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Weekend events in Toronto October 7-9 2016

Thanksgiving weekend events will let you dance off all the turkey you've been eating. So if you're looking for something to do, there's a giant artisan market, a glow sword battle at city hall, and an endless list of dance parties from Friday to Sunday.

Here are my top picks for Thanksgiving weekend events in Toronto.


FNL ROM: Thanks Canada (October 7, ROM)
Stuff yourself with poutine, maple syrup,and all things Canadian at this edition of FNL. Simone Denny, DJ George Thoms, DJ Grump and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music will perform. Tickets are available; I'd get 'em now before they sell out.

DX from Nothing October 7, The Design Exchange)
The final event in the DXSocial series is curated by Common Good co-founder Jamie Webster, a creative director who has worked with Majid Jordan, A$AP Rocky, and Drake. This is a one-night-only celebration of emerging artists featuring work from DSTRY, Kid Studio, LA TIMPA, ACC Studio, and FUTURETALK.

Dirty Talk (October 7, Round)
Just $10 gets you into this night of music, art and fashion at the Round in Kensington Market. Grab a ticket and start networking.

Waterfront Artisan Market (October 8, HTO Park)
It's the final market of the season! Head down to HTO park and stock up for Thanksgiving lunch, dinner, breakfast... whatever. Let these artisans do all the cooking so you can have all the fun.

Rage Room Grand Opening (October 8, Riddle Room)
Downtown's first rage room opens this weekend and it's offering free rage sessions all day to celebrate! From 1 to 11 p.m., step away from your family and smash up to five items.

Glow Sword Battle (October 8, Nathan Phillips Square)
From 8 to 11 p.m., Nathan Phillips Square hosts a giant glow sword battle. Bring your own or buy a sword on site and show off your finest Jedi moves. There's no age limit and no cover.

The Bazaar of Bizarre (October 9, Pia Bouman)
This unique craft show will feature DJs, stilt walkers and dancers as you shop for whatever you fancy. It's a perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit.

Blue Jays Division Series Game 1
If you get tickets, congrats! If you don't watch it from the Bird's Nest. Either this will be a fun one to watch on a Sunday with a holiday the next day.


Thanksgiving Dinner (October 8-10, Various locations)
If you just can't be bothered to cook, you're in luck. There are several Toronto restaurants serving Thanksgiving day feasts. From BBQ'd birds to a boat cruise brunch, your stomach will have a lot to be thankful for.

Get Stuffed (October 9, The Drake)
On Thanksgiving Sunday, the Drake lays it all out with a $35 feast and all your seasonal favourites on one table. The price includes all the fixings, wine and pumpkin pie.


James Blake (October 7, Massey Hall)
James Blake released one of the most beautiful albums of the year and he's playing songs from it at Massey Hall! There could not be a more perfect fit for this man's angelic vocals. It's bound to be one of the most stunning shows of the year.

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Progress of Place: Black on Earth Film Series (October 7, AGO) A series of films curated by Jacqueline Najuma Stewart in conjunction with the exhibition Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum that "consider the histories of Black places, and the place of Black histories, in the necessary imaginative work toward building better Black futures." Screening start at 7p.m., check out the website for the list of films.

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Wedding Night DancePparty (October 7, The Piston)
This is a party that shamelessly plays favourites across the pop music spectrum, including new-wave, hip hop, freak funk, dad-rock and R&B. From two of the guys who bring us the city's best disco party, this one's a night that inspires wedding night hook-ups, too much tequila and dressing up.

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Thanks to Big Rock Brewery for sponsoring this post.

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

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