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Toronto Chocolate 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.

Weekend Roundup, October 7 to 9

Friday: See Faust with live music

Friday, October 7

F.W. Murnau’s classic 1926 silent film Faust screens this evening within the hallowed confines of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church. Featuring live piano accompaniment by composer Robert Bruce, it’s an artistically immersive way to see and hear a revered piece of early filmmaking.

Find your way through a maze at the Ontario Science Centre‘s new exhibition, GPS Adventures. Using Global Positioning System technology, visitors can try out the popular activity of geocoaching to find hidden treasures and answer a riddle. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, October 22 to 24

Friday: Hear what the Dalai Lama has to say

Friday, October 22
His Holiness the Dalai Lama returns to Toronto to share his personal thoughts on achieving peace in today’s modern world at the Rogers Centre. His speech, titled Human Approaches to World Peace, encourages us to balance material development with spiritual growth.

It’s your last chance to take in a runway show at LG Fashion Week! Today, see Amanda Lew Kee’s nature-inspired designs, the perfectly tailored DUY collection, and textural pieces from Denis Gagnon.

Head to Massey Hall, where comedienne Margaret Cho makes a stop as part of her “Cho Dependent” tour. Her provocative observations are sure to have you rolling in the aisles.

Saturday: Indulge your sweet tooth

Saturday, October 23
The first weekend of the International Festival of Authors brings together the best and brightest of contemporary world literature—including Jonathan Franzen, Nicole Krauss and Yann Martel—at Harbourfront Centre. There are tons of events to check out today, including an interview with legendary Canadian author Farley Mowat.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with the Toronto Chocolate Festival’s city-wide Chocolicious event, where sweet and pastry shops open their doors with tastings and samplings. More delicious happenings are scheduled throughout the weekend.

The countdown to Halloween continues. Get in the spirit at the Powerhouse of Terror! The Powerhouse was built by the patients at Lakeshore Psychiatric Centre in 1936 and is considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in Toronto. With five terrifying attractions, including the House of Carnage, Zombie Marsh and Cornfield maze, it will put your bravery to the test!

Sunday: Get to know the witches of Oz

Sunday, October 24
The smash-hit Broadway musical Wicked is back for its third engagement in Toronto. Return to Oz and hear the story of Glinda the Good Witch met the Wicked Witch of the West, long before Dorothy dropped in. Grab your tickets before they sell out—again!

It’s the 20th-annual McMichael Autumn Art Sale this weekend. More than 200 works are up for sale, including those by acclaimed contemporary artists Cindy Praakel, Kenneth Kirsh and Lynda Cunningham. The event is expected to attract hundreds of art patrons to the pictureseque site of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Make sure you’re one of them!

The ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, which celebrates the latest film and new-media works by Indigenous peoples from around the world, concludes today. This evening at Bloor Cinema, catch the aptly titled Closing Night, a psychological drama about the scarring legacy of Canadian residential schools.

Hot Date: Time for Dessert

Photo by Richard Emmanuel

OCTOBER 22 TO NOVEMBER 7 Is your sweet tooth tingling? It must be time for the Toronto Chocolate Festival. Now in its fifth year, this celebration of the food of the gods kicks off with the Chocolate Ball ($150) on October 22, a sumptuous charity gala with live entertainment and a massive selection of treats to try. Over the fest’s 17 days, chocoholics can enjoy numerous delectable indulgences, from enjoying a chocolate high tea to embarking on a Chocolicious limousine tour (tickets average $75), which offers a crash course in cocoa tasting plus sampling stops at a variety of top confectioners. Various venues and times; call 416-923-4683 or click here to learn more.