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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: September 2013 Archives

Out in Mimico and beyond

Mimico is the last stop in Metro Morning's Four Corners series. And there's let's do there and in other parts of the city this weekend. Some selections:

Culture Days
Sept 27 to Sept 29
Various Locations

Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. With the support of volunteer groups at the national, provincial and local levels, hundreds of thousands of artists, cultural workers, organizations and groups, volunteers and supporters self-mobilize to host free participatory public activities that take place in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country over the last weekend of September each year.

For more information about the various events happening, check out the Culture Dayswebsite.

Birds and Beans Cafe By the Lake
2413 Lake Shore Boulevard West

This neighbourhood cafe is one of the many reasons to savour Mimico. They have built a sense of community, organizing bird walks and book readings, and are really involved in celebrating the neighbourhood.

To find out more about the cafe, check out the Birds and Beans website.

Homegrown Park Crawl
Sept 29
Various Locations

Join 16 homegrown food vendors, 16 local groups, 4 local musical acts and the David Suzuki Foundation's team of Neighbourhood Park Rangers in celebration of the first year of the Homegrown National Park Project.

For more information, check out the David Suzuki Foundation website.

Toronto Palestine Film Festival
Sept 28 to Oct 4
Various Locations

This film festival dedicated to bringing Palestinian cinema, music, cuisine and art to GTA audiences kicks off another year a film that screened at TIFF 2012 -- When I Saw You. Other events this weekend include a discussion on the role of film, video, art and theatre in Middle Eastern revolutions and resistance of the occupation.

For more information, check out the Toronto Palestine Film Festival website.

Toronto Science Festival
Sept 27 to Sept 29

The Toronto Science Festival is a three-day, public celebration of science-with keynote speakers, panel discussions, live music and dance performances, film screenings, microscope and telescope sessions, a Cafe Scientifique "Brunch-with-a-Scientist" and more.

For more information about this year's theme of Life in the Universe, check out the Toronto Science Festival website.

In Concert: Jamesking
Sept 28

Lead singer Gyles has launched a solo career in the recent past, but the group still brings its funky r'n'b vibes to Toronto hangouts.


A machine that prints chocolate, and more!

The people behind Maker Faire callis the "biggest show and tell on Earth." And that's just one of the events to check out in the city this weekend:

Maker Faire
Sept 21 to Sept 22
Wychwood Barns

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth--a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It's an event where people show what they are making, share what they are learning, and come play with robots, 3D printing, laser cutting, and more.

For more information, check out the Maker Faire Toronto website.

Manifesto Festival
Sept 19 to Sept 22
Various Locations

Manifesto unites, inspires, and empowers diverse communities of young people through arts and culture.

For a complete line-up of events, check out the Manifesto website.

Queen West Art Crawl
Sept 21 to Sept 22
Various Locations

This weekend-long festival of creativity and community celebrates and cultivates the unique character, diversity and ethos of Parkdale and Queen West -- a natural habitat for individual artists, arts organizations, artist run centres and businesses that promote art and culture.

For more information, check out the Queen West Art Crawl website.

Junction Music Festival
Sept 21
Various Locations

Coined as the emerging art and design neighbourhood of Toronto, this eclectic community anchored by Dundas St West & Keele St is home to a festival celebrating local up-and-coming talent and rising stars. Move to the sounds of a collection of musical performances rocking a number of stages both day and night while discovering the celebrated food, drink and nightlife that makes the Junction a must visit Toronto destination.

For more information, check out the Junction Music Festival website.

Pan American Food Festival
Sept 20 to Sept 22
Harbourfront Centre

Experience the cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean with restaurants, chefs and national and regional cuisines, art, music and folklore of the Western Hemisphere.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Windfest 2013
Sept 21
Woodbine Beach

Windfest is Toronto's largest kite festival. From expert kite fliers, to kids flying their first kite, there is a space for everyone at WindFest. Kite flying is a fun, safe, creative and multi-cultural activity that anyone can enjoy! We'll have workshops on how to make kites, and how to fly kites too!

For more information, check out the Windfest website.

Bloor Ossington Folk Festival: Chess Championship
Sept 22
Mainstage (Bloor and Ossington)

Tournament rules:
5 minute blitz games. Two losses and you're out. No ratings. No organization.
Grand prize custom trophy and a year of bragging rights. Sudden death final match on the main stage with surprise extravaganza!

For more information, check out the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival website.

Battle of the Blades Fan Event
Sept 22
CBC Broadcasting Centre

To mark the launch of the new season, CBC will hold a special fan event at the CBC Broadcasting Centre for fans to meet and take photos with Battle of the Blades cast members and get an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode,Battle of the Blades: Made in Canada. CBC News Toronto co-host Dwight Drummond will also be on hand to emcee the public event. Battle of the Blades airs on CBC Television at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) with Ron MacLean who will return as host and Kurt Browning who will be one of the judges.

For more information, check out the CBC Toronto website.


Getting out in the city

The Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this weekend. And if you've been in a theatre for much of the past 10 days, it's time to come out in the daylight. Here are some incentives:

The Port Lands Sensory Walk
Martin Goodman Trail

Participating in the Port Lands Sensory Walk promotes being in the moment by engaging your senses as you observe the dramatic character of this natural, industrial and recreational landscape.

To join in the walk -- and one is being led by the artist this weekend -- check out The Port Lands Sensory Walk website.

Walk: Poor People's History of East Downtown Toronto
Sept 14
Start: Corner of Dundas and Sherbourne

For close to two centuries East Downtown Toronto has welcomed the unemployed, homeless and working poor. Infrastructures to support the unemployed, some of which date back to the establishment of Toronto first poor house to the 1830's, are now being threatened and dismantled by the city to make room for Toronto's more affluent residents. Where will the unemployed, homeless, and poor residents go? The tour will explore how Toronto's "skid row" came to be established in East Downtown Toronto.

For more information, check out the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty website.

St. Clair Centennial Celebration
Until Sept 15
Various Locations

One hundred years ago, St. Clair Avenue was Toronto's northern city limit: a dirt road with few commercial or residential buildings. The streetcar heralded the beginning of its development and numerous communities along the streetcar line found themselves coming into their own - Hillcrest Village, Bracondale Hill, Wychwood Park, Oakwood Village and Corso Italia to name a few.

For a line-up of events celebrating the St. Clair Streetcar history, check out the Wychwood Barns website.

Junction Night Market
Sept 14 (7 to 11 PM)
Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St West)

Not only is the Night Market going to be an amazing community food event, but all the proceeds will go to help members of our community gain access to fresh and healthy food through our own Voucher Program and The Stop Community Food Centre.
Participating vendors include prepared food favourites from the Junction Farmers Market, local Junction restaurants and both Junction breweries!

For more information, check out Junction Farmers Market website.

Piece of Mine Festival
Sept 13 to Sept 15
Palmerston Library

This festival aims to stage upcoming plays with stories that boldly relay contemporary realities, while exposing overlooked history and insightful futures. With that said, many of the works will be weaved with elements of rhythm and movement such as hip-hop, spoken word, dance and live music. There will be an audience talkback dedicated to provide the artists with vital comments and questions to further develop their work.

For more information, check out the Piece of Mine festival website.

Roncesvalles Polish Festival
Sept 14 to Sept 15
Roncesvalles Village

Enjoy great Polish, local and international music, folklore and entertainment from near and far on multiple stages, including the ever-popular "Dance Under The Stars" polka party on Saturday night, fantastic cuisine from Roncesvalles' renowned restaurants, and of course, lots of traditional Polish fare, including pierogi, kielbasa, bigos, cabbage rolls, and much much more!

For more information, check out the Roncesvalles Polish Festival website.

Toronto Ukrainian Festival
Sept 13 to Sept 15
Bloor West Village (Between Jane St. and Glendowynne Rd.)

There will be non-stop entertainment including dancers, vocalists and musicians. Delicious authentic Ukrainian food and beverages, beautiful souvenirs, interactive pavilions, and more. You can also enjoy sidewalk shopping at the local Bloor West Village businesses, and a midway for kids and youth. Take in the colourful parade on Saturday morning at 11am.

For more information, check out the Toronto Ukrainian Festival website.

Korean Harvest Festival
Sept 14 to Sept 15
Mel Lastman Square

The festival features live music from well-known musicians and local bands, singing and dancing competition (Hangawi's Dance Fest), Korean cultural shows (Tae-Kwon-Do, Korean traditional dance, instrumental team and traditional costume show), market booths and Korean food booths.

For more information, check out the Korean Harvest Festival website.

Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing
September 15 (7:00-8:30pm)
Comedy Bar

Funny people find the worst books they can find and share them in comedic book talks with readings directly from the book. It's a literary/ comedy show for smart, sassy, fun people. If you love books or hate books - this show is for you.

For more information, check out the Say Wha?! Facebook page.

In Concert: Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis
The Reservoir Lounge

Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis are a groovin' seven-piece rhythm and blues band drenched in the sounds of deep southern-fried soul and the hip sounds of Motown. Miss Dee Dee is a foxy powerhouse with the voice of an angel and soul of a sinner. Travel back to an era when JFK was President, Aretha was the Queen of Soul and the times were a changin'.

For more information, check out the Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis website.