Notable upcoming arts and culture events

28th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival
When: September 7th-9th
It’s said to be the largest vegetarian festival in North America, and besides being absolutely free, this festival is celebrating its 28th year, making it one of the oldest festivals of its kind. The festival is hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, and it is held at Harbourfront Centre. The weekend offers more than 100 vendors ranging from vegetarian cooking demos, nutritionists and huge variety of presentations. Come to learn about raw lifestyle, to practice your yoga and even to hear some live folk or jazz music!

Taste of the Kingsway
When: September 7th-9th
For those who aren’t troubled to travel a bit west of the city, there’s a bloor-west festival that draws all types of crowds. Every year there is a hefty list of local musicians who take the stage and an enthusiastic audience that is happily boozed up on the craft beer. When it comes to food, the Kingsway doesn’t disappoint with flavours from every corner of Toronto, and if you’re after a more classic festival experience you can still indulge in the traditional cotton candy, hot dogs and slushies.

Queen West Art Crawl
When: September 14th-16th
Spanning all the way from tours in West Queen West and Parkdale all the way to the outdoor art show in Trinity Bellwoods, the Queen West Art Crawl offers a little bit of everything to all art connoisseurs. With free walking tours offered, you can take a lomography class, visit The Drake hotel’s permanent art collection or just explore the art made by locals at the nearby Bellwoods.

The Spoken Word
When: Select nights in Toronto
A definitive kind of performance art, this trend of the spoken word continues to quietly rise in the city. Most of these events are poetry slams but some venues choose certain themes to focus on. There are now poetry slams addressing women’s voices, female poetry and musicians. This version of storytelling occurs all over the city and encourages people of all ages to participate and discover their own voice.
(Some events/times – http://www.blogto.com/arts/2012/09/spoken_word_events_in_toronto_september_2012/)