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Church-Wellesley Village

Hot Dining: Dishcrawl Takes Your Taste Buds on Tour

Dishcrawlers await their entrees at the Rosedale Diner

Toronto’s dining scene is so vast that it can be difficult to find your culinary bearings during a short stay. A good tactic is to focus your eating efforts on a single neighbourhood. Dishcrawl can help. The social dining experience curates guided tours through four restaurants in one night, offering an excellent opportunity to sample dishes from locally favoured establishments while getting to know a flock of friendly foodies. A recent stroll in the Rosedale area, for example, featured the likes of Italian eatery Quanto Basta and eclectic Rosedale Diner. One can only guess which spots will be featured in the scheduled September 26 spin around the Church-Wellesley Village—the destinations aren’t revealed until the day of the tour. A single fee, typically between $60 and $80, reserves your seat at each restaurant. You need only bring a smile, an appetite and an open mind. Click here for more information and to register.

Weekend Roundup, October 29 to 31

It’s Halloween! Grab your costume and make it a wicked weekend with some of these hair-raising events.

Have a Wicked weekend (photo by Joan Marcus)

Friday, October 29
Start your Halloween weekend with a bow to the past at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. See the classic film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari while award-winning composer Andrew Downing performs its original score. The tale of a mad carnival showman and his sleepwalking slave, this 1920s masterpiece is considered by many to be the first horror film. It will give you chills!

Toronto can’t get enough of the hit Broadway musical Wicked! Return to Oz to hear the story of Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West—long before Dorothy dropped in. Enjoying it’s third engagement at the Canon Theatre, grab your tickets before they sell out—again!

Head to Second City for an evening of hilarious comedy. The troupe’s latest show, Something Wicked Awesome This Way Comes, has garnered rave reviews thanks to its smart comedy sketches and songs. This performance delivers non-stop laughs!

Saturday, October 30
Crime and mystery fiction get their due at the International Festival of Authors, which celebrates the timeless genre at the IFOA Noir Round Table. Join authors and critics as they discuss the mystery novel!

Get your pulse racing at the Creepy Classics concert at Roy Thomson Hall. Pianist Todd Yaniw plays some of the most well-known “spooky” pieces, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Bach’s Toccata in D Minor.

Head to the Drake Hotel for its Halloween party! Come dressed as your favourite music-video star and dance the night away to DJ duo Flosstradamus. The best costume wins $500. This just begs for an extravagant Lady Gaga outfit!

Sunday, October 31
Bring the kids to the Toronto Zoo this weekend for Boo at the Zoo. There are tons of kid-friendly attractions like the hay maze, the animal meet and greet and live performances all day long. Kids in costume get in free!

Get a terrifying tour of Casa Loma! Professional ghost trackers show videos and tell their stories about nights spent in the historic castle. Visitors are then left to explore the grounds to do some ghost tracking of their own!

For the biggest Halloween bash in the city, head to Church Street for their annual Halloween Block Party! Costumed revelers take over the Gay Village, with an expected turnout of 50,000 people. The streets are closed and clubs open their doors, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. You’ve never been to a Halloween party like this!

TIFF Today: Coming Out Party

Beginners

From September 9 to 19, the city buzzes with movie-industry movers and shakers as the Toronto International Film Festival brings more than 300 flicks to town. For each day of the festival, Where Toronto selects a must-see feature with matching venues to check out after your screening. Choose from these local hot spots to suit the theme of your film!

TODAY’S FILM PICK
Ewan McGregor stars in Beginners, an indie dramedy about personal discovery. When his aging and ailing father comes out of the closet, Oliver (McGregor) must reassess the honesty of his own relationships. Balancing humour, romance and tragedy, the film ultimately offers an inspiring message. Catch this anticipated film and head to these top spots in Toronto’s gay village, where everyone is welcome! Elgin Theatre, 9 p.m.

TODAY’S DESTINATIONS
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