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Weekend Roundup: September 26 to 28

THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!

Pastries are just a few of the sweets you'll find at Canada's Baking and Sweets Show.

Pastries are just a few of the sweets you’ll find at Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show.

Friday, September 26

How sweet it is! Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Toronto Congress Centre, takes the cake with its “the magical Land of Oz” theme that’s sure to inspire fantastical pastries, cakes and more. Meet celebrity chefs Ron Ben-Israel, Anna Olson, Fabio Viviani and Christian Faure, M.O.F., take in baking competitions and pick up kitchenware and ingredients. Demonstration and hands-on classes are available for an extra cost. Admission is $10 – $15; visit canadasbakingandsweetsshow.com for further details and to purchase tickets.

As JFL42 comedy festival enters its final days, headliners Wanda Sykes and Joe Rogan bring the laughs Friday night at the Sony Centre. Tickets for each show are $45.50 – $55.50; visit jfl42.com to purchase.

It’ll be a battle of the birds as the hometown Toronto Blue Jays take on the Baltimore Oriels this Friday at the Rogers Centre, with a 7:07 p.m. start time. Tickets are $14.25 - $216.25; visit torontobluejays.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to purchase.

Indie rockers Zeus. Photo by David Gillespie.

Toronto indie rockers Zeus. Photo by David Gillespie.

Saturday, September 27

Catch acclaimed local indie rockers Zeus, with guests The Golden Dogs and Taylor Knox, at Lee’s Palace. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17.50; visit leespalace.com to purchase.

If a smoother, classic sound is more your tune, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs brings his Memphis Tour to Massey Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65 - $85; visit masseyhall.com to purchase.

Love local, handmade finds? Don’t miss Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto Pop-Up, a one-day event featuring more than 120 artists, fashion and stationary designers, vintage purveyors and makers of jewellery, toys, housewares, soaps and more. Bonus: the first 50 guests will receive a sweet swag bag. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the atrium of the MaRS Discovery Centre (101 College Street, adjacent to Queen’s Park station).

If antiques and vintage goods are more your style, the Toronto Antique & Vintage Market runs this Saturday and Sunday at Exhibition Place. Expect to find antique and vintage jewellery,  glassware, ceramics, postcards, hat boxes, art, silver accents, Persian rugs, country furniture and more. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 at the door, and admission is free for anyone under age 18; Queen Elizabeth Hall, Exhibition Place (200 Princes’ Blvd.).

Lily Allen

Lily Allen takes the stage at the Sound Academy on Sunday.

Sunday, September 28

Brit-brat pop star Lily Allen brings her Sheezus show to the Sound Academy, with special guest Lolawolf. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 - $55; visit livenation.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to purchase.

Nothing says autumn like a great bowl of soup, and there will be lots to sample at Soupalicious Toronto 2014. More than 30 soups will be on offer from restaurants, chefs and caterers, all in support of Plant a Row, Grow a Row, an initiative that encourages gardeners to grow an extra row of food for donation to food banks and soup kitchens. An adult pass will get you 10 soup tastings, and kids’s passes include four tastings. Save more with a family pass: two adults, two kids can sup for $37 ($50 at the door). Individual passes are $5 - $15 in advance, or $8 - $22 at the door. Visit soupalicious.ca or call 416-535-0240 to purchase advance tickets. Noon to 4 p.m. (last entry at 3 p.m.) at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.).

Saturday Night Live alum and Late Night host Seth Meyers brings sure-to-be-hilarious back-to-back shows (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.) to the Sony Centre on the last day of JFL42. Tickets are $45.50 – $55.50; visit jfl42.com to purchase.

The Toronto Blue Jays’ Baseball Season Opens with Many New Faces

Toronto Blue Jays Baseball 2013 Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista is back and hoping to lead a bevy of new Toronto Blue Jays teammates to Major League Baseball glory this season (photo: Toronto Blue Jays)

STARTS APRIL 2  There’s a lot of excitement under the dome as the Toronto Blue Jays open what could be a stellar baseball season. Retooled over the winter, the team now boasts a pitching staff headlined by Cy Young Award-winning knuckleballer R.A. Dickey—acquired from the New York Mets—plus ex-Miami Marlins aces Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson. An already potent offence led by Jose Bautista has also added some punch with speedy Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera and others. Can all these high-priced players be successfully molded into a dominant club? Head down to the ballpark to find out! Rogers Centre, $14.25 to $216.25; call 416-341-1234 or visit bluejays.com for a complete schedule and tickets.  —Macrina Smart

Toronto Blue Jays Winter Tour Comes to Edmonton!

Fans of Canada’s only Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, will have the opportunity to meet their favourite players at an exclusive stop in Edmonton during their 2012 winter tour – one of only 4 stops across Canada!

Drew Hutchison, JP Arencibia, GM John Gibbons, Anthony Gose, and Colby Rasmus at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton, January 12, 2013, during their final stop on the Blue Jays Winter Tour.

The Blue Jays Winter Tour is an annual event that re-launched in 2011 in order to bring the excitement of Major League Baseball to fans across Canada:

 “When we re-launched [the tour] we had a  vision of sharing our enthusiasm for baseball with all our fans across the country. The ability to reach out to communities outside of [Toronto] has signified our commitment as a representative for baseball for the entire nation. The reaction we have received from our fans on recent tours is an indication that the passion for baseball and the Blue Jays is alive and well and we look forward to each tour stop with much anticipation” – Blue Jays President, Paul Beeston 

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Entertainment: The Winnipeg Goldeyes Are Up to Bat

May  7–June 27. Winnipeg’s Northern League baseball team, The Goldeyes, plays to a packed park all summer. Upcoming: June 22–24 vs. Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, June 25–27 vs. Sioux City Explorers. Phone for game times and ticket prices. Shaw Park, 1-855-985-5000 or 204-982-2273.

Take Us Out to the Ballgame—Toronto, Ontario

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Major League Baseball season swung into action this month and Canada’s sole MLB team, the Toronto Blue Jays, had their home opener this week. While we hope the Jays attract more fans than in this photo, we love the composition here and unique view of the Rogers Centre stadium seating from above. (more…)

The Blue Jays’ New Insignia, and a Look Back at Logos Since 1977

The 2012 Jays are sporting a new logo that evokes past glories while adding a bit of slick modernity. The latest in a series of visual revamps, its classic appeal could make it a keeper. Check out our slideshow for a closer look at the team’s insignias since 1977. (more…)

Fielding a Winner: the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012

Jose Bautista (photo courtesy of the Toronto Blue Jays)

Ah, spring! The time of year when Torontonians find any excuse to dust off their patio furniture and their hopes for our beloved Major League Baseball team. At Where we’ve been dutifully doing the latter for the past few years—sure, the Toronto Blue Jays may be in the midst of a rebuilding process, but sometimes it seems as though the squad is just one more top player and a bit of luck short of squeaking into the playoffs. (more…)

Hot Entertainment: Baseball Fever

Photo courtesy Tourism Vancouver and Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club

This season help the Vancouver Canadians celebrate another year of knocking it out of the park at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium—the venue saw its first innings in 1951 and is now in its 60th year. The team has their eyes on the big leagues, as a new partnership with Canada’s only Major League team hopes to see more Vancouver Canadians on their way to batter up with the Toronto Blue Jays in the future. Catch opening night as they battle the Yakima Bears on home turf (Jun. 17).—Jill Von Sprecken

Hot Dates: Batter Up

Winnipeg Goldeyes

May 9 & 10, 12-15, 27-31; Jun 1, 10-15, 24-26 With an additional fierce new logo and 19 new players on the roster, the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team is primed to knock this season out of the park. Fans of all ages cheer with the help of lovable mascot Goldie as the fish play for the American Association championship. The St. Paul Saints step up to the plate first in a pair of exhibition games on May 9 & 10. Shaw Park, 780-3333 for tickets or click here, 982-BASE (2273) for information.

Hot Date: Blue Jays Play Ball!

Jose Bautista

OPENS APRIL 1 Cautious optimism reigns as the Toronto Blue Jays kick off their Major League Baseball season at home against the Minnesota Twins. The team continues to nurture a number of rising stars—at press time, hard-hitting catcher J.P. Arencibia and pitcher Kyle Drabek were among the promising young talents hoping to crack the lineup—in hopes of being contenders in the difficult East Division. Returning players like southpaw hurler Ricky Romero and home run king Jose Bautista no doubt wish for a strong start, too. They’ll be tested as the month goes on against the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and others. Rogers Centre, $14 to $73; call 416-341-1234 or navigate here for tickets and times.

Hot Dates: Still Swinging

Jose Bautista

ON NOW The final month of this year’s Major League Baseball season has arrived and it’s a great time to find a seat behind home plate. Although the Toronto Blue Jays are out of the playoff hunt, the young team remains competitive and will be battling to spoil the post-season hopes of rivals like the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. Another reason to cheer: at press time, Jays’ right fielder Jose Bautista is the league’s home run leader. These games will prove decisive if he hopes to clinch the slugging title. Rogers Centre, various times, $13 to $76; call 416-341-1234 or visit here for tickets.