World Poutine Eating Championship

Weekend Events in Toronto: October 18-20, 2013

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this October 18-20, 2013.

The World Poutine Eating Championship
Presented by Smokes Poutinerie, the World Poutine Eating Championship returns to Yonge and Dundas Square on Saturday. Go to watch professionals compete by stuffing cheese curds and gravy down their throats. Join in the competition by consuming some free poutine while you gawk. Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), October 19, 2013, 10AM Free


Cask Days
Cask Days gets underway this Saturday, October 19th and Sunday the 20th. The almost sold out (Sunday tickets may still be available) festival of cask-conditioned craft beers will bring together 124 breweries to tap 230 casks. For some, this is the beer event of the year. Drink up. Ticket info available here. Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue)

For more food listings, check out our Toronto Food Events post.


The Everything To Do With Sex Show
A three-day adult event that needs no description, The Everything To Do With Sex Show opens at Metro Toronto Convention Centre this Friday. The consumer trade show will feature seminars, stage shows, celebrities, erotic art and something referred to only as "the dungeon." If you really like sex, you'll probably make some friends here. Metro Toronto Convention Centre (222 Bremmer Boulevard) October 18-20, 2013, 3PM $22.50 online, $25 door

The cavernous Sound Academy will host the world's biggest fetish party this weekend, hosted by Northbound Leather. This adult event will feature fetish fashion and culture, sex positive attitudes, and high tech themes and aesthetics. Latex lovers, this is clearly your weekend. Find your people! Sound Academy (11 Polson St), Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Sunday, October 20, 2013


Canzine Festival of Zines and Underground Culture will host a marketplace of more than 250 zines and comics, plus radical readings, ideas pitches, and challenges. Entrance to Sunday's one-day festival includes the latest issue of Broken Pencil. Before the fun starts on Sunday, Broken Pencil will present the 2nd annual Canzine Symposium on Saturday October 19th, a day of workshops, talks and networking opportunities during the Canzine Festival. To learn more, check out our preview of what to see and do at Canzine here. 918 Bathurst Centre of Culture, October 20, 2013, 1PM $5 (includes new issue of Broken Pencil)


Carbon 14: Climate is Culture
Produced in partnership between Cape Farewell and the ROM, this art-meets-science exhibit explores what is likely the most pressing issue facing the globe today: climate change. Three years in the making, the exhibit's strength is the degree to which it places climate change within the cultural sphere, something that's rarely done on newscasts focusing on melting arctic ice caps and CO2 emissions. Exploring how artists engage with a contemporary issue of this magnitude is both fascinating and instructive. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), opens Oct. 19

The Uncanny Art Crawl | imagineNATIVE Festival
imagineNATIVE launches an art crawl featuring contemporary Aboriginal new media art, commissions, retrospectives and artist talks alongside the film festival this weekend. An interactive event, the crawl makes stops at three gallery spaces inside 401 Richmond. Artists will be in attendance at two of the four shows. 401 Richmond Street West, October 18, 2013, 5PM Free

The Madness
The madness of local filmmaker David Cronenberg is everywhere this month. Complementing the MOCCA's Cronenberg retrospective, art collective moccamigos exhibit David Cronenberg: Transformation, in which six artists respond to the common Cronenberg theme of the future stages of human evolution. The Madness is a party in support of the exhibit, in which attendees are encouraged to dress "Cronenberg inspired." Tickets are available through the MOCCA website. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (952 Queen Street West), October 19-20, 2013, 8PM $30-$40

Leslieville Gallery Crawl
Seven galleries participate in the first ever Leslieville Gallery Crawl this Sunday, where the east end will exhibit everything west enders are missing out on. Beginning at Atomic ToyBot Gallery, the crawl will introduce two newly opened spaces and familiarize art lovers with the best in local art. Show up unannounced and join the crawl for free.
Atomic ToyBot (978 Queen Street East), October 20, 2013, 1PM Free

Contemporary Art Bus Tour
If you love art and are looking to escape the city on Sunday, hop on the Contemporary Art Bus Tour to check out GTA galleries that are a distance away but just as exciting. Heading to Koffler Gallery Off-Site, Blackwood Gallery and the Art Gallery of York, the bus ride is free, as are tours at every stop, and snacks will be served. Sounds like a good deal to us. Pre-register by emailing Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (9 Queen's Quay West), October 20, 2013, 12PM Free


EstDocs, the Estonian Documentary Film Festival, is an audience festival and juried competition featuring films with strong ties to Estonia. Opening this Friday, the festival's gala film is To Breathe As One, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed children's choir doc The Singing Revolution. The festival runs until Tuesday with tickets available through EstDocs' eventbrite page. Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West), October 18, 2013, 6PM $20

For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film post.


Indie Week
The Indie Week music festival and competition for showcasing independent bands and new, undiscovered talented is already underway at multiple venues across the city. Judged by a panel of industry professionals, Indie Week offers winners a chance to perform at their 2014 showcase in Ireland — not too shabby. Find your new favourite acts before anyone else in Toronto. Various venues, until October 20th.

Janelle Monáe
Award-winning R&B and soul musician Janelle Monáe best known for her histrionic performance style and tuxedos performs at the Kool Haus this Saturday night. Currently touring with her latest studio album The Electric Lady, Monáe's all ages concert still has tickets available online. Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), October 19, 2013, 8PM $25

Uma Nota Festival
Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions is a four day celebration of music, arts and culture from North and South America. Focusing on Afro-Brazilian, Latin, Caribbean, funk and soul music, the festival includes live acts and DJs like Uproot Andy and Geko Jones, Alice Russell and Rick Udler plus films, workshops and talks. The festival begins today and rolls through the weekend with several free events happening throughout. Check out the full schedule on their site or read our top 5 picks for the fest. Various venues, PWYC - $40

For more music listings, check out our This Week in Music post.


For The Love Of Cloth Sale
Crafters looking for fabrics, beads and other materials will not want to miss this massive sale at the Volunteer Workroom on Friday and Saturday. Decorator fabrics, genuine leather samples and textiles will be available at massive discounts along with a small amount of vintage Singer sewing machines. If you're feeling crafty this rainy weekend, you know where to go. Volunteer Workroom (B-1 401 Richmond Street West), October 18-19, 2013, 10AM Free

Toronto Vintage Clothing & Textile Show

Antique textiles, vintage clothing, hats and textiles make up the items displayed at the Toronto Vintage Clothing & Textile Show by retailers from across Ontario and Quebec. Taking place on Sunday at Wychwood Barns, the sale will have a variety of vintage and antique finds, from quilts to costume jewelry. This show is one day only, happening on Sunday from 11-4. Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), October 20, 2013, 11AM $8

For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.


TUDS Festival Of Urban Dance Culture
Urban dance culture is honoured at TUDS, a festival for artists and innovative choreographers. Shows, all-star battles, and panel discussions are a part of the TUDS weekend along with an awards ceremony celebrating urban artists and workshops featuring renowned choreographer. Show up at 2PM for panels and workshops or join late to catch the shows. The Citadel (304 Parliament Street), October 18-20, 2013, 2PM $20

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