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Five things to do in Toronto this weekend: Oct. 11 to 14

Torontoberfest is an Oktoberfest-themed afternoon of beer and sausages. Photo by Andrew Badgely

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 3
Lorin Maazel once led three orchestras in the playing of Beethoven's nine symphonies in one day. Afterward the conductor commented that No.3 (or Eroica, which means "heroic" in Italian) was the highlight. "I was overwhelmed by the power," he said. "I was so caught up in it, I lost control." This evening, audiences will hear the power in a Toronto Symphony Orchestra program capably conducted by Stéphane Denève and starring the always-in-control violinist James Ehnes. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. $38.75 to $169. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.,416-593-4828.

Harbour Kids Thanksgiving
Why do we love Toronto? Harbourfront may be one of the reasons. As part of an afternoon of music, film and craft-making, families are invited to pen one-sentence love letters to Hogtown on Monday. The messages will be propelled into the Twitterspehere, with some of the snappier ones also posted on the 300 TTC screens across the city. Folks who can't make it down to York Quay Centre can tweet their missives in the direction of @HarbourKIDS for consideration. Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000.

Wasteland: A Photographic Journey Into the Heart of Urban Decay
Glitz, skyscrapers and clean lines – yes, urbanscapes are quite something to look at. Just as beautiful, however, are ugly scenes of grunge-ridden deterioration and scuzzy abandoned industrial places. Photographers Gerry Kaiser and Brad Walsh portray urban decay in a joint exhibition that looks at prosperity's dark, sore flip-side. To Oct. 31. Free. The Roundhouse, Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd., 416-362-2337.

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Tristen
"I wanted to challenge the acoustic reverence of the Americana music world and I wanted to piss off the old folkies. Is there something wrong with that?" No. Chicago-born, Nashville-based Tristen Gaspadarek, there is nothing wrong with that. Caves, the new album from the mono-named singer-songwriter marks a surprising seamless move from twee folkster to synth-pop siren. On Monday, she warms the audience for headliners Bell XI, the witty Dublin alt-rockers who rarely sit still themselves. Oct. 14, 8 p.m. $21. Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W., ticketfly.com or Rotate This and Soundscapes.

Torontoberfest
Please, in my backyard. Some call it "turkey day," but the people behind the Brewer's Backyard series are running afoul of that gastronomical designation. An array of autumnal suds will be on tap, with sausages and duck fat frites available to soak it all up. Go early, sleep it off, wake up for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at home later. Oct. 14, noon to 4 p.m. Koerner Gardens, Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., brewersbackyard.com.

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