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Toronto Palestine Film Festival | Until Sunday September 24 | Bell Lightbox | Hours

Celebrating Palestinian culture, the Toronto Palestine Film Festival showcases films of various themes and genres, many of which are world or Canadian premieres, and spotlights Palestinian poetry, music, art, and even cuisine. The full program and tickets are available from the TPFF website. Films are all screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Word on the Street | Sunday September 24 | Harbourfront Centre | Hours

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts a great selection of Canadian books and magazines.

This year, the 26th edition of the Toronto festival takes place at Harbourfront, from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

Just for Laugh 42 | Until Saturday September 30 | Hours | Phone 416-343-0011

Toronto Comedy Festival is produced by Just for LaughS. Why just-For-Laugh (JFL)42? Because in addition to the headliners to choose from, there are 42 other comedy acts over this ten-day event. Invited artists include Bill Burr, Ali Wong, Mike Birbiglia, and

The shows are presented in a number of venues. make sure to check the festival's programme.

Manasie Akpaliapik | Until Sunday October 15 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours | Phone 416-979-6648

Manasie Akpaliapik was born in 1955 in a hunting camp near Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), Nunavut, on north Baffin Island. He spent his youth in Arctic Bay, relocated to Montreal, then settled in Toronto where he created all of these carvings. Now based in Ottawa and Montreal, Manasie is known for his animated and ambitious sculptures that sympathetically utilize the unique material and structure of bone, ivory and stone. Deeply connected to the culture and traditions of the Arctic, his works reflect a concern for the vulnerability of his homeland. They offer unflinching depictions of social ills that have impacted northern communities and reflect the belief that humans must live in balance with and respect all living things.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario. This exhibition is included with general admission.

Mark Lewis | Until Sunday December 10 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours | Phone 416-979-6648

What's in a name, especially when that name is Canada? What images come to mind? What histories? And above all, who gets to shape and tell these histories? With his new series of works, Mark Lewis engages in a filmic meditation on the idea that is Canada, staging encounters between the camera and the built and natural environments, where the latter becomes the subject of the films as well as the background against which human presence is placed.

As always with Lewis's moving image work, the camera is a character itself, guiding the viewer's inquisitive gaze while creating dynamic relationships revelatory of the subject under consideration.

Nuit Blanche | Saturday September 30 | Hours

The tenth annual edition of Toronto's dusk-to-dawn celebration of contemporary arts and culture offers exhibitions and installation for one night only. More than 80 independent projects by Toronto's art community and four curated exhibitions featuring 48 projects produced by the City of Toronto are on display. An international network of Visual Arts happenings, taking place from Amsterdam to Copenhagen, Skopje to Košice, Florence to Madrid. Valetta to Riga, Nuit Blanche continues to expand around the globe.

Some works encourage an intimate encounter with art, while others wow the audience with large-scale spectacle. To check the map of events, click the pic.

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show | From Saturday September 30 to Sunday October 1 | Direct Energy Centre | Hours

Fashion lovers can discover an amazing array of vintage fashion at the new Toronto Vintage Clothing Show. The show is an opportunity to discover hand-picked vintage and retro clothing, accessories and jewellery from top independent vintage fashion vendors. Exhibitors hail from Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa and beyond, and offer rare, one-of-a-kind pieces. Vendors carry everything from costume jewellery, to Chanel, Hermes, vintage scarves, hats, cocktail dresses - anything you could want at every price range. Takes place at the Heritage BUilding at Exhibition Place

World Press Photo | From Tuesday October 3 to Tuesday October 24 | Hours | Phone 416-777-6480

The powerful images of the World Press Photo contest return to Toronto where they can be viewed at the Allen Lambert Galleria, in Brookfield Place, every day from 9am to 9pm. An event which should not be missed, World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, known for holding the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest, as well as a separate annual contest for journalistic multimedia productions in association with Human Rights Watch and the annual Tim Hetherington Grant.

For over 55 years the World Press Photo contest has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism. The contest creates a bridge linking the professionals with the general public. All the prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year. In addition to selecting the World Press Photo of the Year, the contest determines winners in categories such as Spot News, General News, Observed Portraits of people, Staged Portraits, Sports Action, Sports Features, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Portraits, Nature.

imagineNATIVE Film+ Media Arts Festival | From Wednesday October 18 to Sunday October 22 | Bell Lightbox | Hours

imagineNATIVE showcases, promotes, and celebrates Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. imagineNATIVE is committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions. imagineNATIVE presents new and innovative film, video, audio, and digital media works. Programming includes annual retrospectives, curated programs, community screenings, and presentations of groundbreaking and legacy works to a wide audience.

imagineNATIVE plays an important role in the dissemination and export of Indigenous works by promoting and exhibiting artists’ films, videos, audio, and digital media artworks to Canadian and international festivals, markets, distributors, and broadcasters and by facilitating sales and acquisitions.

International Festival of Authors | From Thursday October 19 to Sunday October 29 | Fleck Theatre | Hours | Phone 416-973-4000

Each fall, the International Festival of Authors brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions, public book signings and a number of special events, including celebrations of the Governor General’s Literary Award and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalists, as well as the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize

The IFOA devotes a number of events to authors and books within a particular focus.

ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon | Sunday October 22 | Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square | Hours

The ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a flat and fast course where many participants achieve a personal best. It is a qualifier for Boston and is open to power walkers. The course because must be completed within a 6-hour time limit. The full and half marathon start on University Avenue just north of Queen Street and finish in the heart of downtown at City Hall, at Bay and Queen Street. Runners head out and back along the Lakeshore.

To view details of the course, click on the picture. There is also a 5K course. A post-race party is held at Nathan Phillips Square until 3:30pm on Sunday.

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