SCARBOROUGH: here’s what’s going on, Sept. 22 to Oct. 1, 2023
Continuing Sept. 21, 22, at 8 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 2 p.m., Scarborough Players presents Halfway There by Norm Foster at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road (at Markham Rd.), Scarborough. More info at theatrescarborough.com
Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kingston Road Fall Fest: A day of food, fun and community at 3718 Kingston Road, Scarborough. This family-friendly, food-forward event aims to enlighten, entertain and engage. The local community, their families and friends – are all invited to celebrate the fall harvest and the wonderful cuisines and cultures of Scarborough. More info.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., St Nick’s Fall Market on the lawn. Start the fall off right! Stop by the St. Nick's church lawn, 1512 Kingston Rd., to shop for delicious homemade meat pies, baked goods, frozen entrees, jams and preserves, plus beautiful handmade crafts. And take home a tasty lunch! More info.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Centre for Immigrant and Community Services is hosting its Fall Harvest Festival & Volunteer Appreciation 2023 at CICS Community Garden & Greenhouse, 2330 Midland Ave. Free. Elevate your day with a moving volunteer appreciation ceremony, followed by interactive booths, food booth, live performances, kids' excitement, food hub and garden exploration, and alluring garden market and charity booth wonders. Free admission, free booth prizes, and lucky draw await! More info.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., get ready to embark on a mesmerizing journey of art and imagination at the Night of Abstracts Art Event, presented by Scarborough visual abstract artist Sarah Terrillon at the prestigious Qssis Banquet Hall in Scarborough. A portion of the artwork sales from the event will be donated to Juliette’s Place ongoing efforts to provide shelter, support, and resources to women and families fleeing domestic abuse situations. The event includes a dinner offering a delightful culinary experience that complements the artistic atmosphere. Tickets and more info at sarahterrill.com
Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the City of Toronto's final environment day for the season at Malvern Community Centre, 30 Sewells Rd. (east of Neilson Rd.). For more info, visit City of Toronto's community environment days webpage.
Tuesdays 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.ca
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.
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
Saturday, Sept. 30, 4 to 7 p.m., The Honourable Harvest ~ Truth and Reconciliation at Scarborough Museum presented by TÀMMARO ART/Design and Toronto History Museums at Scarborough Museum, 1007 Brimley Rd. Tobacco offerings are welcome; and event organizers request no dogs and no alcohol at the ceremony. Join Elder Catherine Tammaro, Wyandot MultiMedia Artist and seated FaithKeeper for the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation (one of the four nations of the Wendat Confederacy) and others in honouring the Autumnal Solstice and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Celebrate the progression of cycles of the Natural World through the sharing of food, songs and teachings centred on holding right relations with the Earth, waters and celestial spaces - and with each other. Guests will be invited to reflect on what they intend to harvest this year and how the energies of these gifts from the earth and the Ancestors of this land, may assist them as they move through the colder months, until the light is sparked and renewed at Winter Solstice. Free. Reservations are not required, however, if you are interested in attending or for more information please feel free to email [email protected]. Food will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis for a maximum of 30 meals. More info.
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
Sept. 30 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
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 661 Kennedy Road, Scarborough. Free breakfast for the neighboring community with no obligation. Croissants, bread, cheese, fruits, juice and water will be served. You can stay and eat or take home. More info.
Sept. 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-days
Saturday, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Community Family Services of Ontario's FREE 'Explore Volunteering' Workshop. Virtual. Learn about the many benefits of volunteering to gain Canadian experience, improve skills and be exposed to different career fields as you explore opportunities for employment. Find out if volunteering is right for you! Get started and learn about volunteering in Canada and explore your passion and gain new skills & experience towards your dream job. More info.
Sunday, Oct. 1, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Ron Moeser Memorial Fun Run at Rouge National Urban Park, Rouge Beach and Marsh, 195 Rouge Hills Dr. A fun community run/walk along the beautiful Ron Moeser trail, this event is a fundraiser for the West Rouge Sports & Recreation Association to help them fund community events such as family movie nights, concerts, kids parties, etc. in the West Rouge area. Visit funrun.sportsandrec.ca for more information and to register.
AT CLARK CENTRE
• Sept. 2 to 30, To Be In This Place - An Exhibition. Experience engaging works by Charmaine Lurch that play with light and shadow to take viewers on a journey across the sky, sea and land. These visual and tactile constructions form fluid typographies that examine human, animal and environmental relationships.
• Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Maven Talk with artist Charmaine Lurch, presented by City of Toronto. Limited capacity. First come, first served. Lurch is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work draws attention to human-environmental relationalities. Her paintings and sculptures are conversations on infrastructures and the spaces and places we inhabit. Working with a range of materials and reimagining our surroundings –from bees and taxi cabs to The Tempest and quiet moments of joy – she subtly connects Black life and movement globally. Take in this evening talk where Lurch will share her experience as an artist and speak upon her new exhibition called, To Be in This Place. Lurch is one of the recipients of the Artist Residency Program. More info.
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.
• through to Oct. 1, Artist Mentorship Showcase: Portraits of Absence & Mirrors into a Colonial Heart of Darkness by Megha Parhar. Question the accepted visual narratives of colonization & explore what classical portraits and paintings would look like minus stolen resources and bodies via colonial violence; what the actual costs of privilege/symbols of wealth are & highlighting who avoids paying them, highlighting the absences of the visualized ugliness of colonial violence, what it actually was and how it continues to exist in new forms, its legacies, as well as the portraits highlighting the absence of rage of those who were and continue to be oppressed. This project is part of the Toronto History Museums’ Artist Mentorship Showcase: Pride with Mentor Ashley Mckenzie-Barnes.
Scarborough Museum is located at 1007 Brimley Rd.
AT CEDAR RIDGE:
• Sept. 23 to 26, Makers Collective. Browse this mixed media group show, highlighting the fantastically creative work that this Scarborough-based collective produces. More info.
• Sept. 29 to Oct. 5,enjoy 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.
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.
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!