10 events to celebrate International Women's Day in Toronto

Mar 5 2019, 4:12 am

International Women’s Day will soon be here, Toronto

Since the early 1900s, brave women have been standing up for the rights of future female generations.

And as we continue moving forward towards gender equality, and there’s no better time to demonstrate this than on International Women’s Day.

On March 8, we will celebrate women’s economic, political, social, and cultural achievements globally.

And Toronto is no exception.

Celebrate women everywhere by taking the time to check out these Women’s Day events happening in the city this week.

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FEMME: The Power of the Female Form

What: Curated by Jessica Lindsay Phillips, this collection invites you to view the female form in more ways than the social norm. From a beer pot from Nyakyusa, Tanzania, Africa, energetically charged contemporary art, to the raw sexuality found in nature, FEMME features pieces from Lekha Singh and Reisha Perlmutter and celebrates both the power and subtlety found in femininity.

When: On now until March 20
Time: Mondays to Sundays, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: 162 Bedford Road
Admission: No cover

Women’s Self Defense Class

What: Hosted by Krav Maga Academy, this introductory class covers a variety of physical and verbal self-defense techniques as well as awareness and avoidance of threatening situations.

When: March 5
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Elmwood Spa, 18 Elm Street
Admission: $25 – all proceeds will be donated to the YWCA Toronto

Women of Comedy: International Women’s Day

What: Head to the Danforth and enjoy an incredible lineup of female stand-up comedians who have had appearances on Just for Laughs, Comedy Network, Absolute Comedy, Yuk Yuks, Halifax Comedy Festival and more.  The headliner is Cathy Boyd.

When: March 6
Time: Doors open at 7:45 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: The Social Capital, 154 Danforth Avenue
Admission: $12

Major Milestones with Mejuri: International Women’s Day Panel

What: This Thursday, you can celebrate International Women’s Day with an evening of panel discussions at Free Agency. Hear four influential women share their struggles, successes and major milestones. Speakers include Justine Lancon, Creative Director at Mejuri, Britt Barkwell, founder of Trouvaille, Hana James, Co-founder/Director of Community at Greenhouse Juice Co., and Jessey Finizio, Sales Director at Refinery 29 Canada.

When: March 7
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Free Agency, 68 Claremont Street
Admission: Free

Free Macarons from Nadège

What: Nadège, the city’s beloved pastry and dessert destination, is gearing up to dish out FREE macarons all day long on International Women’s Day. On Friday, March 8, any woman who stops by Nadège’s Queen Street, Rosedale, Richmond-Adelaide or Yorkdale storefront can pick up a free limited-edition macaron.

When: March 8
Time: All day or until supplies last
Where: 780 Queen Street West, 1099 Yonge Street, The Path (Richmond-Adelaide Centre), 3401 Dufferin Street (Yorkdale Mall)
Admission: Free

The Annex Women’s Day Craft Market & Party

What: This pop-up celebrates International Women’s Day with a fundraiser and neighbourhood party that brings together local artists, poets, crafters, makers, book lovers, ukulele players, free workshops and positive life-affirming conversations. There will also be swag bags worth $50 available for the first 100 visitors.

When: March 8
Time: 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue
Admission: Free to the public

International Women’s Day at Colette Cafe

What: You can celebrate International Women’s Day at this panel discussion and mix and mingle featuring a number of local female executives and entrepreneurs. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Dress For Success Toronto.

When: March 8
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Colette Grand Cafe at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale (located on the main floor)
Admission: Tickets are $35

God is a Woman: An Ariana Grande Dance Party

What: Consider your plans made because this Friday, Bangs&Blush will be playing so much Ariana Grande it will make you weep. Dance the night away to hit after hit from pop music’s biggest female singer.

When: March 8
 Doors open at 10 pm
Where: Clinton’s 693 Bloor Street West
Admission: $10

Women from Space Festival

What: This unique festival features four days of performances by the visionary women of Toronto’s creative music, improvisation and Jazz scenes.

When: March 8 to 11
Time: Times vary by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
 Free to attend

International Women’s Day Toronto

What: A march and rally are planned for the upcoming International Women’s Day, giving Torontonians the opportunity to march in solidarity with women across the globe.

When: March 9
Time: Rally at 11 am, march at 1 pm
Where: Meet at the University of Toronto OISE Building (252 Bloor Street West)
Admission: Free to participate and all are welcome

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