Saturday, Glenn Gould Studio
Debra Ehrhardt has turned her unusual life experiences (most Jamaican immigrants don’t trick a CIA agent into helping them get to the States) into her third production, the award-winning Jamaica, Farewell. Regarded by The Washington Post as having “a rare ability to mesmerize,” Ehrhardt commands the stage solo and plays all the characters for 90 minutes. Her tenacity has paid off, and Tom Hank’s better half, Rita Wilson (producer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, another one woman play), is now developing Jamaica, Farewell into a feature film. 4 & 8pm. $35. 250 Front W. www.glenngouldstudio.cbc.ca
Zine Dream 3
Sunday, The Tranzac
An underground small-press art fair, Zine Dream 3 is a celebration of ’zines, arts, crafts and handmade goods such as screen-printed posters and t-shirts. It expressly focuses on self-published and local artists. This all-day event featuring musical performances The Deeep, Tom Henry, Vanessa Hanson and David Hanes, Zine Dream 3 spotlights the work of over 50 artists and vendors. 11am-5pm. PWYC. 292 Brunswick. zinedream.com
City and Colour/Tegan and Sara
Saturday, Molson Amphiteatre
After conquering more intimate venues, Alexisonfire singer City and Colour (describing his real name, Dallas Green) will need to get used to strumming his enormously popular musings at larger venues. Indie-pop-playing twins Tegan and Sara, on the other hand, are no strangers to the big stage, and have the banter to prove it; the girls are as powerful a presence when they talk as when they sing. With Wintersleep, Ra Ra Riot. $36.75-$63.75. 6:30pm.
All weekend, Harbourfront Centre
It’s OK if you don’t understand what’s being said at Harbourfront Centre’s TaiwanFest, where the uniqueness of Taiwanese culture is boldly expressed. Of the many groups., check out the explosive beats of hip-hop group Kou Chou Ching (pictured) as they belt explosive lyrics in Taiwanese, Chinese, Hakka and Hoklo. Free.
Saturday, The Shop @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen W.
Winsome melodies, slashing guitars, paper-thin drums and disinterested voices that mesh into an echoey squall — it can only be Slumberland Records’ latest signing. Connecticut duo Adam Malec and Andrea produce an alluring sonic vision of listlessness. “I’d rather cheat on you than love myself,” Andrea sings brattily, and we’re smitten. With Bishop Morocco, Little Girls. $7 advance. 10pm.
Neil Bansil at Flippin Bunny Saturday, The Courthouse, 57 Adelaide E.
With nearly 200,000 Filipinos in the GTA, you can expect to hear more than the requisite Philippines-related jokes about Imelda Marcos, her bazillion pairs of shoes, rice or karaoke from comic and Markham native Neil Bansil and his fellow Pinoy comedians at this show. $20 at www.ticketweb.ca. www.flippinfunnyshow.com
Mix of Six: August 27 -29