THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!
Friday, September 19
Get ready to laugh this weekend with comedy fest JFL42, on until September 27. Tonight’s headliner is funny girl Amy Schumer, with Seth Meyers, Wanda Sykes, Nick Offerman, Lena Dunham and Joe Rogan headlining throughout the 10-day event. Tickets $49 to $299; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit jfl42.com to charge.
DIY and home reno inspiration abounds at the Fall Home Show, which kicked off on Thursday and runs through the weekend at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place (151 Princes’ Blvd.). With more than 300 specialists, plus celebrity guests including TV design personality Tommy Smythe, DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire, interior designer Evelyn Eshun and blogger Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed, there’s plenty to take in. Tickets are $13 – $15; visit fallhomeshow.com for details.
Looking for some seriously loud sound? Deafheaven brings their intense black metal sound to The Opera House, with guests No Joy and Indian Handcrafts. Don’t forget the earplugs. Door open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50; visit ticketfly.com to purchase.
Saturday, September 20
With more than 60 bands and solo artists performing at 30-plus venues including outdoor stages, The Junction Music Festival is, well, music to our ears. Think of it as a one-day music hop for the indie set—and it’s all free. Several area businesses are running promotions, so you may also want to shop, dine and perhaps even indulge in a little salon pampering while you’re in the neighbourhood. Visit thejunction-bia.squarespace.com for the full lineup, venues and information on area promotions.
Immerse yourself in history and culture this weekend at the grand opening of the 24,000-square-foot Fort York Visitor Centre. Celebrations include On Common Ground, a community cultural festival where you’ll find music, dance, theatre, a kids’ area, craft-making,a community village and local foods. This free event runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visit toronto.ca for a full schedule of events.
The impressive Aga Khan Museum, which opened to the public on Thursday, is celebrating its grand opening this weekend with its Inaugural Music Festival, exploring cultural diversity though informal performances throughout the museum and park (free with general admission). Featured mainstage performances in the museum’s intimate 350-seat auditorium—panelled in wood for rich acoustics—include Routes of Andalusia with David Buchbinder and ensemble, and the large Vancouver ensemble Qalandar, which will explore the ancient tonal systems mugham, dastgah and maqam. General admission is $$15 to $20; tickets for $45 to $75. A festival pass ($110 to $170) includes admission to galleries and both mainstage performances. Visit agakhanmuseum.org for further information and to purchase tickets.
Sunday, September 21
Bibliophiles will want to head for Queen’s Park Circle this Sunday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for the 25th annual The Word on the Street, a festival celebrating books and magazines. This year’s lineup is packed with authors, including Mireille Silcoff, Elyse Friedman, Claire Cameron, Russell Wangersky, Dionne Brand, Robyn Doolittle, Kenneth Oppel, Emily Pohl-Weary, Ted Staunton, Nora McClintock, Stefano Faita, Deb Perelman and more, plus a variety of discussions spanning such topics as how to get published, curating art books, local pop non-fiction and time travel in literature. There’s plenty for younger kids, too, including a play zone, activity tent, the TD Children’s Literature tent and TVOKids stage. Books and magazines will be available for purchase in the Marketplace. Admission is free. Visit thewordonthestreet.ca for full details.
Toronto Beer Week comes to a close on Sunday with a sprint to the finish. The Beer Run, an 11.5-kilometer non-competitive run in support of global charity Plan, starts at Mill Street Brewery between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (there are four waves with staggered start times), then moves on to Steamwhistle Brewery, The 3 Brewers and Amsterdam Brewhouse—with beer sampling at each stop—before finishing up back at Mill Street for an after party. The registration fee is $59.99; visit torontobeerweek.com for full event details and to register.
Soccer fans won’t want to miss Toronto FC take on Chivas USA at BMO Field at 3 p.m. Toronto FC will honour Canada’s Armed Forces at the Sunday afternoon game, where more than 400 armed forces members and their families will be in attendance. The halftime show promises to in top form with a performance by the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, The SkyHawks. Tickets are $22 to $233; visit torontofc.ca for more information and to purchase.