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Toronto and GTA events for International Women’s Day

IWD ’19 is coming up! Check out these 8 local activities to help you celebrate

Women are always at the front of revolutions.” That’s Buthayna Kamel, Egypt’s first female presidential candidate, dropping straight wisdom about who’s really getting things done when it comes to social justice—and she’s right. No matter what point in history, where you are in the world or whether the revolution in question is low-key and quiet or bold and kick-ass, women have led the way. That’s what we’re commemorating on International Women’s Day. Here are eight awesome local activities to help you figure out how you should celebrate this year.

#DevTO International Women’s Day Talks 

Revel in self-love at this girl power-focused fair. This annual, IWD-themed talk, now in its fifth year, gives women in tech the chance to connect, cheer one another on—and soak up some serious career inspo. This year, attendees will hear from STEM superstars like Komal Singh, an engineering program manager at Google, and author of kids’ STEM bestseller Ara The Star Engineer; Sarah Stockdale, the founder and CEO of Valkerie, a boutique tech growth consultancy based in Toronto; Pansy Lee, the director of product and design at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and more.

March 4, 6:30 p.m., $35. RBC WaterPark Place, 88 Queens Quay W., Toronto.

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The Dinner Party 

The Dinner Party is a fundraiser for two charities: Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services Halton (SAVIS) and Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan-Halton. All profits raised through ticket sales, silent auction and 50/50 draw will go to these two groups. This year’s guest speaker is Roberta Jamieson, president and CEO of Indspire and the first Indigenous woman in Canada to earn a law degree.

March 6, 5:30 p.m., $60. Oakville Conference & Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Rd.  

IMPRINTS with Hanna Georgas and Special Guests  

Georgas is celebrating the release of her new EP, Imprints, with an evening of song featuring self-identifying women and non-binary artists in music. Guests include Rae Spoon, Donovan Woods and The Weather Station.

March 7, 7 p.m., $29.50 in advance/$35 at the door. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., Toronto.

CFUW International Women’s Day Celebration (FREE) 

Join the Canadian Federation of University Women for an IWD celebration in Newmarket. This year’s theme is international aid. Speaker Lynn Bird will describe her current project in Tanzania, where she’s set up a co-op of women who make sanitary pads for girls so they can keep going to class while on their periods. Bird is inviting attendees to donate material, sewing skill or funds to the cause.

March 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (potluck lunch included). Trinity United Church, 461 Park Ave., Newmarket.

QRS Live Karaoke: International Women’s Day Party

A queer rock and roll party featuring live karaoke and a DJ dance party. Start practicing in the shower so you can rock out to tunes by Garbage, Hole, Bikini Kill and many more. This is a queer party, but all are welcome to attend.

March 9, 9:00 p.m., $5/PWYC. Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave., Toronto.

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 SongBird North: International Women’s Day

This special International Women’s Day concert features Canadian songwriters Michie Mee, Elana Harte, the duo Moscow Apartment and Kinnie Star (who is also the host of the event). The artists come together to perform their music and tell the stories behind their songs.

March 9, 8 p.m., $35. Temerty Theatre at The Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St. W., Toronto.

IWD Rally & March (FREE) 

Celebrate International Women’s Day with fellow like-minded folks at a rally and march in Toronto.

March 9, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., auditorium at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor St. W. (March starts at 1 p.m.)

Women in Politics  (FREE) 

Women Win Toronto, an organization dedicated to train and prepare women from diverse backgrounds to run winning campaigns, is leading a discussion on why more women should get involved in politics. While the event runs later in the month, it is presented in recognition of International Women’s Day.

March 28, 6:30 p.m. Lillian H. Smith library branch, 239 College St.

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