The best weekend events in Toronto: September 21-23

Including Word On The Street, the MOCA's reopening, Modern Sky Festival and a student-led protest against Doug Ford


Word on the street

The annual book and magazine festival – and the largest in Canada – is expanding to two days this year, with the first day devoted to “belonging, citizenship, and how we make sense of the world through stories” with Lee Maracle, Catherine Hernandez, David Miller, Vicky Mochama and others. Sunday is the fair, with exhibitors taking over the AstroTurf outside Harbourfront Centre. Writers set to appear include Gwen Benaway, Carianne Leung, Nicholas Jennings, Helen Humphreys, NOW’s Alice Klein and many others.

September 22-23 at Harbourfront Centre. 235 Queens Quay West. Sat noon-5 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. Free. thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto.


Gertrude And Alice

Show about queer icons Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas returns.

September 20–October 7. Buddies in Bad Times. Pwyc-$40. 416-975-8555.

We The Students Do Not Consent

Student-led protest against Doug Ford’s sex-ed curriculum rollback and other issues.

September 21. Walk-outs between 1-3 pm. facebook.com/decolonizeont

Museum of Contemporary Art

Gallery reopens in five-storey location at 158 Sterling Road and inaugural show BELIEVE is free this weekend.

September 22-January 6. museumofcontemporaryart.ca

Modern Sky Festival

Chinese festival touches down in T.O. for the first time. Lineup includes indie singer/songwriter Calvin Love, rapper Tizzy T, synthy Taiwanese soul band Sunset Rollercoaster, folk artists Yao 13 and Erbai and Brooklyn-via-Chengdu rapper, Bohan Phoenix. See preview.

September 23 at Echo Beach. Doors 3 pm. $249-$269. ticketmaster.ca

Marc Evan Jackson & Paul F. Tompkins

Comedy geniuses improvise at JFL42. See story.

September 23. Winter Garden. 9 pm. Passes $55-$299. jfl42.com.  

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