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Hot Art: One-Stop Art Shop

Kingdom Disaster, by Toronto International Art Fair featured artist Alex McLeod

OCTOBER 29 TO NOVEMBER 1 More than 100 galleries from around the world are set to display over 1,000 works of contemporary art at the Toronto International Art Fair. Expected to be the largest art show yet held in this city, the event is open to both casual appreciators and serious collectors alike, with pieces priced anywhere from $300 to $3 million. There’s no need to be intimidated—information sessions, artist talks and more help to demystify the experience. With so much to peruse, you’re sure to find many favourites, but a guaranteed must-see is the featured exhibition by local artist Alex McLeod, whose intricate and somewhat unsettling landscapes represent the cutting edge of digital art.

Hot Art: Open Studio’s Colourful Summit

Liz Parkinson's Hawkweed is on display at Open Studio's group exhibition

OCTOBER 21 TO 24 This month presents a unique chance for practicing printmakers and aficionados of lithography, engraving and their related art forms as Open Studio hosts its large-scale Printopolis symposium (advance registration $265). The event features numerous panel discussions, demonstrations and a group exhibition celebrating the renowned printmaking studio’s 40th anniversary. Outside of the conference itself, more than 40 other Toronto art spaces offer concurrent print-focused showcases, including Angell Gallery, Feheley Fine Arts and Edward Day Gallery.

Hot Art: Nuit Blanche’s Late Show

Daan Roosegaarde's Interactive Landscape Dune

OCTOBER 2 Artistic inspiration isn’t subject to the whims of a nine-to-five schedule. It occurs at any time and in any place. During Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, creativity happens overnight, as thousands of residents and visitors descend with the sun to engage with 40 curated art installations in the Financial District, Yorkville and Downtown Yonge areas, plus many other independent projects situated throughout the city. Among the most intriguing of these dusk-to-dawn displays are Daan Roosegaarde’s Interactive Landscape Dune—a futuristic hybrid of nature and technology that reacts to the sounds and motions of passersby—and Later That Night at the Drive-In, a highly anticipated sound, video and performance piece by acclaimed musician and producer Daniel Lanois.

Hot Date: Pride Week Wraps Up

There's much to ogle at the Pride Parade

JUNE 25 TO JULY 4 Celebrate three decades of sexual diversity at Pride Toronto, which honours gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered lifestyles. Join thousands of participants for this festival that includes a free concert by pop diva Cyndi Lauper on July 3 at the Queen’s Park stage at 9 p.m. On July 4, the much-exalted Pride Parade wraps up the 10-day event with raucous, brightly—and often scantily—clad men and women winding through the streets starting at 2 p.m. The route begins at Bloor and Church streets and ends at Gerrard and Church streets with assorted floats and costumed participants to get everyone in the mood. Call 416-927-7433 or click here for a schedule and ticket information.

Hot Date: Icy Spectacle

Kurt Browning shows off at Sears Stars on Ice (photo by Stephan Potopnyk)

APRIL 30 An evening of glittering costumes and gleaming blades is assured as Canadian figure skating luminaries including Kurt Browning, Joannie Rochette and Jeffrey Buttle hit the rink for Sears Stars on Ice. The famed skating showcase is marking its 20th year of bringing fancy footwork and top-quality choreography to more than 200 venues across the country, so expect a bit of extra lift in performers’ lutz leaps and more speed to their spins. Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will also appear, fresh from their gold-medal performance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Air Canada Centre, 7:30 p.m., $27 to $152; call 416-870-8000 or visit here for more details and to purchase tickets.

Hot Date: Environmental Expo

Chef Michael Steh of Reds gives advice on sustainable cuisine at the Green Living Show

APRIL 23 TO 25 Browse more than 400 vendors showcasing environmentally friendly products and services at the Green Living Show. Sample biodynamic wines, test drive fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, learn from eco-activists presenting on the main stage and watch as farmers and top chefs like Michael Steh (of Reds Bistro) whip up a feast. Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre, $8 to $12; call 416-360-0044 or visit here for further details.

November Hot Date: The Rockettes and More

The Radio City RockettesNOVEMBER 16 TO 18 Tinsel, candy canes and stockings hung by the chimney with care can put anyone into the festive spirit, but they can’t compare to the epitome of holiday grandeur: the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The world-famous Rockettes are back for only five shows with the toe-tapping precision kick-line dancing that has made them international favourites. Be whisked away to Santa’s North Pole workshop, watch bears perform a rendition of the classic Nutcracker ballet, and marvel as the first Christmas is brought to life in this dazzling holiday extravaganza. Air Canada Centre, Monday 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 4 and 7:30 p.m., $30 to $84.50; call 416-870-8000 or click here for tickets.