Category Archives: Toronto Events

Tourist’s or resident’s guide to selected upcoming events in Toronto (Ontario, Canada)

Post-Thanksgiving Toronto Premiere of This Will Lead to Dancing

Soon after we Toronto residents wrap up our annual Thanksgiving celebrations for 2015, Theatre of the Beat will perform its Toronto premiere of “This Will Lead to Dancing“.

Some members of Theatre of the Beat after a Rehearsal at Toronto United Mennonite Church.
Some members of Theatre of the Beat after a Rehearsal at Toronto United Mennonite Church. Image (c) by Mike DeHaan.

A Toronto Event that is Hungry for Justice

Would you go on a hunger strike in your church (or temple, synagogue, school, workplace, or city hall) to protest injustice? In “This Will Lead to Dancing“, Sam and Alex find themselves hungry for both food and a fair hearing for their cause. Can they cope with the attention they earn during their sit-in at their church? And what will Sam make of advice from the ghost of long-dead Menno Simons, the name behind “Mennonite”?

Does society still have problems with homosexuality? Does the LGBTQ community find that society has problems with them? In “This Will Lead to Dancing“, Theatre of the Beat explores these questions within a modern Mennonite denomination.

The dour Christian advice, “avoid dancing – it would lead to sex”, may have become the joke to “avoid sex – it will lead to dancing”.

When and Where is the “This Will Lead to Dancing” Event in Toronto?

Head to the Toronto United Mennonite Church (1774 Queen St. East; entrance on Lark St.) on Thurs. – Sat., Oct. 15 – 17, 2015 for the 7pm shows. Admission is PWYC (pay what you can), but they’d appreciate $15 or more if you can spare it.

You will find the venue on Queen East between Woodbine and Kingston Road. Parking is limited, so I’d take the 501 Queen streetcar, or the 92 Woodbine South bus from the #2 Bloor/Danforth subway line.

About Theatre of the Beat

The Theatre of the Beat company performs their own plays at venues ranging from churches to indie festivals. A few years ago, for example, “Commemorate!” exposed history and ethics avoided by the Canadian government’s hype to commemorate the War of 1812-14.

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Beach Art Auction long before the Autumn 2015 Beach Studio Tour

Long before the upcoming Toronto Beach Studio Tour (Oct. 23-25, 2015), a sandwich board is advertising a Beach Art Auction on Saturday, Sept. 29.

"Beach Studio Tour Bike Oct. 2013" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Beach Studio Tour Bike Oct. 2013” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Beach Art Auction in support of Aurora House

There’s no detail about the art that’s up for auction, but the proceeds will support Aurora House, a new not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to “provide shelter, long-term trauma counselling, basic needs and essential support services to people who have been trafficked in Canada”.

The art auction will be held in the Toronto United Mennonite Church (TUMC) at 1774 Queens St. East, between Woodbine and Kingston Road. I’d take the 501 Queen streetcar.

The Beach Art Auction event runs from 5-8pm, and includes musical entertainment. (Updated Sept. 25, 2015 with two photos of the sign for the Beach Art Auction at TUMC).

sign for "Beach Art Auction in Sept 2015" (c) Mike DeHaan
“Beach Art Auction in Sept 2015” (c) Mike DeHaan

The Beach Studio Tour is an Annual Toronto Event

Actually, the Beach Studio Tour runs twice a year, in spring and fall. The simple premise is that studios in the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto showcase a variety of local artists and artisans, with a special promotional weekend. I’ve written about them before; and their “yellow bicycle” advertising is a semi-annual fixture of the Toronto Beach neighbourhood.

The Beach Studio Tour also serves as a great excuse to explore the eastern beaches, with its restaurants along Queen St. East and the series of parks on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

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How can you help your children develop their artistic abilities? “Art Lab for Kids“, in Kindle reader format from Amazon Canada, provides 52 projects in artistic creativity in a variety of media. It earned high ratings from its purchasers, including the phrase “For kids, for adults a lot of ideas and very creative”.

Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to the organizer(s); I am not reimbursed for writing this article. However, I did know about the auction supporting Aurora House thanks to my work at the Toronto United Mennonite Church.

(The site is monetized; buy something through an ad and I should earn a commission).

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"Beach Art Auction at TUMC in Sept 2015" (c) Mike DeHaan
“Beach Art Auction at TUMC in Sept 2015” (c) Mike DeHaan

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Woofstock 2015 in Toronto for Furry Fun with your Dog

(Added this paragraph on Nov. 18, 2015): It’s time for winter Woofstock, on Nov. 21 & 22, from 10am-6pm at Exhibition Stadium. It’s indoors, in the Queen Elizabeth Exhibit Hall. The main web site link still works, but the details have changed. Tickets for winter Woofstock are $10 plus tax; this is still a frugal event in Toronto. Where else will your pooch learn Doga (dog yoga)? Here’s a map with some parks near the CNE, if you want to tire out your canine companion ahead of time.

Map of Waterfront Toronto Parks Nearest the CNE. Image (c) by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
Map of Waterfront Toronto Parks Nearest the CNE.

The annual Woofstock Toronto dog festival returns to Woodbine Park in late September 2015. Here’s your chance to attend a free dog show with your own canine.

"Woofstock in Toronto in 2009" by ltdan (Dan Dickinson) under CC license.
“Woofstock in Toronto in 2009” by ltdan (Dan Dickinson) under CC license.

The Autumn Woofstock 2015 Festival in Toronto

Woofstock prides itself on being “the largest outdoor festival for dogs in North America”. You and your pooch can expect:

  • The Purina Pro Plan Dog Stars perform feats of agility and speed.
  • Enter your pooch in a fashion show, or race your pug or dachshund in their separate categories. Or just watch!
  • Listen to experts in caring for your family pet.
  • Other entertainment including photo sessions, dog tricks, and lure chasing.
"Size Contrast between two dogs at Woofstock 2015" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Size Contrast at Woofstock 2015” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

If that’s too much excitement, you can still have fun with your dog! Head south to cross Lake Shore Blvd at the traffic light and walk you dog along the Martin Goodman Trail for a while. Or head north to a restaurant on Queen St.; many have water dishes outside to keep your dog well hydrated.

"A dog on the Lure Obstacle Course at Woofstock 2015" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“On the Lure Obstacle Course at Woofstock 2015” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Admission to Toronto Woofstock 2015 is free. Head to Woodbine Park between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd East, on the east side of Coxwell. The 501 Queen streetcar travels just a block farther north; the Coxwell 22 South bus comes down from the #2 Bloor-Danforth subway line.

(Added Sept. 26, 2015): Woofstock also offers a free shuttle service from a parking lot on Cherry Street in the Port Lands area, about 4Km south-west from Woodbine Park. That’s an absolutely sweet deal, compared to finding parking during a free annual event such as Woofstock in Toronto.

"Map of Woodbine Park, Toronto" by Mike DeHaan (c) via Google Maps
“Map of Woodbine Park, Toronto” by Mike DeHaan (c) via Google Maps

I’d written “The Whereabouts of Woofstock 2012 in Toronto“, and  usually updated that article as needed. The venue has changed, but the spirit of enjoying your canine companion has remained and grown over the years. Looking back, this autumn Toronto event seems to be a compromise date between the late spring and late autumn Woofstock festivals of previous years.

(Added Sept. 22, 2015). The dates for the 2015 Woofstock in Toronto are Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 26 & 27, 2015; from 10am through 6pm. We got there at 11am on Saturday; each of the vendors had a line-up for freebies, and the all-day lure obstacle course was running full tilt. These next two dogs were champing at the bit for their turn; note the strain in their owner’s arm. They later caught the lure; one chased while the other ambushed from ahead. That was the only successful catch that I saw.

"Two Dogs are Next in Line for the 2015 Woofstock Lure Obstacle Course" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Next in Line for the 2015 Woofstock Lure Obstacle Course” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The official Woofstock Toronto web site has more details, of course, including the online forms so you can register your dog in one of the contests.

If you buy dry kibble in 25-pound bags or smaller, an airtight pet food container can help keep the aroma – and your dog’s appetite – under control, and help the dry dog food stay fresh.

The Milk-Bone “Brushing Chews” booth was a really popular line-up when we were at Woodbine Park.

"People and Dogs are Lined up for Milk-Bone Brushing Chews at Woofstock 2015 in Toronto" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Lined up for Milk-Bone Brushing Chews at Woofstock 2015 in Toronto” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

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