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What's On: Dance, culture and food are on the list...

There's lots to do and see this weekend. Dance performances, food festivals and celebrating a sense of community. Here are some events worth exploring:

Kathak Mahotsav Canada 2015
Aug 12 to Aug 15
Fairview Library Theatre

One of the pioneers of classical Indian dance in Canada, Rina Singha organizes this annual showcase of Kathak to ensure that the form known for its lightning speed footwork and pirouettes does not become an "endangered species."

For more information on the event, check out the Kathak Mahotsav Facebook page.

Made In Canada/Fait Du Canada
Aug 13 to Aug 16
Betty Oliphant Theatre

Over two dozen dancers from across the country will present their works in this annual showcase of contemporary Canadian dance. Inspirations range from a performers exploring their Aboriginal heritage to more whimsical works looking at radioactive love.

For more information, check out the Made In Canada/Fait Du Canada website.

Festival of South Asia
Aug 15 to Aug 16
Gerrard India Bazaar

Expect cultural entertainment representing the different countries that make up South Asia, fashion shows, kids entertainment and lots of great food.

For more information, check out the Festival of South Asia website.

York Eglinton International Street Festival
Aug 15 to Aug 16
Eglinton Ave West (between Marlee and Dufferin)

There will be performances ranging from salsa, funk and blues on the musical front to salsa and samba on the dance stage. Other activities will entertain kids, and food trucks will dish out meals to suit many appetites.

For more information, check out the York Eglinton International Street Festival website.

Waterfront Nightmarket
222 Cherry Street
Aug 14 to Aug 16

This sixth annual market brings the Asian tradition to Toronto. There will be lots of great food -- much of it served up on skewers -- but also performances, midway rides and stalls selling wares ranging from jewellery to cultural souvenirs.

For more information, check out the Waterfront Nightmarket website.

Ackee Fest
Aug 16
Jamaican Canadian Association (Finch Ave. and Hwy 400)

Besides live music, entertainment and a marketplace, attendees will get to taste delicious food from Africa and the Caribbean.

For more information, check out the Ackee Fest website.

Open Streets TO
Aug 16
Various Locations

After a successful pilot last year that saw some 45,000 people walking through sections of Bloor and Yonge Sts. closed off to encourage getting out and physically active, the event is back. Activity hubs encourage people to try their hand at anything from dancing to drawing with chalk on the street, as others walk, run or skateboard along.

For more information, check out the Open Streets TO website.

Blackout Party/12th Anniversary
Aug 14
Starting Point: David Pecaut Square

A blackout had plunged much of Ontario and parts of the US mid-west and north-eastern states into darkness in 2003. But it also brought people out on to the streets and celebrating a sense of community. This anniversary tries to reprise that atmosphere with a parade to a secret location.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

In Concert: Delhi2Dublin
Aug 15
Celebration Square, Mississauga

The Vancouver band mixing bhangra beats with Celtic tunes performs as part of the 10th Mosaic Festival that brings the rich traditions of South Asia to Mississauga.

For more information, check out the Mosaic Festival website.

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