What can you do in Toronto on the weekend before Hallowe’en 2014? You could dare the annual Night of Dread, or peruse art either in Kensington or in the eastern Beaches. Check out these three annual Autumn events in Toronto, listed in sequence of their start dates. (Added Oct. 24, 2014): It may not be “art”, but PawsWay hosts their annual Dog Hallowe’en Party this weekend.
The Autumn 2014 Toronto Beach Studio Tour
The semi-annual Toronto Beach Studio Tour runs Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26, 2014. The times are 6-9pm, 10am-6pm and 11am-6pm respectively. While I love the format of touring the Beach neighbourhood to find each studio, you really must check the official Beach Studio Tour web site to sift through the types of art, artists and venues.
I saw a parked yellow Beach Studio Tour bicycle today, so use them as guideposts as you explore the Beach. The area is bounded by Gerrard St., Victoria Park (except for location #10 farther east), Queen St. East (except for a few that are south of Queen), and Woodbine Ave. (except for location ‘A’ slightly west, along Queen).
Admission is free, although you will be tempted to buy pieces from these local artists displayed at the studios on the tour.
Normally I recommend transit, but the Beach neighbourhood is quite bike-friendly. If you select just a few studios in one area, it’s easy to take transit. If you drive, watch for one-way streets and sometimes limited parking.
The 2014 Night of Dread in Dufferin Grove Park
Clay and Paper Theatre will host their 15th annual Night of Dread on Sat. Oct. 25. The parade, or “procession”, begins at 6pm. Head for the mid-north area of Dufferin Grove Park at Gladstone Ave. and Dufferin Park Ave. (It’s just east of Dufferin St. and south of Hepbourne, which is south of Bloor St. West).
The procession will walk north to Bloor, east past Ossington to Roxton Road, south to Drewson and back into Dufferin Grove Park. “Pageantry and celebration” will follow the parade, so stick around in the park.
The dress code is “black and white and dreadful”. Arrive in the park after 4pm if you need a suitable mask; they may have a few available. This annual Toronto event is as much about art and theatre as it is about Hallowe’en and parades, so it actually fits the artistic theme of today’s article.
Pay what you can, although they suggest $10. The official Night of Dread web page has a few more details.
Of course I’d recommend taking the TTC’s Line 2 (Bloor) to Dufferin and walk south.
The Fourth Toronto Kensington Market Art Fair of 2014
The Kensington Market Art Fair’s fourth and final session of 2014 takes place on Sun. Oct. 26. Both 2D and 3D art will be on display.
While it’s free to enter, you might pay to leave with the artwork of your choice. This official Kensington Market Art Fair Artist Directory for September and October 2014 may whet your appetite.
Kensington Market is a car-free zone on these Sundays. Take the 510 Spadina subway south from Line 2 (Bloor), to Baldwin St. or St. Andrew St. Then walk west one block to Kensington Ave.
The PawsWay Dog Halloween Party 2014
(Added Oct. 24, 2014): I’d forgotten that PawsWay hosts their Dog Hallowe’en Party on Sunday. Dress up yourself and also dress your pet in a suitable dog costume! This free 2-hour Dog Hallowe’en Party begins at 4pm, with a “doggie costume contest” at 5pm. PawsWay is at 245 Queens Quay West, near Harbourfront.
For less than $20/person, join the afterparty, called “The Haunted Walk’s Halloween Dog Party”, in the Distillery District at 30 Gristmill Lane, from 7:30-9pm. You must pre-register online.
Gristmill Lane runs south-east from Parliament Street, between Mill St. and Distillery Lane. Look for the north-east corner of Parliament Square Park, cross Parliament St. to get to the east side, and take a few steps south from Mill St. Gristmill Lane is pedestrian-only; don’t think of driving your car onto it.
The official web page for both these canine Hallowe’en events is “Purina PawsWay and The Haunted Walk’s Halloween Dog Parties 2014“.
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