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The top weekend events in Toronto: Dec 12-14, 2014

Weekend events in Toronto will have you eating, drinking, and dancing, whether your sweater is ugly and festive, ironically Death From Above 1979 related, or tasteful. You'll have a chance to wear your coziest gear to concerts, craft shows, and beer drinkathons around the city.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto from December 12-14, 2014.

City of Craft (December 12 - 14, Theatre Centre)
Toronto's favourite craft show is a must-hit for the hand-made addicted and the artisanal wary alike. High quality wares by deftly curated established and/or promising local crafters and more will be on sale amid installations and workshops at the new Theatre Centre. Show up early for a free tote bag.

FOOD

Eat n' Mingle (December 12, Burroughs Building)
Foodee presents this holiday social, which showcase catering partners Porchetta & Co., The Food Dudes, Japango, and Butter Avenue and tickets (priced at $30 per person) include all food sampling. LI

12 Beers of Christmas (December 13, Gladstone Hotel)
If you haven't gotten a chance to wear your ugly sweater yet, don't cry into it. Just go to the Gladstone on Saturday a two-room tasting of 'a glass of beer or 12." Stay late for Shameless Karaoke with Wil McLean and sing that terrible wool item into sweet catatonia.

FILM

A Spoony Toons Holiday Special (December 14, Cinecycle)
Have some fun on a Sunday afternoon for once with cereal, alcohol, and cartoons from the 80s and 90s. The alcohol is not for the cereal. I guess. Depends how your December is going. The party starts at noon.

ART

Papirmass Holiday Art, Lit, & Design Pop-Up (December 12, Herman and Audrey)
It's been 5 years now for indie arts racket Papirmass, who now have release over 60 issues. They're celebrating with a "until-now secret comic" by Sook-Yin Lee and Jennifer Sanchez and an affordable art pop up shop in the gallery. Wish them a happy one and pick up a unique art print.

The Lost Dhow (December 13, Aga Khan Museum)
Yet to check out Toronto's new Aga Khan Museum Presents? The Lost Dhow: A Discovery from the Maritime Silk Route, including shipwrecked artifacts and more, has never before left Singapore. It's their first major exhibition.

Besides, Your Neighbours (December 13, 8-11)
That odd Spadina gallery 8-11 is collecting "images documenting the results of interactions with the direct neighbour of an art space," which should make for a good showing of Toronto kitsch and random oddities.

PARTY & MUSIC

Long Winter (December 12, Great Hall)
It's fun, PWYC, and all ages. This carnival inspired multidisciplinary celebration of leaving the house in cold weather will feature music from Man Made Hill, Sean Nicholas Savage, Army Girls, Animalia, Wrong Hole, Wish, and more.

Jason Collett's Basement Revue (December 12, The Dakota)
Collett's annual Basement Revue shows promise an element of surprise, as you don't know who will be performing out of the star-studded contact list of locals on his phone - though the concert on the 18th will be pretty special. From punk to choral, find more holiday concerts here.

DBX (December 13, Adelaide Hall)
Breakandenter celebrate 7 years of quality underground dance parties with a live appearance by techno pioneer DBX (Daniel Bell). While Bell is most closely associated with the 90s Detroit scene, he grew up in Canada, so this rare local performance will be a bit of a homecoming for the influential veteran. 9pm, $25. BB

THEATRE

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Storefront Theatre, December 10-21)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? could easily take place at Christmas when families and friends, with the help of a little booze, hash and rehash old stories. George and Martha are one of the theatre's best on-stage couples. If an overdose of holiday cheer is making you nauseous, a little acid and vitriol courtesy of this twosome is sure to level things out. KB

SHOPPING

Toronto Young Designers Holiday (December 13 Church of St-Stephens in the Field)
The 5th annual Toronto Young Designers Holiday Sale is back to host another impressive line up of local vendors. Look for jewellery, home decor, paper goods, clothing, art, and of course, tote bags. If you're hitting up a ton of craft shows this weekend, don't forget to bring a lot of change - breaking twenties is hard for the little guys.

The Pup Up Shop Sale (December 13, Chocolate Lofts, Party Room)
On Saturday at the Chocolate Lofts (955 Queen Street West) across from Trinity Bellwoods, the pop up Pup Up Shop (say that three times really fast and your dog will think you're crazy) will sell dogly duds. Then you can bring your designer-decked mutt for a roll-around in the park, because they don't understand nice things.

COMMUNITY

Winter Folk Fair (December 13, St. Vladimir Institute)
Celebrate the holidays with Eastern European arts group Kosa Kolektiv this weekend for a family friendly celebration including an art show and live music. The main craft workshop is $25, but the bazaar for edibles and handmades is PWYC suggested $5, and there's also a PWYC singing workshop.

FESTIVE SPORT

Santa Speedo Run (December 13)
Runners don't hang up their shoes come December. On the contrary, cold weather running helps build fitness and, assuming you're dressed properly, is a relatively warm activity as you're always moving. If you're feeling brave and don't suffer from body image issues, the Santa Speedo run is your most hardcore option. DF

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Contributions by Benjamin Boles, Keith Bennie, Liora Ipsum, Derek Flack

Lead photo via City of Craft


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