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