Weekend Events in Toronto: September 27-29, 2013
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this September 27-29, 2013.
David Bowie Is Here Official Opening Party
David Bowie is has opened to the public (check out our photo gallery of the exhibit here) and the AGO invites you to dance to "Modern Love" like you're Frances Ha or something. Ringing in the new exhibit with one of their infamous gallery parties, the AGO will be open after hours for a dance party that allows you to walk the exhibit with drink in hand. See some of the 300 objects, videos and costumes from Bowie's personal collection and listen to DJ sets by Luis Jacob and Odessa Palmer. Tickets are on the pricey side considering it's a cash bar but this is where all your friends will be on Friday night so live lavish or die of FOMO.
Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), September 27-November 27, 2013, 9PM $45
For more art ideas, check out our guide to must-see art shows in Toronto this fall.
It's not quite October but Toronto finally has its own Oktoberfest, which is a GREAT warm-up to the real deal. Inspired by the Munich festival that is over two centuries old, this beer-drinking Bavarian fest is a merry time mainly because the whole point is to chug the best German beers until you're properly drunk. Brass bands and pretzels and your opa in lederhosen--it will all be there with the best in European beers and traditional German fare. Ticket prices vary on the time you enter. For those not into hanging at the Kool Haus, there are other upcoming Oktoberfest events for you.
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), September 27-28, 2013, 6:30PM $20-$25
Day and Night Toronto Underground Market
The underground food scene will finally see daylight with the Toronto Underground Market's Day and Night event. Two sessions of the market will take place this Saturday at the Evergreen Brick Works to celebrate TUM's 2nd birthday, the first a family-friendly lunch affair followed by a 19+ late night session. TUM's old friends and alum will be in attendance, serving the beer and food that has made the market a success and spawned some of the best new restaurants in the city. If you love food, come eat. If you love participating in the success of small, local businesses, come celebrate. Not familiar with TUM? Catch up with what you've been missing via our TUM photo stream.
Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), September 28, 2013, 12PM $15-$20
For more food listings, check out our Toronto Food Events post.
Art of Fashion 2013
Emerging designers meet Toronto fashion elite at 99 Sudbury for Art of Fashion 2013, taking place this Friday night. A non-profit organization supporting new and innovative designers, Art of Fashion hosts an annual design competition that attracts media buyers and industry executives scouting new talent. Following the competition, a public fashion show and reception take place. Hosted by journalist Glen Baxter and with music by The Bellwoods, the evening allows for the public to judge who is Canada's most promising new designer. Tickets are available through Art of Fashion's website.
Sudbury 99 (99 Sudbury Street), September 27, 2013, 8PM $25
Out of the Box: The Ever-Evolving Industry of Sneaker Design
D'Wayne Edwards was the former Footwear Design Director of the Michael Jordan sneaker brand and in keeping in line with The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit currently at Bata Shoe Museum, he will lecture on his 23-year career in footwear design this Sunday afternoon. Founder of the Pensole School of Footwear Design, he will walk attendees through the elements of sneaker design and talk about how the industry has evolved throughout his career. Tickets are available through the museum's website or at the door on the day of the event.
Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West), September 29, 2013, 1PM $10 advance $14 door
Toronto Vintage Clothing Show
The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show takes place this Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm. Head down to the Convention Centre to peruse one-of-a-kind clothing, shoes, and accessories from a whole slew of independent fashion retailers. Then, parade around in your statement find and wow everyone around you!
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front St W), Admission is $10.
For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.
Toronto Palestine Film Festival
One of Toronto's fastest growing festivals opens this Saturday with the award-winning Annemarie Jacir film When I Saw You, the story of a young boy in 1967 Jordan searching for freedom. The Toronto Palestine Film Festival features a large program of features and shorts packed into one week with additional talks, panels, director Q&As and art shows littered throughout the festival. Discover Palestinian filmmaking at this cultural festival by purchasing tickets through the TPFF website.
Various locations, September 28-October 4, 2013 6:30PM
For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film post.
Iron & Wine
Iron & Wine is the stage name of Samuel Beam, a South Carolina singer-songwriter who plays five instruments and has released five studio albums. Iron & Wine brings his folk indie sound to Sound Academy this Saturday night with opening duo Widowspeak. If you like the sound of pre-70s folk, Beam's music will appeal to you as he captures an older sound in his music that other young musicians can only wish for. Tickets are available through Ticketfly.
Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), September 28, 2013, 8PM $30-$40
Toronto synthpop trio Austra first appeared on our radar with the release of their Polaris Prize nominated 2011 album Feel It Break and have been increasing in popularity since the release of their second album, 2013's Olympia. To reflect this, they take a step up to a mid-sized venue, playing The Phoenix this Friday night. The band, fronted by the darling Katie Stelmanis, will play music from their two albums to end off their 18-city summer tour with DIANA. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne Street), September 27, 2013, 9PM $26.50
Gay Play Day
Gay Play Day celebrates LGBTQ theatre with short plays and extended monologues performed by local writers over the course of two days. The festival features Toronto LGBTQ community members in the roles of playwright or actors with up to six short plays being performed in one evening. All performances will take place at the Alumnae Theatre on Berkeley and tickets will be available at the door. Support the gays, see some plays. It's that simple.
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street), September 27-28, 2013, 8PM $10
For more theatre listings, check out our This Week in Theatre post.
Homegrown Park Crawl
A park crawl hosted by the David Suzuki Foundation that includes drinks and food by local restaurateurs sounds like an excellent Sunday in the park to us. Homegrown Park Cruel is a daytime pub crawl with less pub, more grass, whereby participants will meet at Christie Pits Park and travel from green space to green space throughout the day, ultimately ending at Trinity Bellwoods. Each park will have eco-activities and entertainers (like Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Choir!Choir!Choir! to name a few) who will lead the group onward. Food and drink are available for purchase from spots like Pizzeria Libretto, Mildred's Temple Kitchen, Woodlot and The County General with all proceeds going to David Suzuki Foundation's Homegrown National Park Project. Whether you walk or bike it, get outside and join the crawl.
Various parks, September 29, 2013, 11AM $20
TUM photo by Tracy Zhang