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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: October 2014 Archives

What's On: Toronto Public Library After Hours

A party in the stacks -- after a branch of Toronto Public Library closes its doors -- is just one of the many events worth checking out this weekend:

Hush Hush
Oct 25 (9 PM)
Bloor Gladstone Branch/Toronto Public Library

A library is usually thought of a space of quiet study. But there's a party happening in the stacks this weekend, and you are invited. In keeping with theme of a Speakeasy, the event will feature yummy food, live jazz and even a typist. Want a drink. All you need to know is the secret password. All proceeds from this members-only event go toward Toronto Public Library, and they raised more than $50,000 last year.

For more information, check out the Hush Hush website.

De Colores Festival
Oct 23 to Oct 24
Artscape Wychwood Barns

This annual festival organized by Alameda Theatre Company gives new playwrights a chance to showcase their work. This year's line-up includes Isaac Luy who writes about a Venezuelan refugee who seeks to stay in Canada and must relive his memories to convince Canadian authorities.

For more information, check out the Alameda Theatre Company website.

Toronto Zombie Walk
Oct 25
Yonge-Dundas Square

They won't coming crawling out from the underground, lifting manhole covers. Instead, you might see some undead riding the rocket with you, making their way for this annual march of the macabre. Proceeds benefit Canadian Wildlife Federation.

For more information, check out the Toronto Zombie Walk website.

Night of Dread
Oct 25
Dufferin Grove Park

Join in the 15th annual celebration, where participants will parade "private and collective fears through the darkened streets of Toronto." There will be music, masks, giant puppets, stilt-walkers and some sort of fire-y displays. As organizers say, "together we'll laugh at our fears, waltz with death, eat the bread of the dead, and remember those who have gone from our midst."

For more information, check out the Clay and Paper Theatre website.

In Theatres: Happy New Year
Opens Oct 24
Various Locations

Big budget Bollywood film starring Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and the lissome Deepika Padukone opens this weekend in theatres across the GTA.

In case you need more convincing (or dissuading), a trailer of the film.


What's On: Film festival explores Estonian Canadian connection

A film about Estonians who fled to Canada in 1944 following a Soviet screens as part of Est Docs; and the film festival is just one of the many events worth checking out this weekend:

Oct 16 to Oct 21
Various Locations

Connections is the theme for the 10th annual EstDocs festival, which features films by Estonians, Estonian-Canadians and non-Estonians about the relationship to Estonia. Take for example, Keepers of the Loom, a documentary about women who fled Estonia in 1944 following the Soviet Union and came to Canada, and who have keep a connection with the homeland they left behind through a beloved textile tradition. And to sweeten the festival experience, nosh on kringel (Estonian sweetbread cake) instead of popcorn!

For more on the films and the festival, check out the EstDocs website.

Dance Like A Man
Oct 16 to Oct 18
Meadowvale Theatre

A family of dancers - mother, father and daughter -- struggles with a secret as the daughter's dance debut looms, the tension ratcheted up by a fiance clueless about the dance world. Well known classical Indian dancer Lata Pada stars in the play, along side seasoned actor Anand Rajaram.

For more information, check out the Sawitri Theatre website.

Buffer Festival
Oct 17 to Oct 19
Various Locations

Have a YouTube celebrity you follow and subscribe to? Chances are you can catch them at the festival of YouTube content.

For more information on the line-up, check out the Buffer Festival website.

In Concert: Aruna Narayan Kalle
Oct 18
Glenn Gould Studio

Aruna Narayan Kalle is the daughter of the late Pandit Ram Narayan, a luminary in Indian classical music for bringing out the sarangi from orchestral oblivion and into the spotlight. The sarangi is a short-necked, bowed stringed instrument said that to resemble the human voice. Kalle will share the stage with Partho Sarothy on sarod, another stringed instrument related to the rebab, and Shubhojyoti Guha on tabla.

For more information, check out the Raag-Mala Musical Society of Toronto website.

In Concert: The Plaitwrights
Oct 19
Studio Bar

This Toronto duo with a cool sound of funk, soul and hiphop performs as part of the Dream House Music.Arts.Design Festival.

For more information, check out the Dream House Music.Arts.Design Festival Facebook page.


What's On: Walking around Toronto haunts

There are walks in the city this weekend that highlight its spooky surroundings, and others that delve into a literary past. There's that and more to do this holiday weekend:

The Haunted Walk's Halloween
Oct 10 to Nov 1
Various Locations

There are two walks of offer. One that gives participants a glimpse of Toronto's past and present, gamboling through haunted theatres, spaces of public hangings and the storied MacKenzie House. The other walk will have people guessing which ghost story they hear while exploring the Distillery District is in fact untrue, and a sweet prize is up for grabs.

For more information, check out the Haunted Walk website.

Haunted Toronto
Oct 11
Start Point: Main entrance, Royal Conservatory Museum

Who would have thought Toronto could offer up so much intrigue?! A mass graveyard at Yorkville and a former insane asylum (which rather fittingly is now home to members of parliament) -- you will find out so much about the city's creepy past. Organizer ask you to bring a flashlight and steady your nerves!

For more information, check out the Urban Capers website.

FINAL: Lucy Maud Montgomery Salute
Oct 11
Start Point: Runnymede subway station

Many people know of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Canadian author of the classic Anne of Green Gables. But they may not know of her Toronto connection -- she lived the last seven years of her life in Swansea, in the city's west end. Discover the Toronto connections to this beloved literary figure.

For more information, check out the A Taste of the World website.

Piece of Mine Festival
Oct 7 to Oct 12
918 Bathurst

The festival gives emerging and established black playwrights a chance to showcase their works-in-progress. Elements of the plays performed range from hip-hop and spoken word to dance. Each evening end with an audience talk-back to help artists develop their works.

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

afteRock Plays
Oct 10 to Oct 25
Buddies at Bad Times Theatre

afteRock Plays returns for its second edition and presents two new plays in repertory - Catherine Hernandez's The Femme Playlist and S├ębastien Heins's Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera. While Femme Playlist explores the realities living as a queer woman of colour, Brotherhood presents a parodied story of two brothers living a hip-hop life entirely in rhyme.

For more information, check out the bcurrent website.

Fall 4 U
Oct 13
Habourfront Centre

Thanksgiving fun includes create a giant comic mural, watching an improv tap performance and listening to kids from Sistema Toronto make some wonderful music.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

In Concert: Esperanza Spalding
Oct 10
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Once infamous for beating out Justin Bieber for a best new artist Grammy, Spalding is now celebrated as a vocal powerhouse and charming performer.

For more on her, check out Esperanza Spalding's website.