THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!
Friday, October 31
If Halloween is your favourite holiday, there’s no better time to catch clever and hilarious Evil Dead: The Musical, which opens Friday for a short run at the Randolph Theatre until November 9. While exploring an abandoned cabin in the woods, five college kids are turned into demons by an evil force. It’s up to housewares employee Ash (and his chain saw) to save the day. Tickets are $39.95 – $69.95. Visit evildeadthemusical.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
For a less raucous Halloween experience, book at Ghost Walk tour around Exhibition Place. You’ll explore the archives, horticultural building and other areas of the grounds as you learn about some of the ghostly experiences, such as a vanishing police officer and horse and whistling in hallways. The tour starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person, and must be booked in advance; call 416-263-3658 to register.
If you’re looking to avoid Halloween haunts, indie folk singer-songwriter Noah Gunderson will be serenading the crowd at The Horseshoe Tavern, with Owen Beverly opening. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17.50; visit horseshoetavern.com to purchase.
Saturday, November 1
Be among the first to see Ontario painter Ron Bolt’s gorgeous, detailed landscapes at the opening of “Earth, Fire, Water: Paintings of the American Southwest and Hawaii” at Loch Gallery. Visit lochgallery.com for more information.
If you’re interested in learning about other cultures, you won’t want to miss the Toronto South African Film Festival, which explores South Africa’s culture, history and politics. The festival boasts five screenings on Saturday afternoon and another four on Sunday, all at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall. Tickets are $18 per screening, or $120 – $182 for a festival pass. Visit tsaff.ca for more information and to purchase tickets.
Showcasing the nine restored surviving silent films made by Alfred Hitchcock, the Toronto Silent Film Festival kicks off on Saturday with a screening of Blackmail at 7 p.m. at Royal Cinema. Hitchcock’s final silent film stars Anny Ondra as Alice White, a young woman whose relationship with an artist turns very dark. Tickets are $15, or $40 – $100 for a pass. Visit torontosilentfilmfestival.com for more details and to purchase.
Sunday, November 2
Indulge in decadent treats at the 4th annual Toronto International Luxury Chocolate Show on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall. Learn how to make chocolate, meet top chocolatiers, pastry chefs and confectioners, cheer on contestants (or even sign yourself up as one) in chocolate-eating contests, watch truffle-making demos, watch as chocolate sculptures are made on-site, sample wine and chocolate pairings and more. Tickets are $15 – $25; visit torontochocolateshow.com to purchase and for more information.
Celebrate Latin American culture at Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Evergreen Brick Works. Celebrated in Mexico and other parts of the world, the festival honours the loved ones who have passed. Kids will love the calavera (skull) face painting, as well as live music, dance, a churro competition and more. Visit evergreenbrickworks.com for more information.
All good things must come to an end, even the International Festival of Authors. Get your fill of all things literary on the closing day of the festival, including readings by Charlotte Gray, David Bergen, Claire Holden Rothman and more. Tickets are $18 for each event. Visit ifoa.org for more information.