Friday, September 21st
Celebrate this country’s cultural icons as part of the annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival, which showcases popular Canadian performers at venues throughout the city, including a number of free concerts at Nathan Phillips Square. Dance the night away to Suzie McNeil, Tom Cochrane and Jann Arden, just some of the homegrown talent that will be gracing the stage.
Canadian sculptor Evan Penny’s new exhibition of meticulously rendered yet distorted human sculptures opened this week at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Titled Re Figured, the display will alter your perspective of the human form with 30 pieces, including sculptures, photographs and a film about Penny’s work over the past decade.
Toronto’s famed jazz venue, The Rex, holds its annual tribute to John Coltrane this weekend. Juno-winning saxophone players Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald—alongside the rest of their highly capable quintet—take the stage tonight to honour the celebrated musician.
Saturday, September 22nd
More than 300 vendors this weekend take over Exhibition Place’s Better Living Centre for the Toronto Fall Home Show. The huge annual event features talks by celebrity guests such as “Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott, plus all sorts of other helpful seminars offering tips for your next home-improvement projects.
See a different kind of battle of the blades at the Toronto Roller Derby‘s “Battle for the Boot” finals, as the women of Gore-Gore Rollergirls take on defending champions Chicks Ahoy! Head to the Downsview Park bunker to witness all the checks, blocks and fast-paced fun for the whole family.
Take advantage of the late-summer bounty by visiting a Toronto farmers’ market—they won’t be around for much longer this year. Eat local in the west end at the Junction Farmers’ Market from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or cross the Don River in the east to visit the Withrow Park market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, September 23rd
Grammy Award-winning Canadian legend kd Lang packs the Phoenix Concert Theatre for the last of three shows in Toronto as part of her current cross-country tour. Hear the classy country-jazz-rock crooner perform songs from her extensive oeuvre, including last year’s hit album Sing it Loud.
Named by Time as one of the 10 best electric guitar players ever, former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver axeman Slash brings his skills to the Sound Academy for a solo show featuring songs from his record May’s Apocalyptic Love, and, with any luck, some classic cuts, too.
Take yourself on a tour of the Niagara region’s famed wineries and participate in the festivities at the 61st annual Niagara Wine Festival, which runs this weekend through to September 30. An ideal day trip for the family, you can picnic by the vineyards and “Educate Your Senses” at the aptly named wine and food seminar sessions in St. Catharines’ Montebello Park.