THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!
THE MAIN EVENTS
The holiday shopping season is really kicking into high gear! Not only are many stores offering American Thanksgiving–style “Black Friday” sales, but two of Toronto’s biggest artisan markets are also enjoying their opening weekends. The massive, always popular One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale has more than 800 vendors—with everything from shortbread cookies to designer toques to handcrafted furniture—staking claim to the Direct Energy Centre. On the other side of downtown, the historic Distillery District hosts its annual Toronto Christmas Market, featuring numerous outdoor stalls as well as musical performances, daily caroling, a beer garden and more. A special tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday to official open the market. And if you’re still in the Christmas spirit on Saturday night, head to Nathan Phillips Square for Toronto’s annual Cavalcade of Lights, featuring the illumination of the city’s official Christmas tree, fireworks, performances by the likes of Kardinal Offishall, Kellylee Evans and Shad, and a skating party with tunes courtesy of DJ Grouch.
As ever, this weekend in Toronto boasts a bevy of varied musical performances, including the final two shows of Gordon Lightfoot‘s annual Massey Hall residency and a Canadian neo-soul double bill at Koerner Hall, featuring Jarvis Church and Ivana Santilli. If your tastes sit lean more toward the esoteric side of the pop-music ledger, electro singer-songwriter James Blake takes the stage at the Mod Club.
A pair of Soulpepper Theatre Company favourites—one contemporary, one classic—have returned to the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. The modern option? The return of Ins Choi’s acclaimed 2012 play Kim’s Convenience, enjoying a well-deserved victory lap following its recent national tour. The all-time classic? Soulpepper’s beloved adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a Toronto holiday tradition for many years.
• Those zany special effects-and-science guys, the Mythbusters, bring their experiments to the Sony Centre stage.
• Taiwanese “Queen of Ballads” Della also appears at the Sony Centre—to belt out some ballads, presumably.
• Art appreciation and philanthropy combines at Gallery TPW’s annual Photorama show and sale, featuring photo-based works by the likes of Edward Burtynsky, Robert Burley and Chris Curreri. Proceeds from the (affordably priced) pieces go to support the artist-run not-for-profit centre’s operations and initiatives.