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What to See Toronto

The Magna Carta Comes to Fort York

AS PART OF ITS 800TH-ANNIVERSARY TOUR, THE MAGNA CARTA, A HISTORIC LEGAL DOCUMENT, ARRIVES AT FORT YORK

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A page from a circa-1300 copy of the Magna Carta (photo: Chapter of Durham Cathedral)

OCTOBER 4 TO NOVEMBER 7 Canadians are headed to the polls this month, so it’s fitting that we’re now hosting a special touring exhibition of one of democratic society’s founding documents, the Magna Carta. Drafted by England’s Archbishop of Canterbury in 1215, the charter safeguarded the rights and liberties of citizens and today serves as a reminder that governments represent the will of the people. Only 24 copies of the 13th-century agreement remain; the edition on display in Toronto was first issued to Durham Cathedral in 1300. A companion document, the 1217 Charter of the Forest, is also part of the Fort York exhibit, which focuses on notions of history, legacy and justice.  —Linda Luong

• Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd., 416-392-6907; magnacartacanada.ca
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Toronto’s Sports Teams Man Up for a Month of Big Games

ALL FIVE OF TORONTO’S MAJOR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS SQUADS ARE LINED UP FOR ACTION IN OCTOBER, AND HOPES ARE HIGH THAT THEY’LL EARN SOME IMPORTANT WINS

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Jose Bautista, Michael Bradley, DeMar DeRozan, Vidal Hazelton and Dion Phaneuf are ready to defend home turf this fall

Whether or not they’re deserving of the attention, the Toronto Maple Leafs are inevitably the talk of this town as soon as the weather begins to cool. But there’s a decidedly different atmosphere surrounding the Blue and White’s upcoming season. Following years of subpar returns from highly paid players who never quite seemed to coalesce, the Leafs seem to have accepted their fate and entered rebuilding mode. Stalwarts like Dion Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul anchor an otherwise unremarkable lineup; it’ll be reasonably competitive, but few fans are expecting the team to contend this season. Local puckheads instead have their sights set on the future: team president (and hall of fame player) Brendan Shanahan has brought on marquee hockey minds, including GM Lou Lamoriello and head coach Mike Babcock, to mold the squad in their image, a job facilitated by a preponderance of future draft picks, and, ideally, the continued development of young contributors such as Nazem Kadri, Morgan Reilly and James van Riemsdyk.

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Things to Do in Toronto: October 2015 Shows & Events

THERE ARE ALWAYS SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO. GET OUT AND ENJOY SOME OF THE MANY GREAT PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN OCTOBER!

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Opera Atelier’s Armide, plus appearances by Commander Chris Hadfield and Sir Paul McCartney, are just a few of the things to see and do this month in Toronto

*Also check out our guide to Toronto’s Fall Performance Season, which details more of our favourite theatrical, orchestral, operatic and balletic performances taking place in Toronto through to the end of the year.

OCTOBER 1 TO 4 Nesters seeking inspiration for their abodes can find it at the Toronto Fall Home Show. The biggest public event of its kind in the city presents tips and trends from television personalities like Bryan and Sarah Baeumler, as well as Cityline expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, decorator Michael Penney and renovator Michael Upshall. Find small-space ideas and solutions as well as eco-friendly products, and shop for new items from more than 300 retailers.

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World Press Photo Brings Global Concerns to Light

THE ANNUAL WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBIT USES IMAGES TO ILLUMINATE THE EVENTS AND ISSUES THAT AFFECTED US ALL IN 2014

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Photo: Mads Nissen for Scanpix/Panos Pictures

SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 20 Drone strikes in the Middle East, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, anti-government protests in Turkey—just a few of the events that impacted life on earth in 2014, and which were documented unflinching artistry by intrepid international photojournalists. The most compelling of these images are now on display at Brookfield Place’s Allen Lambert Galleria as part of World Press Photo. The annual juried exhibition features the prize-winning efforts of 41 photographers in eight categories—from Raphaela Rosella’s portrait of a socially isolated woman in Australia to Mads Nissen’s World Press Photo of the Year (pictured above), depicting an intimate moment for a gay couple in Russia. Though not always easy to look at, the pictures lend immediacy and humanity to significant issues that too often seem far removed from our day-to-day experience.  —Craig Moy

• World Press Photo, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St.; worldpressphoto.org
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The Textile Museum Hypes Hooked Rugs

THE CRAFT TRADITION OF RUG HOOKING IS HIGHLIGHTED THIS FALL AT THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA

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Peter and Nancy as the two-headed Dog hooked rug (photo: Dalhousie Art Gallery)

SEPTEMBER 24 TO FEBRUARY 8  The intersection of craft and commerce is the focus of a significant new exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada. Part of the institution’s 40th-anniversary programming, “Home Economics” surveys the stories and iconography that have informed rug hooking, a prominent folk art with over 150 years of tradition and evolution in Canada. More than 100 pieces comprise the colourful show, documenting for contemporary viewers a rich history of artisanal entrepreneurship—particularly as practiced by women in this country’s rural areas. As with many things Canadian, regional differences play a role here: the coast-to-coast collection includes rugs by Emily Carr (yes, that Emily Carr), New Brunswick’s Gagetown Hookers (a.k.a. Lydia and Raymond Scott), and present-day artists like Toronto’s Barbara Klunder and Heather Goodchild. —Craig Moy

• Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave., 416-599-5321; textilemuseum.ca
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Where to See the Best Fall Colours Near Toronto

THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE REALLY EARNS ITS NICKNAME AS VIBRANT FALL COLOURS EMERGE ACROSS THE REGION’S ABUNDANT PARKS AND CONSERVATION AREAS—ALL JUST A SHORT DRIVE FROM TORONTO

The fall colours can be seen in abundance on the Niagara escarpment (photo: Jeff S. PhotoArt)

The fall colours can be seen in abundance on the Niagara escarpment (photo: Jeff S. PhotoArt)

We may complain about the shorter days and the noticeable chill in the air, but one thing we can’t lament with autumn’s arrival is the beautiful change it brings to our parks and woodlands. While trees are, of course, reasonably abundant in Toronto, you really do owe it to yourself to take leave of the concrete jungle in order to view the most vibrant foliage. So pack a picnic (or just some sturdy hiking shoes) and head to these just-outside-of-town locations to be awed by the best fall colours near Toronto.

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You Are Here: 16 Distillery District Shops, Restaurants and Galleries to Visit

TORONTO’S PROMINENT HERITAGE ‘HOOD IS STOCKED WITH UNIQUE BOUTIQUES, CONTEMPORARY GALLERIES, WELCOMING CAFÉS AND SHOWCASE RESTAURANTS.

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See the Distillery District on a Segway Ontario tour

1 Sure, you can stroll the District on your own, or you could make your exploration more memorable by riding a gyroscopic scooter on a Segway Ontario tour. 30 Gristmill Ln., 416-642-0008; segwayofontario.com

2 Discover a local take on a Japanese tradition with a brew or two from the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company. 51 Gristmill Ln., 416-365-7253; ontariosake.com

3 A 19th-century pump house matches the old-world vibe of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters. An original Distillery tenant, it’s still enormously popular. 1 Trinity St., 416-207-1709; balzacs.com

4 It’s natural that a historic area would house at least one antique shop. Here, Blackbird Vintage Finds fulfills that role with one-of-a-kinds and other timeless home items. 11 Trinity St., 416-681-0558; blackbirdvintage.com

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Angell Gallery Moves, Hangs New Bradley Wood Works

PAINTER BRADLEY WOOD INAUGURATES ANGELL GALLERY’S NEW LOCATION IN THE JUNCTION TRIANGLE

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Angell Gallery owner Jamie Angell outside his new Dupont Street space (photo: Toronto Star, courtesy of Angell Gallery)

SEPTEMBER 11 TO OCTOBER 10  The work-in-progress Junction Triangle neighbourhood continues to boost its bona fides as Toronto’s newest gallery district. Joining the fray this month is Angell Gallery; the influential contemporary art space—its roster includes top creators like Kim Dorland and Steve Driscoll—has moved north after more than 15 years on Queen West. Though the gallery’s new digs are set within a somewhat nondescript business park, the contents inside remain vital as ever. Its inaugural exhibition is mounted by Bradley Wood, whose works paint an alluring yet vaguely abhorrent world of indistinct characters idling in luxurious settings.  —Craig Moy

• Angell Gallery, 1444 Dupont St., 416-530-0444; angellgallery.com
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Q&A: TIFF CEO Piers Handling on the Film Organization’s First 40 Years

YOU’VE HEARD OF TIFF SUPER-FANS, THE CINEPHILES THAT WATCH DOZENS OF MOVIES DURING THE FESTIVAL? THEY CAN’T HOLD A CANDLE TO PIERS HANDLING. TIFF’S DIRECTOR AND CEO HAS WORKED WITH THE ORGANIZATION SINCE 1982, AND HAS ATTENDED EVERY EDITION OF TIFF SINCE IT START 40 YEARS AGO.

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TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling (photo: George Pimentel / WireImage Getty for TIFF)

What have been some of the most memorable moments of your career with TIFF?

Coming to the first festival was obviously very impactful for me. I was pulled by a section of new German cinema that they’d programmed. New German cinema in the ‘70s was perhaps the most important emerging national cinema in the world. So that’s what pulled me here. And the audience: I really felt like there was an audience here of people like myself, who were crazy about film, and really crazy about quality, international, foreign-language film, which was what was driving me at that point in time in my career.

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The Toronto International Film Festival Marks 40 Years of Movies

A MAJOR ANNIVERSARY AFFORDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK BACK AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL’S BEGINNINGS

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(photo: courtesy of TIFF)

Four decades is a long time in the life of any art form or industry—especially one as fickle as filmmaking. It’s rather exceptional when a single person or institution can not only enter but also remain in the cultural conversation across multiple generations. Yet it’s a feat that the Toronto International Film Festival has managed to pull off.

Marking its ruby anniversary this year, TIFF (which runs from September 10 to 20) continues to be one of the global movie business’s most significant annual events, an affair at which hundreds of the world’s most exciting motion pictures are introduced not only to industry insiders, but to everyday film fans seeking cinematic stories from new voices and auteurs alike.

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The Aga Khan Museum Hosts Modern Middle Eastern Artworks

CONTEMPORARY ARAB ARTISTS BREAK DOWN GEO-POLITICAL BARRIERS AT THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM

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Larissa Sansour’s Nation State—Olive Tree is among the works on display at the Aga Khan Museum’s latest contemporary exhibition

JULY 25 TO JANUARY 3  It’s now been a year since the Aga Khan Museum opened its doors. In that time it’s become renowned for its priceless assemblage of historical art and artifacts from the Arab world. Just as exciting, however, are its displays of modern creativity. The latest such show brings to Toronto two-dozen diverse, contemporary pieces from the collection of the UAE-based Barjeel Art Foundation. Situating works by Middle Eastern and North African artists—such as Iraq’s Dia al-Azzawi and Saudi Arabia’s Manal al-Dowayan—within a global context, the exhibition, appropriately titled “Home Ground,” addresses the ways in which navigating geo-political boundaries shape our sense of personal identity and our relationships within a society.  —Craig Moy

• Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., 416-646-4677; agakhanmuseum.org
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Things to Do in Toronto: Top Shows & Events for September 2015

THERE ARE ALWAYS SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO. GET OUT AND ENJOY SOME OF THE MANY GREAT PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN SEPTEMBER!

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Empire opens this month in Toronto (photo: Danielle Covin)

SEPTEMBER 1 TO 27 Some shows defy categorization. Such is the case with Empire, a travelling production that comes with its own theatre, a mammoth, 700-seat tent with upholstered booths, beveled mirrors and a speakeasy style bar. Part circus, part cabaret and part burlesque—parents be forewarned, some exposed skin and scantily clad performers are featured—the provocative, daring, seductive and graceful performance includes the likes of a Japanese wheelmaster named the Half Naked Asian Dude Wearing Pigtails, a contortionist trapped in an aerial sphere and gymnasts who form pyramids with their bodies.

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