Toronto Design Offsite Festival

  • All day

A week-long visual art and design bonanza taking place at venues across the city, the Toronto Design Offsite Festival features exhibitions, screenings, parties, talks, and tours—all of which showcase “the best in Canadian design.” It’s a not-for-profit festival, so most of the programming is free; you’ll want to check out the festival schedule for a full list of events, locations, and participating artists, companies, and galleries.

Details: Toronto Design Offsite Festival

Last Laughable

Nick Flanagan. Photo by Paul Perrier.

Nick Flanagan. Photo by Paul Perrier.

  • Unlovable (1415 Dundas Street West)
  • 9 p.m.

Veteran stand-up comic (and former punk frontman) Nick Flanagan is pulling up roots and leaving Toronto for a spell, which means Laughable at Unlovable, the monthly comedy show he co-produces and co-hosts with Steph Tolev, is going on hiatus. Some of Torontoist‘s favorite comics are appearing on the bill for this last show, including Pat Thornton, Evany Rosen, and Chris Locke.

Details: Last Laughable

Singular Sensation

Photo by Kaela Greenstein.

Photo by Kaela Greenstein.

  • Statler's Lounge (487 Church Street)
  • 9:30 p.m.

Weekly musical-theatre open mic Singular Sensation has a new feature in 2014; it’ll be showcasing short sets of original material by local performers, sandwiched in between the usual appearances of “slumming” performers on their night off. Up this week in the showcase slot are Jeff Insell and Elliott Loran, the hosts of cabaret series The Swinging Wingding. (Loran leaves town soon to report for duty in the Stratford Festival ensemble.)

Details: Singular Sensation


The Guggenheim Comes to the AGO


While the Toronto International Film Festival may have shifted into a more relaxed mode, it’s still offering plenty of opportunities to gawk at movie stars—they’re just a little more spread out. Midweek, fans could catch the premieres of Good Kill (Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg’s new bit of oddness), The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II cryptographer Alan Turing), Jauja (Viggo Mortensen, and we don’t know much else really), Laggies (Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley in a comedy about people taking their sweet time to grow up), October Gale (Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman in a thriller/drama set in a remote cabin), Pawn Sacrifice (about the chess duels between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer), The Cobbler (Adam Sandler’s latest) and Escobar (Benicio Del Toro is the famous drug kingpin).

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Details: TIFF 2014 Scenes: Tuesday–Thursday Nights, Featuring Good Kill, Maps to the Stars, The Imitation Game, Jauja, Laggies, and More