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The Weekender: The Junction Flea, Ellie Goulding and six other events on our to-do list

Ellie Goulding performs at The Sound Academy on Sunday (Image: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment)

1. THE JUNCTION FLEA (FREE!)
Presented by Smash and Russet and Empire, this eclectic outdoor market features vintage and kitschy items from furniture to vinyl records, all hawked by super-hip vendors in a lot in the Junction. Even though this market only kicked off this summer, the response has been overwhelming, and the onset of winter is sending the organizers looking for indoor spaces to continue the run. Make sure to catch this last outdoor event of the season. October 14. 2799 Dundas St. W., hello@junctionflea.com, junctionflea.blogspot.ca

2. ELLIE GOULDING
Since her first album, Bright Lights, came out in 2010, Goulding has received a whirlwind of accolades, including winning Critic’s Choice from the Brit Awards (she also sang at Will and Kate’s reception). That album’s single “Lights” spent months on the charts, finally breaking through to become an essential 2012 summer power jam. Her second album, Halcyon, dropped earlier this month. October 14. $25. Sound Academy, 11 Polson St. 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca

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Best of Fall 2012: Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and R. Murray Schafer kick off Soundstreams’ 30th anniversary season

Best of Fall 2012: Soundstreams

The Soundstreams series kicks off its 30th year with a concert featuring new work by a trio of modern music gods.

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Today in Toronto: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Die Fledermaus and more

Anne-Sophie Mutter Known as much for her commitment to contemporary music as for her haute couture sleeveless gowns (they free her arms for playing), this German violinist has never abandoned the baroque or classical repertoire. Find out more »

Die Fledermaus Straus’s champagne-fuelled comedy of betrayals and mistaken identities. Find out more »

Hong Kong Sinfonletta This busy ensemble has not only mastered the Western canon, it also commissions new works every year. Find out more »

Food Events Green Bites Workshop, Highland Park Whisky Tasting and more. See the Weekly Eater »

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Today in Toronto: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Light the Night Walk and more

Anne-Sophie Mutter Known as much for her commitment to contemporary music as for her haute couture sleeveless gowns (they free her arms for playing), this German violinist has never abandoned the baroque or classical repertoire. Find out more »

Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration Tap into your inner Neil Armstrong with this new interstellar exhibition. Visitors can examine artifacts from actual off-world adventures and get a sneak peek at a model of an indevelopment space plane. Find out more »

Light the Night Walk This group march exemplifies the determination and hope that exists among those affected by cancer. Find out more »

World Press Photo 12 Every year, the organization that oversees the world’s largest press photography contest showcases a selection of the winners. Find out more »

Food Events Sip and Savour Ontario Food and Wine Festival, Oysters 101 and more. Check out the Weekly Eater »

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Today in Toronto: Pictures at an Exhibition, SLoE by Julia Sasso and more

Pictures at an Exhibition Tunefulness and conspicuous displays of virtuosity come together in Mussorgsky’s musical tribute to an artist friend who died young. Find out more »

Road Trip (je ne regrette rien) Choreographer Susie Burpee joins up with performer Linnea Swan for a tragicomic duet about two women who act out every variation on female friendship. Find out more »

SLoE by Julia Sasso The acronym stands for Simple Lines of Enquiry, the title of one of the final piano compositions by the late Canadian composer Ann Southam. Find out more »

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Most marathons or charity walks advise participants to wear comfortable shoes, but not the one put on by the White Ribbon Campaign to raise awareness about violence against women. Find out more »

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Today in Toronto: Aspects of Oscar and Brandenburg Concertos

Aspects of Oscar Award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young won accolades from jazz genius Oscar Peterson. Find out more »

Brandenburg Concertos For these concerts, Tafelmusik performs the odd-numbered selections from Bach’s series of instrumental showpieces, along with his Orchestral Suite no. 4. Find out more »

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Today in Toronto: Dinosaur Jr., Glenn Gould’s Birthday BACHanalia and more

Dinosaur Jr. Every time a once-mighty band reunites, the question arises: for the money or the music? It’s been seven years since Dinosaur Jr.’s original lineup decided to bury the hatchet and get back to busting eardrums with its punishingly loud, Neil Young–inflected take on indie rock. Find out more »

Glenn Gould’s Birthday BACHanalia The legendary Canadian pianist would likely have been okay with a little punning on the name of the composer with whom he’s most associated. Find out more »

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard’s absurdist comedy about two of Shakespeare’s bumbling baddies offers relief from Hamlet’s spotlight-stealing histrionics. Find out more »

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Today in Toronto: Brandenburg Concertos, Tribute to John Coltrane and more

Brandenburg Concertos For these concerts, Tafelmusik performs the odd-numbered selections from Bach’s series of instrumental showpieces, along with his Orchestral Suite no. 4. Find out more »

Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture The Manifesto Community Projects is a hip-hop-oriented non-profit that aims to empower young Torontonians through culture. Find out more »

Tribute to John Coltrane Every year, the Rex holds a birthday celebration for the live-hard/ die-young saxophonist who single-handedly revolutionized his instru- ment (and could switch from tender ballads to howling free jazz on a dime). Find out more »

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Today in Toronto: David Byrne and St. Vincent, Gotye, James Ehnes and more

David Byrne and St. Vincent An odd couple? Not really. The former Talking Heads frontman and the one-time member of the indie-rock gospel choir The Polyphonic Spree have more in common than you’d think. Find out more »

Gotye This Australian singer-songwriter’s left-field hit, “Somebody I Used to Know,” is the bitterest, most broken- hearted earworm since Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Find out more »

James Ehnes Plays Brahms The Manitoba-born violinist brings his 1715 “Marsick” Stradivarius to town to kick off the TSO’s 90th season with Brahms’ Violin Concerto. Find out more »

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The Long Weekender: Public Enemy, Brazilian Day and six other events on our to-do list

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra performs at the Ashkenaz Festival on Sunday (Image: Ashkenaz Festival)

1. ASHKENAZ FESTIVAL
The Ashkenaz Festival is the largest international festival of Jewish music and culture in North America—so it sort of makes sense that it takes place only every other year. The festivities kicked off earlier this week, but there’s still plenty in store for the weekend: expect performances from the likes of The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, Socalled and Shye Ben Tzur. On Sunday, Toronto’s Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison (two-thirds of Sharon, Lois and Bram) will be on hand to perform their classic earwormSkinnamarink” as well as Oy Vey, Oy Veyand “I’m a Little Latke” (sadly, no word yet on whether Toronto’s other great Jewish sensation will be in attendance). The festival culminates in a massive parade Monday afternoon (those gifted with musical ability can head to the pre-parade lesson to learn the tunes and take part in the festivities). To September 3. Various prices (some events free). Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000, ashkenazfestival.com

2. CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW
You can probably catch a glimpse of this admittedly noisy but incredibly impressive display of aircraft prowess from afar, but the best views are from the CNE grounds or the VIP ticketed guest enclosures. The show will go on, rain or shine. September 1-September 3. Various prices (free with admission to The Ex).  At the waterfront, south of Bandshell Park. cias.org

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Today in Toronto: George Gao and Verdi’s Requiem

George Gao The erhu may have only two strings, but it delivers an astonishing array of effects, sometimes sounding almost like the wail of an electric guitar, sometimes like a violin with attitude. Find out more »

Verdi’s Requiem Verdi’s mass is about as far from liturgical music as it’s possible to get without becoming blasphemous. Find out more »

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Today in Toronto: La Tragédie de Carmen

La Tragédie de Carmen Bizet’s operatic masterwork sometimes sinks under the weight of accumulated shtick. Not in famed British director Peter Brook’s startling re-imagining, however. Find out more »

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The Pick: Einstein on the Beach at Luminato, your one chance to see Philip Glass’s masterwork

Einstein on the Beach, the 1976 magnum opus scored by American minimalist composer Philip Glass, isn’t your average opera: it’s an intense avante-garde bricolage of music, theatre, dance and spoken word. It’s also four-and-a-half hours long and is performed without intermission (audience members are encouraged to come and go as they please). The show hasn’t been performed in over 20 years. But Einstein is such a cultural landmark—and, by all accounts, such an overpowering artistic experience—that we simply couldn’t not recommend it.

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Today in Toronto: The Gismontis

The Gismontis Musical royalty in Brazil, the Gismonti family is known for their weaving together of jazz, classical and Brazilian popular music. Egberto and Alexandre on guitars and Bianca on piano welcome guest pianist Claudia Castelo Branco and flutist Jane Bunnett for a hot-blooded program that includes works by Egberto Gismonti and VillaLobos and a world premiere by Canadian composer Glenn Buhr. Find out more »

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Today in Toronto: Beethoven and Shostakovich and Obeah Opera

Beethoven and Shostakovich The opening bars of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 have been described as the sound of fate knocking at the door, but the bombast soon transforms into exhilarating complexity. The possibility that fate (in the guise of the Soviet secret police) might literally knock on Shostakovich’s door meant that the premiere of hisViolin Concerto No. 1 was delayed until after Stalin’s death. Find out more »

Obeah Opera Taking its inspiration from the Salem witch trials, this new work explores that atrocity’s Caribbean connection with the story of five women accused of practising magic. Find out more »

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