25 things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 20 to 22

Sep 20 2019, 12:00 pm

Just in time, the weekend is back!

There’s so much going on during the last weekend of summer, we rounded up a few of the amazing events happening in Toronto, September 20 to 22.

Friday, September 20

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

MICHI Toronto Sample Sale

What: MICHI is hosting another Toronto sample sale this weekend. Here you’ll find a wide selection of leggings, sports bras, tops, loungewear and tennis apparel in sizes XXS to XL at up to 80% off.

When: On now until September 22
Time: Friday, 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 950 Queen Street West


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: September 20 to 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: September 20 to 22
Time: 6 pm
Where: 350 King Street W.
Admission: Free, register online

Bastille – Doom Days Tour Part 1

What: The musical trio from London, England, Bastille is stopping by the city to play on the Budweiser stage. Playing their high-energy version of dance-rock, the band is returning to the city as part of their current North American tour.

When: Friday, September 20
Time: 7 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd
Admission: $57 to $88, available online

Fall 2019 Opening Party

What: Head to the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery for a free party and be one of the first to see the new exhibitions for the fall season. Be amongst the first to experience works by Hajra Waheed, Vincent Meessen, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Rashid Johnson.

When: Friday, September 20
Time: 8 to 11:30 pm
Where: Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West
Admission: Free

Area 416 Wrestling Rock Show

What: The SuperKickd Wrestling Training Academy (yes, such a thing does exist) is putting on a show this weekend. See some of the city’s top amateur wrestling talent bodyslam it out against each other inside the ring.

When: Friday, September 20
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W
Admission: $25 to $40, available online

Wax Candy: Disco Fridays

What: Playing soulful, refreshing, and uplifting Disco all night. Listen to the selection from DJ Efsharp and Cyclist at this weekly dance event. Be prepared for disco standards you already know and some deep cuts that will probably surprise you.

When: Friday, September 20
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: The Piston, 937 Bloor St W
Admission: $10

Saturday, September 21

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

Sunday, September 22

Toronto Pug Grumble

What: Bring your pugs to the Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park this Sunday for a Toronto Pug Grumble. Get ready for lots of snorting, rolling, and grumbling. It’s basically the cutest thing going on in the city this weekend.

When: Sunday, September 22
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park
Admission: Free

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Back To School Market

What: There’s no better way to say bye to summer, and hello autumn than a Sunday at the Trinity Bellwoods Flea. Head inside the renovated Great Hall Toronto through the side Entrance, for a day of local goods, sweet treats, delicious local eats and plenty of good vibes. Kids and four-legged friends welcome.

When: Sunday, September 22
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W
Admission: Free

Cloud Atlas at Cinesphere

What: The Cinesphere never disappoints when it offers some of the most fun and visually stunning movies on its IMAX screen. This Sunday, the TO landmark is showing the dramatic thriller Cloud Atlas. In this movie, starring Tom Hanks, mystery, action, and enduring love thread through a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years.

When: Sunday, September 22
Time: 4:30 pm
Where: Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Admission: $15, available online

Murder at the ROM

What: A curator has been murdered and a trail of clues left behind, all connected to secrets in the collections. Work in teams of two to six people and follow the clues through the museum, collecting pieces of information while piecing together a tale of greed, lust, pride and revenge. There are multiple suspects, one victim and you must crack a cryptic code left in the curator’s appointment book to solve the mystery. After solving the crime, you’re free to explore the museum!

When: Sunday, September 22
Time: 1 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
Admission: $44.99, available online

Live Music Flow with Angela Yazbek

What: This is a very different type of yoga. Get grounded, root down, and rise up with a class that will challenge your body while you listen to the sweet sounds of award-winning local trio MCubed. All experience levels are welcome.

When: Sunday, September 22
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Afterglow Studio, 2034 Queen St E
Admission: $25, available online

Cheech & Chong: O Cannabis Tour

What: After over 40 years of comedy, this duo is still smoking going strong. Watch the original kings of stoner comedy come together to perform the classic comedy routines and songs on their Canada only tour.

When: Sunday, September 22
Time: 8 pm
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St
Admission: Tickets start at $55, available online

Telling the Story of Medieval Africa: Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

What: Hear from the curator of the groundbreaking exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time. Dr. Kathleen Bickford Berzock from Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art will introduce the exhibition, revealing a surprising view of the Middle Ages from the vantage point of western Africa.

When: Sunday, September 22
Time: 2 pm
Where: Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive
Admission: $20, available online

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