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5 things to do this weekend: Canadian Music Week, Contact & Poetry Slam

CityNews | posted Friday, May 1st, 2015

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We take a look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

May 1-3, 2015

Contact Photography Festival: While past years have had specific themes, the 2015 Contact Festival has opened the floodgates, aiming instead to celebrate photography as a “medium without boundaries.” From world-renowned pros to prolific amateurs, the festival offers a visual feast featuring the works of more than 1500 photographers at over 175 venues throughout the GTA.  There are also workshops, masterclasses and portfolio reviews. May 1-31. Multiple venues.http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/

Canadian Music Week: Music may be the main focus, but this always-evolving festival also includes a digital media summit and film and comedy fests. Notable musical performances include Oasis’ Noel Gallagher,  Scott Weiland and Billy Talent. Filmmaker Spike Lee will offer film fans a glimpse into his creative process during a keynote interview.  May 1-10. Multiple venues. http://cmw.net/

“Spring Into Action” Run for Diabetes: It looks like it’s going to be a warm and sunny weekend, so why not break a sweat outside for a good cause?  You can take your time on a two-kilometre walk or up the intensity with a five or 10 kilometre run. All funds raised go to diabetes awareness. Saturday. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie Street. http://www.insideoutstudio.ca/events/

Pampered Pooches TO:  Enjoy a dog day afternoon in Liberty Village that promises to be fun, fury and free! This one-day event offers the best in food, fashion and health tips for your four-legged friends. The first 50 visitors can head to the info booth for a free swag bag.  Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 80 Lynn Williams (parking lot) http://www.torontoartcrawl.com/pampered-pooches/

Toronto Poetry Slam season opener: Ringside seats for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao may be going for $75,000, but you can catch some of the best verbal sparring from local poets for a measly $5. Sunday. 8 p.m. The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West. $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/

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