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Planet in Focus Film Festival

Weekend Roundup: October 12 to 14

Northwords is among the movies screening this weekend at the Planet In Focus Film Festival

Friday, October 12
The annual Planet in Focus Film Festival continues to shine a spotlight on environmental issues that impact the world’s health and humanity’s very existence. In a special event tonight, the festival presents a conversation with award-winning filmmakers and artists Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier.

Listen to the music, minute by minute, as American rock legends The Doobie Brothers perform their classic hits tonight at historic Massey Hall.

The world’s premier whisky tasting event, Whisky Live is open to the public this weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It’s your best chance to sample from many excellent, soul-warming spirits while attending educational masterclasses and mingling with top distillers.

The Toronto Garlic Festival is a flavourful event for foodies and families

Saturday, October 13
Make sure to bring some breath mints when you visit the Evergreen Brick Works. You’re going to need them, as this weekend the venue hosts the Toronto Garlic Festival. Fun for the whole family, this uniquely flavoured expo offers everything you could possibly want to know about garlic, including its health benefits, how and where it’s grown in Ontario, as well a chance to try top chef garlic-inspired recipes. There’s also a “Strongest Garlic Breath” contest, naturally.

Peruse literary classics—and perhaps pick up a rare first edition or two—at the Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair, where readers of all stripes can share in their love of history and the printed word.

It’s once again time to indulge your sweet tooth—the Toronto Chocolate Festival is back! Starting this weekend, the city-wide event features Toronto’s finest chocolatiers, who are all eager to showcase the limitless gourmet possibilities of premium cocoa products.

Ellie Goulding sings her heart out at the Sound Academy

Sunday, October 14
Music lovers, you’ve got two exceptional concert opportunities this evening. At the Sound Academy, chart-topping British electro-pop singer Ellie Goulding belts out tunes from her just-released sophomore record, Halcyon, while Canadian prog-rock icons Rush charge into the Air Canada Centre with more than two decades of hits.

Take that hobby of yours to the next level at a trade show that’s as enjoyable as it is educational. The Creativ Festival is not only Canada’s largest marketplace dedicated to sewing, knitting, quilting, beading, needlework, scrapbooking, decorating, crafting, textile arts and more, it also offers a number of informative seminars and workshops to help you improve your DIY credentials.

Catch all the pigskin action as hometown favourites the Toronto Argonauts renew their rivalry with the Montreal Alouettes. By attending the game, you’ll also be helping tackle a cancer, as proceeds from the game go to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Hot Date: Festival Focuses on Resourceful Flicks

A scene from Northwords

OCTOBER 10 TO 14 The annual Planet in Focus Film Festival continues to shine a spotlight on issues that impact the world’s health and humanity’s very existence. This year’s event celebrates the United Nations’ International Year of Sustainable Energy by highlighting movies that examine innovative ideas surrounding renewable power. Along with its marquee film premieres—such as Northwords, which follows Canadian writers on
a trip to Torngat Mountains National Park—the festival also includes two days of panel discussions, workshops and more. TIFF Bell Lightbox, $12 per screening; call 416-599-8433 or click here to purchase tickets.

Weekend Roundup, October 14 to 16

Friday: Cheer on the Argos as the seek to stop the Stampeders (photo by John Steadman)

Friday, October 14
Watch Chad Owens as he tries to become the first player in pro football history to rack up 3,000 combined yards in back-to-back seasons when the Toronto Argonauts take on the Calgary Stampeders at the Rogers Centre.

Hear the sweet stringed sounds of Sinfonia Toronto at their first Masterpiece Concert of the new season at the Glenn Gould Studio. The virtuoso chamber orchestra welcomes pianist Davis Jalbert and trumpeter Guy Few for the show.

Tiptoe around corpses, feel the blood on the walls of a darkened maze, and outrun movie slashers come to life! Screemers, the indoor haunted scream park, takes over the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place. (more…)