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Thursday, December 13 Benefits
FAnonymous Art show Art for Cancer Foundation benefit sale. To Dec 16. Free admission. Art Square Gallery, 334 Dundas W. artforcancerfoundation.org. FrholidAy FAir in the squAre Artisan Village, Fireside Lounge, midway, live entertainment, Santa booth, vendors and more. To Dec 23, Tue-Thu 4-9 pm, Fri-Sun noon-10 pm. Free admission, proceeds support Epilepsy Toronto. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W. fairinthesquare.ca. FsAve our scruFF holidAy PAwty Live music, silent auction and merchandise for sale at this benefit for the dog rescue org. 8 pm. $20. Boxcar Social at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay W. saveourscruff.org. shAkesPeAre-in-hosPitAls homecoming gAlA Spur of The Moment Shakespeare Collective’s fundraising semi-formal soiree and performance of Home Is Just Another Name For You. Dec 13-14 at 7 pm. $20-$100 sliding scale. The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, 304 Parliament. nowtickets.ca.
Frevergreen’s winter villAge Food trucks, outdoor skating rink, vendors, sustainably grown Christmas trees and family activities. 10 am-5 pm weekends Dec 1-23 and daily Dec 24-31. Free admission. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. evergreen.ca. guided mindFulness meditAtion Zen and secular mindfulness techniques for relaxation and spiritual growth. Tue & Thu 6 pm. Free. Centre Place, 320 Richmond E #101. 647-3487755, zen.centreplace.ca. FrA nutcrAcker christmAs At the cAstle Family-friendly fun with shows by illusionist Professor Wick, ice skating performers Glisse on Ice, visits to Santa’s castle workshop and more. Dec 1-Jan 6, daily 9:30 am-5 pm (closes early Dec 24 & 31, closed Dec 25). $20-$30. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. casaloma.ca. 5outwrites writing grouP Queer writing group, all levels & forms (poetry, fiction, etc.) welcome. 8-10 pm. Free. The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church. fb.com/outwrites. FA roAring twenties christmAs Guided tours, natural decor, festive treats & mulled cider. To Jan 6, Tue-Fri noon-4 pm, Sat-Sun noon-5 pm (closed Dec 25-26, 31 & Jan 1). $6$10, kids under 5 free. Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd. 416-392-6910. tBg orgAnic FArmers’ mArket Flowers, food and VQA wines. 2-7 pm. Free admission. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence E. torontobotanicalgarden.ca. winter At ontArio PlAce Winter light installations, skating parties, community bonfires and more. To Mar 17. Free admission. Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore W. ontarioplace.com.
Friday, December 14
FightBAck’s 10th AnnuAl mArxmAs PArty Celebration and funder to continue building the forces of Marxism in Canada and abroad. 7 pm. By donation/$10 minimum. Rivals Sports Pub, 560 Danforth. 416-461-0304, fight[email protected]ist.ca. First story Bus tour Jon Johnson and First Story Toronto lead an interactive bus tour of Indigenous landscapes that activate stories of accomplishment, struggle and resilience. Dec 14 & 15 at 1 pm. $15. The Distillery District, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. 5lccA: mentAl heAlth in the lgBtq community Workshop on anxiety disorders and how to cope with them. 7-9 pm. Free. The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church. Pre-register. 416-707-3433, larum[email protected]hoo.com. shABBAt services & vegAn dinner Songfilled service and vegan dinner. $12-$20. Reserve. Makom, 402 College. 416-546-6043, makomTO.org. swing dAnce with the gtA Big BAnd Dropin beginner dance lesson and swing dance social. No partner/experience necessary. 7:30 pm. $23, adv $18. Lindy Hop Revolution, 374 Dupont, 2nd floor. lindyhoprevolution.com. tsds sociAl dAnce Lesson followed by social dance. 7:30 pm. $10. Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor W. torontoswingdancesociety.ca. Fwithrow’s winter mArket Handcrafted goods, artisanal foods & local farmers. Dec 14-15, Fri 4-9 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm. Free admission. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw. facebook.com/events/2106170589646190.
Saturday, December 15 Benefits
the 4th AnnuAl hiP hoP Food drive Mellow, Eyon & Niekoh, Tri Shy, MaizyF, DJ slam and others perform. Doors 9 pm. $10, $5 w/ food bank donation for Second Harvest. Black Swan, 154 Danforth. hiphopfooddrive.com. 5mArk tewksBury – 50 & counting Buddies presents the gold medal-winning swimmer who came out in 1998 as Canada’s first gay Olympian in a solo show. Dec 15-16 at 8 pm. $50, net proceeds to Special Olympics Canada. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com. FPAwlidAy Pet PortrAits Get a holiday portrait with your furry BFF. 11 am-4 pm. Pwyc ($20 suggested), all proceeds to Save Our Scruff. RSVP. Tom&Sawyer, 1247 Queen E. [email protected]sawyer.com. FsPirit oF christmAs Musical theatre artists from Bryant Academy for the Arts put on a show in support of the Brain Tumour Fdn. 7:30 pm. $20. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge. bryantacademyforthearts.com.
FAccess BAllroom christmAs PArty Potluck, kids’ performances, games, Bachata lesson & more at this social dance. 5:30-11:30 pm. $20, adv $15. Access Ballroom Studio, 276 Main. studioaccessballroom.com. FAPron strings & ginger snAPs Lecture & baking workshop, includes treats & hot cider. 1-3 pm. $25. Pre-register. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen W. 416-597-0227. FBroAdwAy shABBAt At the song shul A capella davening to favourite Broadway melodies with Cantor Simon Spiro and the Toronto Festival Singers, 9-11:30 am. Free (ticket required). Bialik Hebrew Day School, 2760 Bathurst. songshul.com. F5cArd mAking For lgBtq Prisoners Supplies provided plus snacks, tea, good music and nice vibes. 1-5 pm. Free. Unit 2, 163 Sterling. unit2book[email protected] FchristmAs in the vAlley Sample treats in the historic homes, create a take-home craft
and take a winter stroll in the Wildflower Preserve. Dec 1-23: Sat-Sun noon-4 pm; Dec 24 & 31 from 10 am-2 pm; Dec 27-30 & Jan 2-6 from noon-4 pm. $5-$8. Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery. 416-396-2819, toronto.ca/holidays. rFAmily time @ riverdAle liBrAry Drop-in stories, songs, rhymes and more for kids 5 & under with their parents/caregivers. 10:30-11 am. Free. Riverdale Public Library, 370 Broadview. 416-393-7720. rFAthers’ grouP Drop-in program for dads + their preschoolers (0-6 yrs). 9:30 am. Free. West Neighourhood House, 248 Ossington. 416-532-4828, soni[email protected] First story Bus tour Jon Johnson and First Story Toronto lead an interactive bus tour of Indigenous landscapes that activate stories of accomplishment, struggle and resilience. Dec 14 & 15 at 1 pm. $15. The Distillery District, 55 Mill. 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. FPoP-uP cAriBBeAn christmAs mArket Afro-Caribbean dolls, masks & crafts, art, jewellery, Jamaican & Haitian patties, Ethiopian dumplings and rum cake, plus listen to folk songs and poems. Noon-6 pm. Free admission. Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen E. facebook.com/jamaicaneats. recollectiv Weekly group for folks with memory challenges to socialize & find joy through music-making. 12:30-2:30 pm. Free w/ RSVP. Tranzac, 292 Brunswick. 416-5998440, recollectiv.ca. FsAAAc Autism centre holidAy mArket Organized and run by young adults on the autism spectrum. 1-4 pm. Free admission. Simply Swagg Dance Studio, 705 Progress. 416-289-0100, saaac.org. FrsAntA’s secret workshoP Tours of the workshop, tea & hot chocolate and pics with Santa. Noon-5 pm. Free admission, proceeds to SickKids and the St. Felix Centre. Vivorosa, 395 Queen W. 416-546-4092. rsAturdAy story time Stories and songs.
11 am. Free. Jones Library, 118 Jones. 416393-7715. rSCIENCE DAY Activities, games and prizes for kids age 5-14. 11 am-4 pm. Free. Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St George. facebook.com/ events/570589523384468. FTRANZAC HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR Original gifts by local artists and artisans. Dec 8-23, Sat-Sun noon-6 pm. Free admission. Tranzac, 292 Brunswick. 416-923-8137, tranzac.org. FXPACE HOLIDAY ZINE & MAKER FAIR 2018 Zines, comics, prints, t-shirts, ceramics, tote bags and more by emerging artists/designers. Music by DJ Soft Drink and Rose Ceremony. Noon-6 pm. Free admission. Xpace Cultural Centre, 303 Lansdowne. 416-849-2864. 5THE YOUTH/ELDERS PODCAST Personal stories, lived histories & candid conversations from queer elders and youth. All welcome to participate or just listen. Weekly, 11 am. Free. Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre, 341 Oakwood. buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Sunday, December 16 Benefits
A NIGHT OF COUNTRY COVERS Concert by the Jim Cuddy Band & guests Miranda Mulholland, Matt Mays, Doug Paisley & others, supports the Daily Bread Food Bank. Doors 7 pm. $50. Horseshoe, 370 Queen W. ticketfly.com.
THE BIG SING! Sing For Joy’s group singing event, all welcome. 2-4:30 pm. $15-$20, kids free. Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club, 101 Spruce. singforjoy.ca. FrCHRISTMAS IN KEW Photos with Santa, dance party with elves and toy soldiers, hot chocolate, snacks and more. 1-3 pm. Free. Kew Gardens Park, 2075 Queen E. facebook.com/ events/310716716227048. FCHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY Sample treats in the historic homes, create a take-home craft and take a winter stroll in the Wildflower Preserve. Dec 1-23: Sat-Sun noon-4 pm; Dec 24 & 31 from 10 am-2 pm; Dec 27-30 & Jan 2-6 from noon-4 pm. $5-$8. Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery. 416-396-2819, toronto.ca/holidays. ENCHANTED EVENING Chanting of sacred mantras to live music & vegetarian meal. 6-8 pm. Free, donation for meal. Trinity-St. Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor W. 416-539-0234, meditationtoronto.com. EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS STORYTELLING WALK Heritage walk. 2 pm. Free. Meet at the Watershed Wall, Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. 416-593-2656. FGARRISON HOLIDAY FLEA Vintage clothing & housewares, macramé, candles, jewellery, ceramics and more plus photos with Santa. Noon-6 pm. Free. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. facebook.com/events/503075396865788. FTHE GREAT TURKEY GIVE! City councillors Mike Layton and Joe Cressy and local celebrities help hand out 9,000 lbs of free turkey to the public. First come, first served. Starts 9 am. Freeman Real Estate, 988 Bathurst. facebook.com/events/2298443116834772. INDIGENOUS FOOD GROWING & NATIVE SPECIES IN LOWER DON RIVER Heritage walk to the Brick Works, 4 km. 12:15 pm. Free. Meet at entrance to Riverdale Farm, 201 Winchester. 416-593-2656. FLIBERTY VILLAGE HOLIDAY MARKET Art, books, clothing, food, jewellery and crafts by local creators plus live art and performances. 11 am-5:30 pm. $7-$10. Dead End Studio, 7 Fraser #13. eventbrite.ca/e/52506047000. ONTARIO VINTAGE MARKET INDOOR HOLIDAY EDITION Vintage and antique objects of design, decorative arts, jewellery, clothing and more. 10 am-5 pm. Free admission. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. facebook.com/ events/1012955032426878. SHAB-E-AROUS: AN EVENING OF SUFI POETRY, MUSIC AND REMEMBRANCE Sacred evening with dervishes of the Rifai Sufi Order. Shaykh Murat Coskun leads a ceremony with sema, zikr, music and poetry recitations in Farsi & English. 5:30 pm. $15-$20. Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford. noorculturalcentre.ca. FTHE TRINITY BELLWOODS FLEA – HAPPY HOLIDAYS MARKET Handmade, local, art and vintage vendors and artisans. 10 am-5 pm. Free admission. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen W. 416-414-6589. F5VENUS FEST WINTER MARKET The feminist music festival features local artists and LGBTQ+ businesses. 11 am-5 pm. Free. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. venusfest.net.
Monday, December 17 Benefits
INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS: DINNER & DANCE Speeches, performances, dinner/drinks and dance to support Maggie’s Toronto. Open to sex workers and allies. 7 pm. Pwyc. Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College. 416-964-0150, maggiesinforma[email protected] FWNH MUSIC SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT End-of-term show by students. 6:30 pm. Pwyc. West Neighourhood House, 248 Ossington. 416-532-4828 ext 127, eventbrite.ca.
FEQUAL VOICE HOLIDAY PARTY Multi-partisan org gathers to celebrate women in politics and reflect on 2018, guest speaker Caroline Mulroney. 6-10 pm. $35-$45. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. [email protected], eventbrite.ca/e/52728342893. FHOLIDAY MAGIC AT CASA LOMA See dazzling lighting displays in the gardens and check out the outdoor Christmas Market and live music performances. Dec 17-23, daily 5-9 pm. Included w/ admission ($20-$30). Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. casaloma.ca. RUMMAGE SALE Clothes, jewellery, furniture and electronics. 1-5 pm. Free admission.
Montgomery Place, 130 Eglinton E. 647-4449775, [email protected] SORAUREN FARMERS’ MARKET Local produce, meats, breads and more every week. 3-7 pm. Field House, Sorauren Park, 50 Wabash. westendfood.coop/market.
Tuesday, December 18
rAFTER SCHOOL CLUB Drop in and make new friends, try LEGO challenges, arts & crafts and more. Ages 6 & up. 4-5 pm. Free. Riverdale Public Library, 370 Broadview. 416-3937720. JUDAISM AS GREEK PHILOSOPHY Talk on 1stcentury CE Jewish author Philo of Alexandria. 7:30 pm. Free. Centre Place, 320 Richmond E #101. 647-348-7755, philo.eventbrite.ca. MAGICAL HERBAL TEA BLENDS Explore the taste and healing power of herbs and compose your own tea blend. 7-9 pm. $10 materials + pwyc. Anarres Natural Health Apothecary, 1076 Bloor W. 647-827-6968. TRIVIA TUESDAYS Weekly. 7 pm. Free. The Gaslight, 1426 Bloor W. thegaslightto.com. TTC BOARD WELCOME PARTY: RALLY TO STOP THE FARE HIKES Tell the new TTC Board you want fair TTC funding, lower fares and better service. Noon-1 pm. Free. City Hall, 100 Queen W. 647-775-8185, ttcriders.ca.
Wednesday, December 19 Benefits
ANIMALS BEYOND BORDERS 8 Vegan food, silent auction, speakers, music and more at this benefit for Toronto Pig Save. 6 pm. $30-$50. Pre-register. Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen E. eventbrite.ca/e/52008850873. FDAVID WARRACK’S CANADA POPS ‘18 HOLIDAY CONCERT
In support of the United Way, with guests Chantal Kreviazuk, Ben Heppner, Louise Pitre, Thom Allison, Avery Saltzman and Sheila McCarthy. 8 pm. $45-$120. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front E. ticketmaster.ca.
INDOOR WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET Organic veg, cheese, prepared foods and more plus and tea by the fireside. 2-6 pm. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas W. 416-394-8113, montgomerysinn.com. TRIVIA CLUB Team-based pub trivia for teams of 2-6. 8 pm. Free. Farside, 600 Gerrard E. farsideto.com.
upcoming Thursday, December 20
FCITY HALL CHRISTMAS CONCERT Performance by Toronto Mass Choir, Toronto Beaches Children’s & Youth Chorus, Pan Fantasy Steelband, Tower Brass & T.O. Poet Laureate Anne Michaels. Noon-1 pm. Rotunda, City Hall, 100 Queen W. toronto.ca/christmasconcert.
Ontario Place’s Winter Light Exhibition features 18 installations and runs to March 17.