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