October 25, 2011
Fall seems to be the time when Toronto’s arts scene really heats up…live theatre is in full swing (the subject of a future blog, I’m sure) and new museum/gallery exhibits are opening (for example, the fantastic “Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde” at the AGO). But it’s fall movies and concerts that seem to be drawing on my heartstrings and tugging at my wallet this time of year….
Toronto is known for it’s star-studded TIFF (International Film Festival) in September, but fall is also the season when a whackload of other film festivals take to screens around town, reflecting the City’s amazing ethnic and cultural mix…Google these and check out all they have to offer!
*Toronto After Dark (Oct. 20-27)
*Polish Film Festival (Oct. 21-23)
*Israel Film Festival (Oct. 23-27)
*Brazil Film Fest (Oct. 27-30)
*Diaspora Film Festival (Nov.1-7)
*Regent Park Film Festival (Nov. 1-7)
*Rendezvous with Madness (Nov.4-12)
*Reel Asian (Nov.8-19)
And boy, is there ever music in the air this time of year! Here’s a sampling of just a handful of the most interesting shows coming to town (according to me, of course):
*Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Danforth Music Hall (October 25)
*Mumford and Sons at the Air Canada Centre (ACC) (same night!)
*DeadMau5 at the Rogers Centre (November 5)
*Trombone Shorty at the Opera House (November 17)
*Jay Z and Kanye West at the ACC (November 23 and 24)
*Feist at Massey Hall (December 1)
*The National with Neko Case at the ACC (December 8)
I’d give you more options, but if you’re like me you’re already hyperventilating! So just take a deep breath, choose a couple, and c’mon over!
PS. Although it is totally unrelated to this blog, I would be remiss if I did not mention the tragic – and freaky – passing of Indy Car Driver Dan Wheldan earlier this week. Especially freaky for me, because I talked about him in a previous blog – and showed a photo of the 2 of us together – just a few months ago, after he won the Indianapolis 500. He was a wonderful and charming guy who will be sorely missed.
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