After a short work week, it's the freakin’ weekend and there’s plenty in store to look forward to. As summer winds down, TIFF revs up -- but that’s not all. This weekend’s event lineup includes concerts, comedy shows, and more.
What’s more, the next few days are promising to be balmy, so this might be your last chance to rock any un-worn summer outfits before what is forecasted to be a frosty fall and winter.
After the past few years of scaled-back programming, this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) festivities are shaping up to be fulsome and action-packed. Attendees can expect film premiers, red carpets, parties, and in-person G-L-A-M. Whether you’re the type to fan girl over celebrities or not, it’s going to be a good time. September 8 to 18.
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In commemoration of TIFF, some of Canada’s top comedic talent will be performing in Toronto. This year’s lineup includes Ron Pedersen of MADtv, Kris Siddiqi from the Baroness Von Sketch, and Wayne Jones of The Wayne Jones Show. Stand-up comedian Danny Martinello (CBC, Sirius XM) will be the special guest and Chèlle will be the musical guest. September 10 at the Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West.
If you missed the Elton John concert earlier this week, you can still get your soft rock fix this weekend at an Eagles concert. The Eagles will be performing tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. catering to oldies-lovers of all ages. Be there or be Desperado! September 9 and 10 at Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more spirited, the Rolling Loud Festival might be more your speed. Headliners include Dave, Future, Wizkid, Nav, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, and AJ Tracey, amongst many more. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the event is 99% sold out -- so act fast! September 9 to 11 at Ontario Place — 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West.
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Pop-Up Markets: Celebrate Toronto, Toronto Artisan Market
This weekend is the weekend to satisfy your shopping craving with two different pop-up experiences.
Celebrate Toronto is a celebration of local artists, entertainers, and businesses. Attendees can enjoy live music, a beer garden, and food stands, and peruse hand-made goods from local artisans. Admission is free and the event will run from noon to 8:00 p.m. September 10 to 11 at Nathan Philips Square, 100 Queen Street West.
The Toronto Artisan Market is a community-based non-profit organization that exists to support and benefit local artists, artisans, and the community. Admission is free and the market will run from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. September 11 at Trinity Bellwoods Park 790 Queen Street West Free Admission
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Major Road Closures
King Street West between University Avenue and Peter Street, Simcoe Street between Wellington Street West and Pearl Street, Duncan Street between King Street West and Pearl Street, and John Street between Wellington Street West and Pearl Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 5 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, until 5 a.m. on Monday, September 12 due to TIFF programming.
Bay Street between Davenport Road and Cumberland Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 to accommodate the Journey to Conquer Cancer and Constantine Yorkville Run.
Additionally, southbound lanes on Bay Street between Cumberland Street and Dundas Street West, Elm Street between Bay Street and University Avenue, and eastbound lanes on Davenport Road between Avenue Road and Bay Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 11. And Dundas Street between Victoria Street and Simcoe Street, University Avenue between Queen Street West and College Street, and Queens Park between Bloor Street West and College Street will also be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11.