The top events in Toronto this October will remind you why you love the fall and leave summer but a distant, sweaty memory. There are some Halloween themed things happening (we'll have a full separate guide for that later), and yes Nuit Blanche kicks off the month, but between these two bookmarks, there's a lot going on.
Here are my picks for the top events in Toronto this October.
The Moth (October 6, Massey Hall)
The art and craft of storytelling is what New York based group The Moth does. They are masters of curating well told and engaging stories either live on stage or through their podcast. If you saw the season finale of Girls, you'll fully understand what it is... or you can head to Massey Hall to find out. Showtime is 8 p.m.
DX From Nothing (October 7, Design Exchange)
Sometimes The Design Exchange is not very accessible, not in the cultural content they present, but because of ticket pricing. This month however they're presenting From Nothing, a super cool event with a $25 price tag. It's a night in collaboration with Common Good and a celebration of emerging artist collectives.
Avant X (October 13-16, The Music Gallery)
A full festival pass is just $40, and if you want to blow your mind with new music and sounds, it is highly recommended that you invest in this experimental electronic music fest. From celestial club music to ephemeral improvisation, this festival includes concerts, dance parties as well as lectures and talks about the future of music.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival (October 13-21)
Nine nights of horror, sci-fi, action and cult films at the Scotia Bank Theatre. It's the perfect lead up to Halloween with 50 films and shorts being shown to fans who won't get the change to see many of these films on a massive screen ever again. There are also live Q&A's with filmmakers, zombie night, and Pub After Dark (The Office Pub) where fans can meet up after to party.
Cask Days (October 21-23)
From October 21-23 find your way down to the Evergreen Brick Works for the 12th annual Cask Beer festival. Cask ale is unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated beer that is served direct from a barrel. There will be 400 varieties to try over the three days. Tickets starts at $25
Everything To Do With Sex Show (October 21-23)
The 17th Everything About Sex conference of sexy panels, classes, vendors and entertainment happens at the Direct Energy Centre. Fashion shows, seminars on proper spanking techniques, an erotic circus, and oral sex tips will help everyone in the relationship, or those who are single and ready to mingle like a pro. It's a $20 day pass or $25 weekend pass.
Buffer Film Fest (October 22-23, Various locations)
The annual showcase of YouTube talent returns to Toronto. Screenings, galas, a red carpet, panels, shorts, features, and exhibits are all crammed into two action packed days. Check their official website for a fleshed out schedule.
Keith Cole #HastagGallerySlut (October 26-29, AGO)
Legendary Toronto performance artist Keith Cole presents a work that considers legacy and memory, collapsing time, space and identity. There will be two performances that explore the death of Canada's Tom Thompson featuring drag queen extraordinare Maria Delmonte and queer filmmaker Raymond Helkio. There will be water. There will be interpretive dance. There will be cats.
Art Toronto (October 28-31)
Take a stroll and fantasize about filling your walls and shelves with beautiful pieces at Canada's largest international fair for modern and contemporary art. Lots of Toronto galleries are showing at here, and there's also the Art Book Fair happening simultaneously. It runs at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and a regular ticket starts at $20.
Canzine (October 29)
A one-day festival of zine culture and underground art takes over the AGO from 1-7 p.m. Admission is free and you'll see workshops, a vendors marketplace, and a live zine race. Spend the afternoon with some of the city's most creative and daring artists and authors while supporting the art of print.happening this season.
Did I miss an exciting event? Add your suggestions in the comments.
Photo of Cask Days by Andrew Williamson.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO