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It’s Friday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment weekend ahead.


The wait is over. Larry David returns to the HBO airwaves Sunday after a six-year absence with Season 9 of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Everyone’s favourite neurotic curmudgeon will be up to his old tricks.

Most of the cast is back for Season 9 including Bob Einstein, Richard Lewis, Jeff Garlin and Cheryl Hines. But get a load of the guest list! Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Nasim Pedrad, and Damon Wayans Jr. to name but a few. That’s 10pm Sunday on HBO.


And season 43 of SNL premieres this weekend as well. Ryan Gosling and Jay Z are slated for the Saturday 11:30 p.m.start. Saturday Night Live is surfing a wave of celebration after winning a handful of Emmys a couple weeks back. Can the Trump-era usher in another year of must-watch SNL? Let’s hope they stay humble at 30 Rock. Gone are Sasheer Zamata, Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer. But expect three new faces in Groundling member Heidi Gardner, iO Chicago alum Luke Null and Second City’s Chris Redd. SNL returning to the airwaves on Saturday night.


Nuit Blanche gets underway Saturday evening at dusk… around 7pm. Expect big crowds, big ideas, some exhibits that aren’t all they are cracked up to be, but some that are diamonds in the rough. It’s the luck of the draw that makes this event magical.

Hard to predict what will be must-see, but old factories are always cool. The old Unilever soap factory at East Harbour will be open and should be a sight in itself, but there will be a futuristic installation in the space as well. Nathan Phillips Square will feature the Shipping container installation Monument to the Century of Revolutions, and a hot air balloon.

Netflix is getting in on the Nuit Blanche action by recreating the terrifying world of the Upside Down from the hit showStranger Things. You will have to venture to Toronto’s underground walkway near Osgoode Hall and also wear a hazmat suit! There’s also going to be a 15-foot puppet telling stories at Albert and James Streets. for Nuit Blanche info.


It is indeed a weekend for Culture Vultures. It’s Culture Days in Ontario this weekend, including Southern Ontario and the GTA. The 8th annual Culture Days begins Friday and runs through Sunday. The event features free, hands-on, interactive events and activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

In Toronto, events at the Toronto Reference Library, the National Ballet of Canada, The Bloor Street Corridor and Artscape Youngplace. The St Jamestown Public Library is putting on an augmented reality display, and there are dance classes for every taste including Spanish, Scottish and even a Thriller dance class in Etobicoke. There’s the Scarborough arts mosaic, Humber historic tunnel tours, and much much more. for listings.

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