly mainstream medium with a large exhibition area featuring publishers, authors and artists, plus talks, panel discussions, workshops, gallery shows and book signings. Special guests include Toronto’s Bryan Lee O’Malley (creator of the Scott Pilgrim series), DJ and graphic novelist Kid Koala, and manga artist Konami Kanata. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Free admission; call 416-533-9168 or click here for more information.

 

Weekend Roundup, May 8 to 10

There’s much to see and do this weekend in Toronto.

Friday, May 8
Partake in a tutored tasting at the Spirit of Toronto Whiskey Gala, featuring more than 100 single malts and premium spirits.

Sit in awe of Canadian violin virtuoso Alexandre Da Costa as he performs in Nostalgia, the final concert of Sinfonia Toronto‘s 2008/09 Masterpiece Series.

Enjoy an evening of frat-boy antics and one-liners with comedian Dane Cook.

Dane Cook is about comedy this Friday (Photo by Tony Duran).

This Friday, Dane Cook gets serious about comedy (Photo by Tony Duran).

Saturday, May 9
Explore a world of words and illustration in the York Quay Gallery exhibition Graphic Novels: the Creation of Art and Narrative, presented by the 2009 Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Drape yourself in vintage couture—an art deco–era gown perhaps?—from venerable Yorkville boutique Divine Decadence.

Escape the downtown bustle amid Trattoria Sotto Sotto’s romantic ambience, while savouring fresh whole-fish and seafood dishes inspired by Italy’s Amalfi coast.

Sunday, May 10
Treat mom to the lakefront scenery and gourmet brunch buffet on a two-hour Mother’s Day voyage with Mariposa Cruise Lines.

Travel back to the ’60s with Jersey Boys. The Tony Award–winning musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ rise to fame.

Join expert Kerri M. Lee to learn about the history of the traditional English afternoon tea (complete with tasting) at the Bata Shoe Museum.