FOR LOVE AND MONEY The National Ballet of Canada presents The Merry Widow from November 21 to 25. Seeing his town in shambles, a count tries to woo a former flame, who is now a wealthy widow in this ballistic adaptation of the popular 1905 operetta. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Wednesday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., $45 to $200; call 416-345-9595 for times and tickets.
WATERFRONT DELIGHT Drop by Harbourfront Centre for a varied list of activities. Starting November 17 (weather permitting), rent some skates and practice those figure eights at the lakeside outdoor Natrel Rink. Catch a modern dance performance at the Enwave Theatre on November 23 and 24 when choreographer Serge Bennathan presents Magna. 8 p.m., $17 to $27; call 416-973-4000 to buy.
GO LEAFS GO! Toronto is a city that loves hockey, and fans young and old alike come out in droves to cheer on the hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Home games at the Air Canada Centre this season get a boost, too: a new $4 million humidifier improves ice quality at the arena. Air Canada Centre, $45 to $220; call 416-872-5000 for times and tickets.
LEAVE ‘EM LAUGHING For almost 50 years, Second City has been tickling Toronto’s funny bones with relevant and timely comedic sketches. Continuing through to the end of the year, Facebook of Revelations explores human interaction through modern means such as the Internet, chat rooms and social networking sites. Tuesday to Sunday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 p.m., $20 to $28; 51 Mercer St., call 416-343-0011 to buy.
LOOK UP, WAY UP The city’s iconic CN Tower is a must-visit destination. Built in 1975, the country’s tallest freestanding structure boasts two observation levels offering picturesque views of the city: check out the glass floor for a bird’s eye view from 341.986 metres down. The dining room of the award-winning 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower is the world’s highest revolving restaurant, providing a panoramic view while you dine. 301 Front St. W., open daily, admission $14.49 to $21.49; call 416-86-TOWER for more information.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM Mirvish Productions presents a trifecta of theatre this fall. The Royal Alexandra Theatre is home to the much-anticipated Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage, where Baby and Johnny’s love story is set to classic songs and music from the hit 1987 film. Beginning November 6, the Princess of Wales Theatre is a deadly place to be, at least for the characters of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which features a barber-turned-serial killer on the loose. Meanwhile, the Canon Theatre gets the royal treatment as We Will Rock You extends its run through to January 6, ensuring that the music of British band Queen rocks on. Tickets $25 to $200; call 416-872-1212 for times and tickets for all three shows.
MUSICAL EXCELLENCE Roy Thomson Hall, one of the city’s premier acoustic venues, offers a range of musical fare this season. The Yamato Drummers of Japan perform on November 24, displaying a unique blend of rhythm and spectacle. On November 25, the International Vocal Recital Series hosts Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman. Roy Thompson Hall, $25 to $85; call 416-872-4255 to buy.
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME The Hockey Hall of Fame is the city’s shrine to a beloved pasttime and boasts activities for fans of all ages. Learn the history of the sport while testing your skills with games and playing interactive games such as a virtual shootout against goaltender Ed Belfour, or pose for a picture with the coveted Stanley Cup. Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge St., open daily, admission $9 to $13, call 416-360-7735 for more information.
SWEDISH CELEBRATION Sample Scandinavian foods and discover art and decorations at the Swedish Christmas Fair, which runs on November 24 and 25. The fair’s Lucia pageant is a beloved Swedish tradition that marks the beginning of the Christmas season with young boys and girls singing traditional songs. Harbourfront Centre, call 416-973-4000 for a complete schedule.
DINO-MITE After winning the Atlantic Division crown last season, the Toronto Raptors kick into high gear this year. Several new players—including Jason Kapono and Carlos Delfino—join fan favourites such as Chris Bosh, T.J Ford and Andrea Bargnani. Air Canada Centre, $25 to $925; call 416-366-DUNK for times and tickets.