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5 things to do this weekend: Charity dance-a-thon, Sultans of the Street & photo festival

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

May 2-4, 2014

My Film Weekend Seminar: Celebrate 50 years of comedy (1914-1964) with the Toronto Film Society’s annual film event. The weekend seminar opens with 1937’s The Awful Truth, starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Eighteen films will be shown over three days. Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St. Friday to Sunday. Single tickets ($9); days passes for Saturday ($65) and Sunday ($50) are also available. torontofilmsociety.org.

Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival: The month-long photography festival — which features over 500 local, national and international artists at 200 exhibitions — explores identity and social issues. The event includes 13 primary exhibits and nine public installations, held at various locations across Toronto. The launch party is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. May 1-31. Most exhibits are free. scotiabankcontactphoto.com.

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Pump it for Preemies: A dance-a-thon — organized by Thornhill teen Cameryn Strolight and her family — will be held on Sunday, which aims to raise money to buy a ventilator for Mount Sinai Hospital’s neonatal ICU. Strolight, who was born 10 weeks early in Feb. 27, 2001 and weighed just 2 lbs. 5 oz., says a ventilator saved her life. The Avenue Banquet Hall, 1600 Steeles Ave. W. Sunday. 11:30 a.m. Minimum pledge of $50. pump-it-for-preemies.com.

Sultans of the Street: The play, which is set in India, features four children from Kolkata who are trying to escape begging on the streets and find a better life. Written by Anusree Roy and directed by Nina Lee Aquino, the play had its world premiere in Toronto on Thursday. Young People’s Theatre. 165 Front St. E. Runs until May 15. Recommended for ages eight and up. $15-$24. youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

Jane’s Walk: Whether you are new in Toronto or have lived in the city your entire life, there’s always something new to discover in your neck of the woods. Walking tours are held in various neighbourhoods, including Parkdale, Spadina Avenue, and the waterfront in Toronto and Scarborough. The walks are held in remembrance of writer and activist Jane Jacobs. Click here for a list of walking tours. Various locations. May 2-4. Free. janeswalk.org.

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