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Live performances, festivals of all types and timely tradeshows fill up the Toronto events calendar this time of year. Here are just a few of the many big events you don't want to miss.

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#JF42. Toronto's Comedy Festival September 20 to 29. Seth Meyers, Jo Koy, Wanda Sykes, Hannibal Burress, Anthony Jeselnik, Chris D'Elia, Ken Jeong.

JFL42

September 20 to 29

The biggest names in comedy come to town when Just for Laughs presents a new kind of interactive festival featuring 42 ‘cool things’ around the city.

Let's Go Blue Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays /
September 20 to 23

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

September 20 to 23

Catch the Jays while you can as the season wraps up.

Still of Batman standing on collapsed structure, from The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience in 70mm /
September 21 to 30 at Cinesphere

Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience in 70mm Film

September 21 to 30

See this action hit movie in awesome 70mm at the world’s first IMAX theatre, Cinesphere at Ontario Place.

Galleries & Museums

Anthropocene /
Begins September 28 at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Edward Burtynsky, Clearcut #1, Palm Oil Plantation, Borneo, Malaysia, 2016. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Anthropocene

September 28, 2018 to January 6, 2019

This powerful series of new photographs and film installations by world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and multiple award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier dramatically depict how we are leaving a human signature on our world.

Paulo Muniz, Untitled, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1961. Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story /
September 12 to December 9
Paulo Muniz, Untitled, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1961, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation

Ryerson Image Centre

Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story

September 12 to December 9, 2018

This exhibition explores a seminal photo essay from 1961 by pioneering African-American photojournalist Gordon Parks that documents life in a favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the extraordinary chain of events it prompted.

Art installation: Promised Land by Nikolaj Skyum and Bendix Larsen, 2011.
Museum of Contemporary Art /
New Location Opens September 22

MOCA reopens

September 22, 2018

The new location for the Museum of Contemporary Art - Toronto will be a place of conversation, exchange and exploration where visitors of all ages and backgrounds can be part of a global creative moment. Featuring work from Canadian and world-recognized artists, the museum is housed on the first five floors of the historic Tower Automotive Building in the up-and-coming, culturally-rich Junction Triangle community.

Two hands surround green jewels.
Emperors and Jewels: Treasures of the Indian Courts from the Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait /
August 18 to January 27, 2019

Aga Khan Museum

Emperors and Jewels: Treasures of the Indian Courts from the Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

August 18 to January 27, 2019

Drawn from the al-Sabah Collection, this sumptuous display explores the roots of contemporary fashion’s love affair with men’s jewellery and adornments.

The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea. September 14 to 23 at Southdown Industrial Area, Mississauga, Ontario. A 10-day contemporary art festival. Opening perspectives on climate change, environmental crisis, and resiliance.

Blackwood Gallery

Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea

September 14 to 23

The Southdown Industrial Area in Mississauga is transformed into a contemporary art exhibition with commissioned works by Canadian and international artists. The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea creates an operatic experience of elemental forces, geopolitical processes, and environmental violence impacting the Earth.

Bata Shoe Museum

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes

May 16, 2018 to January 6, 2019

The only North American stop on this exhibition’s tour, Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes is a retrospective of 45 years of inventiveness.

Spiders: Fear and Fascination /
June 16 to January 6
Photo: Brian Boyle

Royal Ontario Museum

Spiders: Fear and Fascination

June 16, 2018 to January 6, 2019

One of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet is the focus of Spiders: Fear & Fascination. Come face-to-face with 400 live and preserved arachnids, video and interactive experiences.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion /
June 2 to October 8

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

June 2 to October 8, 2018

Explore the extraordinary pieces that come from interweaving design, art and technology in Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. The exhibition explores the designs of Dutch couturier, Iris van Herpen, through collections that push the boundaries of traditional fashion and craftsmanship.

Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition Toronto. September 9 to 30, 2018.

Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition

September 7 to 30

Using rare and celebrated objects selected from the Louis Vuitton archive, Time Capsule is a journey through the history of the Maison that travels from its beginnings in 1854 to the present day. Experience it this September in the Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza of Union Station.