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Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair

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 28 to 30

Friday: Contemporary art overwhelms the historic Gladstone Hotel (photo by Samuel Bietenholz)

Friday, October 28
Immerse yourself in everything artistic at the Toronto International Art Fair, a.k.a. Art Toronto. See Andy Warhol’s 1979 BMW Art Car, a new site-specific installation by Kent Monkman, plus numerous other exhibiting galleries, presentations and discussions with artists, curators, and collectors. The show runs through to Monday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Introduce yourself to dozens of new musical and theatrical acts at the Global Cabaret Festival, a weekend-long event at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts that celebrates songs, stories, and ideas with 150 musicians taking part in 44 performances.

Explore the sometimes-chaotic interactions between nature and culture at upArt, the Gladstone Hotel’s annual contemporary art fair. The exhibition runs throughout the weekend with works by local, national, and international artists and collectives.

Saturday: OCADU Celebrates its 135 Anniversary (photo by Thomas Hawk)

Saturday, October 29
Swing by Lavish&Squalor today as the shop opens its new antiques and vintage objets d’art section, and commemorates the occasion with a store-wide sale. Cocktails, snacks and live music round out your shopping experience.

Happy 135th Birthday, OCAD University! The highly regarded school of art and design invites you to join its anniversary festivities, which today include an open house, digital game-making event and an exhibition of acclaimed works by OCADU community members.

Bright colours, spectacular dances and a musical extravaganza reveal India’s cultural diversity in Bharati, the Wonder That is India. Dancers, actors, singers, acrobats, musicians and martial artists are all part of the show at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

Sunday: Roy Thomson Hall welcomes The Wizard of Oz

Sunday, October 30
Take the whole family down the yellow brick road, which, strangely enough, leads to Roy Thomson Hall and Oz with Orchestra. Watch the classic film The Wizard of Oz on a giant screen with live accompaniment provided by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The NFL moves north of the border (for a day) with the Bills in Toronto Series coming to the Rogers Centre. The Buffalo Bills look to keep their winning season going as they take on the Washington Redskins.

Rare books, maps, prints, and manuscripts from around the world are on display at the Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair. Peruse limited edition, signed volumes, and unusual books of all kinds at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

But wait! There’s More!
As it happens, there are a slew of Halloween-centric activities happening this weekend around the city, too. Check out those bloodcurdling events here. If you dare.