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A weekend of festivals!

Contact Photography Festival
May 1 to May 31
Various Locations

Exploring the photographic medium as a way of seeing, this year's Festival theme, Field of Vision, frames a series of primary exhibitions and public installations. In museums and galleries, on city streets and subway platforms, these presentations reveal a shared interest in photography as a visual paradigm, one that structures how we imagine scenes, places, and events.

For more information, check out the Contact website.

Festival of South Asian Literature and the Arts
May 3 to May 5
University of Toronto

Besides promoting celebrated writers from South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, and those not writing in English, this year the festival also includes a film screening of acclaimed Sri Lankan director Prasanna Vithanage's With You, Without You, and a concert by Kiran Ahluwalia.

For more information, check out the FSALA website.

CanAsian Dance Festival
Apr 28 to May 12
Harbourfront Centre

From Japanese Butoh to Turkish whirling, experience Canadian and international artists in dynamic main stage concerts, late night performances, film and interactive workshops.

For more information, check out the CanAsian Dance Festival website.

Jane's Walk
May 3 to May 5
Various Locations

Jane's Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with where they live and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Since its inception in 2007, Jane's Walk has happened in cities across North America, and is growing internationally.

For more information on the Toronto walks, check out the Jane's Walk website.

Paddle the Don
May 5
Start point: Ernest Thompson Seton Park

This event is all about having fun, enjoying nature, and celebrating the Don River watershed. The trip also provides a time for reflection on all the benefits we derive from the natural environment - air, water, resources, recreation, and spiritual renewal - that are integral to the health and function of the city and the surrounding region.

For more information, check out the Paddle the Don website.

Four Winds Kite Festival
May 4 to May 5
Kortright Centre for Conservation

It's time to look up ... way up and see the fabulous and fascinating kites that will take flight. A great family outing where you can see professional kite flying demonstrations and enjoy some great springtime activities and wind themed interpretive hikes.

For more information, check out the Kortright Centre website.

Laura's Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord
May 3 to May 5
Harbourfront Centre

This musical extravaganza is inspired by the War of 1812's most famous story. After overhearing billeted American officers discussing a surprise attack, the wife of a wounded Canadian militiaman undertakes a gruelling trek through enemy-occupied territory to warn the British garrison at Beaver Dams, disguising her journey's true intent by travelling with her cow.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Roasting Applesauce/Sourdough Workshop
May 3/May 7
West End Food Co-op

Learn about the canning process, and make roasted apple sauce using apples from a local farmer. Or check out their first-ever bread-making workshop! Make delicious sourbread dough using the renowned "San Francisco" strain.

For more information, check out the West End Food Co-op website.

Spring Toad Festival
May 4 to May 5
Toronto Zoo

Celebrate the arrival of spring by experiencing the sights and sounds of amorous male toads in search of that special someone! Although the emergence and courtship of toads is the main event, there are heaps of other fun activities for children and adults alike.

For more information, check out the Spring Toad Festival website.

In Concert: Junos After the Dark
May 3

Celebrate our distinct cultural landscape with 2013 JUNO-nominated artists, headlined by Jully Black, the queen of R&B soul. Join jazz artists Dave Young and Terry Promane, as well as 2006 JUNO Award-winner Eon Sinclair (The Soul Proprietor) from Bedouin Soundclash as he spins tunes on the second floor.

For more information, check out the ROM website.