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The Informant!

Festival Fare: 10 Days of TIFF—Day 2

Red carpets, nightly parties, fans’ faces obscured by continually clicking cameras—looks like the Toronto International Film Festival is back in town. Each day of the TIFF we’re not only listing our daily flick pick, but we’re mapping the hottest attractions, restaurants, and shops and services that are just steps from the screening spot.

The films: Matt Damon plays an executive at an agro-megacorp who’s forced to spy on his company’s dirty business practices in The Informant!, while the love affair between poet John Keats and his neighbour Fanny Brawne is brought to life in Jane Campion’s Bright Star.

The venue: The Elgin Theatre’s Visa Screening Room at the historic Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre, the last operating set of double-decker theatres in the world.

What are you doing between whistleblowing and falling love?

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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.