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The top 5 free events in Toronto: November 21-27 2016

The top free events in Toronto this week feature something to please every palate. Not only is there a free film fest, design market and country jamboree, but the city's greatest holiday light show explodes at City Hall. For the magnificent Cavalcade of Lights, more than 80,000 bulbs will twinkle under a blanket of fireworks to kick off your Saturday night.

Here are my picks for the top free events in Toronto this week.

Hip Hop Evolution screening (Nov. 22, Toronto Reference Library)
Banger Films & HBO Canada's Hip Hop Evolution is a documentary series that traces the first twenty years of hip hop history, from Kool Herc's rec room parties to Dr. Dre's global cookout. Director Darby Wheeler, writer/producer Rodrigo Bascuùån and associate producer Del Cowie will lead a discussion about the film, its content and making with clips.

Addington County Revue (Nov. 22, The Horseshoe)
The sweet sounds of classic rock, folk and blues are what Addington County does best and they're throwing a great big free concert at the Horseshoe as a thank you to everyone for a great year of music. It's your final chance to see the ensemble before they take a break well into 2017.

Regent Park Film Festival (Nov. 23-26, Daniels Spectrum)
This is the city's only free community film festival, run by and for the the people of Regent Park. Expect to see "local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on low income and public housing communities."

Cavalcade of Light (Nov. 26, City Hall)
The city's largest holiday light spectacle is a fun and free way to hangout downtown with a bunch of pals and witness City Hall get lit. Places like Riverside, The Beach and the tree inside the Eaton Centre all get plugged in this weekend as well, but this celebration includes a massive fireworks display and live entertainment.

Pixel & Bristle (Nov. 26, Drake Underground)
This is a market unlike any other in the city and admission is completely free. Pixel & Bristle brings together the city's coolest design and typography makers into one market where they'll show their finest prints, cards, gifts, signage, coasters, wall art, mobiles, bags, banners, textiles, mugs, enamel pins, patches, buttons, stickers and a lot more.

Did I miss a free thing you're super excited about? Let us know in the comments and let's be broke and have fun together.

Photo by Sue Holland via the blogTO Flickr pool.

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