What's on this weekend in Toronto
Day of the Dead, IFOA, Reel Asian Film Festival and what to do November 1-3
If you haven't had enough of a sugar rush yet, here are some more celebrations and treats for the weekend!
Dia de los Muertos
Evergreen Brick Works
Join in for a special celebration of Latin American culture, with all day family-friendly events including live music and dance, a Mexican Market and calavera (skull) face painting, chocolate and clay workshops!
For more information on the complete line-up of event, check out the Evergreen Brick Works website.
Day of the Dead
They offer this program as a way to honour our ancestors, and as an alternative to Hallowe'en. Join in to learn the history of "el Dia de los Muertos", and to make a Mexican altar. Bring a picture or drawing of a loved one for your altar! No registration required.
For more information, check out the Toronto Public Library website.
Holocaust Education Week
Nov 3 to Nov 9
Holocaust Education Week 2013 explores different national, generational and cultural narratives of the Holocaust and its aftermath: the historical narratives of countries and regions where the Shoah occurred, the personal and collective narratives of individual survivors and communities who rebuilt themselves elsewhere in the world, and the next generations who will perpetuate their legacies. This year’s program focuses its lens on the dynamic process that unites historical events with personal experiences.
For more information, check out the Holocaust Education Week website.
Oct 31 to Nov 2
Bluma Appel Theatre
A new dance piece from Akram Khan, masterful choreographer and performer (and featured artist in the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony). DESH, meaning “homeland” in Bengali, follows one man as he explores the fragile fluctuations of life in an unstable world.
For more information, check out the Canadian Stage website.
International Festival of Authors
Each fall, the International Festival of Authors brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions, public book signings and anumber of special events, including readings by Governor General’s Literary Awards and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalists, as well as the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.
For this year's line-up check out the IFOA website.
International Diaspora Film Festival
Nov 1 to Nov 5
Innis Town Hall/Carlton Cinema
The festival provides Toronto audiences with an opportunity to experience the cultural mosaic of the present world through the medium of cinema.
For the line-up of films, check out the International Diaspora Film Festival website.
Reel Asian Film Festival
Nov 5 to Nov 16
There is a special showcase of South Asian films this year at the Reel Asian Film Festival, which showcases contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian artist in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world. The opening night film is Bombay Talkies -- a special film made to celebrate 100 years of Bollywood, this is actually acollection of four short films made by leading Indian film-makers today.
For more information, check out the <a href="http://www.reelasian.com/index.php/festival/full-festival-scheduleReel Asian Film Festival website.
Nov 2 to Nov 3
Gerrard India Bazaar
To celebrate Diwali, or the festival of lights, Gerrard India Bazaar will have cultural, dance and music programs on the North side of Ashdale Avenue, just off Gerrard St E (between Coxwell and Greenwood). The timings are from 2pm - 10pm on both days.
In Concert: Shugga
Bar Italia/Joe Mama's
Shugga is one of Toronto’s best known funk and R&B party cover bands. With residencies at two of TO’s finest live music venues, Joe Mammas, and Bar Itlalia Shugga has a packed house every Friday andSaturday night for the last 8 years and counting.
For more information, check out the Shugga website.