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What's On: Beyond Brazil and the FIFA World Cup

It's safe to say that the biggest event happening this weekend -- and the coming month -- is the FIFA World Cup. And footie fans all over the world are watching. However, perhaps for those times in between the matches, here are some suggestions for things to check out:

Until June 15
Various Locations

The Songs of Toronto is just one of the many literary choices on offer as Luminato wraps up this weekend. When the city's poet laureate Dennis Lee couldn't find any Toronto songs akin to London Bridge is Falling Down and New York, New York, he decided to make them up.

For those looking to learn more about how the city inspires its writers, check out a Literary Walk. For instance, the one by led by Cary Fagan through Kensington Market will explain how the neighbourhood inspired his book A Bird's Eye.

For more information on these show and others, check out the Luminato website.

Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
June 13 to June 15
Corus Quay & George Brown College on the Waterfront

This festival celebrates the many forms of animation from around the world, while supporting and nurturing the community that creates them. New this year (and free to attend), meet cartoon heroes and independent creators in the Animation Arts Maarket: a central place at TAAFI for everyone to hang out and talk art, buy art, sketch, or be nerdy. For students and professionals, studio recruiters from all over will be waiting to meet you!

For more information, check out the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International website.

Burt's Buzz
June 13
TIFF Bell Lightbox

Director Jody Shapiro ventures into the backwoods of Maine for this wry, thoughtful and intimate documentary portrait of the reclusive Burt Shavitz, founder and (bearded) face of the all-natural personal care brand Burt's Bees. A Toronto native, Shapiro will be present for the intro and Q&A session.

For more information, check out the TIFF website.

Say Wha?!
June 15
Comedy Bar

Have you ever read a poorly written novel and thought to yourself, who publishes this crap? Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store? At Say Wha?! engaging and charismatic performers put their comedic spin on some of the most cringe-worthy, embarrassing and painfully earnest writing in print.

For more information, check out creator Sara Bynoe's website.

In Concert; Raoul and the Bigger Time
June 14
The Rex

Raoul and The Big Time is one of the most highly regarded and awarded young blues acts in Canada. Since forming in the summer of 1998 they have released two records to critical acclaim. Raoul and the Bigger Time is the seven-piece version of his band.

For more information, check out The Rex website.

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