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Weekend events in Toronto: November 6-8 2015

Weekend events in Toronto have you kicking off the month at some of this season's top film festivals. If you're not a film buff, there's plenty of other ways to keep busy; Day of the Dead festivities will be taking over the Harbourfront Centre, Beatboxers will face off at Lee's Palace, and a few markets are popping up just in time for holiday shopping.

For more events this weekend click on over to our Events section.


Reel Asian Film Festival (November 5-15)
Canada's largest pan-Asian film festival returns to Toronto for its 19th year. The festival screens local and international features and shorts that focus on different aspects of the Asia diaspora. At the fest you'll be able to catch Driving With Selvi, Siti, and many more.

Toronto South African Film Festival (November 7-8)
Back for its second year, the Toronto South African Film Fest will takeover Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for a two-day stint. Aside from the flicks, there will be Q&As with directors and a gala cocktail reception on Saturday evening.

International Diaspora Film Festival (November 6-8)
The three-day fest will include works from both established and emerging filmmakers that focus on migration, immigration, and cultural diversity. This year's lineup includes The President, The Paradise Suite, Fifi Howls from Happiness, and more.

Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (November 6-14)
The Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival returns to the TIFF Bell Lightbox for its 23rd edition. Over the course of nine days, the fest will show almost 40 short and feature films that delve into the facts and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction. There will also a a multi-media installation exhibition, if you prefer galleries over theatres (or want to take on both).


TWiMFeST (November 4-8)
Kick off November by spending the first weekend attending TWiMFeST shows. The indie music fest is spread across the city, with shows at venues like the Horseshoe Tavern, Cameron House, and Gladstone Hotel. Check out the full lineup on the official web site.

Canadian Beatbox Championships (November 6)
The country's finest vocal percussionists will throw down in Toronto this weekend. Lee's Palace will host the event and a world class judging panel will be on the scene to determine the best beatboxer in the nation. You can get your tickets here.

Good Music Pop-Up Grand Opening (November 7)
Good Music may have shut down on Queen West, but it's reopening - at least until the end of January - at 1611 Dundas Street West. The pop-up shop will be selling thousands of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk, International, House, Reggae, Soul and R&B vinyls at reasonable prices. If you want to get a taste of what's in store, check out its Instagram.


Struck Contemporary: the Neil Young Series (November 6-February 10)
If you're a Neil Young fan, you're in luck. STRUCK Contemporary will be showcasing Jenice Heo's the NEIL YOUNG SERIES and other new works up until mid-February. A huge bonus, the exhibit is free to peruse, so you won't have to spend any of your hard earned cash.


#FNLROM Tribute (November 6)
Head to the ROM on Friday for another installment of Friday Night Live. See some of the city's top DJs and musicians perform, partake in gallery activies, and snack on eats from Fidel Gastro's, feasTO, Mustache Burger and more.

Day of the Dead (November 7)
The Harbourfront Centre will continue to celebrate Day of the Dead on November 7. Bringing Mexican traditions to Toronto, there will be performances by Mariachi Los Gallos, calavera decorating, displays of Mexican folk art and more.


ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating (November 6-8)
Over 150 speed skaters from across the globe will flock to the Mastercard Centre this weekend to compete. This is the the second International Skating Union World Cup short track event this season and the first that Toronto has ever hosted.


The Royal Winter Fair (November 6-15)
The Royal Winter Fair is back for another year, bringing with it a bevy of food and animal-based entertainment. If you're into all things agricultural, head to Exhibition place to catch horse shows, rabbit competitions, and more.


Really Really Free Market (November 7)
Everything is up for grabs at the Really Really Free Market; no strings attached. Do some "spring" cleaning of your own and donate all your excess bits and bobs.

Urban Collective Pop-Up Market (November 8)
Start your holiday shopping early at the Pre-Holiday Pop-Up Market by Toronto Urban Collective. The event will feature goods from local artists, craft-makers, photographers, designers, and more. There will also be DJs on the scene, so feel free to get your dance on mid-shop.

For more events this weekend click on over to our Events section. Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit it for free using this form.

Photo of FNL ROM by Jae Yang in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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