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September 22, 2014

Upcoming Events/Consumer Shows 2014

Updated: Sept 20 The following are just some of the many Events & Consumer Shows being held in Toronto, but are well worth going to see. Please remember to always check their website or call ahead as details may have changed since published here.

Events

TIFF Focus Exhibit

Sept 3-30, 2014

Focus Exhibit poster A Retrospective of Photographer Tom Sandler's Portfolio of Work: Exhibit is included with admission and is open daily from 9:30am-5:00pm and Wednesdays from 9:30am - 9:00pm

Tom Sandler’s name is synonymous with high quality, high profile and diverse photography in Canada. His astonishing range of subject matter covers everything from the glamorous and the political to corporate, personal, nature, breaking news, whimsical and on-the-spot candid images, and more. He has been photographing high profile people and events at the Toronto International Film Festival for over 15 years.


Toronto Beer Week

Sept 12-20, 2014

Toronto Beer Week is a week where a number of events, dedicated to craft beer, are held to celebrate this segment of the beer industry. The many events will include beer dinners, cask beer tastings, brewing demonstrations, homebrew contests and much more, all of which you can check out via their calendar


Canada's Walk of Fame Festival

Sept 18-22, 2014

Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival covers 3 days of music, featuring some of the biggest names in Canadian entertainment including Burton Cummings, Dean Brody, Matthew Good and Jay Baruchel. Concerts are ticketed (from $39 & up) and held at Massey Hall. The actual Awards Event will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts: 3–5:00pm Red Carpet, 5–7:00pm Awards Show.

FREE EVENTS

MONDAY, Sept 22 (Noon onwards)

  • Concerts at David Pecaut Sq (215 King St W) including:
    • Wali (Flo) Shah [1:00pm]
    • Jeffrey Straker [1:30pm]
    • Jessica Mitchell [5:30pm]
    • Shawn Hook [6:30pm]
    • Karl Wolf [7:30pm]

  • Comedy at David Pecaut Sq (begins 7pm):
    • Matthew Disero
    • Dylan Mendlsohn
    • Glen Foster "That Canadian Guy"

More info


KEDD 3d parti Contemporary Design Festival

Sept 20, 2014

KEDD is Toronto’s largest public festival celebrating contemporary design, curated for charity with all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.

For one day only, King East is transformed. Installations will span the neighbourhood, transforming St. James Park, King Street East and Adelaide Street.


The Most RACES Show on Earth!

Sept 20, 2014: 9:30pm

Comedy show like no other is returning to Toronto for one night only. More info...

My Waterfront Photo Exhibit

Sept 26-Nov 2, 2014

Explore Toronto’s striking Waterfront through original and inspiring images from some of Toronto’s best amateur photographers. Showcases images from the 50 winning finalists of the My Waterfront Photo Contest.

collage of winning photos for waterfront exhibit

The exhibit launches on Friday, September 26 with an Artist Preview Gala (6-9pm) in Queen’s Quay Terminal to honour the finalists.


Evergreen Urban Rodeo and BBQ

Sept 27, 2014

40 of Canada’s top chefs team up with Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market vendors and Whole Foods Market will feature local, sustainable ingredients from fruits and veggies to fish, meat and cheese. 10 food stations where you'll get your fill of lip-smacking, finger-licking BBQ classics along with Creemore Springs and Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers mixing up cocktails featuring their vodka, gin and rye made from natural base ingredients.

Evergreen Rodeo poster

There will also be classic rodeo games (mechanical bull riding, rope handling) and more! Live music from CATL, Dani Nash, Beams and Zakary Miller.

All you can eat and drink for one price. No hidden costs and no line-ups for drink tickets! How can you go wrong?!!


OktoberFEAST 2014

Oct 16, 2014: 5-11pm

Sample Ontario’s finest craft brewers, tasty eats from Toronto’s hottest restaurants and food trucks, all whilst listening to music by local bands. This 2nd annual fundraising event will unite brewers and beer enthusiasts, restaurants and foodies. Proceeds in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.


Toronto International Bicycle Show

Sat, Oct 18, 2014 (10am-5pm)

Looking for a bike, accessories to your bike. Well, here's your chance to maybe get a steal of a deal! The Toronto International Bicycle Show holds a once-a-year, 7-hour sales blitz and this year at the Direct Energy Centre, East Annex, Hall F, Door 33, North entrance next to Ricoh Coliseum, Exhibition Place. You can maybe find that bike you've always wanted and be ready for the 2015 season.

Be prepared for large line-ups as this is a very popular day!

Admission: $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. If you have any questions, or need more information, you can contact: Josie Graziosi (416) 363-1292


Cineplex Community Day

Oct 18, 2014

On the morning of October 18 (Saturday) at ALL Cineplex Entertainment theatres enjoy FREE Movies on Community Day in support of the Free the Children.

Doors open at 8:30 am and movies begin at 9:00 am. Details TBA.


Eat to the Beat

Oct 21, 2014: 7:00pm

Eat to the Beat logo Eat to the Beat is a mecca for urban foodies who come to experience the best Ontario’s culinary scene has to offer. It is the only event in Canada that exclusively features the talent of 60 female chefs – women supporting women through the challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis.

It's General Admission with Early Bird tickets available until September 16 ($150). They then increase to $175 after September 16 (a tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount – typically $50). Over 80% of the evening’s proceeds are directed to Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support’s free programs and services.

Chef line-up:

  • Erin Marcus (Ace Bakery)
  • Vanessa Yeung/Karen Yeung (Aphrodite Cooks)
  • Bonnie Gordon (College of Confectionary Arts)
  • Jennifer Perusini (BerBer Lounge)
  • Paula Bashford (Beretta Farms Inc.)
  • Vanessa Le Page (The Cake Lady – Edible Art)
  • Joanne Lusted (Compete to Eat)
  • Dufflet Rosenberg (Dufflet Pastries)
  • Jayne Dunsmore (Jayne’s Gourmet Catering)
  • Elaine Wong (The King Edward Hotel)
  • Joan Monfaredi (Park Hyatt Hotel)
  • Angela Panigas (Sultan’s Tent)
  • Wanda Beaver (Wanda’s Pie in the Sky)
  • Catherine O’Donnell (Willow Cakes and Pastries) and many more!
food and drink stations in the lobby of Roy Thomson Hall

Eat to the Beat has a cornucopia of sweet & savory foods, wines, premium beers & spirits for sampling at food and drink stations positioned around Roy Thomson Hall’s outer lobby.


Restaurants for Change

Oct 22, 2014 #Foodie

On October 22, 25 restaurants in 9 cities will join together in donating the proceeds from one dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada. Funds raised will support local Community Food Centres and other partners to offer programs that bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all.

restaurants for change poster

Restaurants for Change, like a good meal, is best enjoyed with friends and loved ones. It’s easy to participate: find a participating restaurant near you and make a reservation! Participating restaurants so far include:

  • Bar Buca
  • Buca
  • Buca Yorkville
  • Edulis
  • Jacob’s Steakhouse
  • Richmond Station
  • Ruby Watchco
  • The Drake 150
  • The Saint Tavern
  • THR+Co

Feature Contemporary Art Fair

Oct 23-26, 2014

Feature Art Fair logo For its first edition, Feature* will welcome 23 leading contemporary art galleries selected by an advisory committee of influential Canadian experts. This new Art Fair is dedicated exclusively to cutting edge contemporary art and is organized by galleries, for galleries. Each gallery will present a maximum of 3 artists in a setting that will provide visitors with a fresh and exciting perspective on contemporary art.

Participating galleries

This prestigious selection includes art galleries from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

  • Battat Contemporary / Birch Contemporary
  • Clint Roenisch / Equinox Gallery
  • galerie antoine ertaskiran / Stephen Bulger Gallery
  • Galerie Division / Galerie Donald Browne
  • Erin Stump Projects / Galerie Graff
  • Galerie Hugues Charbonneau / Jessica Bradley Gallery
  • Laroche/Joncas / Macaulay & Co. Fine Art
  • Monte Clark Gallery / Galerie Nicolas Robert
  • Patrick Mikhail Gallery / Galerie René Blouin
  • Galerie Simon Blais / Susan Hobbs Gallery
  • Galerie Trois Points / Georgia Scherman Projects
  • Republic Gallery

Times:
Wed, Oct 22: 5-10pm (VIP Evening)
Thurs, Oct 23: 11am-6pm
Fri, Oct 24: 11am-8pm
Sat, Oct 25: 11am-7pm
Sun, Oct 26: 11am-5pm

* Feature: a focused showcase dedicated to leading contemporary art The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC)


Beautylicious

Oct 23-Nov 2, 2014

Picture of Beautylicious imageIndulge in an array of specially-priced hair care, skin care, spa and wellness packages at almost 60 Bloor-Yorkville beauty, health and wellness specialists. Choose a service category, price point and enjoy ...

Hair, Spa, Skin, Health & Wellness
$30 / $50 / $75 / $125.

Contact participating Beautylicious specialists NOW to book your appointment.


Global Cabaret Festival

Oct 24-26, 2014

This festival presents the best in dance, music, and theatrical cabaret under one roof, for one weekend only. Featuring Canada's leading performing artists.

Artists in this year’s festival include: Judith Lander, Sharron Matthews, Sophie Milman, Jackie Richardson, Denzal Sinclaire and more.


Toronto International Art Fair

Oct 24-27, 2014

Art Toronto is Canada’s only modern & contemporary international art fair. It is the most important visual arts event in Canada attracting over 18,000 visitors to view and purchase art, and the place to network with a diverse and well-connected group of art enthusiasts.


Toronto Zombie Walk

Oct 25, 2014

They will meet at Nathan Phillips Square at NOON and begin their walk of terror at 3pm. Vendors will also be there at the Square where the walk starts and finishes. Attendees will be in the area before and after the walk.

Expect a horde of approximately 10,000 zombies, as well as a large crowd of living participants in the afternoon’s activies!

Website


Reach for the Rainbow's* 28th Annual Crystal Ball

Nov 8, 2014: 5:30pm

The Crystal Ball is winner of the 2011, 2012 STAR AWARDS for BEST EVENT produced by a high profile charity in Canada!

Crystal Ball poster

As always, the Live and Silent Auctions at the Crystal Ball will be one-of-a-kind, combining the best in technology with an array of unique merchandise. Items include exotic travel destinations, exquisite home furnishings, appliances, the latest techno-toys, and sporting equipment. There is also the Balloon Bust, purchase a balloon to win one of thousands of fantastic prizes, a new 50/50! Corporate benefits include:

  • Preview of the Live and Silent Auctions at the Pre-Gala Champagne Reception
  • Preferred seating (10 people per table) for optimum viewing of the evening’s entertainment and table top signage
  • Gourmet meal with wine and liqueurs, complimentary bar and coat check

*Reach for the Rainbow is a non-profit organization in support of pioneering the integration of children and youth with disabilities into the mainstream of society through summer camp programs throughout Ontario.


Under the Big Top for Autism

Nov 20, 2014: 6:00pm

A fun night to benefit ASC*, featuring Cirque du Soleil-like performances by Zero Gravity, The Fire Guy and Higher Ground. Dinner/Show: 6-11:00pm. Special guests: TBA. 500+ people are expected to attend this event.

Under the Big Top for Autism poster

*ASC is a charity that is dedicated to autism science and advocacy, funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.


Aster Awards

Nov 20, 2014: 6:30-9pm

The Toronto Botanical Garden’s Aster Awards celebrates three extraordinary individuals whose work has inspired us to connect with nature and to appreciate both its immense power and surprising vulnerability. This year’s recipients are Dr. Paul Hebert, Margaret Atwood and a Rising Star honouree.


Artisan Tasting Fair

Nov 30, 2014: 11am-4pm

The Canadian Artisan Tasting Fair offers you the opportunity to sample, purchase, and discover the best in artisanal foods from more than 40 selected national vendors.

Along with showcasing recent award-winning cheeses from across Canada, featured artisans will include local Bakers, Charcuterie butchers, Craft breweries plus, local restaurants specializing in regional fare will serve interpretive plates of cheese, charcuterie and freshly baked goods.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale until November 14 ($35). Admission includes: Complimentary sampling galore; a chance to meet the artisans, brewmasters, and chefs; $10 in food coupons; eco-friendly cotton shopping bag with a bamboo plate and fork


Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove

Dec 19-28, 2014

Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove skates into your town! Get tangled up with Rapunzel & Flynn and enter the worlds of your favorite Disney princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Tiana, Mulan and the one who started it all, Snow White.

Disney promo poster

Set sail with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook on an adventure beyond Never Land! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the meaning of the 'Circle of Life.' Don't be late to a date with Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts - Army Of Cards. You don't want to miss this treasured show to remember.


Consumer/Trade Shows

Toronto Fall Home Show

Sept 18-21, 2014

Toronto’s largest Fall Home Show features innovative products, new ideas and great deals. With more than 300 renovation and home décor specialists, offering advice, solutions and inspiration for a wide array of home renovation and décor projects for your home.

Don’t miss home décor and renovation celebrities and experts including:

  • Tommy Smythe (television design personality)
  • Marian Parsons aka Miss Mustard Seed making her Canadian debut
  • Evelyn Eshun (designer)
  • Vicky Sanderson (home product/design specialist)
  • Dan Hall (custom builder/renovator), and
  • Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault (Cityline reg. / DIY expert)

Canada's Baking and Sweets Show

Sept 26-28, 2014

Baking and Sweets Show logoCanada's Baking and Sweets Show is a one-of-a-kind event catering to baking and confectionary enthusiasts and everybody with a taste for the sweeter side of life. Discover a cornucopia of cakes, cupcakes,chocolate, desserts, coffee/tea the latest in baking supplies, all under one roof!


The Delicious Food Show

Oct 17-19, 2014

The Delicious Food Show is a 3-day food-lovers event designed to engage the consumer in a delicious, all food, lifestyle and entertaining experience featuring hundreds of exhibitors, cooking demos, tastings, hands-on workshops, book signings, and appearances by Food Network and international celebrity chefs.

Headlining this year’s Delicious Food Show is Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Mario Batali. Joining Mario is a most impressive roaster of outstanding celeb heavyweights including Tyler Florence, Dominque Ansel, Chuck Hughes, Lucinda Scala Quinn, Roger Mooking, and Nadia G., Abbey Sharp. The list continues to grow with notable home talent such as, Basilio Pesce (Porzia), Lachlan Culjak (Yours Truly), Matty Matheson (Parts & Labour), Jonathan Hamilton (La Carnita), Victor Barry (Home of the Brave), Robbie Hojilla (Hudson Kitchen), Nick Liu (Dai Lo), and Vittorio Colacitti (The Good Son).


The Everything to do with Sex Show

Oct 24-26, 2014

The Toronto Everything To Do With Sex Show is an exciting 3-day consumer adult event geared towards anyone looking to spice up their life!

If you want to see seminars, stage shows, celebrities, erotic art, the dungeon, and more, this is the perfect expo for you! Every year new elements are added to the show so there is always something for our returning attendees.

Tickets:
Single Day: $22.50 (online) / $25 (at the door)
Weekend Pass: $30 (online) / $35 (at the door)

Dates/Times:
Fri: 3pm-12am / Sat: 11am-12am / Sun: 11am-6pm


CreativFestival

Oct 24-26, 2014

Creativ Festival is Canada’s largest mixed media diy consumer show dedicated to the creative arts of sewing, knitting, beading, spinning, weaving, felting, quilting, crocheting, stitching, scrapbooking, crafting and other fibre, textile, needle and paper arts!

There are also hands-on workshops and seminars for all skill levels and creative interests. A star-studded line up of designers, artisans and industry experts. A great place to pick up insider tips and trade secrets.


Immigrant Women’s Small Business Expo

Nov 9, 2014

Immigrant Women's Small Business logoThe Immigrant Women’s Small Business Expo is the only event of its kind that will give you access to network with leading small business exhibitors and learn from experts in the industry!

Where: Metro Hall, Toronto, 55 John Street
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
FREE

This event is catered specifically to women and especially immigrant women who are in various stages of business development. You will meet and network with entrepreneurs from all industries, of various ages and walks of life.


Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

Nov 20-23, 2014

Sample over 1,800 wines, beers and spirits alongside gourmet cuisine. The Expo embraces the style and sophistication of a cocktail party paired with unprecedented educational opportunities and compelling feature areas. Sample tickets are additional and available onsite.


Seasons Christmas Show

Nov 21-23, 2014

Seasons Christmas show logoWith over 200 unique and astounding vendors it is a shopping adventure made in Heaven.

Merchants will be selling everything from food to fashion to home decor to unexpected gifts to satisfy everyone on your list.

Times: Friday (10am-8pm); Saturday (10am-6pm); Sunday (10am-5pm).
Admission: $15 (adults), $13 (youth & seniors), 12 and under FREE.
Special: 2 for 1 adult admission after 5:00pm on Friday

Free Parking - Free Re-admission - Free Parcel Check - Free Carry-Out Service


One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale

Nov 27-Dec 7, 2014

Held at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, the One of a Kind Christmas Show features handmade designs by over 800 artists, makers, designers and craftspeople, while the Spring event showcases over 450 artisans working in various mediums like glass, ceramics, textile, and wood

Website  ||  Ticket


The Christmas Show

Nov 30, 2014: 10am-5pm

This show offers the perfect time for family and friends to take in all the festive sights and sounds that the holiday season has to offer! Looking for the perfect gift? From Christmas decor and accents to one of a kind items you are sure to find something for everyone!


2015

Toronto International Bicycle Show

Mar 6-8, 2015

The largest bicycle consumer show in the world continues to be popular.

This year’s show includes a line-up of thrilling, world-class competitions and hands-on activities. Plus, the most up-to-date displays of new bicycles, accessories and apparel from over 150 of the top cycling manufacturers, distributors, retailers, touring companies and cycling clubs.


Disney on Ice: Frozen

March 18-22, 2015

Thumbnail of poster of Disney's FrozenThe heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into Toronto. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including "Let It Go."

Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!


Toronto ComiCon

Mar 20-22, 2015

Fan Expo Canada presents Toronto ComiCon. This is a 3-day event where you line-up to meet your favourite artists, writers & illustrators, attend workshops and Q&As and lots more. This show is very popular so expect long queues and go prepared for such.

Tips:

  • Wear comfortable footwear
  • CASH wins - ATMs always have huge line-ups
  • If allowed - take Water
  • Pack food if you can
  • Plan who you want to see and where they are
  • If you can, take something to sit on when in line
  • And... most of all, take lots of patience.

With Google searches, you can get a lot more tips from those who have braved the crowds and enjoy going to this kind of show. If you go... good luck and enjoy!