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September 02, 2014

Toronto Festivals Guide - September 2014

Remember: Please ALWAYS check with website for exact dates, etc. as details may change after the listing is posted here.

ArtFest at the Distillery

Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014: 11am-6pm

Outdoor Craft Show celebrating the top 85 artists & artisans from across Canada. Featuring pottery, glass, jewellery, paintings, wood turning, gourmet foods, live music and more.

Ashkenaz Festival

Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014

This Labour Day weekend, join over 250 artists from around the world at the 10th biennial Ashkenaz Festival to experience the vibrancy of Jewish creativity, from the traditional to the cross-cultural. From the ever-popular Ashkenaz Parade produced by Shadowland Theatre, to the music of klezmer-gypsy party-punk rockers Lemon Bucket Orkestra, the staggering array of music, film, performance, literature, crafts and visual arts invites people of all ages and backgrounds to explore Jewish culture.

Headliners include:

  • Lilith The Night Demon in One Lewd Act (Racy Yiddish folk-opera)
  • Jewish-Afrobeat pioneers Zion80
  • Yiddish psychedelic rockers Forshpil
  • DJ and Latin-Jewish fusionist Simja Dujov
  • Iraqi-Jewish roots rocker Dudu Tassa
  • The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book
  • David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana
  • Lezmer-punk upstart Geoff Berner
  • Yiddish hip-hop renegade Socalled
  • Toronto choral sensation Choir! Choir! Choir!
  • Quebec fiddling femme fatale Briga
  • Jaffa Road's Aviva Chernick

Hispanic Fiesta

Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014

Experience the sounds, tempting treats and colourful culture that the Hispanic heritage is famous for. Hispanic Fiesta will feature the best known local & International Hispanic performers covering 20 different countries, that speak Spanish. More than 300 local, national and international performers will be taking part in the festival.

Taste of the Kingsway Festival

Sept 5-7, 2014

Taste of the KingswayThis Annual Fall Festival that takes place along Bloor Street West (between Prince Edward Dr and Montgomery Rd.), is a food and entertainment extravaganza for the whole family.

There will be 2 main stages at either ends of Bloor Street that will feature live entertainment from well known artists, performers and musicians. TTC: Royal York Station

Times: Fri: 6pm-10pm; Sat: 11am-10pm;
Sun: 11am-6pm

Vegetarian Food Festival

Sept 5-7, 2014

Held down at the Harbourfront, this festival is regarded as the largest event of its kind in North America. The Vegetarian Food Festival gives audiences an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisine and shop from over 100 vendors.

Annual Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Street Fair

Sept 6, 2014: Noon-11pm

The Annual Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair will be presenting a free, family-oriented event that includes:

  • A kids zone
  • Musical entertainment
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • Sidewalk sales, and more!

Head on over to Bloor Street West (which will be closed between Montrose Ave and Dufferin St for the day's festivities) on Saturday (rain or shine) and have some fun!

St. James Town Festival

Sept 6, 2014: 10am-7pm

The St. James Town* Festival is an annual event put on by many hardworking volunteers where the community gathers for a day of celebration and entertainment. The festival brings people together of all ages and builds a real sense of family and community and provide them with a day full of entertainment.

St James Town festival logo

This year’s event will bring an impressive line-up of local entertainers, performers, food vendors, marketplace and games.

*For those of you unfamiliar with St. James Town, it is home to approximately 19,000 people and is Canada’s most densely populated area. Its diverse and multicultural touch has caused some to call St. James Town “the world within a block”.

Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts

Sept 6-7, 2014

Cabbagetown logo The festival begins Saturday at 10am with an opening ceremony in the afternoon and continues Sunday at 11am until 6 pm with a closing ceremony. Over the 2 days, enjoy the one-of-a-kind artisan vendors, delicious food and buskers including: Silver Elvis and Johnny Scat. Live music & activities include:

  • Johannes Linstead / Puente Del Diablo
  • Nightfly / Neil Chapman / Quincy Bullen
  • Toronto All Star Big Band / Project Phoenix
  • Patrick Tevin's New Orleans Rhythm / Go Freddy Go
  • JR Connection / Imbayakunas and more to follow!
  • Children’s Fun Zone
  • Sports Zone with Little Kickers soccer camp, Pan American Games Village and Maple Leaf Sports
  • 35th Annual Blair's Run ( Sun, Sept 7: 8–10am) in support of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.

Note: Carlton Street from Parliament to Berkeley Streets will be closed both days as well as Parliament St from Wellesley to Gerrard Sts. - Best to take TTC (either go to Wellesley Stn and catch the bus to CastleFrank and get off at Parliament OR go to Castlefrank Stn and take the Parliament or Wellesley bus - you can even walk from that station). You can also take College streetcar to Parliament and it'll drop you right there. Parking will be a nightmare!

10th Annual Beach Celtic Festival

Sept 6-7, 2014: 9am-7pm (both days)

The Beach Celtic Festival will be celebrating it's 11th year down in the Beaches - Details still TBA .

Ukrainian Festival

Sept 12-14, 2014

Discover Ukrainian culture in Canada and share the Ukrainian spirit at North America’s Largest Ukrainian Street Festival. There's non-stop entertainment with Ukrainian performers from the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, the USA and Ukraine which will include dancers, vocalists and musicians.

YOUTH segment is on the Grand Stage at Jane Street! And if you wish – join the dancing at the evening ZABAVA/Street Dance on both Friday and Saturday.

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Sept 13-14, 2014

Roncesvalles Polish logo The Roncesvalles Polish Festival is Canada’s largest celebration of Polish culture. The Festival takes place on Roncesvalles Avenue between Boustead and Grafton. There will be 2 beverage gardens and 5 main stages this year with international and local acts.

September 13: 11am-11pm
September 14: 11am-7pm

Treehouse Big Day Out featuring The Wiggles

Sept 13-14, 2014

picture of Big Day Out logoTreehouse Big Day Out is an exciting festival experience for kids and families. Hosted by Treehouse, Canada's #1 preschool channel, the festival will feature the hottest names in preschool entertainment including the world's biggest preschool rock band, The Wiggles, as well as Treehouse fan-favourites, Max & Ruby!

Don’t miss the chance for your kids to meet their favourite Treehouse characters and enjoy tons of activities such as a Legoland building station, visiting animals from the Toronto Zoo, free haircuts from Melonhead, play areas and much more – the whole family is sure to have a blast!

Stage acts include Splash N’ Boots, Max & Ruby, The Wiggles

Destination: Thailand

Sept 14, 2014: 10 am–8 pm

Destination: Thailand, the first Thai festival to take place at Yonge-Dundas Square, is a cultural event organized by the Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa to celebrate Thai culture in Canada and transform the square into a mini Thai street corner.

Taste authentic Thai in Toronto: Linda Modern Thai, the first Canadian recipient of the Thai Select Premium designation, will be serving signature menu items and a selection of their award-winning authentic Thai dishes. Executive Chef Wing Li and Chef Chris Jang of Linda Modern Thai prepare and curate locally inspired dishes including Crispy Beef Panang, Thai sausages and Tom Yum Salad. Other food vendors include:

  • Bangkok Garden (Thai Select Premium)
  • Golden Thai (Thai Select Premium)
  • Chang Noi EnRoute (Canada’s first Thai Select food truck)

Toronto Garlic Festival

Sept 21, 2014: 9am-5pm

Garlic Festival LogoCelebrate the Ontario garlic harvest. Meet Ontario garlic farmers and taste garlic-inspired dishes by local chefs. Pair meals with craft beer or wine and engage in talks, demos, film screening and contests. Chefs’ dishes, fresh garlic and vendor products are for sale.

Admission ($5) includes access to all presentations, cooking demonstrations, contests and the feature film. Seating for this screening is limited, and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Getting there: There's a free festival shuttle bus every 10 minutes from the parkette just north of the Broadview Subway Station.

Food Truck Festival

Sep 21, 2014: 1-8pm

A great opportunity to check out just some of the many food trucks that have been hitting the streets not only in Toronto, but in Ontario. Best about this festival is... they're all in one place but it's gonna be for just one day/evening. Participating food trucks include:

  • The Food Dudes
  • Hollywood Cone
  • Curbalicious
  • Beavertails
  • Smokes
  • Frankie Fettucine
  • Luchador Streatery
  • We Got Balls
  • Kal and Mooy
  • Southern Smoke
  • ME.N.U

There will also a beer tent and kids under 13 can get in FREE with an adult. You can purchase the tickets now ($10 GA) but you'll need to sign up for their mailing list on their website in order to learn more about it.

Word on the Street Festival

Sept 21, 2014: 11am-6pm

This book and magazine festival used to be held along Queen Street West but got too big and was moved to Queen's Park (behind the Legislative Building) where it attracts crowds of over 2,000. Exhibitors offer specials and promotions. Performances are held on the stages positioned throughout the park.

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