NOVEMBER 5 TO 14 Too often persons with mental illnesses and addictions are misunderstood and ostracized. The Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival seeks to change this perception through flicks exploring the factual and the false when it comes to afflictions of the mind. This year’s theme is mental health and its affect on family relationships. Appropriately, the festival kicks off with Clara, a biopic about Romantic era musician and composer Clara Schumann. Tensions rise when her renowned yet unstable husband, Robert Schumann, takes under his wing a young Johannes Brahms, who in turn takes a liking to his mentor’s wife. Other notable films include Good Morning Lassa, in which a seven-year-old must care for her depressed mother, and the Oscar-nominated Roads. Various venues, $10 per film; call 416-583-4606 or click here for details.
NOVEMBER 15 The man in the jolly red suit is coming to town—and he’s making a grand entrance. A holiday tradition in this city since 1905, the Santa Claus Parade draws more than half a million bright-eyed spectators with its fantastical floats, professional marching bands and cheery elves, clowns and storytime characters. Starting at 12:30 p.m., the procession travels from Christie and Bloor streets and makes its way nearly six kilometres southeast through downtown to Front and Church streets. Call 416-249-7833 or visit here for more information and a detailed route map.
ON NOW The Royal Conservatory of Music is so excited about the recent opening of its state-of-art Koerner Hall recital venue in the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning that 20 new shows have been added to its already packed inaugural season. Among them are three November concerts you simply must lend an ear to: on November 8, Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker fills your afternoon with the sounds of Stravinsky and Beethoven; singer-guitarist Sara Tavares weaves together reggae and jazz with ease on November 19; and on November 27, six-time Juno Award–winning violinist James Ehnes offers an intimate recital of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata plus works by Respighi and Bartók. 273 Bloor St. W. ,$20 to $75; call 416-408-0208 to buy.