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The Clothing Show

Weekend Roundup, September 23 to 25

Friday: See Bryan Baeumler and other design and renovation experts this weekend at the Fall Home Show

Friday, September 23
Pick up tips and tricks for your next home improvement venture at the Fall Home Show. The Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place hosts this year’s weekend-long event where vendors and design experts—including HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler—showcase the latest products in home design.

Let’s go Leafs! Celebrate the return of hockey season with exhibition games at the Air Canada Centre. The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight in exciting pre-season action.

Shop for vintage and independent designs at The Clothing Show held at the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place. The three day event features over 300 booths from sample sales to local Canadian designers guaranteed to be a fun shopping experience.

Saturday: Chess the Musical brings '80s music and politics back to the stage

Saturday, September 24
See the critically acclaimed Chess the Musical today at the Princess of Wales Theatre. A world chess competition, a love triangle, and the Cold War are all plot elements in this lively musical, fresh from its sold-out tour of the U.K.

Listen to Emmy-nominated comedian and political commentator Bill Maher at Massey Hall. He is best known for his satirical opinions on current events and his HBO show Real Time.

Enjoy the opening of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra‘s 90th season with special guest Christopher Plummer. The Canadian actor narrates classic Shakespeare accompanied by the TSO at Roy Thompson Hall.

Sunday: Iphigenia in Tauris offers high drama

Sunday, September 25
Broaden your horizons with the Canadian Opera Company‘s rendition of Iphigenia in Tauris. This dramatic opera featuring Susan Graham—the world’s foremost Iphigenia—opens the company’s 61st season.

Laugh at the outrageous Kathy Griffin as she performs a stand-up routine that’s packed with appropriately catty commentary and celebrity gossip. Of course, the self-proclaimed D-List comedienne is an equal opportunity insulter—she readily draws on her own hilarious experiences, too, in her show at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

What’s the The Word on The Street? It’s a free festival celebrating literacy by featuring authors, editors, publishers and other exhibitors. As one would expect from such a major book and magazine fair, there is also a wide range of Canadian literature and periodicals for purchase.

Weekend Roundup, May 27th to 29th

Friday: See designs by Lux and Luster (and 300 other designers) at the Clothing Show

Friday, May 27
Find a unique treasure amongst the offerings of 300 independent designers and artisans at The Clothing Show. Whether you’re looking for vintage accessories or eco-friendly clothing, you can find it all at this annual event at Exhibition Place’s Queen Elizabeth Building.

Shoot down to the Niagara region for a culinary adventure at the Niagara Food and Wine show. Local chefs and vintners gather all weekend long at the Scotiabank Convention Centre to show off the fruits of their labours. Stop by and pair local wine with delectable gourmet food.

Delighting audiences since the mid-sixties with his soulful voice and authentic lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot returns tonight to Massey Hall for the second of four Toronto shows. Hear the celebrated Canadian singer and songwriter’s favourite hits, including “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Sundown.”

Saturday: the Spadina Museum is one of many Toronto buildings participating in Doors Open

Saturday, May 28
Ever wonder what some of the city’s favourite landscapes look like behind the scenes? This weekend you can get an inside look at 150 buildings across Toronto during Doors Open. The free, annual event allows you to see many of the city’s most interesting and historic spaces—from Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens to City Hall’s green roof.

Check out the vintage, classic and modern aircraft and vehicles on display at Downsview Park during the Wings and Wheels Festival. Flight enthusiasts of all ages are sure to be delighted by planes such as the C-130J Super Hercules, plus a variety of other exhibits, vendors and more

Known as the “Pied Piper of Manila,” Carlos Celdran performs If These Walls Could Talk, his world famous “walking tour” of Intramurous, the oldest district of Manila. This entertaining re-telling of the city’s colourful history takes the stage at Harbourfront Centre.

Sunday: Tan Dun appears at Roy Thomson Hall (photo by Chris Lee)

Sunday, May 29
Renowned Chinese composer Tan Dun picks up the conductors baton at Roy Thomson Hall to lead a performance of his personal Water and Paper concertos. The pieces call for unique solo instruments, including some that interact with water and that are constructed from paper.

The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival kicks off with a free party at Yonge-Dundas Square tonight. In addition to live performances by local bands, a selection of videos will be projected onto a giant cube.

This year’s first Pedestrian Sunday occurs today at Kensington Market. In addition to browsing the neighbourhood’s eclectic boutiques and grabbing a bite at one of many internationally flavoured restaurants, local studios and galleries are also opening their doors to the public.

Hot Shopping: The Clothing Show’s Cache

Find fab Sui Generis frocks at the Clothing Show

MAY 27 TO 29 No matter your style profile, you’re sure to find new additions to your wardrobe at one of Toronto’s largest showcases of original and unusual designer apparel. The Clothing Show has it all—from runway shows to sample sales and even a fashion photography contest. Scour the more than 300 booths for deals you can only find at this one-stop clothing shop, featuring fabulous frocks from Canadian indie labels such as Lux & Luster and Sui Generis. Unique handmade pieces from vintage-inspired Paper People Clothing are also a draw, as are the one-of-a-kind jewellery designs from Black Iris. Exhibition Place, Queen Elizabeth Building, $10 admission; call 416-516-9859 or click here for more information.

Hot Shop: Clothing Show’s Designer Affair

SEPTEMBER 24 TO 26 Fashionistas know that staying on trend is hard work. The Clothing Show makes it easier to keep up with the latest seasonal styles for autumn by bringing together more than 300 vendors offering fresh, new creations—and a smattering of vintage wear—from predominantly Canadian designers. For inspiration, visitors can view numerous runway shows and check out 1,000 square feet of space displaying local art, then splurge on the latest apparel for women and men, plus distinctive accessories, unique jewellery and much more. Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre, $10; call 416-516-9859 or click here for more information.

Weekend Roundup, May 14 to 16

Cheer up, the sun is coming out! This weekend is particularly promising with a packed lineup of shopping, sports and general merriment.

Friday: Shop for designer frocks and view the latest runway looks at The Clothing Show

Friday, May 14
Get started on summer shopping by perusing the apparel (both contemporary and vintage), jewellery and handbags and other accessories at The Clothing Show . With 300-plus vendor booths featuring designer names and discounts, it’s possible to leave with a whole new wardrobe.

The final launch of the Atlantis space shuttle is scheduled for this afternoon. Watch the historic blast off at 2:20 p.m. from the Hot Zone at the Ontario Science Centre.

Be inspired by a story of culture and discovery told through dance. DanceWorks presents Isolated Incidents, a solo piece performed and choreographed by Nova Bhattacharya at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre.

Saturday: Rock out with John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl and Josh Homme as Them Crooked Vultures storm the Air Canada Centre stage (photo by Julio Enriquez)

Saturday, May 15
If you visit the Royal Ontario Museum, you can feast your eyes on sparkling jewels and rare artifacts encased in glass. Look beyond those cases and you’ll glimpse something else entirely, as B-boys and contemporary dancers perform at the ROM in celebration of Asian Heritage Month. Don’t miss this rare treat as dancers, inspired by the museum’s artifacts, weave in and around the exhibits.

Equip yourself with a soft, feather-free pillow and a sleepover-kid mindset because a giant pillow fight is coming to Yonge-Eglinton Square. What better way to relieve stress and let go on the weekend than with a fun, friendly swing of a pillow?

Seize a special opportunity to see Them Crooked Vultures—the rock supergroup composed of Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) plays the Air Canada Centre tonight.

Sunday: See slap-soled shoes and more at the Bata Shoe Museum

Sunday, May 16
Follow up your Clothing Show session with a trip to the Bata Shoe Museum. The downtown institution’s current exhibition, On a Pedestal: From Renaissance Chopines to Baroque Heels, pays tribute to the two most outrageous shoes to touch Western soil: the platform chopine and its descendant, the high heel.

Support the city’s baseball team as the Toronto Blue Jays take to the Rogers Centre field against the Texas Rangers. Tickets start at just $14!

After the game, enjoy a hearty Texan meal at Lone Star Texas Grill. Dig into mesquite-grilled steak and ribs or fill up on fajitas, but don’t forget to save room for dessert!

Hot Shopping: Lots To Try On

MAY 14 TO 16 If you’re on a hunt for that one-of-a-kind “must have” to spice up a weary wardrobe, there are few better places to find it than at The Clothing Show, Canada’s largest vintage and independent designers exhibition. Browse more than 300 vendor booths bursting with original and unusual accessories, fab vintage frocks and streetwear by innovative local couturiers. You wont need to break the bank to emerge with rock-star duds, either—name brands like Rock & Republic, Ben Sherman and True Religion are here, too, with exclusive savings of up to 90 per cent off. For even further fashion inspiration, check out the latest from Revolve, Adrienne Butikofer, Debbie Cham and more in hot runway shows on Friday and Saturday. Exhibition Place, $10; click here for more information

Weekend Roundup, September 25th to 27th

Many music ensembles are now launching their seasons, so take in some fresh concerts this weekend.

Friday: Step out to the AGO and ROM to see Edward Steichen's photograph of Princess Nathalie Paley and much more.

Friday: Step out to the AGO and ROM to see Edward Steichen's photograph of Princess Nathalie Paley and much more.

Friday, September 25th
Listen as Jean-Philippe Tremblay leads the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in a rendition of the sweet then rousing sounds of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, as part of the grand opening concert at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s new Koerner Hall performance venue.

Wipe away tears of laughter at the Toronto Improv Festival’s midnight show as audience-driven Road Trip and the MAYBE trio engage in ad hoc antics.

Admire some of the 20th century’s most ingenious and revolutionary celebrity and fashion photographs in two related exhibitions: Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008 at the Royal Ontario Museum and Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Both highly anticipated shows open today.

Saturday: Sit in awe of Madama Butterfly's beautiful melodies.

Saturday: Sit in awe of Madama Butterfly's beautiful melody.

Saturday, September 26th
Lend your ears to the award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, who helps kick off the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s new season with an homage to the music of Johannes Brahms.

Roll out your mat and stretch into your favourite asana for morning yoga on the manicured grounds of Casa Loma. The session includes a concert by kirtan yoga band Guara Shakt post-sun salutation.

Be moved by the tragic love story between a geisha and a U.S. naval officer in the Canadian Opera Company’s opening performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Sunday: Hear Margaret Atwood at the International Festival of Authors.

Sunday: Hear Margaret Atwood at the International Festival of Authors.

Sunday, September 27th
Sing along to “Octopus’s Garden” as Canadian artists belt out classic Beatles tunes in the Art of Time Ensemble’s special presentation of the Fab Four’s final album, Abbey Road.

At the nationwide book and magazine festival The Word on the Street, hear acclaimed author Margaret Atwood talk about her latest literary masterpiece, The Year of the Flood.

Rifle through the sample-sale racks to find the perfect one-of-a-kind party frock at The Clothing Show, Canada’s largest weekend-long independent designer and vintage shopping event.