The best weekend events in Toronto: September 28-30

Including Nuit Blanche, a free Wu-Tang Clan concert, Edward Burtynsky at the AGO and the Canadian Opera Company's epic season opener


Director Robert Carsen and designer Michael Levine are stage superstars, both here and abroad. Their collaboration on Dialogues Des Carmélites for the Canadian Opera Company is still seared in our imaginations. But their production of Tchaikovsky’s tragic opera Eugene Onegin, made for the Metropolitan Opera in 1997, has never played here before – until now. Minimal but powerfully suggestive, the production opens the COC’s season on Sunday with a cast that includes Gordon Bintner, Joyce El-Khoury, Varduhi Abrahamyan and Joseph Kaiser. With its motif of falling leaves (see picture), it’s the perfect opera for autumn.

September 30-November 3. Four Seasons Centre. Various times. $35-$350., 416-363-8231.

Gertrude And Alice

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

To October 7. Buddies in Bad Times. Pwyc-$40. 416-975-8555.

Minding The Gap

Documentary about teenage skateboarders coming of age in the U.S. Midwest packs an emotional wallop. See review.

Opens September 28. Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema. $11.50.


Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier’s exhibition exploring the new geological age opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario and accompanying movie hits cinemas.

September 28-January 6. $16.50-$25. See preview and film review.

Nuit Blanche

The annual all-night art event takes over downtown and expands to Scarborough for the first time. Sunset to sunrise.

September 29. Free. See preview and 10 must-see exhibition picks here.

Wu-Tang Clan

All 10 members of the legendary New York City rap group play a free show to mark 25th anniversary of their Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) album.

September 30. Rebel. 8 pm. RSVP via

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