It is the first full weekend of September and in typical Toronto style, it will probably be the hottest one of the summer. Here’s some things to do/see/eat/drink this weekend if you haven’t already made plans.
Do: If pedestrian-only streets are your thing, be sure to check out King St W this weekend, between University and Peter. I’m sure it will be super busy but there’s activities happening all weekend along those 5 blocks. It also means that there won’t be any streetcars blocking your view of the princess of wales theatre (may have happened to me last year). It’s TIFF way of bringing the festival back to the people.
See: The obvious this week for “see” is of course, films at TIFF. There are still tickets available to lots of movies happening over the weekend. Who knows, you may see next year’s oscar winners.
Eat: If the madness of TIFF has you looking for events outside the city, AwesTRUCK 2014 is happening in Mississauga tomorrow and Sunday in Celebration Square. There will be 30 food trucks participating and entrance into the event is free!
Drink: It’s the first weekend of TIFF which means bars in the downtown core are going to be busy – but, a lot of them have an extended liquor license. Over 50 bars have an extended license, mostly along King St and Queen St but there’s some outside that bubble. BlogTO has a great list of all of them.
It’s the weekend! And it’s a long one. And we’re not talking about how it’s already labour day weekend around here because it just upsets me. I can’t seem to figure out what the weather will be like this weekend but hopefully the rain stays away for the next few days!
Do: This Sunday is Open Streets TO which closes down Bloor between Spadina and Parliament and Yonge St from Queen to Bloor. It’s for those who like to get up early on their Sunday morning (the event runs 8am to noon). The event will close off the streets to pedestrian traffic only, and there’s activities along the route ranging from fitness classes, mural painting and brazilian drumming. Get up and enjoy this unique event.
See: It is the last weekend of the Ex, which means the Air Show will be flying tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. This year’s presentation will commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One as well as the 65th anniversary of the Air Show.
Eat: Today is the last Deep Fried DJs at Harbourfront Centre for the summer. On the Redpath Stage, Toronto’s hottest DJs are paired with deep fried deliciousness – probably a great alternative to the Ex if you just want to get your deep fried on!
Drink: It is the last Friday of the month which means it is time once again for The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies’ bevvy, this being the 8th of the year. Location is still hush hush and should be released by this afternoon and non-ticket holders are welcome after midnight (tickets for this event are already sold out).
I hope whatever you do, you have a great weekend!
I know it’s been a few weeks since I did one of my Friday posts, the summer is just insane (and almost done and I’m freaking out) but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still lots to do on what should be a nice weekend!
Do: The Taiwanfest is happening all weekend at the Habourfront Centre. There will be performances, cooking demos, art and delicious food. Best of all, the festival is free!
See: This weekend is Buskerfest in the Yonge/Dundas area. I went out last year and was amazed by the interesting and crazy acts happening. It’s also for a great cause, Epilepsy Toronto. Their site has all the information you need to plan your trip down to YDS and with so many different acts, there’s definitely something for everyone.
Eat: The CNE continues this weekend and as if there wasn’t already enough to eat there, the Food Truck Frenzy will be back this weekend. With almost 20 of the city’s delicious food trucks, you can definitely overindulge at the ex this weekend.
Drink: The Beer Hall at Mill Street Brew Pub in the Distillery District will be hosting their Sunday Jazz Brunch again this Sunday from 1-4pm. This Sunday, you can enjoy the Tyler Yamera Trio with a Mill Street and eggs benny, great way to round out the weekend.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Happy Weekend everyone! I hope you all had a nice week. The weather may not be the greatest this weekend but hopefully it will all pass quick!
Do: The beautiful distillery district hosts a Sunday Market, every Sunday from now until September 28th. There is products all from within 100 miles of the distillery, making it a truly local event. There will also be live music from buskers throughout the event.
See: The annual LabCab Festival is happening this weekend in Parkdale is a free event with music, dance, theatre, comedy and visual arts. The festival runs all weekend at a variety of venues in the neighbourhood, with identical schedules each day so hopefully you can catch everything you want to check out!
Eat: Last night I attended the Taste of Toronto at Fort York. It was a really lovely event. I’d recommend this one for the true foodies. There was lots of famous local chefs at the event and I got to try a bunch of interesting products (I won’t lie, there was a lot of cheese involved). I also finally got to try Kinton Ramen, I will now for sure figure out where on Beverly this place is! The event runs until this Sunday and tickets are available online.
Drink: Jack Astor’s has a great contest running tomorrow (as well as August 16 & 23) – simply hashtag a photo from their patio on twitter or instagram (#JacksPatio) and you could be flown to Muskoka that afternoon, right from the patio. Plus there’s always lots of blue raspberry lemonade to be had
As a side note, the Toronto Festival of Beers is happening this weekend, last time I checked, there was still Sunday tickets available. Enjoy your weekend everyone!
This week’s Friday song.
Well, it’s finally Friday! I hope you all had a good week. As usual, there is so much going on in the city (including a bunch of road closures), here’s a few of them!
Do: The BIG on Bloor Festival will have Bloor closed between Landsowne and Dufferin. The street will become pedestrian only for the festival which will feature local art, businesses and exhibits. There will be also be musicians, dancers and other performing arts at the festival that runs Saturday and Sunday.
See: Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival is this Saturday and Sunday on St. Clair between Winona and Christie. There will be dancers, live music as well as vendors throughout the weekend. Their site has all the details of when to check out the performances.
Eat: The Taste of Thai is taking place at Nathan Phillips Sqaure tomorrow and Sunday from 12-8pm both days. There will be lots of food, including cooking and fruit carving demonstrations. In addition to the food, there will be performances and authentic Thai products for sale.
Drink: I’ve decided to kind of skip drink this week to feature ANOTHER FREE STREET FESTIVAL (seriously, don’t bother driving downtown this weekend). Tomorrow and Sunday, the Chinatown BIA will be hosting a festival along Dundas W between Spadina and Beverley. There will be food, performances and vendors. It runs tomorrow from 12-11pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, hopefully it doesn’t rain too much.
Happy Friday everyone, and Happy July 4th to my American friends! It’s not going to be as ridiculously hot this weekend but there’s still a ton going on in the city!
Do: Starting tonight at Yonge-Dundas Square, you can check out the Franco-Fete, a festival celebrating Francophone culture. The event runs all weekend and there will be performances from a variety of performers. Best of all, the event is FREE.
See: There are lots of places to see outdoor movies this summer in the city and starting this Sunday, another place will be Christie Pits. This Sunday’s film is “A League of Their Own”, the event is pay-what-you-can and the movie starts at sunset.
Eat: Summerlicious started yesterday and it’s a great way to check out that restaurant you’ve been dying to try but your wallet has been holding you back on. I’ll be going later on, to momofuku, a place that’s been on my list for ages. Check out the Summerlicious website for all of the restaurants and even see what restaurants have availability for today.
Drink: Bacardi is taking over the distillery this weekend with their Festival Libre celebration. There will be performances, food and drink starting this afternoon and running until Sunday evening. Plus, there’s all the other fantastic things in the distillery that are already there!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
And now, for some Nelly.
Happy almost summer everyone! World Pride is kicking off this weekend and there’s a bunch of festivals happening for the first weekend of summer, here’s a few ideas!
Do: The Redpath Waterfront Festival is happening all weekend. There will be activities for kids, food, drinks and the flyboarding championships. There will also be a Worldpride Party on Sunday with food, a bar and DJs all afternoon. Be sure to check the website for all the activities.
See: The Toronto Jazz Festival began yesterday and runs until June 28th. There are performances all over the city including a number of free shows outdoors at Nathan Phillips Square and Shops at Don Mills.
Eat: The Junction is hosting a Summer Solstice Festival on the longest day of the year tomorrow. From noon until midnight there will be entertainment, shopping and plenty of eating to be had.
Drink: The Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival is also happening this weekend, yesterday was the first evening but it runs tonight from 5pm-10pm and tomorrow 12pm-10pm. You can purchase tickets online for $21.50 or $30 at the door, each ticket includes 5 sample vouchers. There will also be music as well as wine and spirit education throughout the festival.
This is just a snippet of what’s happening this weekend, get out and enjoy that beautiful weather!
For the start of summer, I think this song is appropriate?
Hello everybody! I’m so sorry the blog has been quiet this week, time really got away from me. I missed yesterday’s Thirsty Thursday but next week will be a double edition so it makes up for it, right?
It’s Craft Beer Week in Ontario, so you may notice a theme in this week’s post.
Do: Tonight and tomorrow is Session Toronto. Tickets are still avaialble online and they’re cheaper than at the door. The event will take place tonight from 6pm-10pm at Yonge Dundas Square and runs tomorrow from 5pm-9pm. There will be (craft) beer, food and live music, a great way to find a new love. I mean beer, but they’re basically the same thing, right?
See: If you’re looking to explore a festival just a little outside the city, King City’s Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival has you covered. There will be craft beer vendors, food trucks and a full day of musical performances. You can purchase tickets online (and you have until noon to get discounted ones for the craft beer portion). The event begins at noon and runs until 9:30pm.
Eat: Beach BBQ & Brews Festival is happening at Woodbine Park. This event runs all weekend starting this evening and will have BBQ and beer of course as well as live music and a children’s area. Best of all, admission is free although you can purchase front of the line passes, which include ribs. It sounds like a delicious time.
Drink: Starting tomorrow at Amsterdam Brewery, the brewery will be releasing a new adventure brew everyday for a week. You can get a sneak peak each day on their twitter or facebook page to see what which adventure brew is available.
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope it’s fantastic. I’d love to hear how you’re celebrating craft beer week in Ontario!
I think to try to explain this week’s song would not make any sense to anyone but me – so I hope you just enjoy this old school jam.
Hope you all had a good week, it should be a fairly nice weekend! Here’s a few things going on in the city.
Do: This Sunday at Habourfront Centre is the Eco-Swap. This event will allow people to bring their books, movies and music to swap. You can only swap items, you can not make any purchases. The rules for the swap are on their site, it’s a great way to update your collection.
See: The Luminato Festival begins tonight. This annual festival celebrates the variety of art that Toronto has to offer. There is music, theatre, visual arts and more. The events happen throughout the city and the festival runs until June 15th. Prices and information are all available on their site.
Eat: If you feel like having a “proper” afternoon, SLICED gourmet is offering an afternoon tea tomorrow for $35. The ticket includes tea lessons and tasting, sweets, fruit and of course those adorable sandwiches that are so delicious even though they’re just little sandwiches Tickets must be purchased before 11pm tonight and no tickets will be available at the door.
Drink: Tonight beginning at 11pm, you can relive the music of the early 2000s at the Drake Hotel. The Y2K: Millennial Dance Party will play everything including one hit wonders and chart toppers, originally from Chicago, they’re bringing a great decade North. Cover is $10.
I hope you all have a great weekend! On a personal note, tonight I will participating at a Relay for Life in York Region. I’ve mentioned Relay before as this is my 2nd year on the committee. If anyone would like to sponsor me for this event, it would be greatly appreciated.
I might be the only person that loves this song, but I don’t even care – I just love Nelly + country music!
We made it! Almost… Just a few hours to go until we can enjoy what should be a beautiful weekend in the city. Here’s a few ideas if you haven’t made plans yet.
Do: This Sunday is is the first of the Leslieville Flea of the summer. This summer it is expanding to two locations and the first Sunday of the month it will be at Harbourfront Centre. From 10am-5pm, you can shop vintage, salvaged, antiques and collectibles from a variety of vendors and admission is free.
See: It started on Wednesday and runs until Sunday, the Toronto Festival of Clowns is happening at a couple venues throughout the weekend. This event, now in it’s 9th year allows clowns and physical theatre artists to showcase their work. Tickets for all shows are $15 and there are passes available.
Eat/Drink: Tonight is CraveTO, I mentioned it a couple of a weeks ago and now I can finally eat and drink to my heart’s content. Tickets are no longer available online but can be purchased at the door. It will also be the first time I bust out my new camera, I’m pretty excited! So expect lots of food pictures, or even just pictures of things. The event is tonight at Wychwood Barns from 5-11pm, and hopefully it stays this beautiful out.
As usual, my Friday song is inspired by the DJ Cymaxxx mix on Kiss on Friday mornings. That mix is always amazing. Have a great weekend!