TIFF Throws A Toga Party For Comedies

Will Ferrell finds out it's so good once it hits the lips in Old School. Image courtesy of the TIFF Film Reference Library.

Will Ferrell finds out it's so good once it hits the lips in Old School. Image courtesy of the TIFF Film Reference Library.

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • All day

When Animal House first turned the toga into suitable party attire in 1978, the landscape of the film comedy was forever altered. TOGA! The Reinvention of American Comedy, a new film series that kicked off Wednesday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, seeks to chart the changing comedic sensibilities that have occurred in the years since the film’s release. From big budget blockbusters, to libido-fuelled sex romps, to carefully calibrated exercises in nuance and timing, the selections in the program are some of the funniest films ever made.

Details: TIFF Throws A Toga Party For Comedies

Morningside/Highland Creek Tree Tour

Photo by mtlockca from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Photo by mtlockca from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

  • East Scarborough Storefront (4040 Lawrence Ave East)
  • 6 p.m.

LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests), Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), and Highland Creek Green Team have joined forces to provide guided Tree Tours to the public. Tour the tree canopy along Highland Creek in Morningside Park, while learning about the history of the region, as well as the tree planting programs available in residential areas.

Details: Morningside/Highland Creek Tree Tour

Summers of Catan

The Settlers of Catan: like The Sims for Luddites. Photo courtesy of Summers of Catan.

The Settlers of Catan: like The Sims for Luddites. Photo courtesy of Summers of Catan.

  • Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West)
  • 6 p.m.

If you’ve never played Settlers of Catan, you’re probably wondering what could be more dull than spending your evening playing a board game about old-timey landowners. But that’s because you haven’t played it, yet. Gladstone Hotel aims to change that with their Summers of Catan program. Every Wednesday, gather with other Catan-fans, drink specially discounted beer, and get settled! Bring your own boards, or use those provided.

Details: Summers of Catan

The Sopranos/James Gandolfini Trivia Night

  • The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue)
  • 7:30 p.m.

As a mild-manned, law-abiding, office-jobbed Canadian, do you know far too much about the Italian mob? Chances are then, you’ll do well at The Sopranos/James Gandolfini Trivia Night. Brush up on your show knowledge (as if you needed an excuse to bust out your box set), and prepare to take out your opponents trivia-style to celebrate the life of a great actor and his legendary show.

Details: The Sopranos/James Gandolfini Trivia Night

Ongoing…

The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
Details: The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization