Weekend events in Toronto: September 13-15, 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 13-15, 2013.
Roncesvalles Polish Festival
The final street festival of the summer takes place this weekend when Roncesvalles shuts down for the annual Polish Festival. Roncy will be crowded with food vendors serving only the best for Polish palettes and stores will be hosting sidewalk sales with major discounts. Drink in the beer gardens along the street or walk the road to catch street performances. Not satisfied with the Polish festival? Swing around the corner to Bloor West Village for the 17th Annual Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival.
Roncesvalles Avenue, September 14-15, 2013, 11AM Free
This Scottish electropop trio seems to be everywhere despite only just releasing their first studio album The Bones of What You Believe in 2013. Playing Danforth Music Hall on Sunday night, CHVRCHES brings their small roster of songs and youthful energy to Toronto once again with openers XXYYXX. Tickets are still available at press time through the usual suspects--Ticketmaster, Soundscapes and Rotate This.
Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue), September 15, 2013, 8PM $28.50
Toronto band TEENANGER were once credited as the future of punk by The Globe & Mail but in a less than punk move, the four-piecer is playing a free show at The Silver Dollar Room on Saturday night for their fans. Joining the show, which marks the release of their latest LP Singles Don't $ell, are friends in music-making Gomet Control and Cellphone. Show up early enough to get in but not too early to be lame. Doors open at 9 and this is a 19+ event.
The Silver Dollar Room (486 Spadina Avenue), September 14, 2013, 9PM Free
The Leslieville Flea
Flea markets are all the rage these days but if you're looking for a new location and new market to explore, the east end is the place to go. The Leslieville Flea opens on Sunday morning in the backlot of the Duke Tavern, where 37 vendors will be selling vintage clothing, antique furniture, art pieces and handicrafts. The flea is open from 10-4 and you can find updates on what is available for purchase at leslievilleflea.blogspot.ca. Happy treasure hunting!
Queen Street East and Leslie Street, September 15, 2013, 10AM Free
Toronto Flower Market
Expect your Instagram feed to be flooded with pictures of flowers on Saturday morning. The successful Toronto Flower Market returns this weekend with Ontario growers and florists displaying seasonal flowers and plants for purchase. This humble gathering of local growers and their products will be a showcase of Ontario's best flora. The market opens early and closes by 3PM.
99 Sudbury Street, September 14, 2013, 10AM Free
FOOD & DRINK
Junction Night Market
The Junction gets its own night market on the old train platform and this one is all about the food and booze. Local eateries and brewers will be on site to satiate the community with $5 offerings, ranging from grilled cheese to tacos to s'mores. All proceeds go toward the Junction Farmers Market Voucher Program and The Stop Community Food Centre. The market operates from 7-11 on Saturday night.
Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street West), September 14, 2013, 7PM $5
Toronto Beer Week
Toronto Beer Week provides a platform for the expansion of the craft beer movement and this year, dozens of local brewers will showcase their talents in events across the city. New flavours, brewing demos and cask beer tastings are all par for the course during TBW, which has several events taking place over the next 8 days. For the full schedule of events, visit torontobeerweek.com.
Locations across Toronto, September 13-21, 2013, various times and prices
For more food listings, check out our Toronto Food Events post.
Toronto Indie Arts Market
A marketplace of curiosities and creativities, the Toronto Indie Arts Market opens at the Gladstone this Saturday to showcase youthful, urban, edgy handicrafts. Over 50 vendors gather to sell crafts, canned goods, clothing and more in support of the Toronto Cat Rescue. Add some quirk to your Saturday by stopping by. Admission is $5 after 11AM.
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), September 14, 2013, 10AM Free
Liberty Village Art Crawl
The streets along Lamport Stadium and Liberty Village Park will be filled with 40+ artists this Friday and Saturday for the Liberty Village Art Crawl. A neighbourhood street event, this crawl will have food, drinks, art, music, sales, activities and prizes all weekend long. Show up early or stay late--it doesn't matter because this one's free!
Liberty Village (1151 King Street West), September 13-14, 2013, 11AM Free
COMMFFEST Global Community Film Festival
It's closing weekend for TIFF, but if you're all worn out by the big festival, check out the COMMFFEST Global Community Film Festival, which features films and filmmakers who engage in a dialogue of social issues and cultural exchange. These are typically smaller productions, but they represent some serious up and coming talent. Be sure to check out "My Friend Jodie" by Tracy Toscano, which makes its Canadian premiere September 14, 2013 (11am - 4:30pm) at Rainbow Cinema.
Peace of Mine Festival
Eight black playwrights present works in development that are telling of contemporary realities and use elements of hip-hop, spoken word, dance and live music at Peace of Mine Festival. What's unique about this theatre festival is that each evening, audience talkbacks allow for the artists to be provided with feedback to help question and further develop their work. Peace of Mine premieres this Friday evening and runs until Sunday with a full schedule of presentations each night.
Palmerston Library Theatre (560 Palmerston Avenue), September 13-15, 2013, 7:30PM $10
For more theatre listings, check out our This Week in Theatre post.
Photo of the Roncesvalles Polish Festival by makoto2007
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