It is just us or the did the summer fly by? September completely snuck up on us, but the good news is that we technically still have another month before the temperatures properly begin to slide, so get out there and enjoy everything the city has to offer. Here are Vv Magazine’s Top 10 Toronto Events: September 2015 Edition.
AGO 1st Thursdays
AGO 1st Thursdays returns with “Nostalgic Canadiana,” and celebrates the tail-end of the stunning exhibit Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic. As a preface to a series of Rheostatics reunion shows, which debut the following night, 1st Thursdays Toronto events is hosting artists who will perform their own covers of Rheostatics’ songs. The evening will be a curated consideration of landscape, nature and environment, and will feature writers, a roving choir, and video installations. And as always, there will be food, there will be drinks, and there will be a crowd.
Lights, camera, oh-so-much-action! Celebrating its 40th year, TIFF is rapidly becoming THE festival to reckon with, and this installment is no exception. Highlights of this Toronto events include the Canadian premiere of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa, the North American premiere of The Danish Girl and the International Premiere of the late-great Sydney Pollack’s Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace. Oh, and the World Premiere of The Martian and The Family Fang, based on the acclaimed novel. This Toronto events passes are now on sale, and individual tickets are available September 6.
(Stella Artois) Sensorium
Perhaps you were one of the fortunate few who scored tickets to Stella Artois’ Sensorium Toronto events. Billed as not-your-average 5-course dinner (with beer pairings), it’s set within a sensorial dome that will immerse diners in a visual/auditory/interactive experience. Unfortunately, the full 2+ week run of Sensorium Toronto event is now completely sold out. So why mention it? We’re game to hear whether this interesting exercise in marketing, involving the talents of Toronto’s Common Good and BevLab, is worth its hefty $125 price tag.
Sip and Sail Cocktail Cruise
You can think of Mariposa Cruises’ Sip n’ Sail as a patio on the water. Admittance is just $20 for a 2-hour tour of Toronto’s waterways, timed to coincide with the sunset. Wine, beer and cocktails (as well as a selection of appetizers) are available for purchase, as you take in the good life to the sounds of the on-board DJ.
Toronto Food and Wine
Toronto Food and Wine event transforms the Evergreen Brick Works into a smorgasbord of local food, wine and beer. Rub elbows with local and international celebrity chefs, elevate your skills through on-site cooking classes, and refine your palette with guided tastings. Come hungry for the 130 vendors within the Grand Tasting Pavilion (including AG Macarons, East Thirty-Six and Splendido). Admission is $90 for a 3-day pass, or $32 for a 2-day pass if you purchase online, but note that chef series and special events are extra (but include your single-day pass in their cost). Be sure to stop by on the 18th for the Heritage BBQ by Cochon555 ($145) —an epic BBQ competition culminating in over 1,400 pounds of pork for you to sample—or on the 19th for Diner en Noir ($150), which will see 150 guests around a harvest table for an open-air dinner from some of Toronto’s finest chefs.
Toronto Urban Roots Festival
Pixies. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Neko Case. Need we say more? Taking over the Fort York Garrison Common for three days, TURF will feature nearly 50 fabulous bands on 4 stages over 3 days. Passes are $189.50 for 3 days Toronto events, or spring for a VIP Pass for $289.50.
September 24 – October 3
They say laughter is the best medicine—JFL42 Toronto events will cure whatever ails you with headliners such as Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Chris Burgess, Trevor Noah and Patton Oswalt, as well as another 42 comics. There are several ticketing and passes options available, but do your funny bones a favour and opt for a headliner.
The Gentlemen’s Expo
For dapper gents, or those who aspire to be, The Gentlemen’s Expo Toronto event is once again taking over the Metro Convention Centre. This celebration of everything manly showcases vendors, speakers, music, and food. Ladies, don’t shy away from accompanying your man: this weekend-long event will cover everything—men’s fashion, alcohol, grooming, entrepreneurship, sex, and more. Single-day tickets of this Toronto events are $30, a weekend pass is $60, and the man-up package (featuring 3 times the drink tokens and a $150 swag bag) clocks in at just $50 for a single day, or $100 for the weekend.
Food Truck Fest Ontario
Sure, Downsview Park is the setting of music mayhem with Riot Fest (September 19-20), but one week later, a slew of food trucks descend. With the likes of Buster’s Sea Cove, Bacon Nation, Cafe du Monde Creperie, and Cruda Cafe on hand, think of it as an opportunity to stroll the grounds of Downsview Park and stuff your face with some of the city’s finest street foods. And don’t worry, there will also be 9 trucks serving vegan options, as well as a drinks garden. Tickets of this Toronto events are $10 and do not include the price of food, but all trucks will be serving sample sizes of their dishes for $6 or less.
Word on the Street
Word on the Street Toronto event is back—and this year, it’s relocating to its new home at the Harbourfront. Free as always, they’re taking advantage of their new digs by introducing Author Cruises aboard the Tall Ship Kajama (moderated by Toronto Star Books editor Deborah Dundas). Enjoy the Sculpting New Reads tent (artists are tasked with creating art inspired by a chosen book), the Amazon.ca Bestselling Stage (featuring Patrick DeWitt and Chef Michael Smith), and if you’re feeling inspired, pick up some tricks of the trade at the Wordshop Marquee.
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