1. Wild Writers Literary Festival
This festival in celebration of the written word kicks off Friday with an event called "The Rock Comes to Waterloo." It features a discussion with Newfoundland writers Wayne Johnston and Donna Morrissey, hosted by none other than The Morning Edition's Craig Norris. Events on Saturday include panels, workshops, discussions, an evening speakeasy event and a literary brunch on Sunday.
2. Toronto Comedy All-Stars
Saturday 9:00 p.m.
KW Little Theatre
Get your laugh on with a team of comedians including Jay Scott, Big Norm, Andrew Barr, Diana Bailey, Nitish Sakhuja, The night is hosted by Danish Anwar. I can't guarantee much in this world, but I am going to go out on a limb and say there will be some Rob Ford jokes, so adjust your expectations accordingly.
3. The Frederick Art Walk
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5.p.m.
There's such an incredible list of artisans and artists with goods for sale including photographs, jewellery, stained glass works, furniture, bags, skin creams, maps, prints, teas and candles that you definitely need to grab a warm coat and go for a walk in this beautiful Kitchener neighbourhood. The Art Walk's website includes a map and an exhaustive listing of what's on at each address.
4. A Song For Tomorrow
Friday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The Courtyard at Bonnie Stuart
This play is the story of immigrant couple May and Ping, as they navigate a new country and the new world of Toronto's Annex neighbourhood, written by Christina Wong. It features Jasmine Chen as May and Jeff Yung as Ping, and examines themes of displacement and addiction, among many others.
5. Old Time Barn Dance
Saturday, doors at 6:30 p.m., event at 7:00 p.m.
Fiddler Karen Reed is kicking off the first in a series of barn dances at the Button Factory with a dance Saturday night. Judy Greenhill will be the square dance caller, and there will be refreshments. This is an all-ages event, so bring the whole family.