13 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, September 21

Sep 20 2019, 10:44 am

Run, don’t walk, towards a Saturday adventure.

There’s plenty going down this weekend in Toronto, so enjoy the last weekend of summer and make the most of today, September 21, with one of these great events.

The Band’s Visit

What: Mirvish brings the Canadian premier of The Band’s Visit, described as a beautiful and poignant story that explores the unspoken longing and connection we strive to share with each other, even as we reach across the cultural and national divides that may separates us.

When: Now until October 20
Time: Varies per performance
Where: Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street
Admission: Starts at $49 and available online

Cirque du Soleil’s ALEGRIA

What: Iconic Alegría is reinterpreted in a renewed version to share its timeless story once more. The classic power struggle of old meets new is reinterpreted for today’s cultural pulse. Led by an intangible wind of change, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order, instilling hope and renewal to bring light to a world in perfect harmony. Alegría energizes the audience with a joyful spirit for a brighter and more inspiring tomorrow.

When: Now until November 24
Time: Varies per performance
Where: Under the Big Top, Ontario Place
Admission: Starts at $70 and available online


What: ONGAKU is a three-day festival and cultural exchange celebrating some of Japan and Canada’s most exciting voices in contemporary and experimental music. The event will be a combination of local artists and visiting guests, bringing unique sounds musical performances, and workshops to Toronto.

When: Now until September 22
Where: 918 Bathurst St.
Admission: Single Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Student/Seniors; Festival Pass: $50 General Admission, $35 Students/Seniors

2167 – Indigenous Storytelling in VR

What: As part of TIFF’s sesquicentennial initiative “Canada on Screen”, Indigenous filmmakers and artists were commissioned to create virtual reality projects envisioning Indigenous life 150 years in the future. Explore an Anishinabe legend, traditional Indigenous rituals, and even a post-war future.

When: Now until September 22
Time: 6 pm
Where: 350 King Street W.
Admission: Free, register online

Forty Creek Whisky Weekend

What: Whisky Weekend is Forty Creek’s annual celebration of all things Canadian and more importantly all things Forty Creek. Each September, Forty Creek opens the doors of its distillery to offer our fans unprecedented behind-the-scenes access. With tours, tastings, seminars and more, Whisky Weekend is a fully immersive experience. This year Hollerado will be performing with special guests Terra Lightfoot and Kris Barclay.

When: September 21 and 22
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 297 S Service Rd, Grimsby
Price: $10, available online

Butterbeer Bar Crawl – Toronto

What: Attention Toronto Potterheads, we have found the bar crawl you’ve been waiting for. Grab your drinking crew or make a new one as you float between four themed bars in Toronto’s Entertainment District. Drinkers will be sorted into a different “school,” with each school rotating bars before ending at the fourth for a Yule Ball.

When: Saturday, September 21
Time: 3 to 11 pm
Where: Multiple venues
Admission: $10 to $30, available online

Sudden Impulse Film Festival

What: This local festival features over two hours of local short films with live music during the intermission. The content is comprised mostly of comedy and alternative films, for a mature and sometimes immature audience.

When: Saturday, September 21
Time: 9 pm to 12 am
Where: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave
Admission: $20

J Balvin Arcoíris Tour

What: Born in Colombia, raised in the US, J Balvin is one of the biggest names in Reggatron. He’s bringing his signature smooth danceable sound to Toronto this weekend. Work up a sweat to his catalogue of hits.

When: Saturday, September 21
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Admission: Tickets start at $97, available online

Royal Mountain Goodbye To Summer BBQ

What: Join a gathering in the Royal Mountain Records’ backyard for one final ode to the sweet warmth of summer. They’ll be serving up hot dogs, beverages courtesy of Collective Arts, along with some live tunes from bands like Homeshake, Fast Romantics, Anemone, and more.

When: Saturday, September 21
Time: 12 to 7:30 pm
Where: 3365 Dundas St W
Admission: $7.66, available online

Batman Day

What: Not the day you need, but the day you deserve. Either way, it’s freaking Batman Day! How does it get any better than that? Celebrate at the Silver Snail with prize giveaways, free comics, and discounts on Batman swag. Black Canary will also be there serving up Americanos.

When: Saturday, September 21
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Where: Silver Snail, 329 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

BOOZE CLUES with Mark Little

What: Mark Little is a comedian and actor from Halifax, best known for his work on Mr. D and the hilarious Picnicface. Come see him take part in an improvised hangover, as Mark and friends will have to deal with a morning-after situation the audience creates for them on the fly.

When: Saturday, September 21
Time: 11 pm
Where: Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor St. West
Admission: $10, available online

Mapping the Mind 2019: Toronto Psychedelic Science Conference

What: Over the last twenty years, neuroscientific, psychiatric therapy has been radically transformed by unconventional experimentation with psychedelic substances such as MDMA, Psilocybin, LSD, and other psychedelics (such as Ayahuasca, and mescaline).

Held at the University of Toronto, this fifth gathering of Mapping the Mind will showcase the revolutionary clinical and nonclinical research being done in psychedelic therapy and psychedelic science in general.

When: Saturday, September 21
Time: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Earth Sciences Centre, 5 Bancroft Ave
Admission: $50 to $75, available online

QS World MBA Tour – Toronto

What: Join the world’s largest MBA tour in Toronto! An MBA is a distinction in the workplace and in the world of business. More importantly, it’s a confidence booster, a way of thinking analytically and critically, and a training ground for making better personal and professional decisions. This event will answer all of your MBA-related questions through presentations, networking opportunities, and valuable interactions with recruiters from 45+ top business schools. In addition, you’ll also receive a professional LinkedIn Headshot, your resume reviewed, access to a pool of scholarships worth $7M, and much more.

When: September 21 and 22
Time: 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Center, 255 Front Street West, North Building,
Admission: Free

Peter SmithPeter Smith

+ Listed