Things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 30-October 2


Nuit Blanche is one of the things to do in Toronto this weekend
Photo by Isabelle L’Italien

Corpus in the Junction

Not to be confused with the all-night festival, which also occurs this weekend (see below), the physical theatre and comedy troupe CORPUS presents Nuit Blanche, an entertaining depiction of the sleeping subconscious. Choreographed and conceived by Sylvie Bouchard and David Danzon, the piece was nominated for a Dora Award when it premiered. And if you’re busy, don’t worry; it’s performed every Saturday in October from 2 to 4 pm in the Junction.

October 1 from 2-4 pm, the Junction. Free.

Nuit Blanche

Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art takes over various neighbourhoods in the city, including downtown, Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. This year’s theme, led by artistic director Julie Nagam, is “The Space Between Us” and features more than 170 works of art.

October 1, from 7 pm until sunrise on October 2. Free. Various locations.

Legacy Gathering

The fourth Indigenous Legacy Gathering event takes place at Nathan Phillips Square and includes a sacred fire, Indigenous music, dance, drumming, storytelling, workshops and a marketplace featuring Indigenous food vendors and artisans.

September 29 and 30, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W. Free.

Legends Of Horror

The creepy, immersive promenade-style show on the grounds of Casa Loma returns to kick off scary season in style. And remember, if you need some liquid courage to make it through, you can wind down at the Captain Morgan Bar and Lounge, from which you can enjoy a good view of the 3D projections on the castle itself.

September 30 to October 31 at Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrance, enter off Davenport). $35-$55, VIP experience (for two) $150-$200.

The Shark Is Broken

If you’ve seen the 300-pound fake shark outside the Royal Alexandra this week, it’s because of this UK comedy, which imagines what happened when actors Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss, as well as a faulty mechanical co-star, were stuck on a boat for hours during the making of the blockbuster Jaws. The play, co-written by actor Ian Shaw (son of the film’s star), transferred from the Edinburgh Festival to the West End, where it was nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award.

September 29-November 6, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. $59-$159.


Co-written by and starring Billy Eichner and produced by Judd Apatow, Bros – the first gay romantic comedy backed by a major studio – made major waves when it premiered at TIFF. (Here’s my festival review, and I’m still laughing over certain jokes.) Support it on opening weekend to ensure more such projects are greenlit by Hollywood.

Opens September 30 at various cinemas.




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