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Toronto's Forever Fest in support of Residential School survivors is back in a big way

Toronto's first big event of fall has just been announced, and you'll want to mark it off on your calendar for a weekend celebrating all things Canada and all things local – and for an amazing cause, to boot.

Taking place from September 30 to October 2, this year's Forever Fest will feature stellar live musical performances, food and drink from the best T.O. distillers, wineries and breweries, local retail vendors, special exhibitions, draws and more to absorb, all in Leslieville's Maple Leaf Forever Park.

Catch indie artist Wolf SagaCommon Deer and Aliah Guerra performing Friday, Coleman Hell and PONY on Saturday, Trainwreck + Shania Twin (the Shania Twain tribute act), Porch Jam and Songs with Nash on Sunday before shopping with local businesses in the vendor village: a small, curated group of local artisanal vendors.

Then, get some eats from the likes of Oyster Boy, Smoke's Poutinerie and Lowlands Fire Foods, and of course beer, wine and spirits from locals Radical Road Brewing, Left Field Brewery, Saulter Street Brewery, Eastbound Brewing Company, United Craft, Reid's Distillery, Cave Spring Vineyard, and more.

Looking for the VIP experience? Come visit the VIP tent with table and
bottle service, as well as the Booze Garden tent with its own screens so
you can watch the acts from the comfort of your own picnic table.

And the crux of the whole shindig? The fact that 100 per cent of net proceeds will go to the Indigenous-led charity Legacy of Hope Foundation, which will also be there on the ground with materials to educate the public about the legacy of Residential Schools in Canada and how they can help survivors.

A 50/50 draw will also take place to help raise money for Legacy of Hope in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which attendees can enter online in advance to help raise awareness, address racism and discrimination, and create a brighter future in Canada. 

So grab the friend group or family and head to Maple Leaf Forever Park at Queen and Leslie from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 30; from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 1; and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 2 for some Canadian food, drinks, music and fun, but don't forget to get your tickets and RSVP online first.

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