We’re half way through November and we’ve already started to experience some winter weather. Here’s a few things happening this weekend in the wonderful (but cold) city of Toronto.
Do: The Gentlemen’s Expo is now in it’s second year and has lots to offer guests this weekend. There’s everything from food, drinks, music, shopping and even an old school arcade. Tickets for one day start at $30 and include a few drink tickets and goodies. The show runs until Sunday.
See: Another weekend, another awesome film festival in the city. This weekend is the Toronto International Short Film Festival. The festival takes place at the Carlton Cinema and all the movie details are available on their site.
Eat: Taste of Iceland is back this weekend offering Torontonians a taste of life in Iceland with food and music at Luma on King St. It’s $55 for a four-course meal and the program runs until Sunday.
Drink: Tonight is Friday Night Jazz again at the Aquarium. I went last month and thought it was a fun way to see the aquarium. It was nice to see all the creatures with a drink in my hand. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something new to do and haven’t been to the aquarium yet.
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week. Here’s some things going on in the city this weekend if you haven’t made plans yet.
Do: Habourfront Centre is presenting a Day of the Dead Festival this weekend. There will be films, artists, dance and workshop throughout the weekend. Check the website for details of all the activities.
See: The 15th Annual Planet in Focus Film Festival is back this weekend at a variety of theatres throughout the city. I attended last year and had an amazing time. Tickets are $15 and discounted for Students/Seniors and you can purchase a festival pass for $100 which gets you into the closing and regular screenings.
Eat/Drink: Gluten Freedom Week is back again with a large selection of restaurants. Gluten Freedom Week features prix fixe gluten-free menus at restaurants throughout the city. The event starts tomorrow and runs until the 15th.
Happy Halloween! Although I’m in Sin City, it doesn’t mean there isn’t tons to do in Toronto this weekend!
Do: Haunted High Park takes place tonight beginning at the Colborne Lodge. This session is 18+ and will feature ghost stories about the lodge and High Park.
See: Stanley Kubrick The Exhibition opens today and runs until January 25th. There will be items from a number of films and information about his unfinished works. There will also be discussions and roundtables throughout the exhibition.
Eat: The Luxury Chocolate Show is this Sunday at Roy Thompson Hall. Featuring chocolate making classes, contests, games and a demo stage this has all your chocolate needs covered (in case they were lacking on Halloween).
Drink: The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies is hosting their monthly event on Halloween. For this bevy, they’re making an exception and allowing men to arrive at 10pm instead of the typical midnight. Wear a costume and there will be prizes!
I hope you all have a great Halloween weekend!
Happy Friday, what a beautiful day and what hopes to be a beautiful weekend! Here’s a few things going on this weekend if you’re still trying to make plans.
Do: Earlier this week, I ran a contest thanks to the Everything To Do With Sex Show happening this weekend. If you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can still buy tickets for the show and enjoy this exciting event. With something for everyone, this weekend promises to be a great time.
See: imagineNATIVE began on Wednesday and runs until Sunday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Celebrating it’s 15th year, this festival covers a variety of topics and genres including romance, action and documentary. Tickets start at $7 and are available online.
Eat: This weekend, Burlington has gluten-intolerants and celiacs covered with Canada’s Gluten-Free Market. Along with the extensive market, your ticket also includes entrance into the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens.
Drink: This technically falls on Monday, but I think it’s so important, it should be included. Monday is a big day in Toronto, it’s been an interesting four years in the city and Monday will be the beginning of another 4 year chapter in the city. A number of bars will be airing the election results in the bar, so get out, vote and then go enjoy a beverage. So far, I’ve seen events at the Gladstone but I’ll be sure to keep twitter going with anything I find.
Happy Friday! It’s been a short week but that doesn’t make Friday any less exciting. Here’s what’s going on in the city for this mid-October weekend.
Do: If you’re unlike me, denying that winter is just around the corner and actually enjoy the season, there is a show for you this weekend. The Toronto Snow Show is on now and runs until Sunday at the International Centre near the airport. It has all of your snow needs covered.
See: It’s October so that must mean somewhere in the city it is fully acceptable for you to show up in lingerie. By that, I of course mean that the Rocky Horror Picture Show is showing on stage in the city. You can catch it this year at the Lower Ossington Theatre. Some of the shows are already sold out but there are tickets still available for some performances.
Eat/Drink: The no-brainer for eat and drink this weekend is the Delicious Food Show. It’s happening all weekend at the Direct Energy Centre, last year it was at the Better Living Centre, which just leads me to believe that there’s somehow going to be even more to eat this year! This is definitely the show to come hungry to and although not mentioned in the name, there was lots of delicious beers, cocktails and wines at last year’s show.
I was invited to see the Obsidian Theatre’s production of “The Mountaintop” at the Aki Studio in Daniels Spectrum. The show takes place on the last night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. I’ve always been fascinated by history and this play did not disappoint. The story was focused on Dr. King’s personal feelings and fears as a leader.
The play stars only two actor’s Kevin Hanchard and Alana Hibbert and they were both phenomenal. The show runs just over an hour and a half and the actors do an amazing job with the script. There are a number of monologues and since it is only the two of them, there is no break for either actor throughout the show. It was hard after the show not to consider how much work and how talented they must have been to memorize and deliver that script so perfectly (maybe it’s my years of drama camp coming back). It was really remarkable, Kevin Hanchard played Dr. King so brilliantly, reflecting on the struggles he faced as the face of the civil rights movement. Alana Hibbert was funny and charming but also extremely passionate, it was impossible not to hang on her every word.
The play took place in the motel room where Dr. King spent his final night. The set design was really great as well. It looked ripped out of the 1960s. It was a great backdrop to this incredible story.
As you all know, I hate spoilers so I don’t want to give too much away. The play was extremely well done. It’s always amazing to see how much talent is right here in Toronto. The show is in its final days, and is sold out tonight but tickets are available for the rest of the performances, the show closes on Sunday. Tickets are $25, with discounts for students, seniors and art workers with valid ID.
It’s Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiday! Of a long weekend, one that involves turkey which I really love. Fall is really ramping up and there’s lots happening in the city this weekend, here’s a few ideas if you’re still making plans.
Do: It’s the second Friday of the month which means it’s Friday Night Jazz at the Aquarium. Starting at 7pm until close, there will be live jazz music and refreshments, which is a cash bar and appetizers. Evening tickets to the aquarium are also $5 off so it’s a great way to see the aquarium for a discount.
See: The TIFF Bell Lightbox is hosting a Back to the 90s festival over the next few weeks with the first edition this evening, the classic Clueless. The film starts at 9pm and tickets are $12.50.
Eat: It’s Thanksgiving weekend and maybe you just want to eat delicious turkey but don’t want to cook or clean or do any of the boring stuff associated with the turkey dinner. BlogTO has pulled together 15 restaurants throughout the city to get your turkey on this weekend.
Drink: Although this isn’t really a ‘drink’, I assume that drinking must be involved to participate in this. The Gladstone will be hosting Shameless Karaoke tonight in the Melody Bar. It’s from 10pm until 2am and the cover is free. Make some shameful decisions while belting out “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s the first weekend of October, which means it’s basically Halloween, which somehow means it’s basically Christmas… but I’ll try not to get ahead of myself. The temperature is dropping but there’s still so much to do this weekend!
Do: It’s the time of year when people seem to enjoy being scared (I don’t understand it, I like my dreams to be nightmare free). But, millions of people can’t be wrong, right? Halloween Haunt is back at Wonderland and for those who really enjoy being scared, you can buy a pass to get unlimited visits to Halloween Haunt, it sounds like my nightmare but I know there are people out there who will love it.
See: One of the biggest events of the year is back, tomorrow night is Nuit Blanche, the overnight art festival. Beginning at sunset and continuing on until sunrise, there will be art installations throughout downtown, it’s a great chance to check out art, people watch and experience the city in a whole new way.
Eat: An activity that could be filed under unnecessary is happening this Saturday and I’m sure it’s going to be great. Smoke’s Poutinerie is hosting it’s 5th annual Poutine Eating Championship. There will be free poutine for attendees at Yonge-Dundas square from 10am-4pm and an amateur and professional eat-off in the afternoon.
Drink: There are lots of Oktoberfest events happening in the city this weekend. Yesterday, I mentioned the special at bier markt, they are having an event and the Toronto Oktoberfest is happening at Ontario Place tomorrow. Mill St is also hosting their own Oktoberfest at the Beer Hall in the distillery, basically, there is a lot of ways for you to drink beer this weekend in the name of “Oktoberfest”.
I mentioned last week that I’ll be participating in the CIBC Run For The Cure this weekend, there’s still time to sponsor me for this great event. Every dollar counts and is greatly appreciated!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Happy Friday! I didn’t get a Thirsty Thursday up yesterday, work has been a bit crazy for me. I hope you all had a fantastic week, here’s some ideas for the weekend – it’s going to be beautiful, so get out and enjoy it!
Do: Hugh’s Room is hosting the Underground Railroad Music Festival Sunday, beginning at 1pm. There will be a variety of artists at this blues event, tickets can be reserved in advance for $27.50 or are available at the door for $30.
See: I hate to admit it but regular season baseball ends this weekend, which is really the end of summer for me. There is still a series against Baltimore, which probably won’t go so well for us but it’s “fan appreciation weekend” and they usually give out a ton of stuff at the games tomorrow and Sunday. I’ll be rounding out the season with my 13th game, I don’t know whether that’s something I should be excited or worried about.
Eat/Drink: Evergreen Brickworks is hosting a Rodeo and BBQ event tomorrow, a fundraiser in support of greener and healthier cities. There will be food, drinks and activities you’d expect at a rodeo, like a mechanical bull. Tickets are on sale online today until 5pm and some will be available at the door. The event is $150 and starts at 7pm.
Happy Friday people! We made it. I don’t know about you, but this week was a dragger. Good thing there’s a ton going on to move on from this week.
Do: The Junction Music Festival is this Saturday, along Dundas West at Keele. There is 5 outdoor stages and 30 participating venues. Best of all, this festival is free. Their website has details about the bands playing and special events happening throughout the day.
See: JFL42 kicked off last night, and there are plenty of comedians to see over the next week and a bit. I’ll be attending at least 4 shows (hopefully more, but we’ll see how the week goes). You can still get tickets for some headliners, passes for smaller shows and some shows you can pay at the door. I had a great time last year and can’t wait for this festival.
Eat: The Food Truck Festival Ontario will be at Ontario Place on Sunday. Tickets are still available for $10 and there will be over a dozen food trucks and a few beer vendors. So go eat wayyyy too much on what will hopefully turn into a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Drink: Toronto Beer Week began last Thursday and continues over this weekend. Is it longer than a week? Maybe. Am I complaining? Absolutely not. There’s lots of events, parties and tap takeovers happening until Sunday. You may even see me at the Toronto Beer Run – obviously not running but there!
**Side note: Fall is also the time when it seems like everyone you know is participating in some sort of run, last weekend I did the Terry Fox “run” and on October 5th, I’ll be doing the Run for the Cure. I’d be extremely grateful if you sponsored my participation in this amazing event! Every dollar definitely counts!