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Waterfront Blues Festival

Weekend Roundup, June 3rd to 5th

Friday: View Craig C. Cochrane's burlesque photos, including Tea with Mussolini.

Friday, June 3
For one sassy and sultry week (from June 2 to 7), Yorkville’s Liss Gallery presents Canadian photographer, Craig C. Cochrane’s Toronto Burlesque Photography exhibit. The collection features male and female burlesque performers shot on stage as well as in studio.

Meet one of Hollywood’s original stars at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, which presents the exhibition Mary Pickford & the Invention of the Movie Star in its Canadian Film Gallery. The display chronicles the life and career of the Canadian-born silent film actor, once dubbed “America’s Sweetheart.” Once your interest is piqued, catch a program of four of Pickford’s greatest films.

Marvel at them before they’re gone! There’s just one week left to ogle the late Princess Diana’s famous collection of dresses at the Design Exchange. This exclusive showcase marks the last time the gowns will be shown together publicly, as they’re slated for auction at the end of the month.

Saturday: Plácido Domingo sings beneath the stars

Saturday, June 4
Masterful tenor Placido Domingo is sure to enthrall the audience at Toronto’s new BlackCreek Summer Music Festival, which kicks off tonight at York University’s open-air Rexall Centre. This beloved “King of Opera” will be joined on stage by soprano superstar Sondra Radvanovsky.

Celebrate rhythm at the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, taking place today and tomorrow at Queen’s Park. Drummers representing Africa, North America, South America, Europe, India, Japan, China, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, South Korea and the Middle East are set to beat their hearts out at this family-friendly event.

The Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival continues this weekend, screening more of its 275 films from 36 countries (including 77 Canadian flicks). Among today’s offerings: a set of short films from New Zealand in a program called “New Zealand’s Got Talent” at the Royal Ontario Museum, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: Be entertained at the Toronto Festival of Clowns (photo by Kathleen Finlay)

Sunday, June 5
The city is also overrun with clowns this weekend, courtesy of the Toronto Festival of Clowns. The event includes full-length shows featuring clowns, physical performers, mimes, buskers and more. Today at 6:30 p.m., catch The Last Man on Earth, a play in the style of a silent that tells of the Devil and his minion as they try to corrupt the last man on the planet.

It’s like a farmer’s market but with beer! Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, which hosts a Brewery Market throughout the summer. Enjoy a slice of pizza from the barn’s outdoor oven while sipping a brew from this week’s featured brewer, Toronto’s Denison’s Brewing Company, best known for its German-style beers. Partial proceeds from the event support The Stop Community Food Centre’s initiatives.

The annual Waterfront Blues festival, one of the only genuine blues-music events in Toronto, wraps up today at Woodbine Park in the city’s balmy east end. Admission is free to watch a dozen performers, including The Gary Kendall Band, Larry McCray and Curtis Salgado.

Weekend Roundup, June 4 to 6

This weekend, feast your eyes on some exceptional artistic showcases and don’t miss a ton of fun festivals.

Friday: The National Ballet of Canada dances the West Side Story Suite (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Friday, June 4
Reflect upon the media’s influence over our understanding of history, images and identity at the debut of Monitors, an exhibition by Steve Lyons and Susan Lakin at Gallery 44. The show opens at 6 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 6:30.

Celebrate a timeless story of star-crossed lovers, presented through music and movement in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite. The National Ballet of Canada performs the graceful yet powerful work at the Four Seasons Centre, complemented by Robbins’ Opus 19/Dreamer and an untitled world-premiere piece by Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo.

Sing along with Sugarland, the dynamic country music duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. They take to the Molson Amphitheatre stage tonight, with special guests George Canyon, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Make a day of it by exploring Ontario Place before the concert starts.

Saturday: Fenulla Jiwani looks for love in 30 Dates

Saturday, June 5
An artistic opportunity beckons this weekend as the Riverdale Art Walk returns. See works by more than 100 local artists in this charming neighbourhood—both at the outdoor show at Jimmie Simpson Park and at studios in the area.

Witness 35-year-old Priti struggle through a string of bad dates in an attempt to end her singledom in the hilarious play 30 Dates. Local playwright and actor Fenulla Jiwani stars in this feel-good show at Berkeley Street Theatre.

Music is a lovely way to end the day at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio. Tonight, the United Sounds Project presents a host of local performers, including Antonitas D’Havila, one of the world’s most unique gypsy flamenco guitarists.

Sunday: Witness a cutesy pooch parade (photo by E3000)

Sunday, June 6
Try seeing movies in a new light; don’t miss the final day of the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, which offers internationally produced short films that run the gamut from celebrity shorts and animated tales to documentaries and music videos.

Head out to a different kind of festival at Woodbine Park, where you can snack on scintillating barbecued fare while bopping to live music. The weekend-long Waterfront Blues Festival continues today with performances by likes of Blackburn and the Canadian debut of the Alexis P. Suter Band.

Travelling can really make you miss your dog, or make you wish you had one (you know, to keep you company as you explore the vast city). Take solace in the surreal sight of 60 dogs dressed like your favourite celebrities as they trod Le Méridien King Edward Hotel’s red carpet for the launch of Woofstock, North America’s largest dog festival.

Weekend Roundup, June 12 to 14

The weather is warm and the weekend is here; get out and see the city!

Friday: Indulge in fine seafood at Fisherman's Wharf.

Friday: Enjoy the seafood at Fisherman's Wharf.

Friday, June 12
Sample everything from Alberta whiskey to Zen Green Tea Liquor in the open-air ambience of the waterfront at the Toronto Drinks Show.

Surrender to the artistry of Searching For… a showcase of art work and stage performances created by FireSlide Productions and the artists and writers belonging to their workshops.

Dive into the Fisherman’s Wharf of San Francisco for a sophisticated selection of seafood like the signature coquilles St. Jacques: a medley of bay scallops, shrimp, lobster and crab meat in a white wine and cream sauce baked with parmesan cheese.

Renowned soprano Measha Brueggergosman performs this month with the TSO (photo by Joy von Tiedemann).

Saturday: Hear soprano Measha Brueggergosman (photo by Joy von Tiedemann).

Saturday, June 13
Examine the evolution of painted pottery over the last 500 years at the Gardiner Museum’s exhibition Clay Canvases: The Fine Art of Painted Ceramics.

Marvel at Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman as she pays homage to composers Richard Strauss and Béla Bartók with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Experience the enchanting flow of flying feet and fiddles at a performance of the award-winning Riverdance at the Canon Theatre.

Join Russell Peters for a hilarious evening of impressive impersonations and cultural humour at the Air Canada Centre.

Sunday: Treatments from Shizen Spa are a great way to unwind (photo by Getty Images).

Sunday: Unwind at Shizen Spa (photo by Getty Images).

Sunday, June 7
Soak in the sun and the blues on the beach during the Waterfront Blues Festival at Woodbine Park.

Get wrapped in a blanket of flower petals and revel in the soft texture and aroma of the signature rose wrap treatment at Shizen Spa.

Delight in a decadent croque-monsieur and mimosa for brunch on the sunlit terrasse of Le Sélect Bistro.