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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.

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