Toronto Weekender: October 16 through 19, 2014

Don’t be overwhelmed – Thursday’s a little aggressive.

That’s right, this edition of The Weekender is a little top heavy. But don’t worry, most of what you see happening today will continue right through the next three days.

We just wanted you to get a head start so you could plan accordingly. ‘Cause we’re good like that.

So get going already.



Like getting scared? The Toronto After Dark Film Festival has you covered.

The CN Tower Climb for United Way is the best way to get a natural high this weekend.

The Buffer Festival Industry Day ponders the age-old question, “if you’re famous on the Internet, are you actually famous?”

We told you why you need to attend Operanation. Now go.

The Canadian Cancer Society presents OktoberFEAST. The best excuse to get stuffed this weekend.

Remember ‘Show me the money’? Well, this is the Money Show. Completely different, but maybe not.

Winter is coming. And the Toronto Snow Show is how you prepare for it in the best way possible.

There ain’t no cabaret show like The Rocky Horror Cabaret Show.

The CBC hosts a debate for Toronto’s mayoral candidates. The time to choose is running out.

What happens when you combine an astronomer and a mixologist? We’re not sure, but we can’t wait to find out.

Want to party like it’s 1929? Of course you do. And now you can.

The 9th Annual Chocolate Ball, held in support of Prostate and Breast Cancer Initiatives, will bring a DJ, live performances, floor shows, a silent auction, and everything chocolate you can imagine. Seriously.

Red Bull’s Flying Bach features four-time break dance world champions from Berlin and combines their contemporary moves with live classical music. The future is now.

If you were a Canadian in the 90s, you’ll remember That Song. Which is why you might want to relive a moment or two with Big Wreck tonight…

The sad news is true: classic Toronto music venue the El Mocambo is closing (yet again, so hopefully someone else will save it) and to say goodbye, they’re throwing a big Rock n’ Roll Farewell show featuring cover band the Neil Young’uns.

Bombay Bicycle Club is also rolling into town.


With a name like The Delicious Food Show, what more do you really need?

Ever wanted to learn how to look like a professional zombie? Well, you probably have after reading that last sentence – good thing you can now.

Catch folky Canadian indie rockers The Wooden Sky at Lee’s for a two-night stand tonight and tomorrow.

Friday Night Live continues to be one of the best decisions you’ll make all weekend.

Spend all weekend exploring the showroom and interacting with industry leaders and gurus at the Canadian Beauty Innovation Awards (and Showroom). Or get dolled up and applaud the winners at the Beauty Ball awards show tomorow night – either way, from where we’re sitting, it all looks pretty good.

Think grand marquees, blazing cocktails, festival foods, tiger tamers, fortune tellers, and just about anything that pushes the limits of amazement. Especially boobies. That’s right, Rethink Breast Cancer is back with Booby Ball presents: Big Top Booby.

The Big Sound is Back. Who knew it was ever gone?


Whisky Live is all about your favourite single malts and blends. If you enjoy a few sips of the ‘water of life’ from time to time, this is the only place you’ll want to be.

Reunited for the first time in 16 years, Fleetwood Mac is set to take over the ACC. And yes, this time they’ll be joined by Christine McVie, meaning you’ll get to hear all the songs on Rumours, instead of just Stevie’s.

Everything you ever needed to know about your heart rate will be at the Running Health and Fitness Show. Probably some pretty cool shoes too.

The Bicycle Show is just in time for winter.


It’s the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, which for many means a healthy way to spend your Sunday… and for many more, road closures.

Specializing in locally raised organic meat, sustainable seafood, fresh organic produce, and gourmet foods, The Healthy Butcher is hosting its 3rd ‘HB Road Trip’. You’ll visit three farms and learn about what they do there as well as the meat they raise. It’s called first-hand experience, people.

The Made By Hand Show is pretty self-explanatory. Think: designer crafts.

There’s nothing better than a pop-up that’s really a pub-hop. Enter: After School Club: Harvest Pub Hop Event. Tour Kensington with a few brews on your Sunday.

No Art Tours: Blindfolds is literally going to blindfold you. You’ve never seen art quite like this before.

It’s the 50th Anniversary of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and The 5th Annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day. Celebrate accordingly.

Well, that’s it, that’s all.

Four days and 35 ways to spend them.
Just remember: FOMO isn’t real if you’re there.

Stay Notable,

The Weekender


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