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Junction Arts Festival

Weekend Roundup, September 10 to 12

The city is a-buzz with the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend! Get out there and enjoy it!

Friday: The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth, premieres tonight at TIFF

Friday, September 10
It’s the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival and there are tons of great movies to choose from! Catch the highly anticipated films and be sure to get out and do some star-gazing—Jon Hamm, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, Clint Eastwood, and many more celebrities will be in town. Don’t forget to check out our daily TIFF blog, for a movie pick with post-show destinations to match.

Slash, the top hat-sporting former lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, performs tonight at Kool Haus. Expect the rock legend to perform tracks from his first, eponymously titled solo album, released earlier this year.

The Junction Arts Festival has something for everyone, from theatre to comedy, visual arts to music. On Dundas West, stretching from Indian Grove to St. John’s Road, this annual arts event is jam-packed with things to see and do.

Saturday: See William Kentridge's Journey to the Moon at Gallery TPW

Saturday, September 11
Here’s another local fete to fill the weekend—the annual Cabbagetown Festival! Complete with a grand parade, live entertainment and numerous vendors, there are many activities to choose from. Come out to support this historic Toronto community.

Check out Journey to the Moon, a recently opened exhibition at Gallery TPW. In collaboration with TIFF, artist William Kentridge pays homage to the classic 1902 film Voyage dans la lune. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your film-going weekend!

Head down hungry to Harbourfront Centre for the Vegetarian Food Fair. One of the largest vegetarian events in North America, it’s a great place to get tips and products for herbivores and omnivores alike.

Sunday: The Rosetta Trio performs Mozart

Sunday, September 12
This year’s Summer Music in the Garden series comes to a close with Mozart Unlocked. The Rosetta Trio performs Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in this outdoor concert at the picturesque Toronto Music Garden.

The Winner’s Walk of Hope has been raising money and awareness to battle ovarian cancer for nine years. The goal this year is to break $2.5 million. It’s not too late to donate or join the walk, happening on Olympic Island.

Wrap up your weekend at the Taste of the Kingsway! On Bloor Street West, from Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road, more than 30 area restaurants offer samples of food from around the world.

Weekend Roundup, September 11 to 13

It’s a festival frenzy in Toronto this weekend!

Friday, September 11th
Even if tickets are sold out, show up outside the Toronto International Film Festival screening of The Informant! and try to catch a glimpse of the film’s leading actor and Hollywood star Matt Damon.

For the last weekend, be mesmerized by the strange and fascinating art works in the Surreal Things exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Take a break from tasting veggie-friendly treats and check out The Real Iron Chef, a race to the finish to serve up meatless but high in iron meals, at the 25th Vegetarian Food Fair.

Saturday, September 12th
Bite into hot, roasted corn-on-the-cob
in the afternoon, then do-si-do at the barn dance in the evening at Riverdale Farm’s annual Fall Harvest Festival.

Join the Junction Arts Festival‘s street art party and follow dance ensemble rad (Random Acts of Dance) as they give a tour of the neighbourhood using dance rather than narration.

Explore the quaint community of Cabbagetown on a historical walking tour, offered by the Cabbagetown Festival. Stick around for the parade, short film festival, arts and crafts show and sale, amateur boxing show, food vendors and street entertainment.

Sunday, September 13th
Nosh on a pancake breakfast, nurse a lager in the beer gardens and take in Scottish country dancing at the fall fair cum food fest Taste of the Kingsway.

If you need more than fancy Scottish footwork to get your Celtic fix, head to The Beach Celtic Festival and clap your hands to the rousing music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Maritimes.

At the Butterfly Migration Festival, meander through meadows for the one-of-a-kind experience of watching monarch butterflies take flight en masse to migrate south.