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Thursday, November 9 Benefits
cHords For cHordoma Jazz artists Jackie Richardson, Memo Acevedo, Pat LaBarbera, Dave Restivo, Liz Rosa and others perform. 7:30 pm. $50-$100 (benefits chordoma research at the Canadian Cancer Society). Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. ticketmaster.ca. sHinE cHarity Gala 2017 An evening of inspiration in support of North York Women’s Shelter with live entertainment by Les Femmes Fatale, keynote speaker Beth Jordan and host Dainty Smith. 6 pm. $250. Arcadian Court, 401 Bay, 8th floor. nywsgala.ca. uncork untap unWind Food & drink, a silent auction and dancing to music by The Collective to benefit West Park Healthcare. 6:30 pm. $200. Pre-register. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W. 416-243-3663, westparkuncork.ca. variEty Gala 2017: tHroWBack tHursday Comedy with Carla Collins, DJ Matt Cully, a silent auction, cocktails, food and more at this fundraiser for Variety the Children’s Charity & Variety Village. 6:30 pm. $200. The Forth, 629 Danforth. 416-699-7167, varietygala.ca.
5BoardaGain’s WomEn & trans GamE niGHt 7-10 pm. $5. See-Scape, 2840 Dundas W. 416-843-7344. clotH culturEs: FuturE lEGaciEs oF dorotHy k. BurnHam Conference to explore the material culture of textiles through the Canadian textile art curator/scholar. Nov 9-11, lecture by Dr. Timo Rissanen Thu 7 pm, Free w/ RSVP. Conference and workshops $25 (see website for info & to register). Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. 416-586-5797, rom.on.ca. a dark HorsE in loW liGHt: Black visuality & tHE aEstHEtics oF analoGuE pHotoGrapHy Michèle Pearson Clarke talks with Yaniya Lee. 7 pm. Free. Gallery 44, 401 Richmond W #120. gallery44.org. duFFErin GrovE orGanic FarmErs’ markEt Year-round market Thursdays 3-7 pm. Free admission. Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Pk. dufferingrovemarket.ca. EartH’s ExtrEmEs and a cHanGinG planEt Storm chaser George Kourounis talks about his adventures & how our planet is changing. 1 pm. Free. City Hall Public Library, 100 Queen W. 416-393-7650, tpl.ca/fragileplanet. HoW to Go From BlaH WritinG to pErsuasivE Emails/lEttErs Hands-on workshop. 7-9 pm. Free. Annex Art Centre, 1075 Bathurst. 647-261-9482, firstname.lastname@example.org. makE your microBiomE Joyous Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy talks about gut health. 7-8:30 pm. Free. Upstairs, Room 212. The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth. thebigcarrot.ca. mindFulnEss and ZEn mEditation Gentle yoga, relaxation & silent meditation. All levels. 6-7 pm. Free/pwyc. Centre Place, 320 Richmond E #101. 647-348-7755, goo.gl/VurCN9. 1917: tHE pivotal yEar oF WWi Heritage talk by John Beram. 7:30 pm. Free/pwyc. Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas. 416-767-5472.
popE JoHn paul ii’s lEadErsHip lEssons Talk by Andreas Widmer. 8-9 am. Free. RSVP. U of T Rotman School, 105 St George. 416-978-6122, email@example.com. tBG orGanic FarmErs’ markEt 2-7 pm. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence E. torontobotanicalgarden.ca. voluntEErinG as a nEWcomEr Info session. 10-11:30 am. Free. RSVP. Volunteer Toronto, 344 Bloor W #404. volunteertoronto.ca. WE Want a rEnEWaBlE ontario Rayll to call for phasing-out nuclear energy & a transition to 100 per-cent renewable energy. Noon-2 pm. Free. Queen’s Park, 47 Queen’s Park Cres E. facebook.com/events/1686438718054180.
Friday, November 10 Benefits
artslam Live art competition with silent auction, music by DJ Marlove. Benefits SKETCH Arts. 7 pm. Pwyc. Fresh Paint Studio, 1849 Danforth. 647-927-0764, freshpaintstudio.ca. rElaxinG sonic JournEys Debbie Danbrook,
Andrea Gerhardt, Deep Ganguly, Christopher Simmons & Anne-Marie Boudreau play to benefit Music Can Heal. 7:30 pm. $20-$30. Array Space, 155 Walnut. eventbrite.ca.
#Fnlrom: triButE Live performances by the Lonely Hearts, DJ Yuknodis, Roveena & others plus exhibits, gallery activations and food at this art party. 7 pm. $15.50-$17. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. rom.on.ca/fnl. tHE BaBytimE sHoW Marketplace, pre- & post-natal yoga workshops, Toddler Time entertainment stage and more. To Nov 12, FriSun 10 am-6 pm. $10-$17, child 12 & under free. Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Bldg, 255 Front W. babytimeshows.ca. HockEy Hall oF FamE 2017 induction WEEkEnd Guest appearances and autograph signing, Q&A fan forum, the annual Legends Classic game at the ACC and more. Nov 10-13, see website for hours. Admission $15-$19, kids 3 & under free; Legends Classic lassic game Nov 12, $21-$60. Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge. 416-360-7765, hhof.com.
tHE national WomEn’s sHoW Fashion shows, celebrity guests, info sessons on health, wellness, cooking demos, home reno tips and more. To Nov 12, Fri 11 am-8 pm, Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. $22. Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Bldg, 222 Bremner Blvd. nationalwomenshow.com. rEdtalk: indiGEnous Ways oF knoWinG land & culturE Artist talk preceding Red Sky Performance’s show, Backbone. 5:30 pm. Free. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley. 416-3683110, canadianstage.com. tHErapEutic EssEntial oils For massaGE Workshop to make a custom massage blend. 7-9 pm. Pwyc + $15 materials. Pre-register. Anarres Apothecary, 749 Dovercourt. 647827-6968, Tracey@AnarresHealth.ca. toronto sWinG dancE sociEty dancE No experience or partner required. 7:45 pm. $10. Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor W. 416-7698400, torontoswingdancesociety.ca. tHE uGly canadian: Justin trudEau’s ForEiGn policy Public forum featuring author/ foreign affairs critic Yves Engler. 7 pm. $4 or pwyc. Room 5-170. OISE, 252 Bloor W. 647986-1917, socialistaction.ca.
Saturday, November 11 Benefits
crystal cluB The gala’s after-party features gourmet food stations, live entertainment with DJ Lynx, giveaways and more.10 pm-1 am. $150 (benefits Reach for the Rainbow). Pre-register. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. thecrystalball.ca. JukEBox BEatlEs triButE Band Benefit concert for Canada Cares and Alzheimer Society of Toronto. 8 pm. $150. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor W. 416-408-0208, rcmusic.com. lEt tHE ElEpHants dancE Annual fundraiser benefitting Canadian Mental Health Association and Kids Help Phone. Dance & musical performances, speakers, a silent auction and more. 7 pm. $40. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front W. fb.com/ let th elephants dance. rummaGE salE For muskrat Falls Sale of books, clothing, kids’ stuff, bags, gift items, and other treasures to raise funds to protect the people of Labrador from methyl mercury poisoning. Noon-7 pm. Anarres Apothecary, 749 Dovercourt. anarreshealth.ca.
Time TribuTaries – music Of Jana skarecky A contemporary classical concert to benefit the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. 8 pm. $25. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton. janaskarecky.com. Trivia nighT! Pop culture, music, history, science and more. Come on your own or bring a team (max 6 ppl). There will be prizes. 7 pm (sign-up from 6:30 pm). $15 (benefits Rotary Fdn). Scallywags, 11 St Clair W. 647-705-8904, firstname.lastname@example.org.
acO nexTgen Design charreTTe Architectural Conservancy of Ontario NextGen event for students & emerging professionals to re-envision the Coach Terminal. 9 am-5 pm. $15$27. Pre-register. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen W. eventbrite.ca/e/39305345346. beaDeD earring WOrkshOp Anishinaabekwe artist Stephanie Pangowish. Nov 11 & 18 from 1-4 pm. $50. Pre-register. Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor W. 416-979-7799. bell TOWer arTisan markeT Curated arts market. 10 am-2 pm. Free admission. Bell Tower Coffee, 240 Avenue Rd. 647-828-1176. chrOnicles Of a peculiar universe: secreTs Of Our Dark universe Alexandra Terrana talks about cosmology, dark matter and more. 2 pm. Free. Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood N. 416-394-5247. ciTy Of TOrOnTO remembrance Day ceremOny 11 am-noon. Free. Old City Hall, 60 Queen W. toronto.ca/lestweforget. DirT: inTersecTiOnal apprOaches TO messiness International scholars, artists & activists interrogate the idea of dirt. 8 am-6 pm. Pwyc$100. Ryerson University, 380 Victoria. studioformediaactivism.com/events.html. fall laTin american flea markeT Used and new art, handcrafts, clothes, books and more. 11 am-4 pm. Free. Centro Cultural Latinoamericano, 1756 Eglinton W. 416-994-0730. hip hOp hOuse parTy: frOm The T-DOT TO The six Panel on the city’s rap past, present & future w/ Sean Leon, Clairmont The Second & Erin Ashley; performances by Ghetto Concept, Infinite, Devontée, Michie Mee, pHoenix Pagliacci, Que Rock and others. 7 pm. Free (RSVP). BAND Gallery, 19 Brock. nowtickets.ca. hu – a lOve sOng TO gOD Group HU chanting. 7 pm. Free. Toronto Eckankar Centre, 19 Yorkville. 416-926-8946. mOral WiTnessing in The hisTOry Of science Lecture by author/activist Alice Dreger on using good history in your advocacy. 1:30 pm. Free. RSVP. Sheraton Hotel, 123 Queen W. eventbrite.com/e/39141723950. OuT Of The DepThs: blue Whales research @ The rOm Oliver Haddrath talks about the biology and population dynamics of the world’s largest mammal. 2 pm. Free. Lillian H Smith Library, 239 College. 416-393-7746. plasTic bOTTle cOllecTiOn Drop off empties and get 10 cents/bottle. 10 am-3 pm. See website for info. Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner. environmentaldefence.ca/bottles refugee infOrmaTiOn sessiOn Starting a business without investing your own money. 5:30-8 pm. Free. The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth. Rm 212. email@example.com. remembrance Day Bag pipers stationed at various intersections will play the lament and observe the 2-minute silence. 11 am. Free. On Yonge Street from Richmond to Grosvenor. 416-597-0255, downtownyonge.com/events. remembrance Day aT Queen’s park Ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial (front lawn of Legislative Bldg). 10:45 am. Free. Queen’s Park, 47 Queen’s Park E. ontario.ca/remember. remembrance Day cOmmemOraTiOn Procession from the fort’s west gate to the at the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery for the ceremony. 10:45 am. Free. Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd. 416-392-7500, toronto.ca/lestweforget, firstname.lastname@example.org. spiriT sOngs: The music Of leOnarD cOhen Reflection on spiritual dimensions of Cohen’s works. Music by David Wall, Neil Clarke, the Ave Choir Toronto, Meitarim Trio, JP Kleiner & others, commentary by prof Johanna Aitken. 8 pm. $20. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1691 Bloor W. eventbrite.com/e/37876850680. sWansea village hOliDay crafT sale Handcrafted bath & body products, crocheted fashion, nature photography, teas and more. 10 am-2 pm. Free admission. Community Room, Swansea Village Co-op, 85 Coe Hill. facebook.com/events/2038848896401833. TOrOnTO salsa pracTice No lesson, beginners to pros, no partner required. 3:30-5:30 pm or 5:30-8 pm. $5/session. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor W. 416-536-7663.
Sunday, November 12 Benefits
rDO: pie, apple pie cOnTesT Contest to raise funds for the Fort York Food Bank. 2-4 pm. $5 a slice. Winning pie auctioned off at 3 pm. Open to bakers, $10 donation to participate, pre-register . Fort York Food Bank, 797 Dundas W. trinitybellwoodsdundas.com. russian gala ball Benefit for the Russian Canadian Cultural Aid Society saluting Canada 150. 5:30 pm. $155, stu $100. Pre-register. Grand Luxe Event Boutique, 3125 Bayview. 416-807-5855, rcchf.ca. sTarry nighTs Keynote guest Megan PhelpsRoper talks about overcoming a hateful upbringing in the Westboro Baptist Church at this fundraiser for Ve’ahavta’s poverty alleviation & social justice programs. 7-9 pm. $250. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416964-7698, veahavta.org/starry-nights-2017.
cenTennial Of pOrTlanDs sTreeTcars (19172017) Heritage bike/walk, 10km. 2 pm. Free. Meet at the Queen East Don Bridge (Queen E & East Don Roadway). 416-593-2656. chrisTmas aT ceDar riDge Unique gifts of fine art, folk art, fibre arts, pottery, sculpture, woodcarving, and more. Noon-5 pm. $2, children free. Cedar Ridge Gallery, 225 Confederation. 416-396-4112, toronto.ca/cedarridge. fOresT hill Walk club Weekly outdoor walking club. Dress accordingly. 9:45 am-11:15 am. $2. Wells Hill Park, 145 Hilton. 416-413-0345, meetup.com/ForestHillWalkClub. ghOsTs anD The paranOrmal & The mighT Of ThOughT Short presentation, Q&A for newcomers, reading and discussion of study materials. 1:45-4:30 pm. Free. Lillian H Smith Library, 239 College. ca.figu.org/events.html. high park buckThOrn busTing Help remove the invasive species. 10:30 am. Free. Grenadier Cafe, 200 Parkside. highparknature.org. JunkeD up markeT Flea market with drinks and tunes by DJ Alex Low. 1-11 pm. Free admission. Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College. facebook.com/events/777922722409603. make change cOnference Annual event exploring the intersections of maker culture and social change. 10 am-6 pm. $30 (subsidy available). Pre-register. Design Exchange, 234 Bay. makechangeconference.com. 5Queer hearT Talking circle Monthly gathering, share your story, your connection and your queer self. 1-5 pm. Pwyc, $10 sugg, no one turned away. Awaken Studio, 276 Carlaw, Unit 217B. 416-557-7312, phillipcoupal.ca. rWill’s Jams live Will Stroet and his Backyard Band of the CBC Kids series perform an interactive concert. 11 am. $15, 4-pack $55. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina. 604-727-4413, willsjamstoronto.eventbrite.ca.
Monday, November 13 Benefits
healThy minDs canaDa’s silver Dinner Alastair Campbell, former British PM Tony Blair’s press secretary, talks about his journey with alcohol abuse, psychosis and depression. 6-10:30 pm. $250. Ritz Carlton Hotel, 181 Wellington W. healthymindscanada.ca.
TOrOnTO mOrris men Open pracTice Traditional English folk dance, no experience needed. 8 pm. Free. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor W. 416-766-9184, tfmm.ca. WesT cOasT sWing lessOns Beginner and intermediate sessions, no partner necessary. 7:30-9:45 pm. Drop-in $16. Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor W. torontoswingdancesociety.ca.
Tuesday, November 14 Benefits
mlse fOunDaTiOn game changers speaker series Kyle Dubas (Maple Leafs), Corey Wray (Toronto FC) and Teresa Resch (Raptors) discuss their experiences as sports management professionals. 6:30-8 pm. $25 (supports MLSE Fdn). MLSE LaunchPad, 259 Jarvis. mlsefoundationgamechangers.com. TOrOnTO chOWDer chOWDOWn Chefs compete for the title of chowder champion and you get to taste and vote. 7-11 pm. $65 (supports Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program). Pre-register. The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane. seafood.ocean.org/events.
90s Trivia Test your knowledge for fun and prizes. 8-10 pm. Free. Reservations required. H Bar, 859 Queen W. email@example.com. DeferreD hOmecOmings: cOmbaTTing Disappearances in sri lanka anD canaDa Comparison of crises of disappearances in both countries with Megan Scribe and lawyer/researcher Dharsha Jegatheeswaran (via video-conference). 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. RSVP. Workers’ Action Centre, 720 Spadina, #223. combattingdisappareances.eventbrite.com. Diy mOisTurizing cream Make a cream using a vegan base, cocoa or shea butter and essential oils. 7 pm. $10 sugg donation. Karma Food Co-op, 739 Palmerston. 416-534-1470. 5Drag race pub Quiz Wear your best eleganza and snatch the crown. Max 5 per team. 7 pm. $5. The Beaver, 1192 Queen W. facebook.com/events/284895575362777. human righTs TOWn hall MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and Amnesty’s Alex Neve talk about international human rights and the role Canada can and should play on the world stage. 6-8 pm. Free. Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth. facebook.com/beynatemp. minDfulness anD zen meDiTaTiOn Gentle yoga, relaxation & silent meditation. All levels welcome. 6-7 pm. Free/pwyc. Centre Place, 320 Richmond E #101. 647-348-7755, goo.gl/ VurCN9, firstname.lastname@example.org. The OnTOlOgical argumenT fOr gOD Anselm of Canterbury, logical proof for the existence of God and the medieval concept of divinity. 7:30 pm. Free. Centre Place, 320 Richmond E #101. 647-348-7755, goo.gl/8TVdkZ.
Wednesday, November 15
animaTic T.O. – legalese fOr animaTOrs Talk by Mark Edwards. 7:30 pm. $10. Gamma Space, 862 Richmond W. fb.com/AnimaticTO. bOarDagain DrOp in game nighT 6-10 pm. $5. Death in Venice Gelato, 536 Queen W. 416-843-7344, boardagaingames.com. learn spanish & relOaD yOur energy Beginner classes through music and dance. 6-8 pm. Free. RSVP. Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development, 540 Dundas E. 647-349-2244, email@example.com. minDfulness meDiTaTiOn Small group guided class. 6 pm. Pwyc. Bell Tower Coffee, 240 Avenue Rd. firstname.lastname@example.org. neTWOrking: anyTime, anyWhere WiTh anyOne Talk on networking for successful outcomes. 6:30 pm. Free. 3rd flr Hinton Learning Theatre. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416-393-7149, tpl.ca.
Sacred Harp Singing Sing shape note music from the Sacred Harp. No experience necessary, songbooks available. 7-9:30 pm. Pwyc. Music Room. Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor W. fb.com/groups/torontoshapenote. Support group For Single, Separated & divorced dadS Bi-weekly Q&A and conversation, women are welcome to attend. 7-9 pm. Free. Room A5. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth. 416-861-0626, father.org. united We Speak Mental health awareness event with keynote speaker Margaret Trudeau and others. 6-10 pm. $87. InterContinental Toronto Centre, 225 Front W. 647-9806415, unitedwespeaktoronto.eventbrite.ca. Water Security Lecture by Amy Bilton. 7-9 pm. Free. Room 140. University College, 15 King’s College Circle. scienceforpeace.ca.
Thursday, November 16 Benefits
12 treeS gala Surprise performance, international cuisine, silent and live auctions and more. 7 pm Nov 16. $225 (benefits the museum). Pre-register. Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. gardinermuseum.on.ca. JuStice getS loud FundraiSer Performances by Luna Li, Adam HG, and Charlene CruzatWhervin to support WomenatthecentrE. 8 pm. $tba. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. facebook.com/events/284750648696816. ntcr’S 2nd annual catnip BoWl North Toronto Cat Rescue bowling benefit w/ raffle prizes and pizza. 7:30 pm. $50, adv $45. Playtime Bowl, 33 Samor. 905-940-2287, northtorontocatrescue.com/catnipbowl. toronto’S FirSt cHinatoWn Fundraiser for the Textile Museum with author/historian Arlene Chan and professor/chef Leo Chan. Tea tasting, presentation, snacks, exhibition viewing and book signing. 6-8 pm. $60. Preregister. Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre. email@example.com. under tHe Big top autiSm gala Dinner, silent and live auction, entertainment and more at this benefit for Autism Speaks Canada. 6 pm. $250. Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia. autismgala.com.
BeHind cloSed doorS Panel discussion on the intergenerational impact of domestic violence on families in the Jewish community. 7 pm. Free. Temple Sinai Congregation, 210 Wilson. 416-487-4161, programs@ templesinai.net. iS tHiS on tHe record? Shree Paradkar, Judith Timson, Marci McDonald and Lysanne Louter discuss issues they’ve faced as women in journalism. 6-8 pm. $20. Shecosystem, 703 Bloor W. womensworkinstitute.com.