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Weekend Roundup: September 7 to 9

Friday: Ben Affleck’s Argo is one of many premieres at TIFF (photo by Claire Folger)

Friday, September 7
Each September the city comes to life with celebrities, Hollywood buzz, and most importantly a wide selection of fantastic cinema to experience. The opening weekend of the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival showcases world premieres of major Hollywood films and foreign features, complex documentaries, short and experimental films, and so much more.

Don’t miss out on a shopping bonanza as Toronto celebrates Fashion’s Night Out with The Bazaar. Curated by Rac Boutique, the event brings together a wide variety of independent Toronto retailers including Gotstyle, the Drake Hotel General Store, Philistine and many others.

The Second City‘s new mainstage revue, We’ve Totally (Probably) Got This, is guaranteed to tickle that funny bone. Spend your Friday night with friends and this company of hilarious performers who have mastered the art of satirical sketches, songs and improvisations.

Saturday: Cirque du Soleil returns to Toronto with Amaluna

Saturday, September 8
Experience the magic of Cirque du Soleil as the troupe’s latest production, Amaluna, soars in to town this weekend. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and set on an island of goddesses, it offers audiences an enchanting adventure through imaginative imagery and gravity-defying stunts.

Follow the poignant story of a American archetype Willy Loman as he searches for identity and hope in Soulpepper Theatre Company’s presentation of Arthur Miller’s award-winning Death of a Salesman.

Tweens all across Toronto are sure to be bursting with excitement tonight as boy band Big Time Rush takes the stage at Molson Canadian Ampitheatre. Originating as a Nickelodeon TV show following the lives of a group of young musicians, the group will be joined by fellow popsters Cody Simpson, Tyler Medeiros and Victoria Duffield.

Sunday: Elton John brings down the house at Fashion Cares’ 25th anniversary gala

Sunday, September 9
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in style, stylish charity Fashion Cares presents A Night of Glitter and Light at the Sony Centre, with an appearance by the one and only Sir Elton John, plus performances by Scissor Sisters, Janelle Monae and more. Hosted by supermodel Linda Evangelista, alongside D-Squared founders Dean and Dan Caten, this evening is a stargazing spectacle for a good cause, with proceeds benefiting the AIDS Committee of Toronto and the Elton John AIDS foundation.

If you missed out on Saturday’s Big Time Rush performance, the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre has another musical offering tonight, as soulful guitarist and singer Jason Mraz helps you unwind as the weekend comes to a close.

It seems like Cavalia’s Odysseo has been wowing Toronto audiences all summer long. Alas, the production, which explores the relationship between humans and horses with aerobatics, dance and equestrian performances, must come to a close at last. Don’t miss today’s final show!

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