The Weekend! Sept 9-11

liambacktoschoolsept-2016Like a baseball player sliding safely into home plate…the week after Labour Day and back to school are done! The routine feels good!  The weekend awaits – still in summer mode with warm temperatures – a carefree adventurous spirit is in the air. This weekend in town – Oakville and in the city – Toronto… several possible scenarios present themselves.

In Oakville, Kerr Street shines bright this weekend  with the annual neighbourhood festival KerrFest taking over the roadway. Friday night the 70’s Canadian rock band April Wine performs live in Westwood Park (Kerr/Rebecca). Other musical acts take the stage Friday night as well. Complete event schedule/concert listings can be found at Westwood Park will feature a licensed area offering local beer, wine and spirits while neighbourhood “pop-up” food merchants will be serving up delicious food for all ages. Admission is free! (refreshments and food are not). On Saturday during the day family themed activities, a vintage car show, and skateboard competition will entertain.Saturday night the stage comes alive again with more Canadian musical acts including , The Sadies followed by the festival headliner band Big Wreck

My fave – The Sadies play Saturday Night at KerrFest, Westwood Park Oakville

If Toronto beckons – get on the GO or hop in your car. TIFF’16 awaits! The Toronto International Film Festival 2016 is the annual red carpeted star studded film festival darling – the stars and movie industry love Toronto! Gala tickets are probably a no go but individual tickets to a slew of amazing films can now be purchased online thru the  festival website or Ticketmaster The selection of films is overwhelming. My pick for the weekend is Vancouver based independent Eurasian- Canadian filmmaker, writer and artist Ann Marie Fleming’s (bias alert: she went to my Vancouver elementary school with me) animated feature Window Horses. Window Horses is included in Toronto Life Magazine’s top nine CanCon films to see at TIFF’16

Window Horses (The poetic persian ephiphany of Rosie Ming) lead voice is Canadian actor, Sandra Oh. Oh also joined the production as Executive Producer and brought other top Canadian actors to the project – Ellen Page and Don McKellar. The film is the fictitious story of Canadian poet, Rosie Ming who is invited to a poetry festival in Iran. Her over protective Chinese grandparents are reluctant to let her go…

“The more you learn about others , the more you deepen your understanding of yourself. This is the journey we are all on”

Window Horses – Screening: Sunday 2pm Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts at U of T St. George campus. Online advance tickets thru TIFF website or Ticketmaster (at time of writing Sunday screening almost sold out) –  alternate screening date for Window Horses, Tuesday Sept. 13 at 4:45pm .

Also in Toronto and only until Sunday September 18th is the AGO’s The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris. This is an outstanding show, curated by comedian, musician , and actor Steve Martin. The Harris exhibit brings together more than 30 “significant” and “rare” works by the artist from major public and private collections. The Idea of North has already been on tour in the United States and is now here in Toronto. This is the first ever major solo exhibit of Harris’s work. The AGO exhibit features an expanded version (curated by Andrew Hunter , The Frederik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the AGO) featuring some of Harris’s early paintings from the 1910’s. The  AGO exhibit also closes with an epilogue ( curated by Andrew Hunter ) focusing on the significance of Harris’ work on Canadian identity in relation to the city …The Idea of North. Tickets can be purchased online in advance. I like to visit the AGO when it opens at 10:30am on Saturday or Sunday – easy to find on street parking within a block or two of the gallery…go for brunch after in TO at Rose and Sons The Swan, 892 Queen St. West


After all of the cool hip Toronto culture more of this same vibe can be found in our town Oakville. Monday Night at the Movies – September 2016 Season kick offs on Monday September 12th (7:30pm  Cineplex Winston Churchill formerly AMC24) with a screening of Dark Horse. A real-life story and now a critically acclaimed British film. Personally I’ve always dreamt about the excitement of being part of a race horse syndicate .

“It’s elation when you can do something, particularly when no one gives you a chance”

Oakville’s long running Monday Night At The Movies screens a new film selection every other Monday. Excellent films right here in our town! For more info: Tickets- $10 cash – ONLY go on sale at 6:45pm -the night of the screening! More excitement than the red carpet!

Finally for the the littles in your life – Downtown Oakville’s Archetype Books  will be hosting their first ever Children’s event on Sunday September 11th at 2pm (pre-registration required/limited space). Author,  Jael Richardson will be reading from her children’s book The Stone Thrower … A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father . Richardson is the daughter of famed CFL player Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower tells the story of her father’s journey in 1950’s segregated Ohio who thru imagination , grit and determination accomplishes his goal of becoming a great Football player. Jael Richardson is also the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity

Well that is the first weekend after Labour Day 2016 ! Have fun. Get out and do something unexpected!

Alix xx

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