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performing arts

18 Best-Bet Events for Toronto’s Luminato Arts Festival

Experience a "temporal village" at Fort York National Historic Site with The Encampment (1812 Centennial Events).

In its sixth year, Luminato adds some star power to its 10-day cultural celebration of music, visual art, dance, theatre and literature. The city-wide festival’s new artistic director, Jorn Weisbrodt, shines the spotlight on his fiancé Rufus Wainwright, but has also tapped some recognizable names from the worlds of music, film, art, publishing and dance to share their insights and talents.

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Hot Dates: Perpetual motion

Live Art Dance Productions is in the midst of a busy season of contemporary dance, with three shows at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue. On November 2, BJM Danse from Montreal offers an evening of playful jazz dance. Following them on November 18, contemporary dancers Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux perform three works by James Kudelka. And from December 1 to 3, O Vertigo makes its Halifax debut with Onde de choc, a “hymn to the body’s internal forces.”

30 Things We Love About Toronto This December

The Paper Place1 Pondering Audrea DiJulio’s multi-material sculptures at Loop Gallery.

2 Finding perfect paper for creating seasonal cards at The Paper Place.

3 The magnificent arched ceiling of the Great Library at historic Osgoode Hall.

4 Ambling through peaceful Mount Pleasant Cemetery after a snowfall.

5 Melt-in-your-mouth triple- cream brie from a local fave, the Leslieville Cheese Market (891 Queen St. E., 416-465-7143).


Banff’s Best After Hours Fun

St James's Gate has live music Fri-Sat

St James's Gate has live music Fri-Sat

Why limit evening activities to dinner and conversation? Kate Hutchison, front desk supervisor at Banff Caribou Lodge, recommends these activities for a fun night out:

  • Gather your friends at Cascade Ponds picnic site for a moonlit fire in the designated fire boxes. Bring marshmallows and roasting sticks!
  • Go for an evening dip at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Open until 11 pm (last admission at 10:30 pm), the springs are more mystic and serene at night.
  • Live band aficionados appreciate Wild Bill’s and Rose & Crown where local and touring groups play. Sing your heart out Tuesdays from 10 pm during karaoke night at Wild Bill’s.
  • Catch a show at The Banff Centre, a globally respected venue for the performing arts. Enjoy dance, classical and popular music, theatre, opera, film, new media, literary readings and more.
  • Dance the night away at Aurora or Hoodoo. DJs mix everything from top 40 to old school and hip hop. Hoodoo’s hosts ladies night Tuesdays. —RM