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Alexander Calder

Frugal Faves: The AGO and Casalife

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto helps you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. Check back each week for our thrifty tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more.

Visit the AGO's Galleria Italia (and more) for free on Wednesday evenings.

Visit the AGO's Galleria Italia (and more) for free on Wednesday evenings.

Free Admission at the AGO
The recently revamped Art Gallery of Ontario displays more than 4,000 pieces spanning many centuries of artistic expression in Canada and around the world. You can view this impressive collection free of charge every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The complimentary admission grants visitors access to all of the museum’s permanent collections as well as entry into some special exhibitions, including Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, a showcase of 80-plus works created between 1926 and 1933 by the influential sculptor. With only two and a half hours to take in 110 galleries, you may have to pick and choose; a must-see is the Galleria Italia, a serene glass- and Douglas fir-enclosed sculpture space that spans the entire length of the museum.

The AGO is free on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. year-round. Otherwise, it’s open Tuesday to Sunday; adult admission $18.

Moving Sale at Casalife

Big changes are happening this month at Casalife, one of Toronto’s most prominent contemporary home decor retailers. An expansion of the company’s Liberty Village flagship store means that its Vaughan Mills location will be closing down at the beginning of November. As a result, both locations are offering a 20 to 75 per cent discount on all in-store items. Shoppers can expect huge savings on a range of small-scale furnishings suited for condo-dwellers, including great deals on stylish accessories like pillows, throws, table lamps, vases and bowls.

Casalife’s moving sale is on now through November 1. Call 416-922-2785 for more details.

Weekend Roundup, October 2nd to 4th

Fall is upon us! Kick-off autumn in the city with our picks for the weekend.

Fall Home Show

Friday: The Fall Home Show offers interior design ideas and more.

Friday, October 2nd
See Checkpoint Rock: Songs of Palestine—a documentary highlighting the region’s contemporary music scene through stories from rappers, classical musicians and a wedding singer—on the final day of the Toronto Palestine Film Festival.

Find out how the right curtains and other window treatments can set the mood of a room at the Fall Home Show.

Be captivated as Parno Graszt brings gypsy music to the Small World Music Festival—the energetic band plays everything from acoustic guitars and accordians to spoons and a milk churn.

Saturday: Nuit Blanche turns all of Toronto into an overnight artistic canvas.

Saturday: Nuit Blanche turns all of Toronto into a nightime canvas.

Saturday, October 3rd
Peer at tiny acrobats in a three-dimensional miniature circus as part of the exhibit Alexander Calder: The Paris Years 1926–1933, opening today at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Join a projected one million people in the streets for a sleepless night of discovering art in the city’s nooks and crannies during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

At the last theatrical production of Toronto-based Secrets of a Black Boy, empathize with five young African-Canadian men as they raise their voices on issues like gun violence, sexual abuse and single-parent homes.

Sunday: Celebrate the fall harvest with the Picnic at the Brick Works.

Sunday: Celebrate nature's bounty with the Picnic at the Brick Works.

Sunday, October 4th
Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of a deer while strolling through the gardens, wetlands and forests of the Humber Arboretum as part of the Toronto Trails Festival.

Nosh on a slow-food feast at the Picnic at the Brick Works, featuring dishes that boast ingredients from close to home, such as Ontario Tamworth pork, red fife wheat and Saskatoon berries.

Ponder over François Dallegret’s barbell-like Lumikiik lamp for the last time—the Quebec in Design exhibit at the Design Exchange closes today.