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What to Do in Toronto: Festivals, Concerts and Events this November


The Bakelite Masterpiece, Geordie Johnson and Irene Poole, Photo by Cilla von Tiedemann

Geordie Johnson and Irene Poole in The Bakelite Masterpiece. Photo by Cilla von Tiedemann

ALL MONTH LONG Set in Holland following World War II, in The Bakelite Masterpiece an artist accused of selling art to the Nazis must prove his innocence by painting a work by Johannes Vermeer in front of a prosecutor and an art historian. Taragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827. Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m.; $48-$53; visit tarragontheatre.com to purchase.

STARTS NOVEMBER 4 Mirvish Productions brings The Shaw Festival’s production of Arcadia to the Royal Alexandra Theatre. This Tom Stoppard masterpiece juxtaposes the lives of residents of a country estate in the early 19th century and the present day, with themes spanning algorithms, chaos theory, botany and literature. Tickets are $25-$99; visit mirvish.com to purchase and for more information.

NOVEMBER 7 Aboriginal producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red mixes traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music at The Danforth Music Hall. Tickets are $33.75-$44; visit thedanforth.com for more details and to purchase.

Beth Underhill and Viggo complete at the 2013 Royal Horse Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Photo by Ben Radvanyi.

Beth Underhill and Viggo complete at the 2013 Royal Horse Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Photo by Ben Radvanyi.

NOVEMBER 7 TO 16 The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair returns with its showcase of rural life. Competition is a key component, with farmers, students and equestrians vying for the top prize in a number of contests, including giant vegetables, butter sculpting and arranging wheat sheaves. The Royal Horse Show is always a hit; wee animals like rabbits also demonstrate their abilities and the SuperDogs put on their own four-legged show. Admission is $16-$24; call 416-263-3400 or visit royalfair.org for more info and to buy tickets.

NOVEMBER 13 TO 16 Inspire! The Toronto International Book Fair is a booklover’s paradise, with author appearances, discussions, demonstrations, publishers’ booths, a digital and new media zone and more. Admission is $10-$15; visit torontobookfair.ca to purchase and for more information.

NOVEMBER 16 Everyone’s favourite jolly old elf will be making his grand entrance to mark the opening of the holiday season. The Santa Claus Parade winds through the downtown core. Be sure to stake out a prime viewing spot along the route early! For more information, visit thesantaclausparade.ca.

NOVEMBER 26 TO 29 Legendary folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is at Massey Hall for a four-night showcase. Tickets are $32.50-$99.50; visit masseyhall.com to purchase and for more information.

STARTS NOVEMBER 27 The One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale brings together more than 800 artisans from across Canada selling everything from clothing, jewellery and toys to art, ceramics and yummy treats. You’ll be able to find something for everyone at this expansive market. Three DIY workshops are also on offer this year, for an additional fee ($50 each). Admission is $7-$14; visit oneofakindshow.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

STARTS NOVEMBER 27 Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is brought to life once again in Soulpepper Theater’s beloved production. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge—played by Soulpepper founding member Joseph Ziegler—as he’s visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in this adaptation by Michael Shamata. Tickets are $29-$89; four-ticket family packages start at $100; visit soulpepper.ca to purchase and for more information.

NOVEMBER 29 Catch your first glimpse of the city’s stately Christmas tree, which stands 19.2 metres high, at Cavalcade of Lights at 7 p.m. The Ontario-grown white spruce, which holds court at Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall (100 Queen St. W.), is decked out with more than 3,810 metres of LED lights and 700 decorations. See toronto.ca/cavalcade for more information.


Michelangelo's  Plan for the “Pichola Libreria” of the Laurentian Library,  1525-1526,  Casa Buonarroti. Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Michelangelo’s Plan for the “Pichola Libreria” of the Laurentian Library, 1525-1526, Casa Buonarroti. Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

CONTINUING “Michelangelo: Quest for Genius” at the Art Gallery of Ontario brings together 28 drawings, once part of the artist’s personal collection and now on loan from Casa Buonarroti in Florence. The master’s influence on Auguste Rodin is also explored. Tickets are $16.50-$25 (including general admission); visit ago.net for more information and to purchase.

TO NOVEMBER 15 The poems in Edgar Lee Masters’ anthology Spoon River have been adapted by Mike Ross and Albert Schultz, in this musical in which residents of rural America tell the story of their lives as they narrate their own epitaphs. Tickets are $37-$79; visit soulpepper.ca to purchase and for more information.

TO NOVEMBER 15 Contemporary art fans won’t want to miss “A.A. Bronson: Life and Work,” a retrospective of the surviving member of General Idea, at the University of Toronto Art Centre. See the artist’s life-size self-portraits and explores queer politics, self-representation and healing. Admission is free. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Visit utac.utoronto.ca for more information.

NOVEMBER 4 L.A.-based duo Capital Cities brings their indie pop sound to the Danforth Music Hall for an all-ages show. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24.50-$34.50; visit thedanforth.com to purchase and for more information.

STARTS NOVEMBER 5 “Introducing Suzy Lake” at the Art Gallery of Ontario features works by artist Suzy Lake taken between the ages of six and 66 as she has explored the body, gender and identity. A free artist talk on November 12 will offer visitors even greater insight. General admission is $11-$19.50. Visit ago.net for more information.

NOVEMBER 6 AND 7 Grammy-winning musician Sarah McLachlan brings her distinctive vocals to the stage at Massey Hall in two evenings of performance. Tickets are $49-$119; visit masseyhall.com to purchase and for more information.

NOVEMBER 7 TO 9 Bibliophiles won’t want to miss the 2014 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Showcasing exhibitors from across Europe and North America, visitors will find books, maps, prints and manuscripts in a wide range of subjects. Entrance is free with AGO admission ($11-$19.50). Visit torontoantiquarianbookfair.com for more information.

NOVEMBER 8 All-girl band Sallie Ford brings their “ode to all the babe rockers” sound to The Great Hall, with Crooked Fingers opening. Tickets are $15; visit collectiveconcerts.com to purchase and for more information.

Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias

NOVEMBER 12 TO 15 The Just for Laughs Comedy Tour returns, with top comics Gabriel Iglesias (pictured), Martin Moreno, Godfrey and Dom Irrera part of the Ontario lineup, bringing their diverse styles to the mic at Massey Hall. Tickets are $35.50-$59.50; visit ticketmaster.ca or call 1-855-985-5000 to reserve.

NOVEMBER 15 Singer-songwriter Jill Barber is sure to serenade the crowd at Massey Hall with her delightful and soulful sound, and her brother, Matthew Barber, will be making a special guest appearance. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19.50 – $49.50; visit masseyhall.com to purchase.

STARTS NOVEMBER 15 Montreal-based artist Karine Giboulo explores concepts of utopia and dystopia through her mixed media works in her solo exhibition “HYPERLand” at Angell Gallery. Visit angellgallery.com for more information.

NOVEMBER 17 AND 18 Famed lyricist and musician Bob Dylan is set to play back-to-back shows at the Sony Centre. Tickets are $69.64 – $300; visit sonycentre.ca to purchase and for more information.

STARTS NOVEMBER 21 Full of slapstick humour and catchy songs, Ross Petty’s fractured fairytale Cinderella: The Gags to Riches Family Musical! is a show parents and tots can both enjoy. Cinderella—played by Danielle Wade of the CBC show Over the Rainbow—finds herself with evil stepsisters who prefer punk attire to prom dresses. The hallmark of any Petty production is a man in drag; here it’s Petty himself as Cinderella’s not-so-loving stepmother and Dan Chameroy as a running-shoe-wearing fairy godmother. Tickets are $27-$85, family 4-pack $235; visit rosspetty.com to buy.

NOVEMBER 22 TO 30 The National Ballet of Canada’s production of John Neumeier’s Nijinsky is a compelling look at the inner journey of Vaslav Nijinsky, one of the most brilliant 20th-century male dancers, whose life was marked by tumult. Tickets are $26-$249; visit national.ballet.ca to purchase.

STARTS NOVEMBER 27 Fresh off a national tour, Kim’s Convenience returns for another run. Ins Choi’s debut play chronicles Korean immigrants and their Canadian-born children who live in Toronto’s Regent Park. Tickets are $29-$89; visit soulpepper.ca to purchase and for more information.

STARTS NOVEMBER 28 Celebrate the season at the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market, in the Distillery District. See the 50-foot tree, listen to carollers and Bavarian brass bands, visit Santa, ride on the Ferris wheel or carousel, shop for handmade goods and sample the savoury and sweet offerings such as sausages and German pastries, washed down with beers, mulled wine, hot rum drinks and festive cocktails. Tuesday to Friday noon to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; see torontochristmasmarket.com for more information.


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