Always brimming with excitement for the latest event, launch, or festivity, Toronto’s calendar is packed with happenings. There is something for everyone to inspire and entertain every resident and visitor of the city. With the Oscars and International Women’s Day just around the corner, the city has the best events. Whether you’re a film enthusiast eager to share their picks for the show, or you’re someone looking to uplift women’s accomplishments around the globe, the guide is your gateway to experience the best bets in Toronto. Here are our picks for this week!

Courtesy of Gallery 1313

The Art of City Building

While Toronto goes through a renaissance of incoming architecture, an oncoming housing crisis levels beneath it all. How have artists battled these crises, and how are they making sense of the social issues that lie under innovation? Labeled the soldiers of gentrification, these artists have come together to amplify the casualties of urban speculation. This space does not offer solutions, but rather a glimpse into our reality. More info.

When: February 28 – March 10

Where: Gallery 1313

Three Sisters

The highly anticipated Canadian premiere of Three Sisters brings together two of Canada’s leading theatre companies to present a powerful adaptation of Chekov’s classic play. Written by Inua Ellams and directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, this adaptation follows 12 African characters and is set in Nigeria.  A year has passed since their father has died, but three sisters, Lolo, Nme Chukwu, and Udo battle with his loss. Longing to return to the city of Lagos, they navigate the devastation of colonialism and the fight for emancipation through family and love. More info.

When: February 29 – March 17

Where: Soulpepper Theatre

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International Women’s Day Events

We’re proud to uplift women artists and women-focused events throughout the months, but with International Women’s Day approaching, there are so many festivities across the city. Some of our favorites include NextUp Toronto’s International Women’s Day Celebration, which features the award-winning, Toronto-based broadcast journalist Jax Irwin. There is truly an event for all interests, you can catch our round-up of the city’s best events here.

When: March 1-31

Where: Various locations across Toronto

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The answer is land

Inspired by anti-colonial and environmental activism and Sámi spiritual practices, this show pays tribute to all those who have fought injustice. The choreography in Elle Sofe Sara’s powerful work is both playful and bold. This work amplifies the long-repressed voices of Sámi people and invites audiences to participate in the performer’s healing and restorative journey. This striking work opens up conversations about colonialism and provides a unique perspective for local audiences. More info.

When: March 6-7

Where: Harbourfront Centre


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Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

Returning for their 19th year, the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival presents a star-studded lineup of over 60 comedy troupes, including Emma Bulpin and Katie Preston from The Suburban Sisterwives and Shoshanna. From hometown headliners to the known names around the city, more than 200 comedians will illuminate the city with laughter. You won’t want to miss this fun-filled festival! More info.

When: March 6-17

Where: Various locations

Replay Story Fest

There is no better way to bond than to share personal stories with others, and what better way to do so than with Replay Story Fest! The festival will showcase diverse forms of storytelling from live performances to music, live journalism, to poetry, all rooted in the human experience. Notable storytellers include Nisha Coleman, Veronica Antiplo, Miho Suzuki, and so much more. Revel in lived experiences, immerse yourself in true stories, and connect with a greater community through this annual event. More info.

When: March 6-10

Where: Burdock

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National Home Show

Everyone loves a good house listing, and The National Home Show features over 600 vendors and experts to offer home guidance. From smart homes to small space living, sustainable building practices to the newest design trends, this show covers it all! Guests can participate in workshops on home design, gardening, renovations, and hands-on-training centers. Get a head start on owning your future home with this show! More info.

When: March 8-10, March 13-17

Where: Enercare Centre

Old Book and Paper Show

For those who love all things vintage, the Old Book and Paper Show is a must-visit this weekend. This is truly a one-of-a-kind event with an array of lost archives, historical documents, 30’s/40’s fashion magazines, flight memorabilia, and so much more. There is something for everyone here with old magic books, movie posters, vintage photography, and autographs. Find all the lost stories of Toronto at this event with an excellent line-up of dealers. More info.

When: March 10

Where: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Courtesy of TIFF

Oscars Watch Parties

Award season is in full swing and fellow film-enjoyers can catch Oscars watch parties across the city! TIFF’s wildly popular Oscars Watch Party allows members to experience the magic of Hollywood’s grandest night, highlighting2023’s best cinema moments throughout the star-studded evening. Hot Docs is also celebrating  the 96th Academy Awards through their free broadcast. Root for your favourite films and play for prizes during commercial breaks with your hosts Neal Armstrong and Patrick Ronan.

When: March 10

Where: Various locations