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Weekend Roundup: October 3 to 5

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

David Suzuki speaks in Halifax during his Blue Dot Tour.

David Suzuki brings his Blue Dot Tour to Massey Hall. Photo courtesy of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Friday, October 3

Environmentalist David Suzuki brings his Blue Dot Tour to Massey Hall. This stop on the cross-country tour, which promotes clean drinking water, fresh air and healthy food for all Canadians, includes special guests Stephen Lewis, Barenaked Ladies, Shane Koyczan, Chantel Kreviazuk and Raine Maida. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 – $79.50; visit bluedot.ca for more information and to purchase.

Hailing from Guelph, Ontario, indie band Constantines—who are celebrating 10 years together—are set to play an all-ages show on Friday at The Danforth Music Hall. Hailing from Halifax, guitar/drums rock duo Cousins is set to open. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25; visit thedanforth.com to purchase.

Artist Kim Dorland, whose paintings are marked by vibrant, thickly textured canvases that explore the connections between artist and landscape, will launch his eighth solo exhibition with Angell Gallery this Friday. “I Hate Poetry But I Love TV” will feature all new works painted in 2014. Drop in on the opening night reception tonight, 6 to 9 p.m. Visit angellgallery.com for more information.

Walk Among Worlds installation. Photo by Ivan Buenader.

Maximo Gonzalez’s installation Walk Among Worlds will be on display for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Photo by Ivan Buenader, courtesy of the City of Toronto.

Saturday, October 4

As the sun goes down on Saturday, the city will come alive for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an annual all-night art affair with events scattered across town. Explore more than 100 public installations—many of which will invite visitors to be part of the works—in neighbourhoods across the city, including Fort York and Chinatown. Along Bremner Boulevard from York Street to Spadina Avenue, and along Spadina between Bremner and Wellington Street West, you’ll find The Night Circus, inspired by Erin Morgenstern’s book of the same name. And you won’t want to miss Maximo Gonzalez’s installation Walk Among Worlds, which uses 7,000 beach balls to represent the concept of the “first” and “third” worlds. All events are free. Visit scotiabanknuitblanche.ca for a list of locations.

Canada’s Ballet Jorgen brings their family-friendly production of The Velveteen Rabbit to the Betty Oliphant Theatre (404 Jarvis St.) for a Saturday afternoon performance at 4 p.m. (A second performance follows on Sunday at 2 p.m.) This beloved children’s story about a boy whose beloved rabbit comes to life has been re-imagined as a ballet by choreographer Kathleen Rea. Tickets are $16 for kids, $32 for adults; discounts are available for groups of four or more. Visit ticketpro.ca for more information and to purchase tickets.

Get your beer on at Oktoberfest at the Mill Street Beer Hall. The ceremonial tapping of the keg is at 6 p.m., and there will be more than 20 beers on tap, including Oktoberfest and Nighmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale. You can also expect live entertainment, Bavarian food stations and a special Oktoberfest menu. Tickets are $25; visit toronto.millstreetbrewpub.ca or call 416-681-0338 for more information.

Wildlife photographer Steve Winter in Brazil. Photo by Steve Winter.

Award-winning wildlife photographer Steve Winter on location in Brazil. Photo by Steve Winter.

Sunday, October 5

Tigers, cougers and snow leopards, oh my! Award-winning photographer Steve Winter has travelled the globe on the trail of these magnificent big cats, and he’ll be at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday at 2 p.m. (as well as Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m.), talking his incredible adventures—and a few mishaps that have happened along the way—as part of the National Geographic Live series. Tickets are $19.50 to $79.50; visit roythomsonhall.com for more information and to purchase.

Peruse antique, vintage and collectable wares at the Parkdale Flea, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1266 Queen St. W. (at Noble Street, just west of Dufferin Street). Local designers and artisans will also be featured, and food and drink vendors will be on-site in case you’re feeling peckish. Dogs are welcome, and entry is free. Visit parkdaleflea.com for more information.

While you’re in the west end, stop in at the High Park Harvest Festival at Colborne Lodge and the Children’s Garden in High Park. You’ll find crafts, music, food, warm apple cider, horse and wagon rides and more at this family-friendly event. Various items will be availablef or purchase, including honey from a local beekeeper, art prints by David Crighton and photo cards and calendars from High Park photographer David Allen. Call 416-392-6916 for more information. 

For a music-infused celebration of Toronto’s green spaces, plan to spend the day (or part of it) with the Homegrown Park Crawl. The free event will start at Christie Pits Park at 10 a.m., with a musical parade departing for Bickford Park at noon, then Fred Hamilton Park at 1 p.m., and finally on to Trinity Bellwoods Park at 2 p.m. There will be themed activities at each park, and Toronto restaurants will be serving up food and drink at Christie Pits and Trinity Bellwoods parks (food tickets are $5 for one serving of food at either park). Special guest David Suzuki will be speaking at Trinity Bellwoods Park at 4 p.m. All proceeds go to supporting the Homegrown National Park Project, an initiative of the David Suzuki Foundation. For more information, visit davidsuzuki.org.

What to Do in Toronto: Festivals, Concerts and Events this October

THERE ARE ALWAYS SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO. GET OUT AND ENJOY SOME OF THE MANY GREAT EVENTS AND CONCERTS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE CITY THIS MONTH!

Gavin Creel in The Book of Mormon, North American Tour. © Joan Marcus, 2012.

Gavin Creel in The Book of Mormon, North American Tour. © Joan Marcus, 2012.

ALL MONTH LONG  Tony Award–winning musical The Book of Mormon is back at the Princess of Wales Theatre. The story centres on two missionaries who travel to Uganda in hopes of spreading the gospel but who experience a disconnect with the villagers who are dealing with AIDS, famine, poverty and war. Tickets are $49 – $200; visit mirvish.com for more information and to purchase.

ALL MONTH LONG This season at the Design Exchange, guest curator Jeanne Beker peeks into the wardrobes of iconic fashion designers and pulls out pieces that have made important political statements over the past 50 years for the exhibition “Politics of Fashion.” The striking garments lend both style and substance to longstanding ethical debates, gender issues, anti-war activism and more. General admission is $9.25 – $18.50; visit dx.org for more information and to purchase.

STARTS OCTOBER 3 Known for vibrant, thickly textured canvases that explore the physical and psychological connections between artist and landscape, artist Kim Dorland offers a series of new works for display at Angell Gallery. Expect pieces that continue to expand on the artist’s signature style and thematic concerns, further entrenching his position as Canada’s painter of record. Angell Gallery; 12 Ossington Ave., 416-530-0444. Open Wednesday to Saturday.

STARTS OCTOBER 12 Helen Lawrence, a new media production by visual artist Stan Douglas, mixes theatre, visual art, live action filming and computer-generated simulation in this story set in post-World War II Vancouver. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E., 416-366-1656. Tuesday to Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 1 & 8 p.m., Wednesday & Sunday 1 p.m.; $30-$99; visit canadianstage.com or call 416-368-3110 to charge.

OCTOBER 17 TO 19 If you’ve ever longed to taste the recipes being made by TV chefs, the Delicious Food Show is your meal ticket. Whether you hunger for the inside scoop on trendy cuisine, advice on grilling the perfect steak, or simply a sinful chocolate cake recipe, celebrity chefs such as Tyler Florence, Chuck Hughes and Mario Batali have you covered. Join them, plus local chefs like DaiLo’s Nick Liu and Yours Truly’s Lachlan Culjak for a feast of workshops, cooking demos and food pairings. Direct Energy Centre, Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., general admission is $22; visit deliciousfoodshow.com for details.

STARTS OCTOBER 23 Giants of the literary world descend upon the waterfront for 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors. A global roster of 200-plus novelists, poets, essayists and more share their passion for the written word during 11 days of readings, panel discussions, interviews and book signings. CanLit darling Ann-Marie MacDonald, poet Dionne Brand, crime fiction novelist James Ellroy, Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard, Irish scribes Colm Tóibín and John Boyne, and critically acclaimed Emma Donoghue are among the expected participants. Harbourfront Centre, general admission $18 for most events; call 416-973-4000 or visit ifoa.org for a schedule and to purchase tickets.

Opera Atelier Alcina. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

Opera Atelier’s Alcina starts October 23. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

STARTS OCTOBER 23  Sorceress sisters weave romantic entanglements in Alcina, the latest offering from Opera Atelier. In the company’s new, period-appropriate production of Handel’s 18th-century masterwork, the handsome Ruggiero finds himself on an island in search of the seductress Alcina; his true love, Bradamante, follows, disguised as a knight, and immediately draws the gaze of Alcina’s sister Morgana. But on this island of illusion, it’s true love that proves to be most magical. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.. Tickets are $38 - $181; call 1-855-622-2787 to charge or visit operaatelier.com for details.

OCTOBER 24 TO 26 Cask Days brings unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated brews to the masses, allowing breweries the chance to show off their hops. This year’s event has about 300 different cask-conditioned ales by 100-plus breweries from across Canada, the United States and the U.K., including Niagara Oast House, Nelson Brewery, Grizzly Paw, Microbrasserie Le Castor and Grand River Brewing. A special focus on California includes 30-plus breweries from the state. Not into ale? A number of ciders are available, too, as well as gluten-free beer options. Evergreen Brick Works, Friday 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 and up; see caskdays.com to purchase.

TO OCTOBER 26 Cirque du Soleil is back in Toronto, and this season the famed Montreal troupe presents a kaleidoscope of characters and objects in its latest travelling show, Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities. Under the big top, audiences are transported back to the 19th century to meet an inventor who’s able to defy time, space and even gravity—one spectacular scene even features an upside-down dinner party! Grand Chapiteau, 51 Commissioner St., Tuesday to Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 4:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday 1:30 and 5 p.m.; $50 to $160; visit cirquedusoleil.com to purchase tickets.

STARTS OCTOBER 29 Although the Toronto Raptors endured a heartbreaking end to their 2013-14 playoffs this past May, the Dinos have retained their core and begin a new season stronger than ever. Forward DeMar DeRozan, point guard Kyle Lowry and shooting guard Terrence Ross are among the returning stars who’ll take on the world’s best basketball players this fall. The Raptors start their new season at home against the Atlanta Hawks. Air Canada Centre, 7:30 p.m., $12.50 and up; call 416-366-3865 to charge.

ALSO THIS MONTH!

Cancer-stricken Swedish Olympic heptathlete Nadja Casadei. Photo by Peter Holgerson, courtesy of World Press Photo.

The training regime of cancer-stricken Swedish Olympic heptathlete Nadja Casadei, photographed by Peter Holgersson. Courtesy of World Press Photo.

TO OCTOBER 21 World Press Photo, the annual juried exhibition of award-winning photojournalism covering events and issues that impacted the world in 2013, is on display at Brookfield Place (181 Bay St.). Admission is free.

OCTOBER 3 The Blue Dot Tour with David Suzuki—promoting clean drinking water, fresh air and healthy food for all Canadians—comes to Massey Hall, with such special guests as Stephen Lewis, the Barenaked Ladies, Chantel Kreviazuk and Raine Maida. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 – $79.50. Visit bluedot.ca for more information and to purchase tickets.

OCTOBER 4 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the annual all-night art affair, returns with more than 100 public installations, many of which invite visitors to be part of the works themselves. The free sunset-to-sunrise event expands into several new neighbourhoods, including Fort York, Chinatown and Bremner Boulevard, the latter of which hosts a magical night circus. Elsewhere, Máximo González’s installation, Walk Among Worlds, takes on political undertones by way of 7,000 beach balls to visualize first- and third-world states. Visit scotiabanknuitblanche.ca for a list of locations.

OCTOBER 5 TO 7 Part of the National Geographic Live series, award-winning photographer Steve Winter shares his experience travelling the globe in search of tigers, cougars and snow leopards. Tickets are $19.50 – $79.50. Roy Thomson Hall, October 5, 2 p.m.; October 6 and 7, 8 p.m. Visit roythomson.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

OCTOBER 6 New York-based indie rockers We Are Scientists take the stage at The Horseshoe Tavern with guests Surfer Blood and Eternal Summers. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.50; visit horseshoetavern.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

OCTOBER 7 TO 11 Award-winning actor, director and producer Ravi Jain and his mom Asha star in A Brimful of Asha, a family story about the search for the perfect bride. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill St., 416-203-6264.Tuesday to Saturday 9 p.m., Wednesday & Saturday 2 p.m.; $35-$55; visit soulpepper.ca or call 416-866-8666 to buy.

OCTOBER 8 Indie folk-rock chanteuse Cat Power brings her unique fusion sound to The Danforth Music Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets are $36; visit ticketmaster.ca or call 1-855-985-5000 to purchase.

OCTOBER 8 & 9 Pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz plays at Massey Hall, with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55.50 – $75.50; visit masseyhall.com to purchase.

Russell Peters

Russell Peters is back bringing the laughs at the Air Canada Centre on October 9.

OCTOBER 9 Brampton, Ontario’s best-known export, Russell Peters, is back with all-new material in his latest headlining show, the Almost Famous World Tour. Hot on the heels of appearances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Notorious on Netflix, Peters brings his trademark brand of wit and observation to what is sure to be a well-attended show—back in 2007, he was the first comedian to sell out the ACC. Air Canada Centre, 8 p.m. Tickets are $58.50 - $125.75; call 1-855-985-5000 or see russellpeters.com for information.

OCTOBER 10 Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding—who plays both upright bass and cello—brings her distinctive sound to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at Exhibition Place. Tickets are 49.50; visit livenation.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to charge.

OCTOBER 13 Aussie pop star Betty Who—made famous by a flash mob proposal video shot in a Home Depot that went viral—takes the stage at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club, with guests Joywave and Great Good Fine OK. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19.50; visit livenation.com to purchase.

STARTS OCTOBER 14 A musical journey through the short-lived career of the legendary rock and roll pioneer, who died tragically in a plane crash, Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story features “That’ll be the Day,” “Peggy Sue” and “Everyday.” Various times. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 416-314-2901. Tickets are $29 – $120; call 1-855-622-2787 or visit ticketmaster.ca to buy.

OCTOBER 15 Brit rock band Bastille makes a stop in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre during their North American tour. Tickets are $34.50 – $42.50; visit livenation.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to purchase.

OCTOBER 16 TO 18 Bach and breakdancing may seem an unlikely combination—until you witness the Flying Steps, that is. The seven-member all-male dance troupe arrives in Toronto for one of two Canadian stops on its Red Bull Flying Bach world tour. Also featuring Swedish dancer Anna Holmström, this high-energy performance combines fast-footed jumps, head spins, jackhammers, hand hops and more choreographed to a live piano and harpsichord performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. Massey Hall, Thursday to Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $25 - $70; call 416-872-4255 for tickets; see flying-steps.de for more information.

OCTOBER 18 Christine McVie rejoins her bandmates for a Fleetwood Mac North American tour, making a stop in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets are $49.50 – $199.50; visit livenation.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to purchase.

OCTOBER 21 Bruce McCulloch, of Kids in the Hall fame, chronicles his life as a rebellious teenager in Alberta to her early days in Toronto to fatherhood in Young Drunk Punk. The show, presented by the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, combines stand-up, live music and anecdotes in the lead up to McCulloch’s new book Let’s Start a Riot: A Series of Bravery and Stupidity. General admission is $39; admission plus a copy of the book and a post-show reception is $55. Visit torontosketchfest.com or call 647-505-1050 to purchase tickets.

OCTOBER 21 October is breast cancer awareness month, and Eat to the Beat provides a novel way to help. The 19th edition of this popular fundraiser for Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support has 60 of the country’s best female chefs preparing signature bites like duck breast on polenta cream, grilled cheese, brownies and pies. Local culinary favourites include Doona Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Trista Sheen of Crush Wine Bar and Bonnie Gordon of Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., $175 includes all food and beverages, 7 p.m.; call 416-778-6314 ext. 236 or see eattothebeat.ca for details.

STARTS OCTOBER 21 In the world premiere of The Bakelite Masterpiece, set in Holland following World War II, an artist accused of selling art to the Nazis must prove his innocence by painting a work by Johannes Vermeer in front of a prosecutor and art historian. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827. Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m.; $48-$53; visit tarragontheatre.com to purchase.

OCTOBER 22 TO 26 The crafty and DIYers won’t want to miss the fall Creativ Festival, a massive consumer show bringing together sewing, quilting, beading, knitting, needlework, DIY decorating, crafting, scrapbooking and more. Workshops and seminars begin on October 22, while the Show Floor is open October 24 to 26, offering a chance to browse and buy a variety of goods, including fabrics, fibres, papers, beads, patterns, tools, books, kits and equipment. Show Floor hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for one day is $4 – $15, and a three-day pass is $25 ($5 for students with valid ID). Hands-on classes and seminars are an extra cost. Visit creativfestival.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

OCTOBER 24 The ever-bold Irish singer Sinead O’Connor brings her incredible voice to Massey Hall. Tickets are $49.50 – $79.50; visit masseyhall.com to purchase.

Art Toronto

Art Toronto brings together contemporary art from around the world. Photo courtesy of Art Toronto.

OCTOBER 24 TO 27 The 15th annual Art Toronto, a modern and contemporary fine art fair, will feature more than 100 galleries from Canada and around the world. There will be a feature exhibition by Quebec-based collective BGL, as well as fair tours and expert talks. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.; visit arttoronto.ca for ticket info and further details.

OCTOBER 25 Feist, Sarah Harmer, Jason Collett, Hayden, Lou Canon, Kevin Hearn and other musicians will come together for the first annual Dream Serenade Benefit Concert at Massey Hall in support of services for children with developmental disabilities. Tickets are $50 – $200; visit masseyhall.com or call 416-872-4255 to purchase.

TO OCTOBER 26 In the Henrik Ibsen drama An Enemy of the People, a doctor discovers that his town’s baths are contaminated and must decide if he should inform the public of the health risk or keep it to himself to prevent the local economy from collapsing. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827. Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 2:30 p.m.; $25-$48; visit tarragontheatre.com to purchase.

OCTOBER 27 Canadian synth-pop darling Lights brings her sparkling tunes to The Danforth Music Hall with special guest Rush Midnight. Tickets are $35; visit livenation.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to purchase.

Weekend Roundup: September 28 to 30

Friday: Louis C.K. headlines JFL42

Friday, September 28
Fresh off of winning multiple Emmy Awards, Louis C.K. rolls in to Toronto to headline Just For Laughs’ JFL 42 festival. The comedy superstar will be performing brand new material at the Sony Centre for a packed house of eager fans.

Don’t miss tonight’s Canadian premiere of director Abdallah Omeish’s award-winning documentary The War Around Us, which opens the Toronto Palestine Film Festival. Alongside film debuts, the ongoing celebration of Palestinian culture also showcases poetry, music, cuisine and art.

Kim Dorland, one of Toronto’s most exciting contemporary artists, returns to Angell Gallery for a solo exhibition entitled I’m An Adult Now. Dorland’s new works may be his most intimate to date—the abstracted figurative paintings depict the artist and his family amid warm-hued wilderness landscapes. (more…)

Hot Date: Stay Up All Night at Nuit Blanche Ottawa

Artist Daniel Lehan will roam through the Nuit Blanche zones, writing cardboard poems based on stories told to him about the night.

Saturday, September 22

With the city as its canvas, Nuit Blanche brings beauty to Ottawa through a magical night of visual and performance art. Following in the footsteps of cities such as Paris, New York, and Toronto, the free all-night event (Ottawa’s first) sees local art and cultural venues — as well select restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars around the city — stay open into the wee hours. Public and private spaces are transformed into temporary galleries and performance venues, where art lovers can view thought-provoking works by artists from Ottawa and beyond. A free bilingual program is provided, and visitors will be transported between neighbourhoods on special shuttles.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for September 21 to 23

Friday, September 21

Ottawa International Animation Festival. Image © Smith & Foulkes

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) returns this week with an amazing lineup of short and feature films, workshops, and networking opportunities. The largest event of its kind in North America, the OIAF offers new and established animators the chance to mingle with some of the industry’s best and brightest, while competing for top prizes. This year’s jury also features several renowned animators, including Mike Fallow (who has worked for Walt Disney, Hanna Barbara, Nelvana and Marvel) and Wind in the Willows animator Barry Purves.

The Carp Fair – which humbly refers to itself as “The Best Little Fair in Canada” – is back this weekend for its 149th year. Running from Sept 20 to 23 at the Carp Fairgrounds, the event boasts some big-name entertainment, including performances by Cheap Trick, Doc Walker and Prince Edward Island’s Paper Lions. Other events include a midway, strongman competitions, antique displays and an agricultural education tent.

With over 60 million YouTube views, dozens of sold-out shows, and a back catalogue that includes performances with Jon Lovitz, Dave Chapelle, Tracy Morgan and Lewis Black, Russell Peters is quickly becoming one of the country’s most influential comics. This Friday, he’ll be bringing his Notorious World Tour to Scotiabank Place. He’s only in town for the night, so don’t miss out on your chance to see this one-of-a-kind Canadian sensation!

Saturday, September 22

Laura Taler’s “stillmovingstillmovingstillmovingstill” will be on display outside of the Rideau Centre near Nicholas St. during Nuit Blanche.

Ottawa is joining in on the trend of all-night, city-wide art shows this weekend with the region’s inaugural Nuit Blanche festival. Starting at 6.22pm on Saturday and running until 4.23am on Sunday, this free, bilingual event will feature work from nearly 100 artists. The full list of participants can be found online, along with venue maps and information on the festival’s free shuttle service.

For its 24th annual event, the Artists in Their Environment Studio Tour will feature 24 artists and craftspeople living and working in the Gatineau Hills. With a range of styles that includes ceramics, wood, textiles, glass, metal, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and video, there is sure to be something for everyone. Pick up your brochure at one of the many distribution centres throughout Ottawa and Quebec, including the Ottawa School of Art, the Glebe Community Centre and the Wakefield General Store.

The National Arts Centre is kicking off its 2012-2013 season this evening with the annual NAC Gala. Piano sensation Lang Lang, along with the NAC Orchestra, will be performing Chopin’s “Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise,” and Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15.” With tickets starting at $95, the gala will benefit the National Youth and Education Trust.

Sunday, September 28

The Canada Army Run is held this Sunday.

The fifth annual Canada Army Run is taking place this Sunday in the nation’s capital. Though the event is sold out, spectators are still encouraged to come cheer on the participants. There will be six official cheering stations set up along the route, each led by a different community group. The teams will be competing for one of three cash prizes, which will be donated to a not-for-profit organization of their choosing. With a grand prize of $3,000 up for grabs, these philanthropists would surely appreciate any extra support!

Today is your last chance to visit the Glebe Fine Art Show. Featuring the work of about 30 artists, this annual weekend-long event offers guests the opportunity to interact with local artisans and purchase original works of art. This year’s show will also feature submissions from Canterbury High School’s visual arts students. Stop by the Glebe Community Centre between 10am and 5pm to check out this exceptional display of local talent.

 


Nuit Blanche Ferris Wheel: Montreal, Quebec

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

Why we chose it: Nuit Blanche, an annual all-night extravaganza of art installations and an outdoor carnival, takes place in Montreal tomorrow, February 25. This colourful motion blur of the Ferris wheel is the perfect festive nighttime shot to get the party started! (more…)

Best Bets for Montreal en Lumière Festival

Sphères public exhibit at the 2012 Montreal en Lumière festival (Photo: Fabien Gagnon)

The sheer volume of activities at the annual, jam-packed Montreal en Lumière cultural festival (on now!) can be mind-boggling, so we were delighted to see a greatest hits list from OttawaMagazine.com. (more…)

Weekend Reading List

Here you have it: this week’s most popular stories from our sister sites at St. Joseph Media. This weekend, stay up all night for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, dress to impress for winter, and settle in with a good book—or take one on the road!

TorontoLife.com: What to hit and what to skip at the annual Nuit Blanche art-stravaganza, on Saturday night till sunup Sunday.

FashionMagazine.com: Gadding about the Great White North this winter? Do it in style with one of these 30 great winter coats.

CanadianFamily.ca: Bob Marley’s daughter has written a new children’s book based on his song “One Love.”

OttawaMagazine.com: Female chefs at six of Ottawa’s hottest restaurants dish on the city’s food scene and discuss the culinary battle of the sexes.

20minutesupperclub.com: Prosciutto-wrapped chicken with asparagus in 20 minutes? Read it to believe it.

WeddingBells.ca: Flower season has bloomed and gone—Wedding Bells comes to the rescue with 21 flower-less bouquets.

Quillandquire.com: Homework is overrated; turn the kids onto these new fall books for young people instead.

Torontoist.com: Have your say in the naming of six new Toronto subway stations. (Write-ins allowed.)