416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Oct.17 – Oct.19)

scary movieAre you as sick of this gloomy weather as I am? The worst might be over and there is a possibility of seeing a little bit of sun this weekend. If you’ve dried off from yesterday’s flash flood (because that’s what happens in Toronto now when it rains for an hour) start planning your weekend activities. As usual, there is a lot to do, whether you’re sporty, artsy or a foodie. Here’s my TOP5 things to do in Toronto this weekend. Get out there!

After Dark Film Festival – If you’re already in the Halloween spirit, this critically acclaimed celebration of thrilling new horror, sic-fi and fantasy films is back in Toronto until October 24th. Catch a total of 20 films at the Scotiabank Theatre, featuring the Toronto premiers of the greatest films to scare the bejesus out of you. Films this year include gothic horror Hellmouth from the writer of Pontypool, Nazi zombie sequel Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, and horror-comedy Zombeavers. Sounds like a fun way to get grossed out, all in the Halloween spirit.

runningThe Toronto Waterfront Marathon – The marathon is back this year, welcoming participants from around the world. Not much of a runner? No worries. All are welcome, from power walkers to slow runners. The event starts on University Avenue (north of Adelaide Street) and finishes at City Hall, with a six hour time limit. Register before Saturday at 6:00 pm, or just show up to cheer from the sidelines. Info on the route of the various events can be found here.

Michelangelo at AGO – Beginning this Saturday until January 11th, The Art Gallery of Ontario is showing a collection of works by one of the greatest artists of all time. Many of Michelangelo’s more ambitious projects were never completed, due to struggles at the time, and now his ideas will be revealed at the AGO. A number of these works will be completed using computer animation, offering attendees the chance to see what Michelangelo had intended. Approximately 30 of Michelangelo’s drawings will be on display, all on loan to the AGO from Casa Buonarroti, Florence. Some of the works include a chalk sketch of Madonna and Child from 1524, a drawing of Cleopatra and designs for buildings in Florence and Rome that were never completed.

whiskeyWhiskey Tasting at Sheraton – Do you consider yourself a Whiskey connoisseur? Would you like to be? Whisky Live is a good way to start. This dining event at the Sheraton Centre Toronto this Saturday celebrates whisky and great food. Bringing all the whiskies of the world together under one roof, guests will enjoy live entertainment and learn about this classic alcoholic bevy. Exhibitors will showcase their brand of whisky, offering samples and showcasing interactive flair bartending.

Delicious Food Show – If you’re still not over Thanksgiving (the food part of it) this three-day food festival is the place for you. Presented by the Food Network, this show takes place at the Direct Energy Centre from Friday to Sunday. Celebrity chefs such as former Iron Chef Mario Batali, Basilio Pesce, Chuck Hughes and Roger Mooking and many more will all be presenting in the course of the food show. In addition to these food demonstrations, there will also be hands-on workshops, food tasting, and book signings from these famous chefs.





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