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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: September 2015 Archives

What's On: Re-imagining laneways and more...

While Toronto's main streets are full of life, its laneways often lie unused. A project with a mandate to fill up the laneways with activity is one of the events worth checking out this weekend:

Bloordale Laneway Crawl
Set 27 (2 to 6 PM)
Various Locations

Toronto has more than 2400 laneways, most of them lying empty and often in bad shape. The Laneway Project wants to reimagine these spaces and has organized a laneway crawl this weekend. The laneways of Bloordale will be filled with art, music, dance, and even a dental check-up for kids.

For more information, check out the The Laneway Project website.

Homegrown Park Crawl
Sept 27 (12 to 6 PM)
Starting Point: Trinity Bellwoods Park

This event celebrates "amazing green spaces along Toronto's former Garrison Creek." You can travel upstream from Trinity Bellwoods Park to Christie Pits by foot or bike, and partake in the many activities at the four parks in between. Proceeds from the event go to the David Suzuki Foundation's Homegrown National Park Project.

For more information, check out the Homegrown Park Crawl website.

Word on the Street
Sept 27
Harbourfront Centre

The word on the street is that this city loves books and other literary activities. A range of authors -- from fiction, non-fiction, children's books -- will take to the stage to talk about their stories and craft.

For more information, check out the Word on the Street website.

Sept 25 to Sept 27
Nathan Phillips Square

This international design competition reinterprets the traditional Sukkah, a temporary structure built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot. The event benefits the cause of affordable housing.

For more information, check out the Sukkahville website.

In Concert: Marlon James
Sept 25
Roundhouse Park (255 Bremner Blvd.)

Toronto singer Marlon James performs as part of the Steamwhistle Brewery's Unsigned Series.

For more on Marlon James, visit his Facebook page.


What's On: Performance/Talk by Indian Transgender Dancer and More

TIFF may be wrapping up this weekend, but there's lots more to see and do besides the movies:

In Performance: Narthaki Natraj
Sept 18
Menaka Thakkar Dance Studio

Indian transgender artist Narthaki Natraj uses her art to transcend notions of identity and gender. She will perform the classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam, and follow up with a conversation highlighting the challenges she's faced in her personal and professional life.

For more information, check out the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company website.

Sept 11 to Sept 27

Karen Hines' play is "a darkly comedic tale about a woman who buys the tiniest house in the city in the perfect neighbourhood so that her mortgage will be less than her rent." But she quickly finds out that outfitting her sanctuary goes much beyond meditations on "Martha Stewart Living, Restoration Hardware and Farrow and Ball."

For more information, check out the CrawlspacePlay website.

Cabbagetown Tour of Homes
Sept 20
Various Locations

It's easy enough to get lost in history in Cabbagetown's heritage homes. Usually you just stare at the exteriors. But now you have a chance to peek inside one of those homes.

For more information, check out the Cabbagetown Preservation Association website.

Toronto Ukrainian Festival
Sept 18 to Sept 20
Bloor West Village

Ukrainian culture will be on proud display this weekend. From traditional food and performance to cultural pavilions, there will be plenty to experience.

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

Toronto Oktoberfest
Sept 18 to Sept 19
Ontario Place Parking Lot

This celebration brings a little bit of Munich to Toronto. So get out your lederhosen and dirndls, and head on over to enjoy Bavarian fare, European bier and more.

For more information, check out the Toronto Oktoberfest website.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Sept 18 to Sept 20
Nathan Phillips Square

More than 350 artists will take part in this annual showcase of art. A range of mediums will be on display for show and sale. Other programming includes panel discussions and performance art.

For more information, check out the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition website.

Barns Art Market
Sept 19
Artscape Wychwood Barns

This market feature 25 local artisans and "array of one-of-a-kind paintings, jewellery, ceramics, photography, crafts, prints and more."

For more information, check out the Barns Art Market website.

Aboriginal Artisan Market
Sept 18
Ryerson Campus

From dream catchers to moccasins and beadwork to hone jewellery, this market features many traditional and contemporary artworks by Aboriginal artists.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

In Concert: Ed Sheeran
Sept 20

As we all know, the guy can Sing!

For more information, check out the Air Canada Centre website.


What's On: TIFF and much more to do this weekend...

The hottest ticket in town, without a doubt, is TIFF. But there are many other events beyond the red carpet worthy of your attention:

Sept 10 to Sept 20
Various Locations

TIFF celebrates 40 years in 2015! As always, the festival brings a selection of films ranging from big budget works such as Sicario and The Martian to a range of independent projects, and a spotlight on Canadian cinema. The festival also closes down the neighbourhood around TIFF Bell Lightbox, turning into a pedestrian boulevard filled with fun activities.

For more information, check out the TIFF website.

Happy Place
Sept 10 to Oct 17
Young Centre for the Performing Arts

After the success of her first play Crash, Pamela Sinha returns to the stage with another play based on her experience. In this case, the setting is an all women's in-patient facility. That the play features a diverse cast of seven women, most of whom are above the age of 40, is a novel sight in itself. That the stories told are powerful, and often humourous, makes it worth your while.

For more information, check out the Soulpepper Theatre website.

Blind Date
Sept 8 to Oct 4
Tarragon Theatre

After runs across Canada, off-Broadway and London's West End, Rebecca Northan brings her improvised show back to Toronto. The premise is simple enough. Rebecca has been stood up. And so she scopes the audience for a date. I should also mention that Rebecca performs this play with a clown nose on.

For more information, check out the Tarragon Theatre website.

Cabbagetown Festival 2015
Sept 12 to Sept 13
Various Locations

There's lots to see and do at the festival that fun for the whole family. Live musical performances, a kids zone. food and buskers make up part of the line-up. The Cabbagetown Theatre Company offers up their panto version of Goldilocks: Beyond the Bears. And there will be free pancakes Sunday morning!

For more information, check out the Cabbagetown Festival website.

Veg Food Fest
Sept 11 to Sept 13
Harbourfront Centre

How to pig out -- without the pig, says the tagline for the festival. Besides cooking demos and talks with authors, this festival also offers practical advice on dating when your diets don't align and how to be a vegan athlete.

For more information, check out the Veg Food Fest website.

Forro in High Park
Sept 12
Wooden Platform by Grenadier Pond

The basic steps look simple enough, but more experienced dancers can dazzles with their spins and turns. You can join in the group celebrating the last days of summer with some Brazilian dancing.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Album Launch: Rana Mansour
Sept 12

Iranian American singer Rana Mansour launches her new album in Toronto.

For more information, check out this event page.

In Concert: Miguel
Sept 11
Ryerson Campus

Miguel will croon his way into the evening at part of an outdoor festival organized by The Ryerson Students' Union And Student Association of George Brown College.

For more information, check out the Parade and Concert website.