Weekend Warrior: YTV’s The Next Star, Friday nights at the ROM, Kensington Food Walk, Design on Dundas and Artfest
By Sabrina Nanji
Tara Oram, Adamo Ruggiero, Keshia Chante and Mark Spicoluk are the judges on YTV’s The Next Star
The Next Star
You could be the next Justin Bieber! Well, if you’re under 15 years old, and have some discernible talent. YTV’s The Next Star, the reality show which pits kids against each other for singer supremacy, is back for its fifth season. This weekend, Toronto will host the Ontario auditions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Prepare yourself for countless covers of “Call Me Maybe.”
Night at the Museum
There are only a few weeks left to fulfill your childhood dream of partying at a museum. Tonight’s instalment of the ROM’s Friday Night Live series will feature a sneak peek of the 11-day Inside Out Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday. The festival will feature screenings, panel discussions, installations and more than 200 films and videos focusing on LGBT culture. Tonight, the ROM will showcase the exhibition “The Great and Fabulous Display of Realness,” a performance by Buddies in Bad Time Theatre and a cabaret performance by Christian Jeffries.
Food for thought
Do not eat breakfast Saturday morning if you plan on attending the Kensington Foodies Roots Walk. The tour, which meets in Chinatown, will explore seasonal and ethnic foods around the city. Take in Jewish and South Asian snacks at a micro-roastery, then work your way through trendy Japanese fare and finish up with some Latin American street food. The tours are limited to 12 people, so you'll want to book in advance. And bring empty shopping bags, because you'll probably want to save room for a midnight snack at home. The best part? The walk is almost four hours, which means you'll be able to burn the copious amounts of delicious calories consumed. Mangez away!
Design on Dundas
Today, Yonge-Dundas Square is being transformed into a glorified arts and crafts display. The Ryerson University event, Design on Dundas, sees high school students facing off in a number of design and engineering challenges, which will be judged and tested by engineering pros. Students have the chance to build and launch a rocket, as well as bridges made from popsicle sticks. Don't be fooled by the crude materials — there are strict rules and design criteria which must be followed. Ryerson U kids will also be showcasing a Formula SAE race car and concrete toboggans built by engineering students. We're starting to think we chose the wrong career path.
What better way to spend the Victoria Day weekend than walking around the Distillery District while artisans show off their craft? Did we mention it's free? This weekend, artists like bag designers Barnstorm Leathers, abstract artist Lory MacDonald, Mistura and Reiner’s (which probably makes the most adorable furniture ever), will be showcasing their work as part of Artisans at the Distillery and Artfest. More than 85 artists and artisans will showcase art, textiles, pottery, food, photography, jewellery and more. Don't miss this round, the next show isn't until August 4.