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The top weekend events in Toronto: October 2-4 2015

This weekend, Nuit Blanche returns to Toronto for its 10th year.There are more than enough exhibits to keep you busy from sunset to sunrise. If that's not your thing, head to StubHub to try to acquire tickets for one of Taylor Swift's Toronto concerts. With any luck she'll bring out a local guest like Drake or The Weeknd.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Just For Laughs (September 24-October 3)
Just For Laughs is shutting down this Saturday after a 10-day run. In the final two days you can catch comedic greats like Pete Holmes, Patton Oswalt, and Fortune Feimster at venues across the city.

Nuit Blanche (October 3)
Nuit Blanche returns for its 10th year on October 3. There's over 60 contemporary art projects scattered around the downtown core for your viewing pleasure. I would advise spending the day getting some shut eye if you plan to stay out until morning.

CHARITY

Boobyball 2015 (October 2)
This Friday, fight cancer by heading to a space-themed bash at Sound Academy. The ticketed event will have all the makings of a good time: music, food, gift bags, and more. Tickets aren't cheap ($125, actually) but some is tax deductible and proceeds go toward a good cause.

CIBC Run for the Cure (October 4)
The pinkest run of them all will see runners race through the streets around U of T's campus to raise money for breast cancer research. While many will be walking, you can dust off a 5K swiftly on these flat streets.

FOOD & DRINK

Oktoberfest 2015 at Amsterdam BrewHaus (October 2-3)
Head to Amsterdam Brewery on the first weekend in October for some seriously German celebrations. On the menu is traditional eats like schnitzel, sausages, pretzel necklaces, and - of course - Amsterdam brews. If that's not enough to draw you in, there will also a live band playing traditional German music. You can reserve your spot now.

World Poutine Eating Championship (October 3)
If you can't get enough of Canada's favourite salty snack, Dundas Square is where to be on the first Saturday of the month. Competitors will go head to head, devouring mountains fo poutine to determine the most gluttonous eater. If you're not a contender, Smoke's Poutinerie will be serving up free poutine from 10-4, which is pretty sweet.

MUSIC

Taylor Swift (October 2-3)
Everybody who follows T-Swift on Instagram knows that she's been killing every show on The 1989 World Tour. If you're lucky enough to have tickets already - or can manage to find a pair on StubHub - you'll catch the pop star herself plus tour mates Shaw Mendes and Vance Joy. She's been bringing out special surprise guests at every show, so fingers crossed she's got someone good for Toronto.

Wolf Alice (October 3)
The comparisons to Elastica and Hole might be a tad unwarranted, under selling this UK sensation for their own take on the music they grew up loving. Certainly these disciples of the 90s would have qualified for a Sassy magazine profile back in the day but they would have done so on their own merit. Undoubtedly you will leave the Adelaide humming.

Chvrches (October 4 and 5, Danforth Music Hall)
The Scottish group just released their hotly anticipated followup to 2013's The Bones of What You Believe (plus an infectious cover of Bieber's latest ditty), so hopefully you were able to scoop up tickets to their two-night stand at the Danforth in the mere minutes it took for them to sell out (or you can alway go on Craiglist or Stubhub if you're willing to pay a few extra bucks)

SHOPPING

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show (October 3)
Canada's largest vintage clothing show is taking over the Queen Elizabeth Building in Exhibition place on the first weekend of October. You'll have the chance to rummage through retro clothing, designer handbags, jewelry and more.

Really Really Free Market (October 3)
Everything is up for grabs at the Really Really Free Market; no strings attached. Do some fall cleaning of your own and donate all your excess bits and bobs.

Toronto Antique Vintage Market (October 3-4)
With the end of warm weather comes the end of outdoor flea markets, but you don't have to kiss your treasure hunting goodbye anytime soon. Spend the first weekend of October rummaging around the for some preloved pieces at the Toronto Antique Vintage Market - you're bound to find a gem or two.

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Contributions by Evan Sue-Ping, Shazia Khan, and Libby Roach.


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