15 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, March 9

Mar 8 2019, 7:32 pm

The weekend is officially in full swing.

Make the most of today by bundling up and checking out these events happening in Toronto this lovely Saturday!

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International Women’s Day with Levi’s

What: In the lead up to International Women’s Day, Levi’s has launched the ‘I Shape My World campaign‘ – a global initiative that recognizes the spirit of women empowerment and the determination to inspire change. Here in Toronto, Levi’s stores are offering in-store workshop drop-in sessions for women to engage directly with tailors and learn how to customize denim pieces.

When: Now until March 10
Time: Varies by store location
Where: Toronto Eaton Centre, Square One and Sherway Levi’s stores
Price: Workshops are free with purchase and are available on a drop-in basis

Tirgan Nowruz Festival

What: This three-day festival features theatre, dance, music, a traditional tea house, and plenty of delicious food in honour of Iranian culture.

When: Now until March 10
Time: Saturday, 10 am to 2 am; Sunday, 10 am to 8:15 pm
Where: Toronto Centre For The Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
Admission: Free to attend

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

Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

What: The 14th annual Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival returns, featuring a stellar lineup of comedians, hilarious sketches, and special performances.

When: On now until March 17
Time: Performance times vary by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Admission: Festival passes start at $100, individual performance prices vary

Winter at Ontario Place

What: Following last year’s successful inaugural winter program, Ontario Place will once again come alive this winter season. Running from now to March 17, the West Island of Ontario Place will be home to the Winter Light Exhibition, free public skating and community bonfires. This year, visitors can also look forward to a series of DJ nights at the iconic waterfront venue and a range of beloved films at Cinesphere.

When: Now until March 17
Time: 6 pm to 12 am
Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Price: Free to attend

FEMME: The Power of the Female Form

FEMME: 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

Myseum: Intersections

What: The 2019 exhibition, revisits and re-imagines the dominant narratives that shape our understanding of the city through a festival of collaborative exhibits and events. This exhibition will explore lost or hidden Toronto stories that have been paved over and forgotten, and how we can reclaim those histories.

When: Now until March 31
Time: Varies by event
Where: Venues throughout the city
Admission: Free

Winter Stations 2019

What: Winter Stations returns for its fifth year, welcoming international designers to bring public art installations to The Beaches. The installations, which run from February 18 until April 1, will be temporary structures that will be able to withstand our rigours winter weather.

When: Now until April 1
Time: All day
Where: Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. East
Price: Admission is free

Ai Weiwei: Unbroken

What: Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s most influential living artists and human rights activists, is bringing a collection of his ceramic works to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. Called Unbroken, the exhibit will present an array of Ai’s ceramic works while highlighting “urgent global issues.”

When: On now until June 9
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park
Admission: $15 for adults

Real Sports Barn & Saloon

What: In the spirit of country superstar Eric Church playing two shows at Scotiabank Arena this weekend, Real Sports Bar & Grill is transforming from a sports bar into a country saloon. Country fans can look forward to an evening filled with plenty of music, country-inspired trivia with giveaways, and the chance to ride the mechanical bull.

When: March 9
Where: Real Sports Bar & Grill, 15 York Street

Neo Retreat



What: Neo Retreat, a newly launched half-day event in Yorkville, will feature five wellness experts who will explore a variety of activities such as “Wim Hof”; style breathwork with Wellness Coach Bryan Hardy, Biohacking Better Sleep with Biotechnology Scientist Oksana Andreiuk and Yoga-Pilates fusion with Yin Yoga and Pilates Instructor Tyler Jackson.

When: March 9
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Mindset Brain Gym, 62 Cumberland Street
Admission: $148.91

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

The Moon: A voyage through time

What: The Aga Khan Museum’s exhibit ‘The Moon: A voyage through time‘ starts this Saturday, and “celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon by discovering the wonder, knowledge, and beauty the moon has inspired through the ages.”

When: March 9 to August 18
Time: Tuesdays, 10 am to 6 pm; Wednesdays, 10 am to 8 pm; Thursdays to Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm (closed Mondays)
Where: 77 Wynford Drive
Admission: $20

Toronto’s 185th Anniversary

What: Come and celebrate the past, present and future of your favourite city, as Toronto turns 185 years old this March!

When: March 9 and 10
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Nathan Phillips Square
Admission: Free to attend

Sugar Shack TO

What: Regardless of what’s going on with the weather right now, the return of Sugar Shack means that warmer days are on their way. Mark your calendars to celebrate impending warmth with maple taffy, ice skating, a winter marketplace, a specialty bar, and so much more.

When: March 9 and 10
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Sherbourne Common – 61 Dockside Drive
Admission: Free