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Word on the Street

Weekend Roundup, September 24 to 26

Fall has officially started, but the festivals continue! There’s tons to do, indoors and out!

See all the latest trends at The Clothing Show!

Friday, September 24

The films continue at the TIFF Bell Lightbox! Throughout the fall season, they will be showcasing screenings of The Essential 100, a list of must-see movies. Kicking off the screenings is special guest David Cronenberg, legendary director of films like Crash and Eastern Promises. He will present his 1980s horror flick Videodrome, tonight at 9:30pm.

Now until October 3, Toronto is home to music from around the world, thanks to the annual Small World Music Festival. Today, hear the group Darbazi sing traditional choir from Georgia, Russia as they are joined by dance troupe, Kakheti, at the Mazzoleni Auditorium. It’s sure to be a lively performance you don’t want to miss!

It’s the opening night of Billy Twinkle: Requiem for a Golden Boy, at Factory Theatre. This adults-only performance is not your typical puppet show. When puppeteer Billy Twinkle is fired, he has to perform his life story to renew his love of the craft. Characters like Rusty Knockers the burlesque stripper, the aged Murray Spiegelmann, and Biddy Bantam Brewster the drunk are sure to keep you entertained.

Saturday, September 25

Shop ‘till you drop at the Clothing Show this weekend! Over 300 booths of clothing, jewelry and accessories will take over the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place. With fashion from new local designers as well as vintage retailers, it’s a fashionista’s paradise. Be sure to catch the runway shows throughout the day.

It’s Toronto Beer Week, and events continue all weekend long. There are educational tastings, food pairings, music, and discounted pints at popular bars all over the city such as Beer Bistro, the Dakota Tavern and Parts and Labour, to name a few. Grab some friends and try some new brews. Cheers!

It’s the grand opening of Evergreen Brick Works this weekend! Help this exciting environmental centre celebrate its transformation from the historic brick-manufacturing plant into an urban oasis of nature. There are plenty of activities to choose from, like tours, exhibits and workshops, complete with food and live music.

Sunday, September 26

The printed word takes over the Harbourfront Centre today. The annual Word on the Street Festival celebrates Canadian books and magazines. This year, Yann Martel, the award-winning author of Life of Pi, will host the festival.

It’s your last chance to see Drama and Desire at the Art Gallery of Ontario! This exhibit showcases the theatre-inspired masterpieces from artists like Degas, David, Delacroix and more.

Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture hosts a huge block party at Yonge-Dundas Square, with free concerts and performances all day long. Don’t miss the headlining act, J.Period and Black Thought, of the ROOTS. With music, art, dance, workshops, and a marketplace, there’s definitely something for everyone at this annual event.

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.