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December 18, 2014

Toronto Festivals Guide - September 2014

Remember: Please ALWAYS check with website for exact dates, etc. as details may change after the listing is posted here.

Canada's Walk of Fame Festival

Sept 18-24, 2014

Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival covers 3 days of music, featuring some of the biggest names in Canadian entertainment including Burton Cummings, Dean Brody, Matthew Good and Jay Baruchel. Concerts are ticketed (from $39 & up) and held at Massey Hall. The actual Awards Event will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts: 3–5:00pm Red Carpet, 5–7:00pm Awards Show.


MONDAY, Sept 22 (Noon onwards)

  • Concerts at David Pecaut Sq (215 King St W) including:
    • Wali (Flo) Shah [1:00pm]
    • Jeffrey Straker [1:30pm]
    • Jessica Mitchell [5:30pm]
    • Shawn Hook [6:30pm]
    • Karl Wolf [7:30pm]

  • Comedy at David Pecaut Sq (begins 7pm):
    • Matthew Disero
    • Dylan Mendlsohn
    • Glen Foster "That Canadian Guy"

Here's the SCHEDULE for the FREE entertainment that's happening at David Pecaut Square over Sept 22-24.

More info

Steam Whistle's Annual Oktoberfest

Sept 20, 2014: 2-11pm

Steamwhistle Oktoberfest steins Enjoy authentic German food, folk music and entertainment while you hoist steins of Steam Whistle Pilsner for revelry and refreshment. Brewmaster Marek will be tapping the first keg to signal the beginning of the festivities.

Tickets are $30 at the door and include a souvenir stein to take home.

Location: The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd

On Common Ground Festival (& Grand Opening Celebrations)

Sept 20-21, 2014: Noon-7pm / Sept 19 (Grand Opening)

On Common Ground posterJoin in the celebrations of the Official Opening of the Fort York Visitor Centre on Friday, Sept 19 - 1:30-3:30pm with celebrations carrying through the weekend with the On Common Ground Festival.

On Common Ground Festival is a 2-day multidisciplinary arts and cultural festival that will animate the grounds and buildings of Fort York with an entertaining and engaging mix of culturally diverse music, dance, storytelling, digital theatre, a sound installation, visual arts, crafts, local food, and family friendly activities.

Toronto Garlic Festival

Sept 21, 2014: 9am-5pm

Garlic Festival LogoCelebrate the Ontario garlic harvest. Meet Ontario garlic farmers and taste garlic-inspired dishes by local chefs. Pair meals with craft beer or wine and engage in talks, demos, film screening and contests. Chefs’ dishes, fresh garlic and vendor products are for sale.

Admission ($5) includes access to all presentations, cooking demonstrations, contests and the feature film. Seating for this screening is limited, and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Getting there: There's a free festival shuttle bus every 10 minutes from the parkette just north of the Broadview Subway Station.

Food Truck Festival

Sep 21, 2014: 1-8pm

A great opportunity to check out just some of the many food trucks that have been hitting the streets not only in Toronto, but in Ontario. Best about this festival is... they're all in one place but it's gonna be for just one day/evening. Participating food trucks include:

  • The Food Dudes
  • Hollywood Cone
  • Curbalicious
  • Beavertails
  • Smokes
  • Frankie Fettucine
  • Luchador Streatery
  • We Got Balls
  • Kal and Mooy
  • Southern Smoke
  • ME.N.U

There will also a beer tent and kids under 13 can get in FREE with an adult. You can purchase the tickets now ($10 GA) but you'll need to sign up for their mailing list on their website in order to learn more about it.

Word on the Street Festival

Sept 21, 2014: 11am-6pm

This book and magazine festival used to be held along Queen Street West but got too big and was moved to Queen's Park (behind the Legislative Building) where it attracts crowds of over 2,000. Exhibitors offer specials and promotions. Performances are held on the stages positioned throughout the park.

Website  ||  **FREE.**