Weekly Slice of Toronto Life: In and Around Town (December 28-January 3)

The Sound of Music Singalong

The Sound of Music Singalong

So, the world didn’t end last week.  phew!  Looks like we’ll make it to 2013.  Here are just a few ideas to help you celebrate.

“The hills are alive…” at TIFF Bell Lightbox’s Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music, on until December 30th.  It’s a fun way to enjoy the movie by singing along with the audience to the subtitles.  Admission comes with a free bag of props that can be used throughout the show.

  • Are you looking to hit the club scene for New Year’s Eve?  Check out this New Year’s Eve Parties site for options to ring in 2013.

Continuing this week:

  • The National Ballet celebrates the holiday season with The Nutcracker at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (on until Jan 5).  The show is described as a “sumptuous, comical, touching and spellbinding version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Christmas tale.
  • Disney on Ice presents World of Fantasy at the Rogers Centre (until Dec 30th). Your favorite stars from Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3, Cars 2 as well as Tinkerbell and Little Mermaid and friends skate into town for this non-stop, fun-filled fantasy on ice.
  • Christmas Flowers Show 2012 is on at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatory until January 7th. The conservatories will be filled with boughs of holly, evergreen wreaths, poinsettias, and other festive plants. (Free)
  •  Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, an AGO exhibit (on until Jan 20, 2013), features “more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple, whose shared passion for each other and Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them Mexico’s most famous artists”. (Tickets)
  • Designing 50 Years of Bond, an exhibition devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other fascinating artifacts from the series, has opened at TIFF Bell Lightbox. It runs until Jan 20, 2013. (Tickets)

Theatre Productions in the City:

Music in the City:

Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings   Highlights: Monster Truck at Sound Academy (Dec 28); Alexisonfire at Sound Academy (Dec 28 & 29).

Have fun ringing in the new year!

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Weekly Slice of Toronto Life: In and Around Town (December 21-27)

December 21, 2012 - End of the World

December 21, 2012 – End of the World

According to the Mayans, the world will end today, December 21.  But if we don’t go out with a bang, there’s lots to do this week that will keep you busy.

To celebration “the end of the world”, TIFF presents the Countdown to Armageddon with apocalyptic (and post-apocalyptic) films including: Dr. Strangelove, The Road Warrior, Children of Men and Armageddon.

The National Ballet celebrates the holiday season with The Nutcracker at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (on until Jan 5).  The show is described as a “sumptuous, comical, touching and spellbinding version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Christmas tale.

Disney on Ice presents World of Fantasy at the Rogers Centre (until Dec 30th). Your favorite stars from Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3, Cars 2 as well as Tinkerbell and Little Mermaid and friends skate into town for this non-stop, fun-filled fantasy on ice.

Continuing this week:

  • Christmas Flowers Show 2012 is on at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatory until January 7th. The conservatories will be filled with boughs of holly, evergreen wreaths, poinsettias, and other festive plants. (Free)
  • Cross off gifts on your list in the Annex at The Artisans’ Gift Fair (open every weekend until December 23).  You’ll find a selection of affordable one-of-a-kind gifts.  (Free)
  • You’ll find Winter Magic on the downtown streets of Toronto as they are magically transformed into a winter wonderland, marked by various events: Buskertainment, runs every weekend afternoon now until Dec 23. Don’t be surprised if you pass street-performing illusionists, mimes, stilt-walkers and jugglers on Yonge Street as you do your holiday shopping. And while you’re out there, check out Window Wonderland, as you shop, and vote for your favorite window display online. (Free)
  • The 19th annual Festival of Smalls philosophy is that “everyone should be able to own an affordable piece of art”. They have a wide selection of original works, including paintings, photographs, drawings and multimedia available in gift sizes from $55-250. Check out the artists on exhibit (Nov 10-Dec 24).
  •  Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, an AGO exhibit (on until Jan 20, 2013), features “more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple, whose shared passion for each other and Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them Mexico’s most famous artists”. (Tickets)
  • Designing 50 Years of Bond, an exhibition devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other fascinating artifacts from the series, has opened at TIFF Bell Lightbox. It runs until Jan 20, 2013. (Tickets)

Theatre Productions in the City:

Music in the City:

Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings   Highlights: Zed’s Dead at Koolhaus (Dec 22);  Monster Truck at Sound Academy (Dec 28); Alexisonfire at Sound Academy (Dec 26, 27, 28 & 29).

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Weekly Slice of Toronto Life: In and Around Town (December 14-20)

Photo Credit: Riekhavok

Photo Credit: Riekhavok

Christmas Flowers Show 2012 is on at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatory until January 7th. The conservatories will be filled with boughs of holly, evergreen wreaths, poinsettias, and other festive plants. (Free)

Holiday Art Markets in the Foundery Buildings (Dec 15 & 16) will showcase over 30 artists, artisans and vendors for a unique shopping experience.  (Free) LAST CHANCE

  • Winter Solstice Festival takes place at Evergreen Brickworks Dec 15th from 4-9pm, celebrating the year’s longest night and the shortest day.  A full schedule of family events will take place, including public skating, crafts and dance.

Continuing this week:

  • You still have the chance to enjoy the Distillery District’s Toronto Christmas Market, a must-hit for the holidays (in town until December 16th).  This family-friendly market is filled with the spirit of Christmas.  You’ll find carolers, storytellers, and even Santa’s elves sing-a-long.  There will be beer gardens and mulled wine or hot chocolate if you prefer.   A showcase of hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products will also be displayed.  And of course, we can’t forget Santa, who will be there to update his naughty and nice list (weekdays 2-7:30pm and weekends 10am-7:30pm).  Check out Toronto Christmas Market’s full event schedule.  (Free)  LAST CHANCE
  • Cross off gifts on your list in the Annex at The Artisans’ Gift Fair (open every weekend until December 23).  You’ll find a selection of affordable one-of-a-kind gifts.  (Free)
  • Visit Santa’s Workshop at Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront (on every weekend until Dec 16th). Santa’s elves are there to help kids with free arts and crafts, creating holiday ornaments and greeting cards or decorating an elf hat. Enjoy a Santa Cruise, ice-skate and get pictures taken with Santa. LAST CHANCE
  • You’ll find Winter Magic on the downtown streets of Toronto as they are magically transformed into a winter wonderland, marked by various events: Buskertainment, runs every weekend afternoon now until Dec 23. Don’t be surprised if you pass street-performing illusionists, mimes, stilt-walkers and jugglers on Yonge Street as you do your holiday shopping. And while you’re out there, check out Window Wonderland, as you shop, and vote for your favorite window display online. (Free)
  • The 19th annual Festival of Smalls philosophy is that “everyone should be able to own an affordable piece of art”. They have a wide selection of original works, including paintings, photographs, drawings and multimedia available in gift sizes from $55-250. Check out the artists on exhibit (Nov 10-Dec 24).
  •  Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, an AGO exhibit (on until Jan 20, 2013), features “more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple, whose shared passion for each other and Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them Mexico’s most famous artists”. (Tickets)
  • Designing 50 Years of Bond, an exhibition devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other fascinating artifacts from the series, has opened at TIFF Bell Lightbox. It runs until Jan 20, 2013. (Tickets)

Theatre Productions in the City:

Music in the City:

Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings   Highlights: Barenaked Ladies at Roy Thomson Hall (Dec 14); Monster Truck at Lee’s Palace (Dec 15);  Tokyo Police Club at Sound Academy (Dec 15).

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Weekly Slice of Toronto Life: In and Around Town (December 7-13)

Photo Credit: torontochristmasmarket.com

Photo Credit: torontochristmasmarket.com

You still have the chance to enjoy the Distillery District’s Toronto Christmas Market, a must-hit for the holidays (in town until December 16th).  This family-friendly market is filled with the spirit of Christmas.  You’ll find carolers, storytellers, and even Santa’s elves sing-a-long.  There will be beer gardens and mulled wine or hot chocolate if you prefer.   A showcase of hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products will also be displayed.  And of course, we can’t forget Santa, who will be there to update his naughty and nice list (weekdays 2-7:30pm and weekends 10am-7:30pm).  Toronto Christmas Market and Mill Street Brewery are hosting a  World Carolling Challenge on Saturday, December 8 at 5pm. Mill Street Brewery will donate $1 to the Daily Bread Food Bank for each person that participates.  So, head over to the Distillery District to help them break the world record for most carollers singing in one place.  Check out Toronto Christmas Market’s full event schedule.  (Free)

  • The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents the animated film The Snowman (Dec 9) at Roy Thompson Hall.  Live with the film, the TSO will perform Howard Blake’s beautiful score, which includes the song, Walking in the Air. Free arts and activities will take place during intermission.  The concert is recommended for children aged 5-12.
  • Toronto Motorcycle Show pulls into town this weekend (Dec 7-9). It’s your chance to see hundreds of new models for 2013. Click here for a full list of features and events.
  • City of Craft will be on this weekend (Dec 8 & 9) at The Theatre Centre on Queen Street West.  There, you’ll find a craft sale featuring craft-based installations, free workshops, and craft-related programming in local businesses and galleries.

Continuing this week:

  • Cross off gifts on your list in the Annex at The Artisans’ Gift Fair (open every weekend until December 23).  You’ll find a selection of affordable one-of-a-kind gifts.  (Free)
  • Visit Santa’s Workshop at Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront (on every weekend until Dec 16th). Santa’s elves are there to help kids with free arts and crafts, creating holiday ornaments and greeting cards or decorating an elf hat. Enjoy a Santa Cruise, ice-skate and get pictures taken with Santa.
  • You’ll find Winter Magic on the downtown streets of Toronto as they are magically transformed into a winter wonderland, marked by various events: Buskertainment, runs every weekend afternoon now until Dec 23. Don’t be surprised if you pass street-performing illusionists, mimes, stilt-walkers and jugglers on Yonge Street as you do your holiday shopping. And while you’re out there, check out Window Wonderland, as you shop, and vote for your favorite window display online. (Free)
  • The 19th annual Festival of Smalls philosophy is that “everyone should be able to own an affordable piece of art”. They have a wide selection of original works, including paintings, photographs, drawings and multimedia available in gift sizes from $55-250. Check out the artists on exhibit (Nov 10-Dec 24).
  •  Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, an AGO exhibit (on until Jan 20, 2013), features “more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple, whose shared passion for each other and Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them Mexico’s most famous artists”. (Tickets)
  • Designing 50 Years of Bond, an exhibition devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other fascinating artifacts from the series, has opened at TIFF Bell Lightbox. It runs until Jan 20, 2013. (Tickets)

Theatre Productions in the City:

Music in the City:

Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings   Highlights:  Dave Matthews Band at ACC (Dec 7); The Trews at Enwave Theatre (Dec 7 &8); Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) at Sound Academy (Dec 8); Carrie Underwood at ACC (Dec 9).

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Weekly Slice of Toronto Life: In and Around Town (November 30-December 6)

Rob Ford  - Credit: West Annex News

Rob Ford – Credit: West Annex News

This week, the Toronto Argonauts celebrated their Grey Cup win, while the TTC and Metrolinx approved the Presto Card and 4 new LRT lines.  However, all this was overshadowed by the news of our Toronto Mayor Rob Ford getting booted out of office for conflicts of interest, surrounding the way he solicited funds for the highschool football team he coaches.  He has until December 10th to vacate office, unless his stay application is Continue reading

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Weekly Slice of Toronto Life: In and Around Town (November 23-29)


Argos vs Stamps match up at 100th Grey Cup
Courtesy: Toronto Argonauts

Are you ready for some Football?  Toronto is the proud host of the 100th Grey Cup Festival with events taking place across the city (Nov 15-25), including: a Football Film Festival, Adrenaline Zone, a Street Festival (along Front Street), Family Zone, Fan Zone, Cheer Extravaganza, Concert Series, Pre-Game Party. They all lead up to the 100th Grey Cup Game on Sunday, November 25th, as the Toronto Argonauts take on the Calgary Continue reading

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Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (November 16-22)

Santa Clause
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You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why…Santa Claus is coming to town.  That’s right, he’s coming to Toronto and you’ll find him at the Santa Claus Parade this Sunday, Nov. 18th.  He’s starting his route at 12:30pm from Christie Pitts, making his way east on Bloor, south on Avenue and east again on Front St. to St. Lawrence Market.  Here’s the parade route.  You can also track Santa by getting the free iPhone SantaParade App. If you’re planning on attending, check out the handy tips Santa’s provided with the Continue reading

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