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World Press Photo | Until Wednesday October 23 | 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.

Valérie Blass: le Parlement des Invisibles | Until Sunday December 1 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours

Using found clothing and plaster casts of body parts, Valérie Blass creates work that defies simple definition. She works with models and specific textiles, moulding these materials to create fixed tableaux.

Blass also incorporates casting, carving, and assemblages of objects into her sculptures, drawing on realism, minimalism and Cubism to explore what she calls the “in-between” spaces of abstract, human and inanimate forms.

International Bicycle Show | From Saturday October 19 to Sunday October 20 | Direct Energy Centre | Hours

The Toronto International Bicycle Show is a good place to shop for bicycles and accessories, preview the newest trends in cycling from the top manufacturers and distributors plus several action-packed events.

ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon | Sunday October 20 | 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.

imagineNATIVE Film+ Media Arts Festival | From Tuesday October 22 to Sunday October 27 | 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 24 to Sunday November 3 | 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.

Art Toronto | From Friday October 25 to Sunday October 27 | Metro Convention Centre | Hours

Founded in 2000, Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair, providing unique access to the Canadian art market. An annual fall event, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation’s art world. A popular event attended by art collectors and industry professionals, Art Toronto showcases galleries and is the place to network with a diverse and well connected group of collectors and dealers. Art Toronto presents more than 100 select galleries, complemented with special projects, exhibits, a full VIP program and dynamic cultural offerings.

Royal Agricultural fair | From Friday November 1 to Sunday November 10 | Exhibition Place | Hours

According to the Tourism Office of Toronto, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world’s largest indoor agricultural and equestrian event. Visitors can learn about local food, get up-close to renowned chefs, be informed about latest techniques, or watch the famous horse shows and competitions. One can see prized classics such as butter sculpting, birds of prey demonstrations, and the K9 Equine Relay featuring the President’s Choice SuperDogs.

The fair also offers plenty of opportunities to wine, dine and unwind. From the Craft Beer and Cider Awards to The Royal Wine Competition, there is more than one way to sip, sample and savour great local food and beverages.

Santa Claus Parade | Sunday November 17 | Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square | Hours

The Santa Claus Parade starts at 12:30 p.m. at Christie Pitts, moves east to Avenue Road, around Queen's Park and south to Front. On Front Street it turns east and ends at St-Lawrence Market.

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