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5 things to do this weekend: Beaches Jazz fest, Junior Carnival parade & forensics facility tour

COURTESY: Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

July 19-21, 2013

Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex opening: This will be better than a CSI episode. The public will get a chance to check out the new state-of-the-art facility in Toronto and tour the autopsy suite, firing range, isolation ward and family rooms. 25 Morton Shulman Ave. (closest street Wilson Avenue at Keele Street.) Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.mcscs.jus.gov.ca

Beaches International Jazz Festival: About a million people are expected to attend the 10-day sonic extravaganza. The free festival kicks off Friday with a slew of concerts in Woodbine Park. The Woodbine concerts run until July 24, after which the action shifts to Kew Gardens. Three stages will also host some musical heavyweights along the Beaches boardwalk from July 26-28. The two-kilometre stretch of Queen Street East between Woodbine and Beech avenues will be closed to traffic to accommodate fans and nearly 50 bands that perform from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. from July 25-27. Various locations. July 19-28. Free. http://www.beachesjazz.com/

Christian Louboutin exhibit: If you’re a shoe and bag person, the exhibition of the luxury soles by French designer Christian Louboutin should not be missed. More than 250 examples of his famous footwear will be on display. 234 Bay St. Until Sept. 15. Adults: $22. Students: $18. www.dx.org

Carnival Junior Parade, Junior Carnival and Family Day: More than 2,500 children in beautiful costumes will take part in this annual parade, considered North America’s largest children’s carnival parade. The route will start at William Baker Park on Robert Woodhead Crescent and end at Downsview Park, where afterwards everyone can enjoy lunch, refreshments and free concerts for the rest of the day. Downsview Park. Saturday. Opening ceremony: 10:45 a.m. Parade starts: 11 a.m. Family Day: 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Free. www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com

In Conversation with John Landis: The director of Animal House, The Blues Brothers and Trading Places will be signing copies of his book and speaking about his four-decade career at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Saturday. TIFF Bell Lightbox. Saturday, 6 p.m. $17.50-22.75 www.tiff.net

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