The best events in Toronto this weekend: October 27-29

Our top picks for art, music, theatre, film, Halloween and more

Bernie Sanders

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the United States, according to polls. And given that free tickets for University of Toronto’s talk with the Vermont senator were snapped up in seconds, we seem to love him, too. Sanders is coming to talk about his Medicare For All bill, with Women’s College Hospital’s Danielle Martin, the Toronto family-physician-turned-Sanders-supporter who schooled a U.S. Senate committee on Canadian health care.

Convocation Hall (31 King’s College Circle), Sunday (October 29). If you didn’t get tickets and want to #FeelTheBern, U of T is livestreaming the event via 11 am-1 pm.


Non-stop party weekend! See our roundup of the best Halloween concerts, parties and events here.


Cliff Cardinal’s solo show is a masterpiece in the making. See review.

October 26-28. Young Centre For The Performing Arts. $35.

Unsound: Halloween High

Experimental electronic fest returns with North American debut of UK choreographer Wayne McGregor dance show and a live performance of the Under The Skin soundtrack. See preview.

October 27. Bluma Appel Theatre. 8 pm. $35-$85.

U.S. Girls

Fresh from releasing her Mad As Hell single, Meg Remy plays two shows at the Tranzac.

October 27-28. Doors 8 pm. $15.

Faces Places

Agnès Varda and JR’s crowd-pleasing doc gets a run at TIFF Bell Lightbox. See review.

October 27-31. TIFF Bell Lightbox. $10-$14.

Art Toronto

International art fair takes over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for four days.

October 27-30. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. $15-$22.

Robert Bateman Nature Walk

The artist explores the outdoors through sketch.

October 28. Free. 10 am-noon. Evergreen Brick Works. All materials provided.

Bechdel Tested: Women in Writing/A Quiet Passion

NOW’s Susan G. Cole moderates a panel with Gwen Benaway, Farzana Doctor, Jael Richardson and Phoebe Wang followed by a screening of Terence Davies’s film about Emily Dickinson.

October 29. Harbourfront Centre (Studio Theatre). 7 pm. $10-$13.

The NoSleep Podcast

Globally popular horror anthology podcasts hosts its first Halloween-themed show in Toronto. See preview.

October 29. The Great Hall. 5 pm. $35.

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