Every Monday, #OnTheFourthFloor is rounding up events to check out and everything else you need to stay in-the-loop with what’s going on in the city. Here’s what’s happening this week in Toronto.
Monday, Oct. 13: Torontoberfest
Celebrate Octoberfest the Toronto way, with local brewers including Beau’s All-Natural Brewing, Black Oak Brewery and Junction Craft Brewery. Enjoy sausages from WVRST, who will be dishing up the Kranjska (smoked pork & garlic) and a sweet basil veggie version. Admission is free, and is family friendly at the Koerner Gardens and Holcim Gallery areas of the Evergreen Brick Works, rain or shine. Details here.
Now until Sunday, Nov. 2: Helen Lawrence
After opening first in Vancouver, then internationally from Germany to Scotland, the dramatic post-war play Helen Lawrence is now at Bluma Appel Theatre for three weeks. The film-noir inspired performance debuted just yesterday, using a blend of new media from visual art to live-action filming to computer-generated simulations alongside powerful theatrical performances. The story, written by screenwriter Chris Haddock, follows corruption and misfits in 1948 Vancouver, as it struggles to reorganize itself after World War II. More information and ticket details at CanadianStage.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 19: Reel Indie Film Fest
The Reel Indie Film Fest is back for a second year, marrying the best of film and music (because why not both?). The extension of Indie Week features independent feature films and shorts with a focus on music, including biopics on the greats, “rockumentaries,” and a slew of new music videos. Highlights include Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory, a story about how music therapy is helping elderly patients suffering from dementia; and No Land’s Song, a look at how female composers and singers are breaking cultural taboos and censorship in Iran. More on the festival’s full lineup here.
Friday, Oct. 17 – Saturday, Oct. 18: For The Love of Cloth
We dare you not to feel fully inspired to DIY after sorting through pretty prints and colours at this weekend’s For The Love of Cloth sale. Support the textile museum of Canada and its exhibitions at the Richmond Street West sale. Find velours, silks, linens and other designer fabrics for your next Pinterest-inspired decor DIY.
Friday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 19: Gamercamp Interactive & Games Festival
“Destroy outer-space monsters with fist bumps, go on an adventure inside a tent with a magical quilt, and travel back to Ancient Greece to defend your village from invaders.” Need we say more? The Gamercamp festival celebrates the best in video games through exhibits, interactive demos and, most importantly, a whole weekend of game time. Bring your A-game for its pop-up arcades, as it fills Hotel Ocho with endless games (including new titles from Xbox and Playstation), transforming all four floors, including its suites, into a massive play space. Full schedule here.