Weekend Events in Toronto: November 30-December 2, 2012
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this November 30-December 2, 2012.
The Drake Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Pop-ups are the next cupcake shop trend in Toronto but this one we can guarantee is worth visiting. The Drake Hotel understands eclectic taste and can apply it to any holiday, so they're opening up Room 222 of the hotel to showcase Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa gift ideas at their annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Doors are open from 11-4 this Saturday and Sunday with lots of charming, homemade gifts and vintage décor from local retailers and artists like Coral & Tusk and Julia Hepburn. Do the pop in on your afternoon stroll.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West, Room 222), December 1-2, 2012, 11AM Free
Window Wanderland throws a little competition into Mount Pleasant window-shopping. Local businesses in the village like Wild Bird, The Little Dollhouse Company and Half-Baked Ideas will compete in a window decorating competition that needs window shoppers to vote. Beginning Saturday, pedestrians are invited to roam the neighbourhood and vote online at MountPleasantVillage.ca until December 19th. Voters will be given an opportunity to win a prize package with goods from participating businesses. Wander in window wonderland and pick the most festive shop!
Mount Pleasant Village (711-508 Mount Pleasant Road), December 1-19, 2012, Free
Santa in the Junction
Calling hip parents with young ones--Santa is riding in to the Junction this Saturday with a babe of his own. Mrs. Claus will be reading stories while kids can visit with Santa and participate in craft workshops with the elves that will be set up along Dundas West at Keele. Chestnuts will be roasting on open outdoor fires and a Christmas market will be set up on the street. Local businesses will serve special treats and offer holiday sales and live performance windows to participate in the festivities to get the Junction in the Christmas spirit.
Dundas West and Keele, December 1, 2012, 11AM Free
3rd Annual "Can I Kick It?"
Kick it old school with high tops, Reebok pumps, and even L.A. Gears if you still have them at the 3rd Annual "Can I Kick It?" party at KITCH. Collecting running shoes for Toronto's Covenant House, the largest youth shelter in the country, KITCH opens its restaurant doors to party for a good cause. A Nike supported event, Rich Tuck, DJ FeelGoodSmalls, Stereotronique and The Academy will provide music while KITCH will provide the drinks. Bring a pair of sneakers to donate and get in free.
KITCH (229 Geary Avenue), November 30, 2012, 10PM $5 or shoe donation
Spinographs: Volume 1
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin, filmmaker David Cronenberg, broadcaster Sook-Yin Lee, comedian Scott Thompson and former MTV host Dan Levy are just some of the known and unknown faces that appear in Spinographs, an Oz Studios original art show that features silent video of people set in spin. Using handheld devices, the self-portraits focus on the faces of local musicians, television personalities, artists and more as they spin in circles. Artist, photographer and videographer Joe Fuda has gathered the short clips for over three years from thousands of participants, many whom will be on display at the Saturday night exhibit opening. Spin by Oz Studios or contribute your own by e-mailing your video to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oz Studios (134 Ossington Avenue), December 1, 2012, 5PM Free
The Panel Show
In need of a comedy fix and disappointed that Mike Epps cancelled on Friday night's show? Check out some local comedy at The Panel Show, a monthly series where comedians gather to participate in a quiz show with a (completely fictitious, seriously, don't get excited) million-dollar prize. Happening Friday evening, this month's show will feature the usual suspects, like Ron Sparks, Ned Petrie and David Tichauer, as well as some new special guests. Knowledge of current events will make this a more laughable experience but is not required.
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), November 30, 2012, 8PM $5
For more comedy listings, check out our This Week in Comedy post.
Dalston Grey Holiday Launch
One can't attend holiday parties without classic vintage holiday dresses to wear and that's why Dalston Grey is bringing in all new product for the season. At opening today, the Dundas West vintage shop will have all new merch on the shelves, including Gat Rimon cashmere sweaters as well as Bay Cooper ties and ladies' head wear. If you're looking for holiday party dresses and accessories, the holiday specials will only be on sale until Sunday so drop in sooner rather than later.
Dalston Grey (1317 Dundas Street West), November 30-December 2, 2012, 12PM Free
For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.
In Conversation with Danny Glover
American actor and humanitarian Danny Glover, known best for his work in films like the Lethal Weapon series, The Color Purple and The Royal Tanenbaums, sits down for a live conversation with TIFF's Artistic Director Cameron Bailey this Saturday evening. Glover will discuss his work in the industry as well as his civil and human rights efforts worldwide before his producing partner, Joslyn Barnes, will join the conversation to talk about creating socially conscious cinema through their company Louverture Films. Sunday will see the pair participating in a STUDIO Moguls session with members of the local film industry in a separately ticketed event.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), December 1, 2012, 7PM $18.75 adult, $15 student/senior
Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival
Horror films can still be enjoyed once snow starts falling and that's why the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival was created. The best of contemporary Canadian horror films will play all weekend long at the Projection Booth East cinema. Six features and countless shorts will play each day beginning in the late afternoon with a special new showcase titled Fright Nights, which premieres this Saturday night with six films. Passes are available for the entire weekend, full days or individual screenings through the Projection Booth's website.
Projection Booth (1035 Gerrard Street East), November 30-December 2, 2012, 7PM $10.20-$18.36
For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film post.
FOOD & DRINK
12 Beers of Christmas
FREE. BEER. The Gladstone Hotel's 12 Beers of Christmas is giving out free beer sample this Friday night from local breweries so long as they are wearing a festive sweater and can withstand three hours of holiday music. Entry is completely free and each guest will be granted 5 samples of beer while supplies (and space) last. Could Christmas get any better than that?
The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), November 30, 2012, 6PM Free
For more food listings, check out our This Week in Food post.
Actor Richard Sheridan Willis takes the stage at Red Sandcastle this weekend to share his journey as a stage and screen actor in his one-man show, Strolling Player. Taking his audience through the years, from his days as a fascinated wannabe at his father's theatre to bringing Shakespeare to the White House, Willis relives his past with the highlights and downturns of his career in what he might call theatre of the absurd. Tickets are available through the Red Sandcastle box office at 416-845-9411.
Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East), December 1-2, 2012, 8PM $15 regular, $10 student/senior
For more theatre listings, check out our This Week in Theatre post.
Survivorman Les Stroud--Songs and Stories
Canadian filmmaker and survival expert Les Stroud of "Survivorman" is also a talented musician who plays the Mod Club on Friday night. In Songs and Stories, Survivorman will share tales of adventure from around the world, accompanied by folk music. Playing the guitar and harmonica, Stroud's set will combine spoken word and song in an inspirational and entertaining evening. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.
Virgin Mobile Mod Club (722 College Street), November 30, 2012, 7PM $36.50
Great Bloomers with Wool on Wolves and Grounders
Great Bloomers have skillfully mixed country pop and roots rock on their latest album Distant Fires and are taking it on tour across Ontario and Quebec, beginning with a show Friday night at the Horseshoe. Joined by their friends in folk rock, Edmonton band Wool on Wolves and locals Grounders, Great Bloomers promise a night of good tunes if you promise to show up and dance. Advance tickets can be purchased at Soundscapes and Rotate This!
Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), November 30, 2012, 10PM $10 advance, $12 door
For more music listings, check out our Hot Ticket post.