Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of September 6–8

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of September 6–8

Jude Law is one of the stars returning to Toronto for TIFF this year (Image: Erin Seaman)

In this edition of The Weekender, a Zelda-themed symphony, TIFF kicks off and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.


The TIFF opening party this evening ushers in 11 days of red carpets, VIP-studded parties and film screenings. Though ticket packages are already gone, some single tickets are still up for grabs: extra seats sometimes get added at 7 a.m. before sold-out screenings and there’s a rush line for standby tickets immediately before shows start. For help choosing what to see, check out our daily screening schedules and round-up of the 50 most talked-about movies this year. To Sept. 15. Various locations.


An Te Social
Didn’t score an invite to an exclusive TIFF party? Head to the opening bash for artist An Te Liu’s new Gardiner Museum exhibition, which features a series of ceramic sculptures cast from discarded Styrofoam packing. The museum’s front steps and terraces will be set up with everything needed for a good time: beer, bubbly, hors d’oeuvres and a DJ. Sept. 6 (exhibition runs Sept. 7–Nov. 11). $50. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8080,


The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Video game fans will converge at the Sony Centre to hear a live orchestral performance of the theme music from Nintendo’s hugely popular franchise. Attendees will also get an opportunity to preview not-yet-released games and take photos with Link himself. Sept. 7. $83.75–$123.75. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E.,


Really Really Free Market (FREE!)
Don’t bother bringing cash to this market. Instead, attendees brings whatever they have to give, and takes whatever they need, with no swapping, bartering or buying. Items left at the end of the day are donated to charity. Sept. 7. Free. Campbell Park, 255 Campbell Ave.,


Vegetarian Food Festival (FREE!)
The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 29th annual meatless food fair brings three days of lectures, cooking demonstrations, live music and yoga to Harbourfront Centre. There will also be plenty of food to taste, along with vendors selling nutritional supplements, kitchen tools, cookbooks and vegan clothing. More than 40,000 veggie-lovers are expected to attend. Sept. 6–8. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.,