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 successful which would allow him to remain Mayor for the length of his appeal (which would be heard as early as January). In the next few weeks, we will find out his fate and if an interim mayor or a by-election will be necessary.
In the meantime, we have lots to look forward to as December is here and there’s so much to keep you busy in the city, other than politics…
- A must-hit for the holidays, Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District is here 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 the event schedule. (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)
- Time to dig out those skates from the back of your closet and get them sharpened, before heading out to one of the many outdoor skating rinks available across the city including: Nathan Philips Square, Natrel Rink (Harbourfront Centre), Mel Lastman Square and Kew Gardens among others. For a full list of outdoor skating rinks and their status, click here.
- Head to the Harbourfront for Ballet Creole’s holiday production of the Soulful Messiah (Nov 30-Dec 2). It’s described as an infusion of tap, African-Caribbean dance, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. (Tickets)
- Much Music presents The Big Jingle (Dec 2) at the ACC. This holiday concert will feature Carly Rae Jepsen, Simple Plan, The Wanted and Shawn Desman, among various other musicians. (Tickets)
Continuing this week:
- The One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale is taking place at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place and will go on until Dec 2nd. It’s a great chance to check out some unique gift ideas for the holidays.
- 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:
- War Horse at the Princess of Wales Theatre (until Jan 6)
- Snow White at Elgin Theatre (until Jan 5)
- Avenue Q at Lower Ossington Theatre (until Jan 20)
- Lord of the Flies at Lower Ossington Theatre (until Dec 9)
- Terminus at the Royal Alexandra (until Dec 9)
- Without You at Panasonic Theatre (coming Dec 13)
- The Wizard of Oz at Ed Mirvish Theatre (coming Dec 20)
Music in the City:
Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings Highlights: Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen at Rogers Centre (Dec 1); Sarah McLachlan at Massey Hall (Dec 1); MuchMusic’s The Big Jingle at the ACC (Dec 2); Leonard Cohen at ACC (Dec 4 & 5); Rheostatics at The Horseshoe (Dec 5 & 6).