NOW editors pick a trio of can’t-miss events
1 ROUND DANCE FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS
Idle No More Toronto hosts a round dance at Yonge-Dundas Square on Friday (December 21) in support of Indigenous rights and “to remind the Canadian government that Indigenous rights are recognized and affirmed.” The group does not support the government’s Indigenous rights framework to enshrine such rights in the Constitution. They are calling instead for passage of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Hand drummers welcome. 1:15-1:45 pm. Free. 1 Dundas East. facebook.com/ idlenomoretoronto.
2 KENSINGTON LIGHTS UP WINTER SOLSTICE
Red Pepper Spectacle Arts lights up the longest night of the year with the 29th annual Kensington Market
Winter Solstice Parade on Friday (December 21). There will be lanterns for sale ($15) for those interested in participating in the parade. Meet at Oxford and Augusta at 6:30 pm. Parade departs at 7 pm. Free. redpepperspectacle.com.
3 CELEBRATE INCLUSIVITY ON CHRISTMAS EVE
The Queertet Brass Ensemble and Trinity-St. Paul’s Choir provide the musical inspiration at a Christmas Eve community gathering at Trinity-St. Paul’s Church on Monday (December 24) to celebrate inclusivity. Speakers include NDP MPP Jill Andrew, school board trustee Chris Moise, Reverend
Cheri DiNovo and others. 7 pm. Free. 427 Bloor West. trinitystpauls.ca.
Round dance supports Indigenous rights December 21.