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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.

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