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Small World Music Festival

Weekend Roundup, September 24 to 26

Fall has officially started, but the festivals continue! There’s tons to do, indoors and out!

See all the latest trends at The Clothing Show!

Friday, September 24

The films continue at the TIFF Bell Lightbox! Throughout the fall season, they will be showcasing screenings of The Essential 100, a list of must-see movies. Kicking off the screenings is special guest David Cronenberg, legendary director of films like Crash and Eastern Promises. He will present his 1980s horror flick Videodrome, tonight at 9:30pm.

Now until October 3, Toronto is home to music from around the world, thanks to the annual Small World Music Festival. Today, hear the group Darbazi sing traditional choir from Georgia, Russia as they are joined by dance troupe, Kakheti, at the Mazzoleni Auditorium. It’s sure to be a lively performance you don’t want to miss!

It’s the opening night of Billy Twinkle: Requiem for a Golden Boy, at Factory Theatre. This adults-only performance is not your typical puppet show. When puppeteer Billy Twinkle is fired, he has to perform his life story to renew his love of the craft. Characters like Rusty Knockers the burlesque stripper, the aged Murray Spiegelmann, and Biddy Bantam Brewster the drunk are sure to keep you entertained.

Saturday, September 25

Shop ‘till you drop at the Clothing Show this weekend! Over 300 booths of clothing, jewelry and accessories will take over the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place. With fashion from new local designers as well as vintage retailers, it’s a fashionista’s paradise. Be sure to catch the runway shows throughout the day.

It’s Toronto Beer Week, and events continue all weekend long. There are educational tastings, food pairings, music, and discounted pints at popular bars all over the city such as Beer Bistro, the Dakota Tavern and Parts and Labour, to name a few. Grab some friends and try some new brews. Cheers!

It’s the grand opening of Evergreen Brick Works this weekend! Help this exciting environmental centre celebrate its transformation from the historic brick-manufacturing plant into an urban oasis of nature. There are plenty of activities to choose from, like tours, exhibits and workshops, complete with food and live music.

Sunday, September 26

The printed word takes over the Harbourfront Centre today. The annual Word on the Street Festival celebrates Canadian books and magazines. This year, Yann Martel, the award-winning author of Life of Pi, will host the festival.

It’s your last chance to see Drama and Desire at the Art Gallery of Ontario! This exhibit showcases the theatre-inspired masterpieces from artists like Degas, David, Delacroix and more.

Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture hosts a huge block party at Yonge-Dundas Square, with free concerts and performances all day long. Don’t miss the headlining act, J.Period and Black Thought, of the ROOTS. With music, art, dance, workshops, and a marketplace, there’s definitely something for everyone at this annual event.

Weekend Roundup, October 2nd to 4th

Fall is upon us! Kick-off autumn in the city with our picks for the weekend.

Fall Home Show

Friday: The Fall Home Show offers interior design ideas and more.

Friday, October 2nd
See Checkpoint Rock: Songs of Palestine—a documentary highlighting the region’s contemporary music scene through stories from rappers, classical musicians and a wedding singer—on the final day of the Toronto Palestine Film Festival.

Find out how the right curtains and other window treatments can set the mood of a room at the Fall Home Show.

Be captivated as Parno Graszt brings gypsy music to the Small World Music Festival—the energetic band plays everything from acoustic guitars and accordians to spoons and a milk churn.

Saturday: Nuit Blanche turns all of Toronto into an overnight artistic canvas.

Saturday: Nuit Blanche turns all of Toronto into a nightime canvas.

Saturday, October 3rd
Peer at tiny acrobats in a three-dimensional miniature circus as part of the exhibit Alexander Calder: The Paris Years 1926–1933, opening today at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Join a projected one million people in the streets for a sleepless night of discovering art in the city’s nooks and crannies during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

At the last theatrical production of Toronto-based Secrets of a Black Boy, empathize with five young African-Canadian men as they raise their voices on issues like gun violence, sexual abuse and single-parent homes.

Sunday: Celebrate the fall harvest with the Picnic at the Brick Works.

Sunday: Celebrate nature's bounty with the Picnic at the Brick Works.

Sunday, October 4th
Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of a deer while strolling through the gardens, wetlands and forests of the Humber Arboretum as part of the Toronto Trails Festival.

Nosh on a slow-food feast at the Picnic at the Brick Works, featuring dishes that boast ingredients from close to home, such as Ontario Tamworth pork, red fife wheat and Saskatoon berries.

Ponder over François Dallegret’s barbell-like Lumikiik lamp for the last time—the Quebec in Design exhibit at the Design Exchange closes today.