Toronto has a lot of fun to offer this weekend. Here’s a preview of what’s on it.
Cavalcade of Lights
The annual Cavalcade of Lights kicks off the holiday season in Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, with opening parties from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year’s festivities, presented by Desjardins Financial Group, are inspired by lantern, fire and light festivals from around the globe and aim to transform City Hall and surrounding areas into a ‘dazzling wonderland’.
Participants can enjoy skating and lots of live entertainment. At 3pm, an Indigenous elder will give an opening address, followed by performances by a diverse selection of entertainers, including music and dance ensembles, jugglers and acrobats. Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony at 8:30 PM
The event is free and family friendly.
A unique winter show
The One of a Kind Winter Show is now on until December 4 at the Enercare Center at Exhibition Place. As one of North America’s most visited craft shows, it features creations for sale made by more than 600 artisans from around the country.
The show runs from 10am to 9pm on weekdays and Saturdays and from 10am to 6pm on Sundays. Overnight hours from December 1 run until 11 p.m. Single-day and multi-day tickets are available at oneofakindshow.com
Vacation Magic Bloor-Yorkville
Visit the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area on Saturdays, as the neighborhood is lit up with festive lighting, including benches that resemble campfires and the lighting of trees along Bloor Street. The official tree lighting, featuring a musical performance by Chantal Kreviazuk, will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Village of Yorkville Park, at Cumberland and Bellair Streets.
Indigenous craft marketplace
Join online and in person at the Native Canadian Center of Toronto at 15 Spadina Rd. for “Canada’s best Indigenous Artisan Marketplace,” every Friday through Monday through December 5. The event features artists and creatives such as Joseph Sagaj, designer of the 2022 Toronto Sign wrap at Nathan Phillips Square, Jackie Esquimaux-Hamlin with Red Sky Candles, and Trip Phoenix with Sunheart Rises Designs selling jewelry.
The market is every day from 11am to 7pm. The event’s Facebook page features live-streamed interviews with the performers.
ROM After Dark: Be Legendary
Enjoy Cree artist Kent Monkman’s “Being Legendary” exhibit and Indigenous-led performances, from hoop dancing to DJ sets, as you explore the Royal Ontario Museum in “a whole new way.” This special ROM After Dark event starts Friday at 7:30pm and features food and drinks, and is aimed at adults 19 and older looking for a fun and artsy night out.
Tickets cost $30 for non-members and are available at rom.on.ca. Tickets will not be available at the door.
What happens when award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor teams up with “one of the greatest authors in the world?” The National Ballet of Canada invites you to witness the result with the new ballet triptych, “MADDADDAM”, named after and inspired by Margaret Atwood’s trilogy. The performance features original music by composer Max Richter and takes place at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., every day at 7:30 p.m. over the weekend and through November 30. Tickets are available at www. .my.ballet.ca
Concerts and Events
With headliner Kyle Brownrigg, a Just For Laughs alumnus, Gay AF late-night comedy offers some of “Toronto’s best comedians” at Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., Fridays starting at 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.
Elton Rohn: North America’s Premier Elton John Tribute Show, takes place at Meridian Hall, 1 Front St. E., Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49.
Ali Gatie and John Orlando perform at History, 1663 Queen St. E., Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Dear Rouge performs at The Opera House, 735 Queen St. W., Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra’s fall concert takes place at the Meridian Arts Center, 5040 Yonge St., Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
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