Top September Events in Toronto

Top September Events in Toronto

Toronto International Film Festival

Dates: September 5, 2013–September 15, 2013

Location: Various Locations in Toronto

When famous and familiar faces from the movie industry flood the streets of Toronto, we all know that TIFF has come to town. Torontonians, stargazers, and movie fans will be in town for 11 days from September 5 to 15, enjoying the festival to the fullest. This year looks very promising. Films at this year’s festival include 12 Years a Slave starring Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor, August: Osage Country starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, Kill Your Darlings starring the former wizard Daniel Radcliffe, and Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey.


There’s a wide variety of programming options tailored to meet everyone’s desires, such as Gala Presentations, TIFF Cinematheque, Midnight Madness, TIFF Kids, and a selection entirely devoted to documentaries. Individual tickets go on sale on September 1 at the box office at the concourse level of Metro Centre, 225 King Street West, or by calling 416-599-TIFF, or online at Prices range from $19.69 apiece for an adult ticket to $38.27 for premium screenings. Same-day tickets are available at the box offices of individual venues from 7:00 A.M.

Toronto Beer Week

Dates: September 13, 2013–September 20, 2013

Location: Various Venues in Toronto

Your casual pub beer evenings will never be the same after attending the beer festival. The week-long celebration of craft beer in Ontario takes place at breweries, bars, and venues across the city. The craft movement often starts at home, in basements — which is why an annual home-brew competition is on again this year. Some of the winners from the past years have started their own businesses and opened their own breweries and pubs.

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Festival attendees will have the opportunity to meet beer industry experts, visit top restaurants, breweries, markets, and pubs and take part in many events, concerts, and talks. Participating venues include the Monarch Tavern, the Painted Lady, Beer Bistro, and Bar Hop.

Just For Laughs 42

Dates: September 19, 2013–September 28, 2013

Location: Various Locations in Toronto

The second annual JFL42 festival brings laughter back to town. Its all-star line-up performances will take place at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, starring the entire cast of Family Guy and a 40-piece orchestra, Aziz Ansari, and Sarah Silverman. There are 42 other events planned in venues across Toronto. JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy festival, where you can mix your own laugh potion and enjoy the laughs for a full ten days.


Pass prices range from $99 to $299 depending on your seat choice and the number of headliners you want to see. You can buy passes by phone 1-855-985-5000 or online at

Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival

Dates: September 19, 2013–September 21, 2013

Location: Massey Hall

The fourth annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival is a series of consecutive concerts that celebrate the history of Canadian pop music. This year, you can enjoy concerts by Burton Cummings, Serena Ryder, and Maestro Fresh Wes.

Burton Cummings has been on stage for almost five decades and has helped The Guess Who to become the first Canadian group to go platinum in the United States.


2013 has been the most successful year for Serena Ryder so far. Her introspective folk-pop tunes won her a slot at the 2013 Much Music Video Awards and the 2013 Juno Awards for Adult Alternative Album of the Year.

Maestro Fresh Wes raps the night away together with fellow rappers K-OS, Classified, and Kardinal Offishal. They will celebrate Maestro’s 25 years in the entertainment industry.

You can buy tickets online through the Canada’s Walk of Fame website or by phone by calling at 416-872-4255.

David Bowie Is

Dates: September 25, 2013–November 27, 2013

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario


David Bowie has been shaping the world for nearly 45 years. His songs have stood the test of time and defined the rock world. This exhibition has been put together by curators at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and it displays thousands of artifacts from David Bowie’s career. Visitors can see his stage costumes, set designs, photos, album artwork, and videos. All objects have been hand-picked from the David Bowie Archive.

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