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Get the Party Started: Toronto’s Nightlife Boasts Something for Everyone


The Drake Hotel. Photo by Connie Tsang.

The Drake Hotel is a hip west-end hub. Photo by Connie Tsang.


Toronto may not be Las Vegas or Miami when it comes to extravagant nightspots. But even in this relatively staid city there’s a clutch of people who know how to party—and a brace of impressive venues to host the revelry. Downtown’s nightlife nexus is generally bound by King and Queen streets, between Bathurst Street and University Avenue. Upstart Ace (425 Adelaide St. W., 416-504-1444) caters to the city’s trendy young professionals. It’s intimate, but there’s room to breathe, and for a premium you can keep it that way in a private booth. Similarly smaller scale is Media Bar, a chic nightclub-meets-social-club type of space where you can charge your iPhone while nursing your drink. On the other end of the spectrum are spaces such as Uniun—which attracts big crowds with its no-expense-spared ambience and guest appearances by top international DJs—and Exhibition Place’s Muzik nightclub, featuring such amenities as a beauty bar (with hair and makeup services for ladies) and an exclusive Grey Goose lounge.

That said, sometimes a discerning nightcrawler needs something more novel to get the blood pumping and the champagne flowing: hybrid bars-slash-nightclubs The Everleigh and Cabin Five attract attention by fostering a Canadiana-chic vibe, while Rock ’n’ Horse Saloon carries 10-gallon Stetsons, cowboy boots and bolo ties into the 21st century on the back of a mechanical bull. And then there’s Chill Ice House (page 27). True to its name, Toronto’s newest nightspot embraces our wintry weather: the lounge’s walls, furniture, bar and even its glasses are made of ice.


Getting a nice, stiff drink in Toronto has never been difficult, per se, but these days it’s easier than ever. The really timeless tipples, of course, have long been kept alive at the leather-bound Roof Lounge, one of the city’s most venerated—and most comfortably traditional—hotel bars, while numerous neighbourhood establishments up the ante by using artisan ingredients in soon-to-be-classic and real-deal-timeless recipes. The Black Hoof’s Cocktail Bar (923 Dundas St. W., 416-792-7511) leads the pack in this regard, but you can’t go wrong ambling into the likes of Northwood (815 Bloor St. W., 416-846-8324), D.W. Alexander or Montauk (765 Dundas St. W., 647-352-4810), which has both Manhattans and negronis on tap. Speaking of time, bars such as SpiritHouse and Museum Tavern use it wisely to create barrel-aged cocktails—drinks that have gained smoother, mellower flavours by maturing in oak barrels for three to four weeks.

If it’s a more unusual sip that you seek, BarChef is a natural first-call: the city’s foremost envelope-pushing lounge is known for utilizing molecular techniques in its signature cocktails. Should those complex creations prove intimidating, rest assured that dialed-down, yet contemporary, drinks can be had at finer venues across Toronto. We recommend investigating the inventiveness of Momofuku Nikai and Cold Tea.


The city’s live music scene is ample and diverse. Use this handy guide to decide where you should go tonight!

Kool Haus, Phoenix Concert Theatre and Sound Academy: Toronto’s mid-size concert venues are known (though not always favourably) for their cavernous acoustics, as well as for their consistently varied bookings: one night might see British synth-pop stylists Bombay Bicycle Club, while the next could bring alternative rapper Ab-Soul to the stage.

Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace: In business for more than 60 years, the ’Shoe is a prime destination for scoping out emerging local talent—particularly those with a folk-rock or alt-country vibe—as well as bigger-name bands. Somewhat larger, Lee’s Palace attracts a range of established indie acts, including Beach House, The Wooden Sky, Cloud Nothings and Royal Canoe.

The Rex and Jazz Bistro: Toronto’s jazz scene isn’t necessarily as vital as it once was, but these downtown venues keep swinging. On top of its regular jazz and blues programming, Jazz Bistro also boasts a weekly Latin showcase and Sunday jazz brunch. Older and a bit rougher around the edges, The Rex nevertheless invigorates with a minimum of two shows every night.

The Hoxton: Each month, this urban-chic space hosts a decent number of big-beat EDM artists who know how to play to the clubby crowd.

Wrongbar: Eclectic DJs are the stars of the show at this Parkdale venue. The official schedule is sparser than at other spots, but musicians playing elsewhere in town have been known to drop by Wrongbar to spin some post-performance vinyl.

The Drake Hotel: This hip west-end arts-and-culture hub alternates between indie-rock concerts, DJ-directed dance parties, comedy shows and more.

The Tranzac: The Toronto Australia New Zealand Club (The Tranzac for short) has made a name for itself by regularly hosting a variety of hyper-local performers. The tunes tend toward the folksier end of the spectrum—with a smattering of contemporary classical and creatively improvised music—but often incorporate a somewhat experimental mien.

Celebrate Craft Beer in a Very Big Way at Cask Days

Cask Days. Photo by Connie Tsang.

Cask Days. Photo by Connie Tsang.

OCTOBER 24 TO 26 What began in 2005 as an intimate gathering of like-minded beer consumers on the back patio of Bar Volo (587 Yonge St., 416-928-0008) has now become one of North America’s largest celebrations of craft beer. Cask Days brings unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated brews to the masses, allowing breweries the chance to show off their hops. This year’s event has about 300 different cask-conditioned ales by 100-plus breweries from across Canada, the United States and the U.K., including Niagara Oast House, Nelson Brewery, Grizzly Paw, Microbrasserie Le Castor and Grand River Brewing. A special focus on California includes 30-plus breweries from the state. Not into ale? A number of ciders are available, too, as well as gluten-free beer options. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., Friday 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m., $35 and up; see caskdays.com to buy tickets. —Linda Luong

Ottawa International Writers Festival: What to Do and Who to See

Award-winning author Sarah Waters gives a talk at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26. (Photo: Charlie Hopkinson)

Award-winning author Sarah Waters gives a talk at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26. (Photo: Charlie Hopkinson)

At the Ottawa International Writers Festival biannual event, there’s no shortage of literary superstars worth seeing. In previous years, the festival has hosted some big names, such as Margaret Atwood and Annabel Lyon, and this edition looks to be no different. Ottawa’s own Frances Itani, author of Deafening and Tell, and Sarah Waters, who wrote Tipping the Velvet and The Little Stranger, will be here this year to talk about their craft.

Here are a few of this festival’s highlights:


Score Deep Discounts on Fashions at Catwalk 2 Closet

Catwalk 2 Closet Olesya Feketa,via Shutterstock

Find deep discounts on designer samples and end-of-season stock at Catwalk 2 Closet.

OCTOBER 23 TO 26 What’s a retailer to do when it finds itself with a surplus of inventory and in need of room for new merchandise? Enter Catwalk 2 Closet, the largest designer sample sale in the city with 100 brands available to label-loving shoppers. Together under one roof, leading purveyors of men’s and ladies’ outerwear, apparel, footwear and accessories bring their available samples and end-of-season goods directly to the consumer at steeply discounted prices—ranging from 50 to 80 per cent off. Be prepared though—15,000 to 20,000 people are expected to attend the event over the course of four days, for items from the likes of Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, Filson, Aigle and Northland Pro, and Canadian companies like Four Seasons Fur, Wayne Clark, Farley Chatto and Jennifer Torosian. Direct Energy Centre, Heritage Court, 100 Princes’ Blvd., Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit catwalk2closet.com for more information. —Linda Luong

Little White Lies: The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde's beloved satirical comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, is on at the National Arts Centre until Nov. 8.

Oscar Wilde’s beloved satirical comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, is on at the National Arts Centre until Nov. 8.

All of us are dishonest every once in a while, but it can land us in hot water when we least expect it. That’s exactly what happens to best friends Algernon and Jack in Oscar Wilde’s satirical comedy masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, as they try to woo their lady loves. By the third act, they’re scrambling to put things right in a world of false identities and strict social customs.
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Opera Atelier Weaves a Bewitching Tale in Alcina

Meghan Lindsay and the artists of Atelier Ballet in Alcina. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Meghan Lindsay and the artists of Atelier Ballet in Alcina. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

OCTOBER 23 TO NOVEMBER 1 Sorceress sisters weave romantic entanglements in Alcina, the latest offering from Opera Atelier. In the company’s new, period-appropriate production of Handel’s 18th-century masterwork, the handsome Ruggiero finds himself on an island in search of the seductress Alcina; his true love, Bradamante, follows, disguised as a knight, and immediately draws the gaze of Alcina’s sister Morgana. But on this island of illusion, it’s true love that proves to be most magical. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee at 3 p.m., $38 to $181; call 1-855-622-2787 to charge or visit operaatelier.com for details. —Linda Luong

Building New Roots with Flagship Boutique

Roots Canada Flagship store.

Rustic meets contemporary at the new Roots flagship.

What better way for a brand to celebrate its birthday than by opening a new store? That’s how iconic Canadian retailer Roots is ushering in its 41st year—with a new flagship boutique on the Mink Mile. Design director Diane Bald and senior director of planning and development Pauline Landriault have created a seamless two-storey space that marries the company’s signature rustic appeal with contemporary touches that honour its updated address’s original Miesian influence. Knotted oak, natural travertine stone, brushed brass and Tribe leather foster a subtle and serene setting in which to peruse Roots’s active apparel, footwear and supple leather goods. Open daily. —Linda Luong

• Roots, 80 Bloor St. W., 416-323-3289; roots.com.
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A Tasty Affair: Eat to the Beat Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Support

Eat to the Beat.

Eat to the Beat.

OCTOBER 21 October is breast cancer awareness month, and while donning a pink ribbon or buying specially marked products are two ways to support the cause, Eat to the Beat provides an appetizing way to help. The 19th edition of this popular fundraiser for Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support has 60 of the country’s best female chefs preparing signature bites like duck breast on polenta cream, grilled cheese, brownies and pies. Local culinary favourites include Doona Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Trista Sheen of Crush Wine Bar and Bonnie Gordon of Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., $175 includes all food and beverages, 7 p.m.; call 416-778-6314 ext. 236 or see eattothebeat.ca for details. —Linda Luong

Creative Spark: Rose Cousins at the Black Sheep Inn

Rose Cousins performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Oct. 18 and 19. (Photo: Shervin Lainez)

Rose Cousins performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Oct. 18 and 19. (Photo: Shervin Lainez)

In her 12-year career, Rose Cousins has garnered a lot of awards and accolades. She’s won two Canadian Folk Music Awards, six East Coast Music Awards, and the 2012 Juno for Best Solo Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. She even received a Polaris Prize long list nomination for her 2012 album, We Have Made a Spark. She’s known for her collaborative spirit, and her moody pop-folk songs have the power to evoke devastating emotions. Catch her live at the Black Sheep Inn. —Amy Allen
•The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., Wakefield, 819-459-3228. theblacksheepinn.com
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Encore! Encore! Theatre, Opera, Ballet and Music Abound in Toronto


The Book of Mormon. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The Book of Mormon. Photo by Joan Marcus.


The Entertainment District, home to five major performing arts venues, is where much of the singing, dancing and music-making takes place. The area’s two pillar theatres, the Royal Alexandra (260 King St. W.) and Princess of Wales (300 King St. W.), are owned by Mirvish Productions, which regularly stages audience-friendly shows. The grandiose, beaux-arts-style Royal Alex boasts an autumn playbill that includes historical drama Our Country’s Good (continuing to October 26), about the penal colony originally established in Australia, as well as Tom Stoppard’s witty Arcadia (November 4 to December 14) and The Heart of Robin Hood (December 22 to March 1). By contrast, the 2,000-seat Princess of Wales was built in the early 1990s to host mega-musical Miss Saigon. Since then it’s been home to extravaganzas like The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera. The religious satire The Book of Mormon (continuing to November 2) returns after its sold-out 2013 run.

A block east lies Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St.), home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and host to Toronto International Film Festival galas. One of the city’s most distinctive landmarks, the concert hall is easily recognized by its curvilinear glass exterior. Within, its primary tenant—under the guidance of music director Peter Oundjian—presents innovative programming such as the contemporary-classical New Creations Festival and an annual celebration of Mozart, and has accompanied such guests as Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman. This month sees David Zinman conduct Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 (October 2 and 4) and Prokofiev’s ballet score for Shakepeare’s Romeo & Juliet (October 22 and 23)—a powerful work. Later in the year, the harmonious efforts of the TSO and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in a rendition of Handel’s Messiah (December 16 to 21) is a holiday tradition not to be missed, and in 2015 Chinese piano prodigy Lang Lang celebrates Chinese New Year (February 21).

Not so far away is the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen St. W.). The country’s first purpose-built opera house opened in 2006 and is home to both the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. Inspired by traditional European theatres, the five-tiered horseshoe-shaped auditorium boasts impeccable sight lines, an expansive orchestra pit plus an impressive lobby—featuring a “floating” glass staircase—that adds considerable glamour to the streetscape. Themes of love and romance dominate the COC’s 2014-15 season: Verdi’s comic Falstaff (October 3 to November 1) kicks things off, while Don Giovanni (January 24 to February 21) seduces patrons in the new year. When opera’s not on stage, dance takes the spotlight. Helmed by former prima ballerina Karen Kain, the National Ballet of Canada boasts a dynamic repertoire by 20th- and 21st-century masters ranging from Balanchine to Nureyev. James Kudelka’s rendition of family favourite The Nutcracker (December 13 to January 3)—complete with stunning sets and costumes—is a holiday classic; the whimsical Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (March 14 to 29) is a bold new work; and beloved classic The Sleeping Beauty (June 10 to 20) caps off the season.

For a night of laughs, improv comedy reigns at The Second City, which counts the likes of Gilda Radner, John Candy, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara amongst its Toronto alumni. Performed in a cabaret-style theatre, the company’s Fall Mainstage Revue has audiences laughing with its sketches, humourous songs and zany cast.

Soulpepper Theatre Company's production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann.

Soulpepper Theatre Company’s production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann.


A hub for homegrown talent, Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St.) was conceived in 1970 to reflect Canadian experiences, and continues to dedicate itself to producing works by this country’s playwrights. This fall, the curtains rise on The Art of Building a Bunker (October 16 to November 2; page 28), a satire about workplace sensitivity training written by Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia. Later, Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman and Joseph Jomo Pierre’s Twisted (February 5 to 22) updates Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, and Ronnie Burkett and his 40 eclectic marionettes return with The Daisy Theatre (March 18 to April 5).

The Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Ln.) anchors one end of the sprawling Distillery District. Primarily home to the artist-founded Soulpepper Theatre Company, the former industrial building features four stages as well as studio spaces. Each season, Soulpepper fulfills its mandate to present classical works within the context of our national culture, as exemplified by Spoon River (October 29 to November 15; page 29), a musical in which members of a rural town recount their lives through their own epitaphs. The following month sees the triumphant return of Kim’s Convenience (November 27 to December 28), Ins Choi’s debut play about Korean immigrants and their Canadian-born children in Toronto’s Regent Park, which just wrapped up a national tour. Simultaneously, Dickens’ quintessential holiday tale, A Christmas Carol (November 27 to December 27) is mounted.

True to its name, Canadian Stage presents modern works—sometimes written by Canucks and often national or Toronto premieres—at both the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley St.) and Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E.). Helen Lawrence (October 12 to November 1), fuses computer-generated simulation, live action film and visual art in a post‑World War II drama set in Vancouver. After a successful run last season, the sexually charged Venus in Fur (December 18 to 28) is back by popular demand, while beloved Quebec theatre artist—and CanStage fave—Robert Lepage returns with his heart-wrenching Needles and Opium (May 1 to 10).

Another local incubator, the playwright-in-residence program at Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Ave.) has produced works by the likes of Morris Panych, Daniel MacIvor, Judith Thompson and Hannah Moscovitch. This season’s lineup includes The Bakelite Masterpiece (October 21 to November 30), in which an art forger is forced to recreate a painting by Dutch master Vermeer, as well as Panych’s Sextet (November 5 to December 14), which delves into secrets and desires of six stranded musicians. The new year brings both hope and fear for the hospital-bound characters of Waiting Room (January 6 to February 15).

Koerner Hall auditorium at The Royal Conservatory. Photo by Tom Arban.

Koerner Hall auditorium at The Royal Conservatory. Photo by Tom Arban.


Toronto’s top concert halls juxtapose old and new. Since breaking ground in 1893, the venerable Massey Hall (178 Victoria St.) has hosted performers spanning generations and genres: George Gershwin, Maria Callas, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Hawkins, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Justin Bieber. This month sees contemporary artists grab the mic, including David Gray (October 7), Jason Mraz (October 8 and 9) and Chrissie Hynde (October 30). Then Gordon Lightfoot enjoys a four-night residency (November 26 to 29) before seasonal staples like Sing-Along Messiah (December 21) and New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza (December 31) fill the room.

Koerner Hall (273 Bloor St. W.) is a much more recent vintage. Completed in 2009, the musical jewel of The Royal Conservatory is a visual and sonic stunner: a ribbon of curved oak beams creates the illusion of a canopied ceiling while helping to enhance the venue’s superb acoustics. The 1,135-seat auditorium hosts an array of jazz, pop and world musicians including Rafal Blechacz (October 19), Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway (October 25), Ana Moura (November 5), Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré (November 21), Handel’s Messiah performed by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Choir (December 17 to 20), and Anne Sofie von Otter and Angela Hewitt (January 9).


Cirque du Soleil's Kurios--Cabinet of Curiosities. Photo by Martin Girard.

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities. Photo by Martin Girard.

Big Top Spectacle The circus is in town! Montreal’s famed Cirque du Soleil has once again pitched its signature blue and yellow tents down at the Port Lands (51 Commissioner St.). In Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities (continuing to October 26), a kaleidoscope of characters—and the talented acrobats, jugglers, cyclists, cortortionists and other artists who portray them—transport audiences to the 19th century to meet an inventor who’s able to defy time, space and gravity. (One spectacular scene occurs at an upside down dinner party, while another features an invisible circus.) With imaginative costumes by Phillippe Guillotel and detailed sets and props by Stéphane Roy, Kurios is one of the company’s most imaginative and visually striking shows.

Jersey Boys. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Jersey Boys. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

More Blockbusters Also part of the Mirvish empire is the Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria St.), a former vaudeville and motion picture house across from the Toronto Eaton Centre. Carefully restored to reflect its Roaring ’20s origins, the venue’s grand staircase and ornate vaulted ceilings set a resplendent scene as patrons arrive for stagings of Wicked (continues to November 2), Jersey Boys (December 17 to January 4) and the endearing musical Once (February 10 to April 12).

Medieval Times, Toronto

Medieval Times

Loyal Subjects For dinner and a show, the live spectacle that is Medieval Times can’t be missed. Join King Don Carlos’s court and watch as knights battle to win the hand of his daughter, Princess Catalina—all while partaking in a four-course (and utensil-free) feast.

Weekend Roundup: October 17 to 19


Flying Steps.

Flying Steps.

Friday, October 17

Your inner B-boy or B-girl will be itching to bust a move after seeing Red Bull Flying Bach. Champion breakdancers Flying Steps are joined by Swedish dancer Anna Holmström for a high-energy performance set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. Massey Hall, Thursday to Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $25 - $70; call 416-872-4255 for tickets; see flying-steps.de for more information.

Savour scrumptious fare at the Delicious Food Show, where you’ll find TV chefs like Mario Batali, Tyler Florence and Chuck Hughes alongside chefs from some of Toronto’s hottest restaurants, such as DaiLo’s Nick Liu and Yours Truly’s Lachlan Culjak. A smorgasbord of workshops, cooking demos and food pairings will give you  the inside scoop on the latest food trends plus advice on everything from grilling to cake-baking. Direct Energy Centre, Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., general admission $22; visit deliciousfoodshow.com for details.

Though Mick Fleetwood is perhaps best-known for being the legendary drummer and founding member of Fleetwood Mac, he’s also made a name for himself as a photographer. See his latest images in an exhibition of hand-painted original photographs, opening at Liss Gallery with a reception on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Liss Gallery, 140 Yorkville Ave., 416-787-9872.

Cleopatra, c. 1532-1533, by Michelangelo. Courtesy of Casa Buonarotti.

Cleopatra, c. 1532-1533, by Michelangelo. Courtesy of Casa Buonarotti.

Saturday, October 18

One of the most-anticipated exhibitions of the month opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Saturday. “Michelangelo: Quest for Genius” brings together 28 drawings, once part of the artist’s personal collection and now on loan from Casa Buonarroti in Florence. You’ll see preliminary architectural and figural sketches as well as highly finished presentation drawings, and some of his unfinished plans will be brought to life with computer animation. Michelangelo’s influence on Auguste Rodin is also explored. Tickets are $16.50 – $25 (includes general admission to the AGO); visit ago.net to for more information and to purchase.

Did the Mick Fleetwood photography exhibition get you dreaming of a Fleetwood Mac reunion? You’re in luck: Christine McVie rejoins her bandmates on the Fleetwood Mac North American tour, which makes a stop in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets are $49.50 – $199.50; visit livenation.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to purchase.

For an out-of-this-world art experience, check out “Moon Room” at Narwhal gallery. This group exhibition features works by 21 Canadian artists, exploring the mysteries of the moon in drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures and installations. Opening reception 4  to 8 p.m. Narwhal, 2104 Dundas St. W., 647-346-5317; visit narwhalcontemporary.com for more information.

Julie Madly Deeply. Photo courtesy of Seabright Productions.

Sarah-Louise Young in Julie Madly Deeply. Photo courtesy of Seabright Productions.

Sunday, October 19

Sunday is your last chance to see Julie Madly Deeply, cabaret star Sarah-Louise Young’s homage to the life and career of Dame Julie Andrews. The charming and cheeky musical blends songs from The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Victor/Victoria and other works with stories and anecdotes from the legendary Andrews’ life. Sunday 7 p.m., Panasonic Theatre; tickets are $25 – $79; visit mirvish.com for more information and to purchase.

Hailing from Glasgow, We Were Promised Jetpacks brings their post-punk-meets-indie-pop sound to The Phoenix Concert Theatre, with guests The Twilight Sad. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16.50; visit collectiveconcerts.com for more information and to purchase.

Explore the flavours and history of Kensington Market with Urban Capers’s last Kensington Culinary Adventure of the year. Designed for teams of two to six, this three-and-a-half-hour scavenger hunt adventure kicks off at 11 a.m. and will take you to food markets, haunted locales and vintage shops. Tickets are $24.99, and must be purchased in advance. The cost of purchasing food on the adventure is extra. Visit urbancapers.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Feast on This: The Delicious Food Show is Back

Chefs Chefs Tyler Florence, Chuck Hughes and Mario Batali

Chefs Tyler Florence, Chuck Hughes and Mario Batali will be at the Delicious Food Show.

OCTOBER 17 TO 19 If you’ve ever longed to taste the recipes being made by TV chefs, the Delicious Food Show is your meal ticket. Whether you hunger for the inside scoop on trendy cuisine, advice on grilling the perfect steak, or simply a sinful chocolate cake recipe, celebrity chefs such as Tyler Florence, Chuck Hughes and Mario Batali have you covered. Join them, plus local chefs like DaiLo’s Nick Liu and Yours Truly’s Lachlan Culjak for a feast of workshops, cooking demos and food pairings. Direct Energy Centre, Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., general admission $22; visit deliciousfoodshow.com for details.