Friday, October 21
Affable British tastemaker Jamie Oliver returns to town to talk about his healthy “Food Revolution” and newest cookbook, Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain. The event at Massey Hall also includes an audience Q&A session, and attendees take home a free copy of Oliver’s book, too!
Almost a whole month of sweet celebrations sounds too good to be true, but the Toronto Chocolate Festival makes it real with events like its Chocolate Ball Gala tonight at Roy Thompson Hall. Get your groove on with the Toronto All-Star Big Band and Sisters of Swing, and dip into the irresistible chocolate dessert buffet. Who knew that gorging yourself on sugar could so glamorous?!
Get behind the hometown team as the Toronto Argos try to bounce back from last week’s loss. A win this evening against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will go a long way to helping the Boatmen secure second place in the CFL’s East Division.
Saturday, October 22
Don’t miss your last chance to see the Canadian Stage Company’s theatre-plus-film hybrid production Tear the Curtain. Following a 1930s-era critic forced to placate warring mob families as silent films give way to talkies, this psychological thriller has been playing to rave reviews.
Literary legends and contemporary authors have taken over Toronto for the annual International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront Centre. Among today’s readings, roundtables and more, take a trip down memory lane with Canadian thespian Gordon Pinsent as he reads from Next, an autobiography about his 60-year career.
Halloween spooks and guffaws for the grownup crowd abound in Lower Ossington Theatre’s production of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show, running until November 3rd. Costumed or not, you better prepare yourself, because it’s time to do the “Time Warp,” again.
Sunday, October 23
Canzine, Toronto’s hugely popular grassroots publishing fair, returns today with opportunities to purchase one of hundreds of independent zines, small-press books and illustrations, pitch your book idea to a panel of knowledgeable judges, and much more. Feeling creative?
The ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival has once again wowed Toronto audiences with stories reflecting contemporary Aboriginal culture and innovations. The fest closes tonight with a gala screening of The Lesser Blessed, a coming-of-age tale about a boy in the Northwest Territories.
Toronto’s science fiction, action and gore flick fest, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival is now featuring ample cyborgs, explosions and screams. On the docket for today, sci-fi fans can experience the end of the world in South Korean film Doomsday Book, while those after a little more action can decide whether to shower the latest Jean Claude Van Damme movie with genuine or ironic applause.