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Weekend events in Toronto October 14-16 2016

Weekend events in Toronto are a noisy bunch. Seriously, there's a lot of music happening in the city starting Friday night with an impressive list of concerts from folks like Plants and Animals, Boy & Bear, Lisa LeBlank and Boys Noize. If you need something soothing, there's a huge bakers market as well as some stellar theatre to catch.

Here are my picks for top weekend events in Toronto.


FNL ROM: Beer Me! (Oct. 14, ROM)
Enjoy craft beer and discover the history of beer making at this party at the ROM. Running Violet, DJ Tim North, DJ Fathom, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and the Sidewalk Crusaders will perform throughout the night. A $13 ticket gets you in the door.

Fall Opening Party (Oct. 14, Power Plant)
This huge gallery is always free to enter, but this nighttime event is a bit more exciting. Be the first to experience three new exhibitions by artists Yto Barrada, Maria Loboda and Latifa Echakhch.

OktoberFEAST (Oct. 14, Airship37)
Down on Parliament Street at Airship37 is this Oktoberfest fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Tickets are $25 afterwards with VIP options (though the ticket doesn't include plates from a range of food and beer vendors, which include North Poke).

Hush Hush (Oct. 15, Bloor/Gladstone Library)
Party inside the Bloor/Gladstone Library for one night only at this TPL fundraiser and dress up as a hero or villain! Hush Hush is an after hours party in the stacks featuring cocktails, eats and live entertainment.

Unplugged Expo (Oct. 15-16, Westin Harbour Castle)
The Unplugged Expo at the Westin Harbour Castle delivers the latest in geek culture. There will be everything from a Just Dance competition to a masters of cosplay competition, a Harry Potter Room of Requirement and a Japanese video arcade.

Horror-Rama (October 15-16, Hyatt Regency Hotel)
Toronto's only all-horror convention and expo creeps its way into the city just in time for Halloween. Expect to find vendors, panels with horror experts and filmmakers, and screenings of your favourite horror flicks.

Toronto Bakers Market (October 16, The Great Hall)
Head to West Queen West's Great Hall to find treats such as bread, cookies, savoury empanadas, custom cakes, macarons, ice cream, gluten-free/guilt-free desserts and donuts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bare Decks (Oct. 15, Free Space)
See a skateboard deck art show featuring decks decorated by creatives from all around the world at Toronto's Free Space. This show is on until October 22.

Ski and Snowboard Show (October 13-16, International Centre)
Winter is coming. One of the surest signs of this truth is the arrival of the massive ski and snowboard show at the International Centre this weekend. There will be demonstrations, sales, and lots of entertainment.


Pearle Harbour Solves all your Problems! (Oct. 14, Theatre Passe Muraille)
See this one-night-only standup, sketch and musical comedy by Canada's biggest fan, Pearle Harbour. "All Torontonians, Ontarions, and Canadians welcome: we're gonna unpack your baggage," she says. It's like a late-night, self-help talk show.

All But Gone: A Beckett Rhapsody (Oct. 14, Berkeley Street Theatre)
See this contemporary musical exploration of the absurd and evocative imagery of Samuel Beckett from director Jennifer Tarver. It features Jonathon Young (Betroffenheit) and Canadian opera stars Shannon Mercer and Krisztina Szab贸. Tickets run from $39 to $69.


CineIran Film Fest (Oct. 14, TIFF Bell Lightbox)
This annual festival of contemporary Iranian cinema will showcase all types of film genres. Screenings often sell out so make sure to get your tickets in advance. Sound & Fury by buzz-worthy director Hooman Seyyedi opens the fest.

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (October 15, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
The VIMFF Best of Fest Tour brings the best films from the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival to Toronto for one night only. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.


Frank + Oak Women Pop Up Series (Oct. 14, Offsite)
Check out the first ever womenswear collection from Montreal's Frank + Oak in person. Be warned: quantities are limited. It's open various times through the weekend, check out the website for a preview of what you'll see.


X Avant XI (Oct. 13-16, The Music Gallery)
A full festival pass is just $40 if you want to blow your mind with new sounds, you should invest in this experimental electronic music fest. From celestial club music to ephemeral improvisation, X Avant XI includes concerts, dance parties as well as lectures and talks about the future of music.

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Rangeela (Oct. 14, Club 120)
This is a queer Bollywood dance party where all the divas of the genre are set free on the multiple dance floors inside Club 120.

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Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit your own listing to the blogTO Toronto events section and have a great weekend!

Photo of Friday Night Live via the ROM.

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