Toronto Urban Roots Festival

Bid farewell to festival season with four stages of folk: alt-country faves Wilco, cultish ensemble Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and the indie-popping, foot-stomping likes of The Elwins and The Strumbellas. $89.50–$389.50. Fort York Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Blvd.,

Blue Mountain

This Collingwood resort is synonymous with skiing, but it also boasts a boatload of family-friendly summer activities, including rock climbing, ropes courses and a kilometre-long mountain roller coaster.

Canadian Art Foundation Gala

The Canadian Art Foundation leads free gallery hops, hosts art-world legends in Toronto and publishes Canadian Art. This gala and auction is their single most significant fundraiser — not to mention a terrific party. $650. The Carlu, 444 Yonge St.,

Kinky Boots

A shoe-business heir, drag queen and factory worker join forces and plough their way through a vigorous, Cyndi Lauper–penned score (which won both a Grammy and Tony). $29–$107. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W.,

Yo-Yo Ma

The Chinese-American cellist taps musicians from more than 20 countries — each playing instruments as varied as their heritage — and, in the process, redefines the meaning of world music. $59.50–$199.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St.,

Yours Forever, Marie-Lou

In Michael Temblay's sharp and poignant play, a young Québécois woman's ambition to become a country star amidst the Quiet Revolution becomes a parable about her province's place in Canada. $29.50–$58. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln.,

Old School

This all-hours diner in Trinity Bellwoods serves fluffy flapjacks, smoky meat platters, house-made sodas and whipped cream–topped waffles—in other words, the perfect Sunday brunch, whatever your mood. Read our review here. 800 Dundas St. W.,

Toronto International Film Festival

There's no shortage of potential masterpieces playing at TIFF this year, including Ridley Scott's extraterrestrial epic The Martian, Eddie Redmayne's next Oscar shoo-in The Danish Girl, and Atom Egoyan's Holocaust aftermath film Remember. 1-888-599-8433,


The humble Haligonian heroes have left a lasting mark on the CanRock canon with their guitar-driven power pop (check out: "The Good in Everyone" and "Coax Me"). Their latest release, Commonwealth, is a double album with four sides, each written by one of the band's members. $18.94–$29.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St.,

Pelee Island

Canada's southernmost point is a haven of B&Bs, beaches and outdoor beauty. Hike through Lighthouse Point Park, scuba dive down to one of 200 shipwrecks or relax at the Pelee Island Winery.

Drake House Party

It's anyone's guess which Toronto hotspots will play host to the stars on the TIFF's opening night. One guarantee: the Drake Hotel, as it does every year, will throw an incredible bash. $10. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.,


Ivana Raca's namesake café is the perfect hump-day helper, serving up an exceptional seasonal menu and custom cocktails in a cozy, Bali-inspired Parkdale space. Our favourites: scallops and asparagus, mushroom risotto, and Nutella-topped treats. 1704 Queen St. W., 416-901-9951.

Blind Date

In this interactive show, the clown-nosed actor-playwright Rebecca Northan is stood up by her date at a Paris bistro. So she surveys the audience for someone to take his place, setting in motion an amusingly awkward and entirely improvised blind date. $55–$60. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave.,

Le Burger Week

The Montreal-based burger bonanza offers succulent selections, including W Burger Bar's sandwich, stuffed with mac and cheese and topped with hickory sticks, and Fresh's "The6ix" (vegan patty, pineapple, banana chillies, onion, lettuce, tomato). Prices vary.