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5 in­di­cates queer-friendly events How to place a list­ing All list­ings are free. Use the event sub­mis­sion form at now­toronto.com. In­clude the event name, a brief de­scrip­tion, date & time, venue name & ad­dress, price and con­tact info (phone, e-mail or web­site) for the event. List­ings will be edited for length and style. Dead­line is the Thurs­day be­fore pub­li­ca­tion at 5 pm. To sub­mit a cor­rec­tion to an ex­ist­ing list­ing, email: fix­[email protected]­toronto.com.

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.

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