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Canada’s Bridal Show

Toronto Bridal Shows Make a Blissful Start to the New Year

The wedding dress runway is an attraction at the National Bridal Show

So the big question has been popped, but reality has also set in: now that you’re engaged, you and your partner will have also have to engage a number of vendors to help make your wedding a success. Fortunately, two major expos offer one-stop shopping for all things nuptial. From January 4 to 6, Canada’s Bridal Show brings to Toronto photographers, venue reps, cake makers and more, while January 25 to 27 sees the National Bridal Show roll out an equally large and diverse selection of experts to offer ideas and services for your big day. If you’re seeking a more intimate, dress-specific experience, Where recommends White Toronto and Mrs. Bridal Boutique, which offer professional service and exquisite gowns from top designers.  —Ana Taveira

Weekend Roundup: January 6-8

Friday: Demar DeRozan looks to lead the Raptors to a third straight victory

Friday, January 6
The NBA lockout finally concluded on Christmas day, the shortened basketball season is starting to pick up and our hometown Raptors are on a two-game winning streak. Cheer them on tonight as they take on the New Jersey Nets (including former “Mr. Kardishian” Kris Humphries) at the Air Canada Centre.

The Next Stage Theatre Festival is back for another year at Factory Theatre. The festival’s first weekend features top independent stage shows including The Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go! and Living with Henry.

Drama meets punk rock as Broadway smash American Idiot continues its short-term run at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Featuring tunes such as “Wake Me Up When September Ends” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” from Green Day’s Grammy-winning album, this contemporary musical is not to be missed.

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Weekend Roundup, September 9 to 11

Friday: The Vegetarian Food Festival offers up a huge harvest (photo by Michael Cannon)

Friday, September 9
Discover new recipes and products at the 27th annual Vegetarian Food Festival at Harbourfront Centre. Dedicated salad-heads and cooks simply looking for new ideas are invited to view demonstrations and visit exhibitors and vendors during this weekend-long festival.

Catch American Idol winner Scotty McCreary and the rest of the season 10 cast as their American Idols Live! tour rolls into Air Canada Centre. The show includes individual performances and energetic group numbers like Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You” and a Journey mash-up.

Get ready for your dream wedding at Canada’s Bridal Show held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The country’s premiere bridal event features hundreds of vendors, a fashion show, and amazing door prizes.

Saturday: Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, is one of the many films screening today at TIFF

Saturday, September 10
Get excited for the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival! From September 8 to 18 over 300 films are screened from all over the world. See this year’s highly anticipated films and maybe catch a glimpse of celebrities like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling who are all set to attend.

Enjoy the Fall spirit with the 35th annual Cabbagetown Festival. In celebration of the community, the streets are filled with a variety of entertainers, food vendors, and a lively parade.

See country music super star Keith Urban on his 2011 Get Closer world tour. Accompanied by The Perry Band, Urban is sure to please the crowd at the Air Canada Centre with his memorable hits.

Sunday: Rock out with Pearl Jam (photo by Karen Loria, Pearl Jam Ten Club)

Sunday, September 11
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of iconic rock band Pearl Jam at their Air Canada Centre concert. The band just kicked off the Canadian leg of its tour with plans to rock the arena for two nights. (The new Cameron Crowe-directed documentary Pearl Jam Twenty is also screening at TIFF.)

Kick up your heels as Kew Gardens hosts The Beach Celtic Festival. The east-end event embraces Irish and Celtic culture through traditional dances, music, and food.

Support emerging and established artists at the Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show and Sale. Within the historic  Sunnyside Pavillion—along the shore of Lake Ontario—you be privy to a variety of visual arts, installations, and live music during the final day of the event.