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Weekend Roundup: December 14 to 16

These weekend events and concerts are guaranteed to make your time in Toronto even more memorable!

The Young Centre hosts Dickens’ Women as part of its Word Festival

Friday, December 14
This year marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, so it’s only appropriate that the Young Centre for the Performing Arts would honour the prolific writer at its Word Festival. Tonight, take in British actress Miriam Margolyes’s one-woman play, Dickens’ Women. The show examines Dickens’ most famous female characters, whom the author based on real people in his life.

One of Toronto’s most groundbreaking public art galleries, The Power Plant, tonight kicks of its winter exhibition season with a free party. Be the first to check out the new exhibits, including Beat Nation: Art, Hip-Hop and Aboriginal Culture, which looks at the juxtaposition of urban youth culture and aboriginal identity through painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video. Beat Nation artists Skeena Reece are slated to perform, too.

Two Canadian institutions pair up for an evening of hits and holiday songs as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is joined on the Roy Thomson Hall stage by the Barenaked Ladies. Hear new orchestral arrangements of some of your BNL favourites—like “If I had $1,000,000” and “One Week”—and then get into the festive spirit with renditions of beloved seasonal songs.

Skate under the stars and city lights at Harbourfront Centre (photo: Sean Connors)

Saturday, December 15
Harbourfront Centre has holiday family fun covered today with a free afternoon screening of A Muppet Christmas Carol and the season’s first DJ Skate Night on the lakeside Natrel Rink. Urban radio station FLOW 93.5 takes over the entertainment as DJ P-Plus and host Miss Ange bringing you tunes to accompany a night of outdoor fun, while Toronto’s waterfront supplies spectacular views. Bundle up and take part in one of Canada’s favourite pastimes.

Celebrate the season at Evergreen Brick WorksWinter Solstice Festival, featuring family-fun activities like skating under the stars, drop-in crafting and more. Then step out for The Story, Theatre Columbus’s modern retelling of the nativity play, which is performed throughout the Brick Works grounds and accompanied by a live choir.

Take the kids and join the Casa Loma elves for treats and crafts at their Elves in the Workshop event today. Pre-register to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while decorating charming homemade gingerbread house ornaments to hang on your tree.

The St. Michael’s Choir School performs classic seasonal songs

Sunday, December 16
Don’t miss a chance to hear the seasonal sounds of Toronto’s most famous all-boys choir tonight at Massey Hall, as conductor Jerzy Cichocki leads the 270 young men of the St. Michael’s Choir School in its exultant Christmas concert, now in its 73rd year.

Catch the NFL in Toronto today as the Buffalo Bills face off against the Seattle Seahawks at the Rogers Centre. Stay in your seat when the hard-hitting action breaks at halftime—Korean pop superstar PSY makes an appearance in style. Gangnam style.

Make the most of the last day of Toronto’s Waterfront Winterfest, with everything from arts and crafts for the kids, skating and films Harbourfront Centre and even pet photos with Santa—just in time for those last-minute holiday cards.

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