the weekender: november 14 – 16

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Get out your day planner, it’s time to plan your weekend in Toronto!

There are two major events going on in Toronto this weekend that are worth checking out, as well as a tradition you can’t miss and a pop-up that deserves some attention, so while this weekend may seem smaller than usual it’s actually jam-packed…with possibilities! (See what I did there?) Without further ado (and I am the pro at ado), here’s where you should be this weekend:

The Gentleman’s Expo

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This may some incongruous (that’s my English major talking) but the Gentleman’s Expo is a super cool event. Last year was their first in Toronto and it was a huge success, featuring some impressive guest speakers, interesting demonstrations, envy-worthy food and bar stations, and some bawdy humour (who doesn’t love that?) and to be honest I was a little jealous. But luckily you don’t have to be a guy to attend, so it’s a pretty great event to pretend your boyfriend dragged you to when in reality your as down for Bar Magic with Smoothini and other amazing sessions as you would be for Makeover 101 at a girl’s day show. Get the full lineup and ticket details at their website here.

Brika Pop-Up

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I love pop-ups. There’s something addicting about the exclusivity of shopping in a random place for one day only, and pop-ups are always done by creative people so you can never go wrong. When you add in that this pop-up is none other that handmade crafted goodies from Brika, you have a winner. This event also features a custom footwear company and DesignHer Co., so really you can’t go wrong. It’s running both Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm at the Canary District.

Spark Sessions

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I’d call this the ultra-estrogen opposite to The Gentleman’s Expo, and the fashion and beauty bloggers have for the weekend. A blog conference targeted specifically at Canadian bloggers who specialize in beauty and fashion, there are still tickets available for weekend passes AND single day passes both Saturday and Sunday. Featuring amazing sessions on topics like rebranding, working with brands, and the legal details all bloggers should know, if your blog fits the bill you should definitely check it out! Get the full agenda and purchase your tickets here.

Santa Claus Parade

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Of course it isn’t November until you grab the littles and some hot chocolate and watch the annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade. I’m little-less and I’ve dragged Justin to countless parades in the past years (don’t ask him about the time I planned our weekend around hitting five different parades Toronto and the GTA, he’s still cross about that one) because nothing get’s more more in the Christmas spirit than singing Christmas songs and catching flying candy. For more details on the best place to catch your view of santa, hit up the parade website.

That’s all for this weekend! More than enough to keep you out of trouble if we do say so ourselves. What are you up to? If you have something going on you think we should add to our list let us know in the comments below!

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the weekender: september 26 – 28

Things To Do In Toronto This Weekend

Clear your schedules, it’s time for things to do in Toronto this weekend!

It’s Wednesday, and that means we’re filling your social calendar for the weekend with a list of the events we’re excited about in the city this weekend. If you’re looking for things to do in Toronto with your friends and family, you need to read on.

Midnight MRKT

Midnight MRKT

This market is basically one of my favourite things in Toronto, and we hard ever get there these days. This Friday Midnight MRKT returns after summer break at 2nd Floor Events from 9pm-1am, featuring music, baked goods, delicious treats, amazing vendors, and of course some late night shopping. Get more details on their Facebook Page here.

ETSY Made in Canada Pop Up

ETSY Made in Canada Pop Up Market

Handmade is pretty much my favourite part of life, so I always keep an eye out for ETSY events in Toronto. This Saturday, September 27th, you can hit their popup market at MaRS Discovery District (101 College St) from 10-4. Shop local and support locally made goods (so in other words, buy gorgeous stuff and feel good about it)! Check out their lookbook and get psyched about the event here. To find more about the market go to the event page here.

Toronto Antique and Vintage Market

Toronto Antique and Vintage Market

The new Toronto Antique & Vintage Market is the best in antiques, vintage & retro all in one venue! You can find amazing decor ideas, one-of-a-kinds, retro kitchenware (the best kind), vintage designer handbags(!!!), accent pieces, jewellery and more, so you’d be crazy to miss it. Check it out this Saturday & Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Building at the Exhibition Place. Get details on times, admission, and a discount price here.

Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show

Canada Baking and Sweets Show

In case you don’t understand how jacked I am about this, it’s a trade show for BAKING and SWEETS. Those are my two favourite things, and you get to watch other people do it (that’s like the equivalent of a spa weekend for me, I could watch Food Network for days) and sample everything like I can’t get over it. The show is happening all weekend at the Toronto Congress Centre and features demonstrations by pro bakers (!!!) on topics like vegan baking, Cake Boss Cakes (!!!!!!), the Wonut, and classes for kids! My excitement level is at a new high. Get details on their website here.

Walk to End Canine Cancer

Walk to End Canine Cancer

This Saturday is the second annual Walk to End Canine Cancer, sponsored by Smiling Blue Skies Rescue. Victoria volunteered at the event last year and said it was so much fun – as well as very moving. There was a “Blessing of the Dogs” which she was skeptical about but was actually really nice. Registration starts at 10am and the walk starts at noon – it’s amazing to see hundreds of dogs walking in one pack together! There’s a silent auction, a bunch of games, and a huge park for pet owners to mingle and play with their dogs! The event takes place at Kew Gardens, which is the park next to Kew Beach. Get some sponsors and/or some fellow pet lovers and bring your dogs down to help a wonderful cause! More details here.

 

And that’s it! Obviously we try to find all the cool things happening in Toronto but there is always SO MUCH to choose from, and I’m sure we miss some goodies. If you have something you think we should be at this weekend, leave it in the comments! We love checking out neat events (yes I said neat, I’m 90 years old inside).

Happy weekend planning!

the weekender: september 19 – 21

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Get out your day planners, we’ve got a ton of things for you to do in Toronto this weekend!

It’s Wednesday, and that means we’re half way through what has been a crazy busy week, and what promises to get only crazier as we finish it off! There is a TON of stuff to do in the city this weekend, and we’ve got all the highlights you should pencil into your calendar.

Toronto Fall Home Show

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Every September we get inspired at the fall home show at the Ex. This year’s show kicks of Thursday and goes all through the weekend, featuring celebrity guest speakers, hands on workshops, and vendor booths with the latest in home decor and design trends. Head here for the full stage schedule and check out the lineup of guest speakers, or check out their website for vendor listings, show topics, and more. Want to skip the line? Tickets are available (and cheaper!) if you buy them online ahead of time on their website. And a little tip from some home show pros? Bring cash and a couple reusable grocery bags! Those ATM lines can get ridiculous, and you’ll be collecting a lot of free swag and pamphlets.

Taste Local

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From September 14 to October 11 the LCBO is celebrating Ontario’s wines with Taste Local, a tasting and pairing party taking place in special events, in store tastings, and workshops across Ontario. Friday night 5-9pm at 1095 Queen St. W. Taste Local is hosting a one night only pop up, with wine and pie. You heard me right, for $10 you get six tasting tickets to redeem for samples from the wine regions of Niagara, Prince Edward County, and Lake Erie North Shore – AND PIE! Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to check out some Ontario wine trends, get more details on the LCBO website here.

JFL42 | Toronto’s Comedy Festival

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Toronto’s hilarious week long comedy festival is back, this time featuring headliners Seth Meyers, Wanda Sykes, Nick Offerman, and more! For all you twenty-somethings, Lena Dunham is headlining this Saturday, reading excerpts from her book Not That Kind Of Girl which isn’t even OUT yet, because Girls. The festival runs from September 18 – 27, with headliners and featured stand ups. There are a bunch of different options for ticket buying, and ways to see more than one show. Head to their website to figure out how you can package your comedy next week.

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

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This may headline as a show, but it’s basically one day (Saturday 10-5) where the MTCC get’s turned into the biggest vintage clothing store you’ve ever seen. The show features handpicked vintage and retro items from independent fashion, accessories, and jewelry sellers. Tickets are only $10, and if you head to their website you can get a coupon to start the savings before you even get there. Don’t believe me when I say it’s the cutest place you’ve ever been. Their website has enough adorable snapshots to show you how the show (booming after only 2 years in TO!) is THE place to be Instagramming this Saturday.

Bloor/Ossington Folk Festival

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Looking for some free events to chill with your friends this weekend? The BOFF is happening Saturday and Sunday at Christie Pitts featuring a huge lineup of amazing folk artists. Need some evening entertainment? Check out their Facebook Page to get the lineup of casual bars showcasing some early talent Friday night. And did I mention it’s FREE?

Food Truck Festival

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We warned you Toronto was a busy place this weekend! For our final event we have what you need to be doing Sunday afternoon (post home show, pre folk festival perhaps?). Head to Ontario Place where, for $10, you can enter a food truck paradise. Basically imagine every food truck you’ve ever seen, with every mouth watering menu you’ve ever craved, and then put them all in one place where you can walk from truck to truck stuffing yourself. That’s the beauty of the Food Truck Festival. Need more info (although really, weren’t you sold at food truck?)? Head to their website for full details.

 

And that’s it! If that isn’t enough to keep you busy this weekend you’re playing too hard. I wish there was a way to cram all those things into one weekend (trust me, I’m working it out) but I’ve already tried to convince Victoria and Fernanda to hit up the home show and food truck festival (isn’t that just like brunch on wheels? I mean come on) on Sunday. Maybe we’ll catch you there!

Miss something? We try hard, but of course we miss things! If you know of something amazing you think readers should be at this weekend, leave it in the comments below!

the weekender: august 22-24

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Happy Wednesday Party Girls. It’s time to get out your day planners, because we’re about to help you plan out your weekend. Here’s a round up of the highlights in Toronto you should be pencilling into your agendas this week!

Movie Night in the Park

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We’re all a little heartbroken over the news about Robin Williams passing away. I’ve already watched Mrs. Doubtfire five times this week. But if you’re like me and prepared to make it six, there’s a sweet little tribute night on Friday in Liberty Village Park. Bring your friends and neighbours and relive the classic with some laughs and more than a few tears. Check out their Facebook page for more info here

Buskerfest

10526140_10152166302672105_5774181979867664759_nFirst of all, if you’re feeling like some free thrills, this weekend is Toronto’s annual Buskerfest. That means Yonge St. becomes a celebration of street theatre. August 21-24 come downtown for comedy, daredevils, magicians, circus acts, music, and more. And the best part is that it’s all for a good cause. The whole party is organized by Epilepsy Toronto, raising awareness and a lot of hell – the best kind of event! Head to their website to get more details here.

Baking Classes

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We’ve been obsessing lately about taking in some new baking classes, and some of our faves are the ones offered at Le Dolic bakery on Dundas St W. This weekend there are still some spots left in the Doughnut baking class (Saturday 1-3pm $80) and the Cake Decorating and Design class (Sunday 10-1pm $129). You can get more info about the classes offered (and maybe make a date with us, because we’re making some room in our calendars for a few upcoming classes!) on their website here.

Canada’s Biggest Water Fight

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Relive some childhood memories and join the crowd at Trinity Bellwoods Park on Saturday at 2pm for Canada’s Biggest Water Fight. Created by Improv in Toronto, there’s a ton of people armed with Nerf water guns, and a whole bunch more bringing water balloons and their own Supersoakers this weekend. Trying to beat the summer heat? Looks like you found your perfect afternoon. Head to their Facebook page to get more info.

Annex Flea

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Looking for some leisurely shopping on Sunday? The answer should be of course, because the Annex Flea is back in the Honest Ed’s Lot on Sunday 11-6pm. That means there’s lemonade, vintage summer dresses, home decor, and pretty treasures waiting for you to stumble on. There’s nothing I like better than shopping on Sundays. Except maybe brunch. I do really love brunch.

 

 

weekender- july 11-13

 

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Friday is here!! I don’t think I have ever been more excited for a weekend to come. I don’t know why but this week has felt endless. I can’r wait to relax by the pool and do absolutely nothing!

And this is not just any regular weekend either, it is the final of the World Cup! Normally this is something that doesn’t really catch my attention, but this year my team, Argentina, is in the finals, something that has not happened in 24 years!!! So you now where I’ll be this Sunday. And for those of you that want to get in on the excitement, I’ll be recommending some bars where you can watch the game with die hard fans. Cause there’s nothing better than cheering and drinking and watching a game with people who really know what’s happening 🙂

Here are this weekend’s things to do in Toronto:

 

Bastille Day in Toronto

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Celebrate Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, at Wychwood Barns with a traditional picnic and French market during the day and a dance with chances to win awesome prizes in the evening.

Sun, July 13: 6 – 10pm
$10 per ticket (free from 12 – 6pm)

 

Toronto Fringe Festival

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The Toronto Fringe Festival is well underway! This festival  is a chance for all artists both emerging and established to present their work to audiences. Productions range from dramas and musicals to improv and dance shows, and take place in local venues, playgrounds, parking lots and more. Check out this year’s productions here.

July 02, 2014 – July 13, 2014

Prices vary per play

 

One Year To Go

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In just 365 days, Toronto and 15 other municipalities across southern Ontario will welcome athletes, artists, visitors and dignitaries from 41 countries and territories as they come here to compete in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. To help every one count down the remaining year to the Games, a free celebration is taking place in Nathan Phillips Square. Click here for the full schedule of activities!

Fri, July 11 – Sat, July 12

FREE

 

World Cup Finals

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Will you be watching the soccer game this Sunday? Well why not check out the Top 10 Places to watch the World Cup Final in Toronto from blogTO. I know I’ll probably be heading to one of these spots to cheer on with my fellow Argentines.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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the weekender header july 4-6The first weekend of July and there are lots of things happening downtown. Now that kids are out of school, expect to see a lot of family friendly activities happening during the weekend. While most of you will be heading north, for those that are staying in the Toronto area here are some cool events for the weekend. We even included one for the kids!!

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

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The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is a free art exhibit showing the best in local artistic talent. As Canada’s largest juried outdoor exhibition, the exhibit aims to showcase the cultural and artistic social life Toronto has to offer, and has been an economic and inspirational benefit to Ontario’s creative and cultural communities.

Nathan Phillip’s Square

Fri, July 4- Sun, July 6

Free!

 

KidsFest 2014

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KidsFest welcomes the arrival of summer with kid-sized activities that are fun for the whole family! With face painting clowns, bouncing castles, colouring stations, live animal visits from Far Enough Farm, music, a Guinness World Record attempt and more, KidsFest delivers three full days of family island fun!

Centre Island

Fri, July 4- Sat, July 6  11:00AM-4:00PM

Free! KidsFest activities are free for all to participate in

 

Bastid’s BBQ 2014 Toronto

bastid's bbq Canada’s #1 DJ and Entertainer Skratch Bastid will unite people over great music provided by world-class DJs, live performances from special guests, and prime barbecue cooking provided by Canada’s premier food purveyors!

Sat, July 5: 3 – 11pm

$18 per ticket, purchase here

 

Pintxos TO- A Celebration of Tapas!

Presented by Estrella Damm

pintxosTO PintxosTO – A Celebration of Tapas is a summer block party with good food, good wine and good times. The event will feature 10 vendors who will bring traditional elements of tapas to new heights with inspired and inventive global influencees. This event is 19+ only, so leave those kiddies with the grandparents and enjoy a day date with your partner.

Sun, July 6: 11:30am – 1:30pm & 1:30 – 3:30pm

$10 per ticket, purchase here

 

Will you be going to any of these events? Let us know below!

weekender- june 20-22

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It is here once again… the long awaited WEEKEND! We could not wait for friday to come, especially since we have a special party girl meeting today, which means lots of crafting and decorating and planning. Just what we love to do!! The first day of summer is tomorrow and we can truly say that we are feeling it everywhere. Festivals are in full swing and lazy BBQ parties are becoming a regular weekend thing.

This weekend we have many exciting events happening in the downtown core and surrounding areas that we really want you to check out!

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

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The renowned TD Toronto Jazz Festival is back this year and features even more jazz artists then the years past performing in and around the city. This year they team up with World Pride as they co-host the opening ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square.

This years performers include Earth Wind & Fire, Buika, Hiromi: The Trio Project, Measha Brueggergosman and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
A full concert calendar can be found on the official website- http://torontojazz.com/
Fri, June 20
Tickets $ varies per show

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival

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The Junction Summer Solstice Festival- The first festival of the Summer Season, celebrating the longest day of the year. You can learn all about the Junction by enjoying a full day of activities & events showcasing the best Junction has to offer. With fantastic summer themed entertainment, sunny energy and a shopping experience like no other in the City.

Celebrate DIY culture, love for art, design and music. Green powered event showcasing the neighbourhood’s passion for healthy lifestyle and love for fresh quality food. Day to Night enjoy family friendly shows and workshops, take a spin on a Ferris Wheel and taste the Junction.

Sat, June 21
Free!

Fresh City- Open Farm

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Fresh City’s season launch event is here! Bring a blanket, your friends and family and get ready to enjoy a day on the farm. There will be an artisan food and farmer’s market, free farm tours and workshops, local beer and live music, and more!
 Sun, June 22: 1 – 5pm
 Free!

Polo For Heart

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This event is very dear to my heart as it is one that my family and I have supported for many years.

Polo for Heart has brought players from around the world to The Gormley Polo Centre in Richmond Hill to participate in the world’s oldest team sport. You can witness the power and the passion of polo at this 3-day event featuring two international polo matches each day. Aside from the games, you can also browse through the boutiques, silent auction; enjoy the half time entertainment, the traditional champagne divot stomp; children’s village and the perfect polo picnic and best hat contests.

Celebrating 35 years of fundraising, this event has raised more than $5 million for heart and stroke related charities. This year proceeds will to the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Stroke Recovery Centre at Sunnybrook and towards purchasing a new MRI machine at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket.

Fri, June 20- Sun, June 22
$15
Enjoy party girls! Comment below with your favourite events happening this weekend!