Take a hike (…in the nicest way possible).
If you want the ultimate test of will, visit one of Ontario’s scenic hiking trails this autumn. Toronto has numerous trails to explore this season that all offer a chance to take in beautiful fall foliage and break a sweat at the same time. Evergreen Brick Works is a local favourite during fall, and they also offer a complimentary shuttle bus north of Broadview Station. Or head west to Dundas, Ontario to the Dundas Peak for a trail walk that also features a waterfall.
Experience contemporary art from sunset to sunrise at Nuit Blanche.
The city-wide night-long contemporary art festival, Nuit Blanche returns on September 30th. This year’s theme looks ahead to Canada’s next 150 years and features over 85 contemporary art projects, reaching from the West Toronto Railpath to the city’s East Harbour. The TTC also extends all-night service to a portion of the subway, making getting around easier (and cheaper if you want to avoid Uber charges).
Become the next Monopoly champion.
Stay cozy and indoors! If your work load is a bit too much, exams have got you down, or if you’re simply bored, cure that boredom with a round of Monopoly or Dream Phone at a game board cafe. Snakes & Lattes currently have two different locations that offer everything from Cards Against Humanity to Mouse Trap and entry is just $5.00 per person. Tip: the College location is licensed.
Vibe to the beats & words of local talent.
Drake, Alessia Cara, The Weeknd, Broken Social Scene, Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez…must we go on? The city is brimming with talent and you can easily find Toronto’s next top star at one of the city’s many open mic nights and complimentary concerts.
RISE Thursdays: This monthly performance arts showcase is a newly added extension of its successful Monday night open mic in Scarborough. Admission is $5.00.
Freef’all Sundays: Hit up this Kensington Market hot spot, Supermarket every Sunday evening to enjoy their open-mic. Admission is free.
Poetry Slam at The Drake: This legendary slam brings in the very best poets from across the GTA and features a special guest each slam. The very best poets make it on the Toronto Poetry Slam Team. Admission is $7.00.
Lunchtime Live: Take a walk away from your cubicle (or study session) and enjoy a free concert Monday afternoons at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Art, art and more art!
If Nuit Blanche has inspired you to take in more contemporary art, don’t fret. There is no shortage of options this fall, and they won’t result in you reaching deep into your couch cushions to cover the cost.
The Power Plant: Admission to The Power Plant is completely free year-round, easily accessible (a quick street car ride from Union) and is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted to contemporary visual art.
Queen West Art Crawl: Art enthusiasts can browse through and admire the work of over 200 artists at Trinity Bellwoods park from September 23 – 24th. There will also be a beer tent on site, which may make spotting the park’s notorious white squirrel all the more easier.
Wednesday Nights at the AGO: Admission to the AGO is completely free Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Don’t have the stamina for an autumn hike? Take in Canada’s beautiful fall foliage in their Canadian Collection and enjoy the works of The Group Of Seven.