Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of November 1–3

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of November 1–3

(Image: Geoff Gunn/Courtesy of TIFF)

In this edition of The Weekender, the annual Royal Agricultural fair opens, the TIFF Bell Lightbox mounts an eerie David Cronenberg exhibition and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.


David Cronenberg: Evolution
Fans of the Toronto-raised pioneer of body horror flicks get a chance to see props and costumes commemorating his extensive thriller film roster, from early short Stereo to his big break, Videodrome. See here for our sneak preview of ambitious, thrillingly terrifying exhibition. Nov. 1–Jan. 19. $9. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W.,


The stage musical version of the 1992 Disney movie has its world premiere in Toronto before heading to Broadway in January. Director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (who choreographed The Book of Mormonplays up the humour in the story about a penniless young man whose dreams come true after discovering genie in a magic lamp. Nov. 1–Jan. 5. $35–$130. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St.,


Dark Comedy Festival
This indie comedy festival delves into the macabre side of comedy (think making fun of tsunamis), with shows from stand-up comics Dave Attell and Gilbert Gottfried, as well as a roast of former WWE champion, Iron Sheik. Nov. 1–9. Prices and locations vary.


Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Butter carvers, horses and farmers will be at the two-week-long fair to compete for trophies (and, in some cases, hawk preserves). The farming fun includes livestock prizes, a petting zoo, square dancing and an array of awards for cheese, honey, wheat, fruits and vegetables. Nov. 1–10. $23 for adult general admission, horse show costs extra. Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Blvd.,


International Festival of Authors
The annual festival celebrates award-winning authors from around the world with readings, interviews, book signings and round table discussions. This year’s events will heavily focus on emerging writers. Our pick? On Saturday, three crime-fiction authors, including homegrown Linwood Barclay, discuss the challenges of writing thrillers. Until Nov. 3. $18. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.,