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Weekend Roundup: December 7 to 9

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

Vinyl Cafe

Stuart McLean hosts another Vinyl Café Christmas Show at the Sony Centre

Friday, December 7
Stuart McLean, CBC Radio’s beloved storyteller and humourist, tonight brings his annual Vinyl Café Christmas show to the Sony Centre. Packed with good cheer, the production features all your favourite café characters and some new “Dave and Morely” stories, as well as holiday music from the Vinylettes and Ried Jamieson.

It may sound foreboding, but the Canadian Opera Company’s Grimmfest is actually full of happily-ever-afters. The event (on through Saturday) celebrates the 200th anniversary of the tall-tale-telling brothers and the stories we’ve all grown up with. Tonight, drop by the 500th-performance party for The Brothers Grimm, Dean Burry’s family-friendly one-act opera about how the brothers discovered all the stories we’ve come to love. Then stick around for the 45-minute show itself.

The early 2000s may have been its heyday, but the Dave Matthews Band continues to thrive as one of pop music’s more creative concerns. Tonight the band marches into the Air Canada Centre with hit tunes from its long history, plus new numbers from its latest album, Away from the World.

Head to the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market to participate in a caroling singing for the ages

Saturday, December 8
Ever wanted to be break a world record? Today’s your chance with the Distillery Historic District’s World Caroling Challenge fundraiser for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Thousands of voices are expected to unite in song to celebrate the season and support a good cause. Mill Street Brewery will donate $1 for every participant, so don’t miss your chance to give back, and check out the Toronto Christmas Market while you’re at it.

Get some (or all!) of your Christmas shopping done today at one of Toronto’s premier indie craft and design fairs—City of Craft. Now in its sixth year, the popular event features dozens of local artisans selling all manner of handmade goods, as well as free workshops, craft installations and more.

Bundle up the kids and take them to Solar Stage’s production of The Princess and the Pea today. The musical play, ideal for children ages 3 to 10, tells the tale of storyland’s most sensitive princess and the pea that stood between her and a good night’s sleep. Songs, dancing and other interactive fun will keep smiles on everyone’s faces.

Carrie Underwood belts out new tunes at the Air Canada Centre (photo: Larry Darling)

Sunday, December 9
She may have taken one of Canadian hockey’s most eligible bachelors off the market and won fame on American Idol, but we can’t help but love Carrie Underwood’s down-home songs and soulful voice. Tonight, Toronto concertgoers can hear the Grammy Award winner perform music from her latest album, Blown Away, at the Air Canada Centre.

Going to the movies is a favourite holiday tradition for many families. Make this season extra special with a screening of the classic holiday film The Snowman accompanied by live music by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra today at Roy Thomson Hall. Free art activities courtesy of the Avenue Road Art School will be offered during intermission.

If you couldn’t make it to City of Craft, two other exciting seasonal markets continue today. Fort York’s Frost Fair Christmas Marketplace offers souvenir-printing, 18th- and 19th-century-inspired treats and vendors dressed in period costumes. Meanwhile, over at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, their annual Holiday Art Market is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind paintings, jewellery, clothing and more.


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