As the final week of summer comes to an end the excitement of September is in the air with a full calendar of exciting events in Toronto. There is definitely something for everyone in Toronto this fall! There are too many to even list here so we have listed those that are walking and street car access from The Boatel because we know once our guests park they don’t want to drive.
It wouldn’t be labour day without a mention of the CNE and the air show. As has been the custom for the last 133 years the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) or The Ex as it is affectionately known closes on Labour Day (Sept 5) after a 18 day run. The Ex is Canada’s largest community fair that attracts about 1.3 million people each year and offers shows, entertainment, shopping, midway rides and don’t forget to stop at the food building to get some fudge from Ye Olde Fudge Pot who have been delighting visitors for 25 years. Owner Kevin Smith gave us a sample of his “Fudge-on-a-stick”. But that’s not the only thing new at the Ex this year, you can also try deep fried mars bars and deep fried cola. What’s next?
Whether you are sitting at Ontario Place, at the CNE or anywhere along the waterfront you will be captivated by the Canadian International Airshow that runs from September 3 to the 5th with daily shows starting at 12:30. Guests at The Boatel will be able to relax and watch the show from the boat.
If planes aren’t your thing then you can jump on board and take a tour of visiting naval ship HMCS Montreal docked at Pier 27. Tours are being offered of this 134 meter ship Sept 2nd, 2-4pm or 6-8pm and Sept 3-5th from 1-4pm and 6-8pm daily. Pier 27 is a 15 minute walk east of the Boatel.
The Shoppers Drug Mart® Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™is also the weekend to remember those lives we have lost to breast or gynaecologic cancer and a weekend to celebrate the lives we are saving. Please walk or offer you support on Sept 10/11 by donating to make a difference by creating hope for every women’s future.
Some like it Hot & Spicy and that’s why Toronto Harbourfront Centre is once again hosting the Hot & Spicy Food Festival from Sept 2-5. This Pan-Asian festival features cooking demonstrations and lots of tasty food to enjoy. If you prefer vegetarian cuisine then check out the Vegetarian Food Festival the following weekend (Sept 9 –11) at Harboufront Centre. Don’t forget to browse the International Marketplace such as the Yes World Boutique™ whichoffers unique women’s organic clothing.
September 8 to 18th you will want your camera in hand and get ready to capture 10 days of excitement with the stars on the red carpet during the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF ranks as among the most prestigious film festivals and is hosted each September in Toronto.
The Queen West Art Crawl (Sept 16-18) is a “weekend-long festival to celebrate and cultivate the unique character, diversity and ethos of Queen West – a natural habitat for individual artists, arts organizations, artist run centres and businesses that promote art and culture.” The festival runs along Queen Street West from Bathurst to Roncesvalles and features 250 jury-selected artists. There are plenty of art events for crawlers of all ages, from the family-friendly Second City KidsZone, walking tours, to the edgy and innovative Parkdale Nightcrawl.
One of our favorite guest destinations is the Distillery District and Septemebr is a great month to visit the Distillery which is the largest collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America. This 13 acre area was transformed into a pedestrian only cultural area in 2001. September 2 – 5 features the Artisans at the Distillery and Sepember 9-11 is host to the Distillery Wine Festival. While at the distillery you might also want to plan a matinee at the World famous Cirque du Soleil Totem which is playing Wednesday through Sundays until October at the nearby Port Lands. If you missed the Distillery artisans then you go to the Cabbagetown Festival andRiverdale Farm Fall Festival,(Sept 9-11) in the heart of Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown district. By the way Cabbagetown got its name from the habit of its first residents growing cabbages on their front lawns and the name stuck.
Take me out to the Ball Game – Boston Red Socks, Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees fans will be filling the streets and the Rogers Centre as Toronto plays Boston (Sept 5 -8), Baltimore (Sept 10-11) and NY (Sept 16-18). Of course it’s a short walk from the Boatel to Rogers Centre so don’t worry about the traffic, in fact the Rogers Centre is almost in our back yard and when the Toronto Blue Jays hit a home run you can hear them cheer. If you’re a Buffalo Bills fan then get ready for excitement as the NFL action comes to the Rogers Centre on Oct 30th.
A tribute to great Canadian artists is highlight at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival (Sept 29 to Oct 2nd) with a multitude of free and ticketed performances by Canadian artists including Burton Cummings and Chantal Kreviazuk and Comedy Night in Canada hosted by Jon Dore.
And finally, but certainly not least, the month comes to an end with the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (French for White Night) on October 1st. For one sleepless night experience as Toronto is transformed by hundreds of artists for Toronto’s sixth annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art. You can discover art in galleries, museums and unexpected places. From a streetcar, alleyways and storefronts to churches, ponds and parks, choose from more than 130 destinations and chart your own path. One night only. All night long.
As you can see there is lots in store for our Boatel guests. Just don’t forget walking shoes.