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Weekend Roundup: September 19 to 21


Amy Schumer JFL42 comedy festival headliner

JFL42 headliner Amy Schumer.

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.

Toronto band Zeus plays on the mainstage at the 2013 Junction Music Festival.

Zeus on the mainstage at The Junction Music Festival 2013.

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.

Author Joseph Boyden book signing at Word On The Street 2013 in Toronto. Photo by Ian Lawrence.

Author Joseph Boyden signs books at The Word on the Street Toronto in 2013. Photo by Ian Lawrence.

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.

Exploring the Berlin Wall at the Diefenbunker

At the Diefenbunker's Breaking Barriers exhibition, visual art by schoolchildren is on display.

Visual art by schoolchildren is on display at the Diefenbunker’s Breaking Barriers exhibition.

The Berlin Wall is one of the most powerful symbols of the Cold War: it separated communist East Berlin from capitalist West Berlin and created deep divisions in the country, the city, and the world. Twenty-five years after its fall, the Diefenbunker explores the symbols of the Berlin Wall in a new exhibit called Breaking Barriers. The exhibit features visual art interpretations, expressions, and lessons about breaking barriers in a search for peace. On display from Sept. 21. —Amy Allen
•Diefenbunker, 3911 Carp Rd., Carp, 613-839-0007. diefenbunker.ca
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Nuit Blanche 2014: A Primer

The 2014 edition of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau will bring art performances and installations to the city core. (Photo: David Trattles)

The 2014 edition of Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau will bring art performances and installations to the city core. (Photo: David Trattles)

The concept of Nuit Blanche has its humble beginnings in France, where, in 1989, an artistic director named Jean Blaise came up with an all-night arts festival called Les Allumées. His idea was to hold six festivals in six cities over a period of six years, each of which would feature exhibitions and performances from artists around the world over the course of six days.

In 2002, however, the festival was scaled down to one night per year, and the concept has since spread to cities all over the globe. Ottawa has been holding its own version of the event since 2012, and this time around, the theme for participating artists is “Bypass.”

Over 80 performances, installations, and exhibits will be available to the public. We’ve highlighted a few of the evening’s can’t-miss projects.


Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Sept. 19 to 21

Ottawa future-folk duo Bosveld performs at Gallery 101 on Friday. (Photo: Isaac Vallentin)

Ottawa future-folk duo Bosveld performs at Gallery 101 on Friday. (Photo: Isaac Vallentin)

Friday, Sept. 19

At 6 pm, Développé, a joint effort between the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) and the National Arts Centre (NAC), is kicking off in the NAC Theatre’s foyer. The exhibition displays works from the SPAO’s emergent photographers, who photographed dancers during the 2014 Canada Dance Festival in June. The result is an exhibition that highlights the close relationship between photography and dance.


Thompson Landry Gallery Hangs Louis Boudreault’s Stars Behind Bars

Louis Boudreault's Al Capone and Steve McQueen

Louis Boudreault’s Al Capone and Steve McQueen

SEPTEMBER 19 TO OCTOBER 12  Whereas celebrities gathered this month on TIFF’s red carpets, Thompson Landry Gallery puts notable figures in a different light. In his Wanted exhibition, Montreal artist Louis Boudreault presents mixed media portraits of 19th- and 20th-century luminaries. Naturally, figures such as Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash were very desirable to their fans and followers; the catch is that they were also sought-after by the law. Boudreault’s subjects all spent time in prison; his works are in fact artistic mug shots, and like real mug shots, the portraits play to a craving to see our boldface “betters” taken down a peg. Yet the artist reveals the fault of that yearning, too: included among his subjects are political prisoners like Nelson Mandela and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose images reflect not the shame of incarceration, but the nobility of a just cause.  —Craig Moy

• Thompson Landry Gallery, 6 Trinity St., 416-364-4955; thompsonlandry.com
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Frights and Festivals at Upper Canada Village

During the fall season at Upper Canada Village, you can experience an 1860s fall fair and take in thousands of glowing pumpkins at Pumpkinferno.

During the fall season at Upper Canada Village, you can experience an 1860s fall fair and take in thousands of glowing pumpkins at Pumpkinferno.

Fancy a trip back in time? At Upper Canada Village, constructed entirely from 1860s-era buildings relocated from surrounding villages, costumed interpreters tell visitors about life in the 19th century and tradesmen give demonstrations in yarn spinning, iron forging, cabinet-making, and more. The Fall Fair Weekend (Sept. 20 and 21) recreates an 1860s fall fair, with music and magic shows, livestock, agricultural and dairy products, seasonal produce and flowers, and fine arts. Or, if you’re in the mood for something more spooky, try Pumpkinferno (every weekend in October), where visitors can take a nighttime stroll among thousands of glowing, hand-carved pumpkins. —Amy Allen
•Morrisburg, 613-543-3704. uppercanadavillage.com
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Savour Mexican Dinner and Drinks at Los Colibris and El Caballito

Enjoy upscale Mexican dinner and drinks at Los Colibris (photos: Lauren Vandenbrook)

Enjoy upscale Mexican dinner and drinks at Los Colibris (photos: Lauren Vandenbrook)

A double serving of Mexican fare awaits in the Entertainment District. Earlier this year, the lower level of an Edwardian heritage building became home to decidedly contemporary tequila bar El Caballito, which boasts dozens of varieties of the agave-derived spirit, plus street-style dishes like tacos and antojitos. More recently, the “little horse” made room for the “hummingbirds”—Los Colibris, the tequileria’s second-storey sister space, which serves up refined Mexican dishes by chef Elia Herrera. You won’t find burritos and quesadillas here. Instead, Latin flavours come through in a variety of ceviches, meaty mains like confit pork belly in adobo sauce, and shareable options like a whole roasted sea bass with seafood stuffing.  —Craig Moy

• El Caballito, 220 King St. W., 416-628-9838; elcaballito.ca
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• Los Colibris, 220 King St. W., 416-979-7717; loscolibris.ca
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Ottawa and the First World War

Ottawa Answers the Call at the Bytown Museum explores the capital and its citizens during the First World War.

Ottawa Answers the Call at the Bytown Museum explores the capital and its citizens during the First World War.

What was Ottawa’s role in World War I? Men enlisted, women volunteered as nurses, and ordinary citizens did their part in factories to develop the country’s national consciousness and promote its status on the world stage. The Bytown Museum’s Ottawa Answers the Call exhibit features several rare artifacts, including uniforms, trench art, historic documents, photographs, and a commemoration wall, as it tells the story of Ottawa’s contribution to the Great War. —Amy Allen
•1 Canal Lane, 613-234-4570. bytownmuseum.com
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Parloque Brings International Street Style to Toronto

Parloque Toronto

“Edgy” isn’t a look Torontonians are known for. Conservative? Sure. Even preppy or hipster. But at Parloque, Amrita Gill is bringing the vanguard of street style to our city, one moto jacket at a time. The new Queen West shop’s minimalist interior showcases fashion-forward pieces from an international lineup of emerging and established brands, many of which are exclusive to the store, such as South Korean womenswear lines SYZ and Arche, as well as Malmo London and New Zealand’s I Love Ugly for men. Several Toronto labels are also represented: seek out handcrafted contemporary jewellery from Vitaly and graphic apparel from Daily News Project. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from each transaction goes towards Free the Children, which makes for guilt-free shopping. Open daily.  —Linda Luong

• Parloque, 1093 Queen St. W., 647-341-5540; parloque.com
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Weekend Roundup: September 12 to 14


Celebrating Totonto Beer Week 2013 at Steam Whistle Brewery.

Steam Whistle Brewery hosts an Oktoberfest party during Toronto Beer Week 2013.

Friday, September 12

Sample local brews at Toronto Beer Week, which kicks off on Friday and runs until September 20. The event spans 70 venues across the city, with 35 craft breweries participating and 200-plus events including pub crawls, cask tappings and brewmasters’ dinners. Great Lakes Brewery, Indie Alehouse Brewing Co. and Left Field Brewery will all be introducing new brews. On Saturday, sip your lagers on the lake with the Toronto Craft Brew Cruise; tickets are $39.95 each and trips depart at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Visit torontobeerweek.com for a full schedule of events and participating establishments, and to purchase tickets.

Food, music, art, dance and culture take centre stage this weekend at two cultural festivals: the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival and the Roncesvalles Polish Festival, both of which kick off with events Friday evening. Highlights on the stage at the Ukrainian fest include Ukrainian folk/rock band TIK and Edmonton’s world renowned Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, while the Polish fest boasts multiple stages and a packed performance schedule that kicks off tonight with an Old Time Polka Party, as well as renowned Polish band Baryczy on Saturday. Traditional foods will also be a big part of the festivities at both events, so get read to feast on as much pierogis, cabbage rolls, borscht, kielbasa and zapiekanka as you can handle. Visit ukrainianfestival.com and polishfestival.ca for full details.

If live music in a stadium setting is more your tune, Lorde is headlining tonight at the Molson Amphitheatre with special guest Majical Cloudz. Tickets are $45-$60, and can be purchased by calling 1-855-985-5000.

Our Country's Good. Photo courtesy of Mirvish Productions.

Our Country’s Good. Photo courtesy of Mirvish Productions.

Saturday, September 13

Theatre buffs will want to pick up tickets for the opening of Our Country’s Good at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Olivier Award–winning premiere, this historical drama tells the powerful true story of the men, women and children who were sent to Australia when Britain founded its first penal colony in 1788. Visit mirvish.com for tickets.

If browsing beautiful blooms is your idea of a lovely Saturday activity, stop by the Toronto Flower Market and enjoy the scents and sight of an array of flowers and houseplants from local growers and florists. Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1056 Queen St. W.; visit torontoflowermarket.ca for further details.

The summer music fest season isn’t over just yet for EDM fans. Play Music Festival, which hits Fort York on Saturday, features a packed lineup including Robbie Riviera, FTampa, La Riots, Richard Durand, Bryan Kearney, Alex Kenji, Adam K, D3FF and AKTEC, Joe Ghost and more. General admission is $45; tickets for admission and Tydi boat cruise (ages 19+) are $60 each. Visit playmusicfestival.ca for full schedule and to purchase tickets.

Steve and Rashmi Gupta Box Office at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

The Steve and Rashmi Gupta Box Office at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Sunday, September 14

Don’t miss your last chance to catch a flick at the Toronto International Film Festival, including the always-anticipated—and free—re-screening of the Festival 2014 Grolsch People’s Choice Award winner (yet to be announced) at 6 p.m at the Ryerson Theatre.

Hang on to a little slice of summer by heading to the Rogers Centre for an afternoon of baseball. The Toronto Blue Jays play host to the Tampa Bay Rays with the game starting at 1:07 p.m. Tickets are $14.25 to $216.25; call 416-341-1234 or visit bluejays.com for a complete schedule and tickets.

Ottawa’s Best Fall Walks


Ottawa is surrounded by greenspace, which makes it a great place to get out and enjoy the fall colours.

Ottawa is surrounded by greenspace, which makes it a great place to get out and enjoy the fall colours.

Any local will tell you that Ottawa in the fall is a sight to behold. The city’s vast swaths of greenery turn brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange come October, and the region has an assortment of walking paths and nature trails where you can take it all in. Here are a few of our suggestions for the region’s best fall walks.


New Ways to Get Gorgeous in the PATH System


Glam-n-Glow (left) and Taylor & Colt in the Financial District

Time-strapped Bay Streeters looking for a quickie refresh of their look now have two PATH-level options at Commerce Court, located in the Financial District. Glam-n-Glow caters to ladies with a range of hair, cosmetic and nail services, including blow drying, up dos and extensions—or waxing and threading if you’re looking to tame excess hair—as well as makeup application and manicures. Best of all, the shop is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, ensuring a busy gal on the go can get dolled up for a morning meeting, a power lunch or evening festivities. Just a few doors down is Taylor & Colt, which provides grooming services for men such as haircuts, hot towel shaves, beard trims, waxing and laser hair removal. Its hours are similarly accessible—7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  —Linda Luong

• Glam-n-Glow, 199 Bay St. (concourse level), 416-360-4569; glamnglow.ca
• Taylor & Colt, 199 Bay St. (concourse level), 416-777-2658; taylorandcolt.ca