Scarborough Theatre Guild presents ‘You’ll Get Used To It - The War Show’ Oct. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20, 2023 at 8 p.m.; and Oct. 8, 15 and 21, 2023 at 2 p.m. A Wine and Cheese reception will be held after the Oct. 6 performance. Follow the journey of six Canadian infantrymen as they experience the anticipation and hardships of war. You will experience every stage from enlisting, training, leaving loved ones behind, actually going to fight the enemy, the fear and danger of battle, and the sorrow of losing comrades. All of which is met by the soldiers’ guts, resilience and humour. Featuring popular music from the 1930s and 1940s, this moving theatrical production brings history alive. You might even catch yourself singing along.
UPCOMING: Scarborough Music Theatre present Xanadu Nov. 2 to 18; Scarborough Players present A Christmas Carol Dec. 1 to 16.
All productions performed at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. Info on the theatre and all three production companies at theatrescarborough.com.
SEASON OPENERCathedral Bluff Symphony Orchestra opens its 2023-24 season Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m. at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, with three Canadian composers whose unique and expressive voices will be put on full display:
• Katie Agocs’ Shenanigan is full of buoyant energy, showing off the range of the orchestra, capturing the essence of Atlantic Canada’s reels.
• Christine Donkin’s Three Autumn Scenes is beautifully descriptive, as we explore those first sounds and sights of a crisp autumn day.
• Written for acclaimed First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, Ancestral Voices is a powerful and thought-provoking song cycle written in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation.
Finally, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, one of the most famous symphonies of all time, is a sweeping drama inspired by his experiences during his stay in America.
For more info on this season opening concert and their 2023-24 season, visit cathedralbluffs.comMULTICULTURAL FESTIVALThe 6th annual Scarborough Community Multicultural Festival, themed 'Celebrating Scarborough's Rich Culture and Diversity', runs Oct. 6 to 8 at Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Rd., and include cultural performances, entertainment by local residents, guest appearances from Jamaal Magloire from the Toronto Raptors. More info.
FARMERS MARKETTuesdays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. (until Oct. 10), The Scarborough Farmers' Market is on at Rosebank Park, 1051 Progress Ave. The markets are weekly, neighbourhood celebrations of food, diversity, culture and community that connects market patrons with diverse, local farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs, selling farm-fresh produce and a range of products that reflect Toronto’s diversity. The vendor team consists of family-owned farms, women-led enterprises, and ethno-cultural businesses that represent the true diversity and richness of Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world. More info at scarboroughfarmersmarket.caDANCE CLASSESThursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Swing Dance Classes at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258, 305 Morrish Road, Scarborough. Classes are held on Thursdays, beginners 7-8 p.m, Intermediate/Advanced 8-9 p.m. More info.
NIGHTS OF LIGHTSThrough to Oct. 31, Halloween Nights of Lights is a thrilling, immersive walk-through experience, various times available at Scarborough Town Centre, 500 Progress Ave. This year's experience will feature more than 1.5 million LED and RGB lights animated and synchronized to your favourite Halloween tunes. Continue the fun inside of Pumpkinville, a fun fair located at the end of the Nights of Lights trail featuring larger than life pumpkin sculptures and village. Advance tickets required. More info at nightsoflights.caRAVINE DAYSSept. 30 to Oct. 9, 2023,Ravine Days is an annual city-wide celebration of Toronto’s ravine system. Activities about and throughout the ravines – from talks and tours, to markets and creative workshops – are held in collaboration with community partners. More info at toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/ravine-daysAT CLARK CENTRE
• F8 Photography Collective, Oct. 2 to 30. Opening reception: Oct. 7, 1 to 3 p.m. Marvel at advancements made in transportation over the past 200 years with this exhibition by members of F8. Responsible for transforming towns, cities and countryside, these momentous innovations have shaped our modern world.
Clark Centre for the Arts, is located at 191 Guildwood Pkwy., Scarborough. More info on this and upcoming exhibitions hereAT SCARBOROUGH MUSEUM• through to Jan. 31, 2024, The Queer Tamil Collective’s Oor Exhibition explores the question of belonging when faced with the fractures of displacement through war, colonialism, caste violence, and queerphobia. Through a carefully curated selection of sculptures, textiles, paintings, portraits and videos, 12 Queer Tamil artists from across the globe remember and revisit their complex histories while reimagining new possibilities of resistance in the face of growing bigotry and intolerance, in the hopes of carving out a new place of belonging that transcends binaries, borders, space and time.
Scarborough Museum is located at 1007 Brimley Rd.AT CEDAR RIDGE:• Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 2023enjoy works created by Cedar Ridge’s talented instructors in this group exhibition featuring painting, drawing, mixed media, textiles, clay and sculpture. More info.
• Oct. 7 to 19, 2023, Esther Kim & Hee J Jo: Take in the bright and vibrant colour palette that these Korean-Canadian artists infuse into their work. Inspired by the artist’s daily surroundings, this exhibition depicts bliss through different perceptions and delivers a sense of delightfulness found in the most ordinary days, expressing gratitude in the most mundane things. Join the artists at the reception on Sunday, October 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. More info.
• Oct. 21 to Nov. 2, 2023, The East End Makers Collective Exhibition, entitled "Elemental". These seven east-end artists showcase their work in ceramics as well as acrylic, watercolour, glass, metal and jewelry making. More info.
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is located at 225 Confederation Dr.GUIDED WALKS
Rouge National Urban Park guided walks: discover the park's natural, cultural and agricultural stories with friendly and knowledgeable Parks Canada volunteer leaders and staff on most weekend days. Visit park website for information on theme, age suitability, difficulty of the walks.
NEEDLEARTS GUILDScarborough Needlearts Guild - Fall Show & Tea Room Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark's United Church, 115 Orton Park Rd. Check out members' beautiful hand stitched embroidery. More info.
Acoustic Harvest, which brings the finest in roots acoustic music to Scarborough and east Toronto, has kicked off its 2023-24 season. Next concert is Saturday, Oct. 21 with The Whiteley Family: Ken, Chris, Ben & Jesse. Concerts start at 8 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.) at St. Paul's United Church, 200 McIntosh St. Tickets and full concert schedule at acousticharvest.caSPO PREMIERE
Friday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army Citadel Scarborough, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra presents ‘showpieces for viola and orchestra’ with international classical star violist Máté Szűcs and featuring premiere of a new viola concerto, conducted by the composer, SPO’s own Ronald Royer. Info on this and entire season’s concerts at spo.caThese selected events are taken from our online city-wide “Things to do” list which, in turn, are selected from our events calendar at toronto.com/events (as well as the City of Toronto events calendar). You can enter your own Scarborough events at toronto.com/events - and chances are they will end up here in this listing!