The best Toronto events celebrating International Women’s Day this week

With International Women’s Day coming up on Tuesday, March 8, it’s a time to honour the women in your life, reflect on the world’s history of misogyny and discrimination and celebrate how far we’ve come thanks to the incredible women who came before us.

In the city, this week is full of opportunities to do so – whether it’s an all-day event to network and learn from women in business, a Toronto artist’s concert in honour of International Women’s Day or a series of self-care workshops for you and the women you love in your life.

A live concert affair starring Zaki Ibrahim


When: March 8, 7 p.m.

Where: The Great Hall

This filmed event for those 19 and older features Toronto artist Zaki Ibrahim and special guest TiKa and is sure to be a good time. Titled “SFX” as both a reference to sound effects and design along with being a makeshift acronym standing for a laundry list of women-celebrating words, the event offers VIP premium tickets at $55 and general admission at $35. VIP ticket-holders will get a specialty cocktail. This is the place to be for the music lovers in your life! Get tickets here.

Immigrant Women in Business International Women’s Day Celebration

When: March 8, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Dovercourt House

If you’re hoping to spend International Women’s Day learning from other inspiring women, look no further than the Immigrant Women in Business’ event celebrating the day. Tickets are free to this five-hour event if you happen to be a member, newcomer, activist or volunteer. Special guests include Michelle Meghie, president of the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce, Emily Mo, director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto and more than 20 other keynote speakers. Register here.

Anutka Esthetics self-care workshops


When: March 9-12, various times

Where: 2557 Dundas St. W.

Whether you’re a woman who has been working hard and is hoping to catch a bit of a break or someone looking for the perfect way to say, “I see and appreciate all you do and know it’s challenging being a woman out there,” Toronto spa Anutka has the answer. Offering self-care sessions of all kinds this week, the company is offering yoga classes, skincare product sampling, wine and cheese catering and more for just under $30. There’s also a virtual option on Tuesday if you’re looking to relax from home. Get your tickets here.

Aborted at Comedy Bar


When: March 8, 8 p.m.

Where: 945 Bloor St. W.

Comedy Bar’s International Women’s Day event, Aborted, is featuring some of Toronto’s best women comedians sharing stories of choosing to get an abortion. Starring Amanda Custodio, Rush Kazi, Marlena Kaesler, Anna Luo and more, come out to the comedy bar if you’re ready for a night of tasteful laughs and potentially some stories that will make you cry. Buy tickets here.

Girls’ Night Out

When: March 9, 5-7:30 p.m.

Where: Gotstyle Clothing Store, in the Distillery District

To celebrate International Women’s Day, a group of women-owned businesses are hosting a mini-glam photoshoot event for you and your friends. For $150, you’ll receive a hair, make-up and photo session with three edited photos within the Distillery District, along with being entered for a chance to win a grand prize valued at $550. You can email laurajacksonfitness@gmail.com if you’re interested in buying a ticket.

Can You Hear Me Now? Voices of Intersectional Feminism

When: March 8, 7 p.m.

Where: Online

This online panel hosted by Another Story Bookshop and Second Story Press will be moderated by journalist Sue Carter and features panelists and authors Kate Graham, Monique Gray Smith and Kai Cheng Thom. Registration is free, so join for a sure to be riveting discussion on women in publishing and intersectional feminism and get entered for a chance to win a prize pack of books! Register here.

 

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