Toronto Weekender: September 12 through 15, 2013

With TIFF wrapping up this weekend and the city tired from all the celebrity sightings and parties, this weekend’s a fairly calm one in comparison to the past few. No matter, we’ve still a few Notable things to do this upcoming work-week break…

Food and Drink
Over at dbar tonight, fifth generation Charcutier Nicolas Marragou and Chef Sommelier Drew Walker team up to serve a platter of charcuterie and glass of bubbly for only $30. This is probably the best culinary deal you’ll find in town. 

Toronto Beer Week is on, offering up dozens of events at dozens of bars across the city. This Toronto-wide week of brews celebrates local and some not-so-local beers and those that craft ’em. It’s a great chance to get out there and discover your new favourite flavour.

The monthly East End music, food, and installation series, better known as Feast in the East, is back this weekend, with Anamai, Jindalee, Slime, and Manticore as well as Environs by Cameron Lee. This is one interesting event for the fringe-loving YP.

Running this weekend is the annual Roncesvalles Polish Festival. Get into an Eastern European groove as you taste Polish tradition in the West End – from food to fashion to music to dance.

Also on this weekend, the Toronto Ukranian Festival takes over a strip of Bloor West Village. Read the above about the Polish fest and just replace the country of celebration. 

The Brewer’s Backyard is back Sunday night as part of Toronto Beer Week. Themed Septembiere, this edition pays homage to the breweries of Quebec.

Gone to the Market

After a little Queen West shopping or brunch, hit 99 Sudbury for the final Toronto Flower Market on Saturday afternoon, where you can wander the stalls of Ontario-based growers and urban growers who offer local and in-season cut flowers and potted plants.

On Saturday evening, chill out in the West End with Next Stop: Junction Night Market. Ten of the areas top vendors will be there with some of the city’s finest food and drinks, all raising funds for the Junction’s voucher program and The Stop Community Food Centre. 

The new edition of Toronto Indie Arts Market is on this Saturday at The Gladstone Hotel. Over 50 vendors of art, crafts, fashion, food, small press and the like will be on-hand to showcase their uber-cool wares. 

Shake, Rattle and Roll
The Rock-a-Billy Shake-up is on at 3030 Dundas West on Friday night, offering up some of the coolest bluegrass/hillbilly bands alongside impressive DJ stylings. 

Say goodbye to TIFF on Saturday night at Vogue Supper Club, bringing you a festival farewell in Liberty Village. Lights Camera Action will be a dance-a-thon of movie proportions on the West side. 

Another fond farewell to TIFF 2013 is happening over at UNIUN Nightclub on Saturday, with an extended liquor license and music by Jed Dadson. 

Kick it old school Sunday night at Boozy Bingo at the 2nd Floor. Food, drinks, and the non-stop hope of lining up your numbers and letters for the glory of being crowned drunken bingo victor are all on the slate. 

The Toronto Monologue Slam is back at The Drake on Sunday night for a special TIFF edition. Some of the greatest asides you’ll ever hear are on the docket, all with a TIFF-y twist.