SCARBOROUGH: here’s what’s going on, Oct. 20 to 29, 2023
Scarborough Theatre Guild presents ‘You’ll Get Used To It - The War Show’ continuing Oct. 20, 2023 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 21, 2023 at 2 p.m. 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 presents 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.
RUNNING SHOE ART
The “Art on Sneaker” High School Invitational is being held at the Scarborough Town Centre, Centre Court Saturday, Oct. 21, 1 to 5 p.m. Forty aspiring teen artists between the ages of 16-19 will have the chance to showcase their creativity and technical skills. Each artist will have 45 minutes to craft their unique concept, expressing the themes of growth and community. The event will feature two rounds of competition and all sneaker creations will be evaluated by a panel of judges including experts from JD, PLC, Reebok, and STC. Three winners and five additional finalists will be selected based on storytelling, colour selection, and the cleanliness of their artwork. The three winners will receive cash prizes and all finalists will participate in a one-day workshop hosted by PLC, OCAD, and Reebok. Following the workshop, the artists will get to apply their knowledge to create an entirely new "Art on Sneaker" concept. The winning concept will be put into a limited production run by Reebok in 2024 for friends and family, alongside MARTK’D and JD Sports.
Thursdays, 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 LIGHTS
Through 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.ca
AT CLARK CENTRE
• F8 Photography Collective, Oct. 2 to 30. 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 here
AT 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:
• 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.
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.
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.ca
FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario is back with its 3rd annual Halloween Food Truck Festival with partner Canadian Food Truck Festivals for a family-friendly, accessible 2-day Halloween event Oct. 28, 29 at Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Ave. in Scarborough. The festival features the GTA’s best food trucks, craft beer, live entertainment, kids activities, costume contests, Halloween treats, prizes, giveaways and more. Grab your kids, costumes and pets, and bring your appetite. All proceeds from the festival go towards supporting Variety Village’s inclusive programs and facilities for children and adults of all abilities. More info.
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.ca
These 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!