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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. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Holt Renfrew Marks 175 Years

Christian Louboutin slingbacks for Holt Renfrew

How does the country’s über department store, Holt Renfrew, commemorate its 175th anniversary? With celebrity designers and a slew of exclusive products, of course. From coast to coast this month, Holts hosts the likes of jeweller Temple St. Clair at its Montreal location and womenswear designer Nanette Lepore in Calgary. Sir Elton John and David Furnish make a special appearance on September 8 to launch a limited edition scented candle ($50) that benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Other partnership products to celebrate the milestone include  a pair of Manolo pumps ($595) in Holt Renfrew’s signature magenta, an Alice + Olivia Victoria peplum dress ($275), a black tuxedo blazer by Smythe with embroidered Holt Renfrew detailing ($650), and Christian Louboutin peep-toe platform slingbacks ($1,295).

Weekend Roundup, November 11 to 13

Friday: Pay tribute to Canada's soldiers on Remembrance Day (photo by Jennyrotten)

Friday, November 11
Take time to remember the sacrifices of veterans and currently serving members of our armed forces at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Toronto’s Old City Hall Cenotaph. The service is slated to include flybys from the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Step up to the mic and contribute your MC skills to the Museum of Indulgence, a multimedia collaboration on display at Harbourfront Centre. The exhibition combines life-sized dioramas with on-site performances to explore the themes of hip-hop stereotypes, excess and indulgence.

Fire-emitting roller skates? Dancers on spinning turntables? A rockin’ song list? Check, check, and check. Alberta Ballet’s acclaimed spectacle Love Lies Bleeding, inspired by and featuring the music of Sir Elton John, is on stage at the Sony Centre.

There’s more action on Saturday and Sunday! Read on!

Hot Date: Billy Elliot’s Ballet

Photo by David Scheinmann

ON NOW Toronto is ready to embrace a young boy and his inspirational love of dance as Billy Elliot the Musical comes to the stage. Based on the hit British film of the same name, this production—already hailed by critics and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic—follows a working-class lad who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes, despite his family’s disapproval. Thrilling choreography and a score by Elton John complement this story of perseverance and personal discovery. Canon Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 1:30 p.m., $26 to $200; call 416-872-1212 or navigate here to buy.

May Hot Date—Your Uptown Song

Elton John

May 26 & 30 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and music legends Billy Joel and Elton John reunite on their Face to Face tour. With 77 top hits, 11 Grammy Awards and more than 350 million albums sold between them, the two pop titans delight fans with a genre-spanning evening featuring a mix of Broadway show tunes, classical compositions, ragtime, gospel and good old rock and roll. Air Canada Centre, 7:30 p.m., $70 to $275.50; call 416-870-8000 to charge.