Weekend events Toronto

The top weekend events in Toronto: Nov 28-30, 2014

Weekend events in Toronto will knit you up to the ears in craft shows, including an outdoor pop-up in a parking lot near Yonge and Dundas. Fans of EDM mega-parties will don their whitest and most disposable gear to get sweaty at Rogers Centre, and hungry foodies will want to be at Wychwood Barns on Sunday.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto November 28-30, 2014.

SHOPPING & LIFESTYLE

One Of A Kind (November 27 - December 7, Direct Energy Centre)
Want a craft fair version of the mall experience? All week about 1000 Canadian artisans will be selling handmade gifts. Find edibles, wearables, decor, and more, plus a handy caffeine station and a gift wrapping centre - gotta compete with the mall. Check out their site for late night shopping and more.

#localTOmrkt (November 29 - December 24, 335 Yonge St.)
Yonge & Dundas/Ryerson will host a tented pop up shop in a vacant lot by Dundas Station (and Eaton Centre, heh). Deck the halls, skip the mall(s), ho ho ho we have details.

Toronto Fair Trade Show (November 29-30, Gladstone Hotel)
What does fair trade mean? How fair is fair? You can chat about that with vendors of all sorts for free this weekend at the Gladstone. Someone on your list wants fair trade Zambian honey and doesn't even know it yet.

PARTY & MUSIC

Skinny Puppy (November 28 - Sound Academy)
Naturally the Vancouver band couldn't make our goth list, but the industrial legends are bound to our darkling community: Friday will be a who's who of studded jackets and those who nail the Sound Academy complaining thing, since complaining is their thing. Our thing.

Sensation (November 29, Rogers Centre)
30,000 people donned in white will flock to this touring sea of audio and visual over-stimulation, with its $150 ticket including booze and eats that supply enough fuel to kept energy high well into the night. Under no circumstances should you call it a rave. Check out our gallery from last year.

FOOD

The Canadian Artisan Tasting Fair (November 30, Wychwood Barns)
Back for its second year on Sunday, tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door for an all-inclusive sampling experience and the opportunity to purchase and discover foods from the best artisanal cheese makers, bakers, charcuterie butchers, craft breweries and restaurants. LI

Psychic Brunch (November 30, Flying Beaver)
The last Sunday in November brings us Psychic Brunch, where meals are paired with spiritual consultations in Cabbagetown, but you already knew that because you have the gift - or you read our review.

ART

Art shows Toronto

Karine Giboulo - HYPERland (Until Dec 20, Angell Gallery)
In one of Ossington's last remaining galleries, Karine Giboulo's installations can't be missed. The Montreal artists' childlike miniatures take kitsch and turn it on its head, depicting disturbing visions of globalism. Read our review here.

Chris Thomas - Hood Times (November 28-30, Goodfellas Gallery)
Fans of miniatures and cityscapes won't want to miss Chris Thomas' exhibit over the weekend at Goodfellas Gallery, which will include some works inspired by Toronto's own Parkdale.

FILM

Brazil Film Fest (November 27-30, TIFF Bell Lightbox)
The Brazil Film Fest will run all weekend at TIFF. From dramas to love stories, you can't go wrong with films mostly set in much warmer climes, and bearing titles like Never Too Old to Meow, The Dognapper, and S.O.S. Women Overboard. Well, you can go wrong by staying home.

Blood in the Snow (November 28-30, Carlton Cinema)
Back for a third year, this bloodbath fest of Canadian horror wants to drain everything good and hopeful out of your mortal body and replace it with fear. Also check out their horror-themed holiday vendor village for macabre gifts.

THEATRE

Macbeth (November 18-23, Monarch Tavern)
Having made waves on the indie theatre scene with clever and contemporary adaptations, Shakespeare BASH'd returns with Macbeth. Monarch Tavern serves as the site-specific setting for their immersive, bare bones adaptation. The company proves that beer and the Bard is a natural fit. KB

SPARKLE

Calvalcade of Lights (November 29, Nathan Phillips Square)
The family friendly tree lighting festival (doesn't that sound like something out of Frozen?) is back this year. Fireworks are at 8:20 pm, and musical performances include Shad, Maestro Fresh Wes, and Kardinal Offishall. Naturally, food trucks will be waiting for you.

CONTEST

We've partnered with the City of Toronto to host the official photo contest for Cavalcade of Lights and will be giving away prizes to the top 3 photos.

  • 1st place: $300 gift certificate to Henry's Camera
  • 2nd place: $150 gift certificate to Henry's Camera
  • 3rd place: $50 gift certificate to Henry's Camera

To enter the contest please submit your photos via Flickr or 500px. The submission deadline is December 7th. Good luck!

cavalcade of lights

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Contributions by Keith Bennie, Liora Ipsum. Photo by Alejandro Santiago


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