Toronto Weekender: October 30 to November 2, 2014

We’re giving you an extra hour. That’s how big this weekend is.

Devil’s Night. Halloween. Day of the Dead.

This isn’t about daylight savings, it’s about making every second of the next four days count. Luckily, we’re here to help.


It’s your last weekend to get schooled at the International Festival of Authors.

We told you Ted Baker was coming to the Eaton’s Centre.  

BOOMBOX at TIFF kicks off the opening of Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition and raises funds for all things TIFF-related. Kubrick was scary talented.

Have a Drink With Death at The Cameron House. Aka: another Thursday night at The Cameron House.

Screamers dares you to do your best Wilhelm.

A masquerade on the Thompson Hotel Rooftop sounds like early Halloween to us.

Everyone’s favourite all-female Weezer cover band returns to the stage for an early Halloween celebration at Lee’s. Don’t worry, they only cover the first two albums – so it won’t be frightening for your ears.

Legendary lead singer of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde, will be filling Massey Hall with her original solo tracks on Thursday.

What better chance to let out your inner Don Draper than Mad Men | Devil’s Night at America?

However, Devil’s Night at the Dakota Tavern is how hipsters and folk music aficionados will probably choose to spend the last hours before All Hallows’ Eve hits the city.


Look, we didn’t put together a Notable Halloween Party Guide for you not to read it. If you want to know where you should be heading on everyone’s favourite Friday night, you’ll find it in our guide.

Of course, there’s also the option of putting on your best Zombie Prom.

Or heading to a giant street party. Also known as Halloween on Church.

ROM Friday Night Live is keeping up with the holiday as well, presenting ‘Boo!’. Time to get weird in a museum.

The Drake, Thoroughbred, Everleigh, and many, many more are all doing their own Halloween thangs. Basically, there are more places in Toronto throwing Halloween celebrations than not.   

And that includes Ghosts of Gatsby at America. ‘Cause everyone loves to party like it’s 1929 (well, before October anyway).

Chronologic is giving you the chance to dance your way through decades in their Halloween monster mash up.

SBTRKT might not be about the holiday, but we promise the show will be strange enough on its own.


Just a little thing we like to call Movember. Start growing, boys.   

MEC Snowfest is here. And while we’re sure there will be great deals, we’re still not ready to get excited about anything with the word snow in it.

There probably isn’t a better musical to catch the day after Halloween than the Evil Dead. (Though it does kick off its run on the 31st).

Horror-Rama accurately describes both the event and its website.

Chef Dave Mottershall is putting on The Depanneur Supper Club: Trick of Treat. We don’t know what makes it Halloween related but we love good food so we’re not asking.

There’s a Pumpkin Parade in Sorauren Park with thousands of jack-o-lanterns lit up for a second night. In this parade, however, you do the walking and the pumpkins stand on the side freezing.

If you didn’t get enough last night, that’s what events like The Hangover Halloween PubCrawl are for.

Aussie singer-songwriter Vance Joy brings his debut album Dream Your Life Away to the Phoenix on Saturday – guaranteed to help ease your Halloween hangover.

A Night of the Living Dead: TIFF™ Pop-Up Screening is taking place at Evergreen Brickworks. And what better place in the city to get scared than one that’s miles from anywhere.

It’s time to get even weirder than Halloween with Eyes Wide Shut at America. Don’t worry, we promise Tom won’t be cruising by.


Kensington Krawl is all about walking and eating in a great Toronto neighbourhood. Aka, the perfect way to spend your Sunday.

It’s The Day of the Dead at El Catrin. Time to get down with some tequila and ghosts. 

Tea & Tiaras is how you High Tea for Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada.

The 4th Annual Luxury Chocolate Show wins best name of the weekend. If only ‘cause it made us realize there was such a thing as luxury chocolate. 

Take it to the Mat is a revolution. Or it’s just a yoga and wellness day. Either way, a healthy way to end your weekend.

If you’re into vinyl, this is the only place you’re going to want to spend your Sunday.

You might not recognize the name Brian Posehn but we bet you’ve seen his face before. Go see him, he’s funny.

If U Got It Bad don’t worry, Usher: The UR Experience will be at the ACC taking care of all your needs. 

Well, that’s it, that’s all.
Four days and more than 35 ways to spend them.

Just remember: FOMO isn’t real if you’re there.

Stay Notable,

The Weekender 


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Top photo courtesy The Drake Hotel