Weekend events in Toronto: September 19-21, 2014
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this Sept 19-21, 2014.
Junction Music Festival
Five stages will be setup along the stretch of Dundas Street West that makes up the Junction for this free music festival. Spanning both day and night, the fest has eats and activities for all ages, and local businesses will host special events. The Sadies, Kashka, Teenage Kicks, Paradise Animals, Ark Analog and more are on the bill. If you're already part of the community, just walk out your front door, if not, maybe it's time for a trip to the Junction. Saturday, September 20. MF
On now, Just for Laughs comedy festival this year includes the likes of Nick Offerman, Seth Meyers, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, Joe Rogan, and Lena Dunham, plus tons of smaller comedians and troops. Branded as JFL42, they take trends in the laughs business seriously and plan to to launch an assault on your tender funny bone. Toughen up with our preview here. and watch the video below to learn how ticketing works. September 18-27.
Food Truck Festival Ontario
It might be hard for you to care about food trucks. You only get to think about most of them for half the year, there's nowhere to sit, and half the reason for dining away from home is to use strange bathrooms (isn't it?) - yet their endless varieties also provide fun ways for a city to fetishize new ideas in eating out, and it's hard not to feel enthused about that. As fall hits us, look for all your favourite trucks from summer at this huge convoy, where family friendly games will also take place. Sunday, Sept 21, 1-8pm, Ontario Place.
Healing Power Records are turning their FRUITS compilation of all-female Toronto artists into a live music night for local and touring acts. On the bill for the inaugural show are New Chance, Doom Tickler (death metal meets EDM specifically for lofi fans), Blunt Chunks, DJ Laura McCoy, Abbe Findley, and more. RIP, Chad and Avril. Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave), September 19, 9:30PM.
For more music listings, check out our September Concerts post.
FASHION & LIFESTYLE
The King East Design District Fest is a must hit for those looking to re-decorate, or just get into the know on contemporary design in Canada. The takeover will run on King from St. James Park and from Church to east of Parliament, as well as on Adelaide. Ready yourself with our list of the district's best design stores here. Saturday, September 20, 11am-7pm.
The Manifesto Festival is back for its 8th year in Toronto. Until Sunday, the city will celebrate hip hop arts and culture over a wide spectrum of artistic styles including musical performances, live painting showcases, DJ battles, dance competitions, and of course educational workshops and panels. If you want to catch a glimpse of both internationally respected stars and a breadth of talent that call Toronto home, check out our day by day round up of Manifesto's 2014 line up stand-outs, including free events at Yonge-Dundas Square. M
BOOKS & LIT
Word On The Street
If you prefer physical books and magazines to tablets and PDFs, you're not alone. Word on the Street's massive 250+-vendor book fair is with there with you, and while prices for tabling are fairly hefty, it's free for the public to enter (but bring some cold hard cash for new reading materials and artwork). Readings will include Robin Doolittle, Shawn Micallef, Dionne Brand, and more. Sunday, Sept 21, 11am-6pm, Queen's Park Circle.
Canadian Art Gallery Hop
Canadian Art will celebrate 30 years with their fall issue - yes, 30 years of publishing, in Canada, about art. That's quite a feat. Tour the city's gallery scene with them all day on Saturday, Sept 21 - see more information on participating galleries and tours here.
For more art listings, check out our Top 10 Must-See Art Shows This Summer post.
Overwhelmed by the meaninglessness of it all? Here's a festival for bunnies. Let your cares melt away in the soft fur of a gentle domesticated rabbit. Thanks for Chris Clark for the tip. Sunday, Sept 21, 11am-4pm, Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf (2395 Bayview).
Contributions by Markit, Matt Forsythe. Photo by Andrew Williamson
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