Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014.
Church Street Halloween Block Party
The Church Street Halloween Parade is an annual tradition and one of your best bets for a proper start to this Friday's chaos. Church will close to traffic and go car free at 6:30pm, and from 9-11pm there will be a costume show in the park. Get ready to strut your gruesome stuff. If your dog is wearing a costume on Friday (or Pugoween) check out these handy Halloween costume safety tips - most of them apply to people, too. Oct 31, Church Street, 6:30pm.
For more Halloween events, see our Toronto Halloween Party Guide for 2014 .
TERROR VISION A/V Halloween
Terror Vision is an all-night, "retro-future" audio/visual Halloween music and art party. 99 Sudbury will be transformed using immersive visual art installations by Mansion, the promoters who brought you last year's Slaughterhaus. Music will be provided by DJ EZ (UK) and "Berghain / Panorama Bar official resident DJ Jus-Ed," to name a few. Your retro-future costume will be perfection, I know it. 99 Sudbury, Oct 31, 10pm.
Want more Halloween dance parties? Of course you do. There are about 666 of them. Consult the Guide .
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. West) gets spooky at Halloween brunch for its third year on Saturday, October 25 from 11am. The menu will feature gruesome specials like scrambled egg brain burritos, zombie flesh bennies and smokin' bloody caesars. Don't even shake off your Friday night hangover - the undead eat for 15% off. LI
Technically this two night stand by SBTRKT is more concert than dance party, but if people aren't moving to his futuristic bass pop at these shows something has gone wrong. Maybe for Halloween he'll play without his trademark mask for a change? Bonus: this should be done early enough that you can still hit a costume party. Watch out for our Halloween guide. October 31 and November 1, Danforth Music Hall. Catch him DJ-ing at the Hoxton Halloween night, too. BB
Hell On Earth 3 "Apocalypse"
Here's a spooky thought: if the rumours are true (and this time, it looks like there's no white rock & roll doves to save us - or possibly even that iconic sign), the El Mo is no more as of early November. This all ages rave that will send the El Mo off in style on Halloween night, so dress as an EDM version of your favourite Rolling Stone - they all look like zombies. Oct 31, El Mocombo, 9pm.
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition
Can you stomach seeing those blue dresses the scary twins wore in The Shining up close? Opening Halloween night, TIFF's Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition is next in a long line of stellar, fan-pleasing installs at the King Street cinema (such as this creep-out Cronenberg tribute). The exhibit, featuring documents, swag, and props like 'Starchild' from 2001: A Space Odyssey, runs until January 25, which might give me time to get over those Shining nightmares I had from age 7-13. Maybe. Opens Oct 31, TIFF Bell Lightbox.
- Toronto South African Film Festival
- VS (Saturday)
- The Hitchcock 9: Blackmail (Sunday)
- The Hitchcock 9: Downhill, Pleasure Garden (Sunday)
Canzine: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture
Canzine organizers Broken Pencil (the zine that reviews zines, as the quip goes) have been at this a long time, and they know how it's done - on November 1st, everyone gets a big tote bag on the way in to fill to the brim with goodies like handmade books, indie comics, art prints, buttons, t-shirts, records, cassettes, cards, and of course, old-school photocopied zines. I hope Wholly Shit, the punk church review zine and my favourite zine ever, will be there, but I heard he got bored and quit. So punk. Nov 1, 1-7pm, 918 Bathurst.
- Old Book and Paper Show (Sunday, Wychwood Barns)
Close Shave3: Q Meets Who
No Doctor nor Enterprise captain has ever sported a moustache, and yet, the organizers of this Doctor Who and Star Trek crossover comedy night November 1 have opted to donate the proceeds to Movember. The triple-header at the Imperial Pub comes in three parts (at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm, all with different lineups). In addition to comedy by Zabrina Chevannes and the ladies of the Sketchersons, there'll be musical support from More or Les and the raunchtastic High Heels Lo Fi. NM
See more Movember events in our Movember 2014 Guide .
Exposing Energy East
Our most politicized pick for fall is this exhibition of the photographs of Garth Lenz (landscapes) and Robert van Waarden (portraits) for Exposing Energy East: People and Places at Risk by TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline Proposal. The documentary photos explore the people and places threatened by the massive Energy East pipeline. There will be an artist talk Saturday November 1 at 2pm. Oct 31- Nov 5, The Richmond.
Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade
This annual tradition is one of Halloween's quieter events. Bring your pumpkin down to get in line (the line to where? What happens to jack-o-laterns when they die, ma?), or just wander through admiring the artwork of your fellow citizens. Over 2,000 pumpkins are expected to attend. Nov 1, Sorauren Park.
This party and "spooky video game arcade" includes a huge line up of games just waiting for you to track fake blood all over them, plus they're serving up food and cocktails to keep you on your (crooked and dismembered) toes all night. Oct 31, Bento Miso, 8pm-1am. JS
Spend Halloween at a horror convention, buying horror swag to show off in your window next year. There's a ton of programming to check out too, if you spent all your mula on this year's costume. Then don't miss this Black Sunday screening off site. Nov 1-2, 99 Sudbury.
Contributions by Benjamin Boles, Julia Stead, Liora Ipsum, Natalia Manzocco
Photo by Jesse Milns
by Aubrey Jax via blogTO