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Things to Do in Toronto: Shows & Events in December 2015


Things to Do in Toronto December 2015 Cinderella

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella debuts this month at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre (photo: Carol Rosegg)

*Also check out our guide to Toronto’s Fall Performance Season, which details more of our favourite theatrical, orchestral, operatic and balletic performances taking place in Toronto through to the end of the year.

DECEMBER 1 Two recipients of the esteemed Polaris Music Prize, which annually honours a Canadian album regardless of its genre, sales or record label, come together for the latest installment of the Live at Massey Hall concert and film showcase. Composer and violinist Owen Pallett—who, as Final Fantasy, earned the first Polaris honours in 2006—and the 2014 winner, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, share the stage in celebration of the prestigious award’s 10th anniversary.

DECEMBER 1 Grammy Award–winning singer and songwriter Joseph Arthur brings his poetic lyricism to the Drake Hotel stage.

DECEMBER 1 TO JANUARY 10 A fairy godmother, a pumpkin that transforms into a horse-drawn carriage, a lost glass slipper and a prince in search of his princess. These are the quintessential elements of a beloved fairy tale that became a Broadway hit. Now, Mirvish Productions brings Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella to the Toronto stage. The Tony Award–winning show boasts sparkling sets and an ensemble cast that belts out such songs as “In My Little Corner” and “Impossible/It’s Possible” in this updated version of the romantic musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific.

DECEMBER 3 TO JANUARY 3 Bah humbug! Ebenezer Scrooge experiences a change of heart after receiving visits from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come in Soulpepper Theatre Company’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol.

DECEMBER 6 Award-winning piano prodigy Jan Lisiecki performs a program that includes works by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn.

DECEMBER 8 Canadian/Danish R&B duo Rhye bring their unique sound to the Danforth Music Hall.

DECEMBER 8 TO JANUARY 23 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical, The Phantom of the Opera, returns to the Toronto stage.

DECEMBER 10 The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach’s latest side project includes playing with The Arcs, whose debut album Yours, Dreamily features the single “Outta My Mind.”

DECEMBER 11 & 12 Don’t miss Juno– and Polaris Music Prize–nominated Canadian rockers Alvvays, with special guests White Reaper.

DECEMBER 12 Celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes on the occasion of his one hundredth birthday at Sinatra @100 with an all-Canadian tribute led by Joe Sealy featuring such performers as Jackie Richardson and Brent Carver.

The Nutcracker

The National Ballet of Canada’s performance of The Nutcracker is a holiday-season treat

DECEMBER 12 TO JANUARY 3 Marking its 20th anniversary this year, the National Ballet of Canada’s production of The Nutcracker is undoubtedly a holiday favourite. Created by James Kudelka, this dreamy update of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale boasts ornate sets and magical dancing creatures, including bears, unicorns, dog soldiers, the Mouse King, the Snow Queen and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy.

DECEMBER 15 TO 20 One of the classical canon’s most recognizable choral works, Handel’s Messiah is the focus of no fewer than three concerts. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Sir Andrew Davis and joined by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, performs the sumptuous oratorio at Roy Thomson Hall, while Tafelmusik Presents Handel’s Messiah is simultaneously staged at intimate Koerner Hall. The popular, one-night-only Sing-Along Messiah, also led by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, invites audience participation in the spirit of the season.

Traces by 7 Fingers

Bradley Henderson performs in Traces by circus-meets-the-street troupe 7 Fingers (photo: Michael Meseke)

DECEMBER 15 TO 27  Mesmerizing acrobatics, athletics, dance and theatre come together in Traces by 7 Fingers.

DECEMBER 16 TO JANUARY 3 Poems by Dennis Lee—dubbed Canada’s own “Father Goose”—are imaginatively brought to the stage by Soulpepper Theatre Company in Alligator Pie.

DECEMBER 17 TO 19 Popular Montreal-based band Stars celebrates the 10th anniversary of hits Set Yourself on Fire album with no less than three concerts in Toronto.


Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream

DECEMBER 18 TO 27 Happily ever after reigns at Disney on Ice’s Dare to Dream. Join such beloved princesses as Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella and Tiana as they embark on new adventures in search of their princes.

DECEMBER 19 TO JANUARY 1 The bad boys and girls on St. Nick’s holiday list get a chance to redeem themselves in The Second City’s The Naughty Listers. When the elves go rogue, Santa needs the help of the help of some bad kids to make everything alright.

DECEMBER 31 Catch opera’s greatest hits by such composers as Puccini, Verdi and Rossini in Bravissimo!

DECEMBER 31 Close out the last day of 2015 with a night of laughs as Shaun Majumder hosts New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza.

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