What's on this weekend in Toronto

Aparita Bhandari takes a look at this weekend's events, including a quidditch tournament for non-wizards.

Highlights include a quidditch tournament, Parkdale canning workshop

Attention all Muggles! Get your house colours ready, whether you're a Gryffindor or Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. It's time for the 2013 Canadian Quidditch Cup Tournament which kick's off this list of weekend events.

2013 Canadian Cup Quidditch Tournament
Nov 9
Cherry Beach Field

Men with brooms, but not curlers. This weekend will feature a Quidditch tournament at Cherry Beach. (Canadian Quidditch Cup Tournament website)

It's the regionals of the game made famous by the Harry Potter book series. Sixteen teams will compete, and four will qualify for the world World Cup. In addition to Quidditch, this event will have kidditch (a version of the sport for little ones), a reading tent, some merchandise and an after party. For more information, check out the Canadian Cup Quidditch Tournament website.

Hotel Tropicoco and the Cuban Revolution
Nov. 1 to Nov. 30
Northern District Branch (Toronto Public Library)

Photographer Steve Stober shot these images on film using a plastic toy camera then printed them as silver gelatin photographs in his darkroom in Toronto. The result is whimsical photos with an archival quality.
For more information, check out Steve Stober's website.

35 Years of Growing Imagination
Nov 9 (1-4 PM)
Lillian H. Smith Library (Toronto Public Library)

Groundwood Books has been publishing some of the world's best kidlit for 35 years. To celebrate this remarkable feat, they're throwing a party with stories, games, door prizes and of course, gorgeous picture books that grow imaginations.
For more information, check out the Small Print Toronto website.

Dark Comedy Festival
Nov. 1 to Nov. 9
Various Locations

The Iron Sheik is in town to challenge Toronto's embattled mayor and take part in a comedy roast. (CBC)

The Iron Sheik was in town offering to arm-wrestle Mayor Rob Ford. Turns out he was also in town for a roast at the Dark Comedy Festival. To check out the acts this concluding weekend, go to the Dark Comedy Festival website.

Pomegranate Film Festival
Nov 7 to Nov 10
Hamzkayin Theatre/Regent Theatre

The festival was started by a group of young Armenian professionals bound by a passion for film and culture. Now in its seventh year, it's a unique community event celebrating Armenian inspired film.
For more information, check out the Pomegranate Film Festival website.

Canning Workshops
West End Food Co-op

It's the time of the year when thoughts turn to canning and preserving. This food co-op in Parkdale has many such workshops. This weekend sample preserves, jams and pickles from Bumpercrop or partake in a zucchini relish workshop.
For more information, check out the West End Food Co-op website.

In Concert: Friday Night Live: Planet Asia
Nov 8

Besides checking out films and a sneak peek of the ROM's upcoming The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors exhibit there will be performances, including one by alternative hip-hop duo Plaitwrights.
For more information, check out the ROM website.


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