Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (November 25 – December 1)

Cavalcade of Lights on Nov. 26 / Photo Credit: Flickr user wvs

With American Thanksgiving deals spilling over to Canada, have you started your holiday shopping? Get to malls early if you want to grab a parking spot else it’s a fight to get one. Here’s some other ideas for you to spend the weekend if you don’t want to hit a mall:

Cavalcade of Lights will kick off the holiday season at Nathan Philips Square tonight with a tree-lighting ceremony, fireworks (8pm) and a concert including performances by Jarvis Church, Kellylee Evans, JRDN, Justin Hines and Victoria Duffield. A skating party will also be on the go, along with a chance to meet champion figure skater Jamie Sale (5-7pm). Full event schedule here.

Get your skates out! Aside from Nathan Philips Square, there’s also other outdoor skating rinks available across the city including the Natrel Rink (Harbourfront Centre), Mel Lastman Square and Kew Gardens among others.  For a full list of outdoor skating rinks and their status, check here

  • The One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale is here until Dec 4th at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place. You can check out this holiday craft show for some unique gift ideas.
  • Mary Poppins has hopped on her flying umbrella and is in Toronto until Jan 8 at the Prince of Wale Theatre. You won’t need a spoonful of sugar to enjoy this family favorite. It’s guaranteed to be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Continuing this week:

    • They’re creepy and they’re spooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, The Addams Family“. Yes, The Addams Family has creeped into town on a musical tour and their show will be on until November 27th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
    • Winter Magic lights up the city. You’ll find it on the downtown streets of Toronto as they are magically transformed into a winter wonderland, marked by various events: Kidzfest (Nov 26), a family fun day at Yonge-Dundas square. You’ll find special appearances from Dora and Diego, Po from Kung Fu Panda, Erik and Mumble from Happy Feet 2 and more; Buskertainment, which runs every weekend afternoon now until Dec 18. 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.
    • Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris continues it run at the AGO until January 15. It is composed of 118 works of art from various media, including painting, photography, film, sculpture and works on paper. Russian modernists, also included in this collection, are Wassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Sonia Delaunay, and Vladimir Tatlin.

Music in the City: Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings. Highlights: At the ACC, Prince (Nov 25 & 26) and Feist (Dec 1) at Massey Hall.

Hope you’re enjoying you’re last weekend in sweet November.  It gets crazy after this month.

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