Date: October 25
Location: Massey Hall
Toronto’s very own singer-songwriter Hayden Dresser (known commercially as “Hayden”) and his wife Christie Greyerbiehl are curating a concert fundraiser in support of services for children with developmental disabilities. While the cause is very real, this night is going to be pretty dreamy. Having personal experience with child developmental disabilities, Hayden and his wife are passionate about this cause and, much to the delight of music-lovers, so are a lot of very talented artists: Billy Talent, The Bare Naked Ladies, Feist, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner from The National. All of which will be performing.
Date: October 25
Location: David Pecaut Square
Hosted by actor and host Lauren Collins and Cityline host Tracy Moore, Fashion Saturday will give you an inside look at what’s big at this year’s World Mastercard Fashion Week. You’ll get to see a Spring/Summer 2015 highlights fashion show featuring top Canadian designers, followed by a trends presentation with style expert Afiya Francisco, Maybelline’s Grace Lee, and Redken’s Cindy Duplantis. On top of that there will be a pop-up market, hair and makeup installations, and food and drinks available. General Admission is $50 (or just $20 for the pop-up shops and installations) and you can catch one of three sessions at 1pm, 4pm or 7pm.
The Everything to Do With Sex Show
Date: October 24-26
Location: Direct Energy Center (Exhibition Place)
Young professionals may be resentful of their tyrannical bosses, but you have to empathize: sometimes, it’s fun to crack the whip. If you need proof, you should hit the Direct Energy Center this weekend. From seminars and shows to art and innovation, if you like anything or everything about sex, this is the event of the year. It’s hard to imagine what kinds of “innovations” will rise from the world of sex and erotica this year – which is exactly why everyone needs to go to this show. There’s a whole range of entertaining and informative activity going on at this event, not to mention some pretty great swag. So straddle up, strap yourself in, and get ready to bring your sexy back.
International Festival of Authors
Date: October 22-31
Location: Harbourfront Center
Bookworms, listen up, ‘cause you’re already a few days behind. Over the next week, Toronto is gathering the world’s best writers of contemporary literature at the Harbourfront Center for readings, discussions, signings and all kinds of other awesome author-ish activities (huge points for alliteration). You can expect to see folks like James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential), Karl Ove Knausgaard (Min Kamp/Boyhood Island), David Cronenberg (Consumed) and Ian McEwan (The Children Act), as well as a deep collection of poets, historians, humorists and just about any other kind of author you can imagine. So if you’re a big reader, check the website, comb the schedule, and book it.
Date: October 24-26
Location: Evergreen Brick Works
THREE HUNDRED BEERS AND CIDERS. Sold? Good. For the 10th year, the Evergreen Brickworks is hosting a beer bash for breweries across Canada, the United Kingdom, and for the first year California, bringing in over 30 beers that have never been served North of the Border. There will of course be music to keep everyone movin’ and food to keep everyone responsibly boozin’. We recommend grabbing tickets online in advance to make sure you get in and to confirm which session(s) you want to attend. However you pull it off, just make your way down to the Brickworks this weekend.
The Toronto Municipal Election
Date: October 27
Location: All Over the City
It’s pretty straightforward, folks: if you care about what happens to the great city of Toronto for the next four years, find your nearest voting station and vote. Our next flock of Councillors and Trustees and our next Mayor is going to be decided. And you’re doing the deciding. The big day is Monday, so block off a few hours, bring a friend or two, and cast a ballot. Don’t worry; you don’t have to tell us who you voted for… but you do have to dress like them for Halloween.
Top photo courtesy World MasterCard Fashion Week Facebook page