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Robin Hood

December Hot Date: Robin Hood

Yvan Pedneault is among the cast of Robin Hood.

Yvan Pedneault is among the cast of Robin Hood.

ON NOW In the uproarious family musical Robin Hood, the title character and his merry men set aside stealing from the rich and giving to the poor for a greater task: saving the environment. Ross Petty’s latest production sees a swashbuckling troupe try to save Sherwood Forest from destruction by the Sheriff of Nottingham and Nottingham Lumber, purveyor of quality toothpicks and toilet paper since 1732. The talented cast includes Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila in her stage debut as Maid Marion and We Will Rock You’s Yvan Pedneault as Merry Men member Alain de Champagne. Elgin Theatre, Thursday and Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $55 to $79; call 416-872-5555 or follow this link for tickets. —Jenelle DaSilva-Rupchand

Weekend Roundup, December 4th to December 6th

December is finally here! ‘Tis the season to eat, drink, shop, skate and be merry at festive holiday performances.

Friday: Spend an evening at the Distillery Historic District

Friday: Spend some time at the Distillery Historic District

Friday December 4th
Pick out gifts for little loved-ones at the Distillery Historic District’s Children’s Trunk Show shopping event, then spend the evening walking the area’s cobblestone laneways and admiring its seasonal light display.

Get into the festive spirit at the Friday After Five event hosted by the Gardiner Museum. This special holiday happy hour features Christmas cocktails and a tourtiere poutine created by celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy.

Partake in a 72-year-old seasonal tradition at the Church of the Holy Trinity—its Christmas Story performance brings the nativity to soul-stirring life.

Saturday: Tea at the Royal York

Saturday: Tea at the Royal York

Saturday, December 5th
Take time for afternoon tea at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and nibble on finger sandwiches, mincemeat tarts and other holiday treats. Visitors can also take home decadent goodies from the on-site Festive Bakery.

Meet new friends while learning how to pry open shellfish at the singles oyster shucking, tasting & wine pairing night at Leslieville gastro-pub Prohibition.

Sing along with Weezer and other alternative-rock superstars—the Air Canada Centre hosts radio station 102.1 The Edge’s Jingle Bell Rock concert.

Sunday: Eva Avila portrays Maid Marian in Robin Hood

Sunday: Eva Avila portrays Maid Marian in Robin Hood

Sunday, December 6th
Enjoy a festive afternoon at Roy Thompson Hall as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

Strap on your blades for Harbourfront Centre’s HarbourKIDS: SK8 festival at Canada’s largest artificially cooled outdoor ice rink.

Follow Robin Hood as his merry men as they engage in eco-conscious hijinks in the Ross Petty production of Robin Hood: The Environ-Mental Family Musical.

November Hot Date: Fun in Robin’s Hood

Yvan Pedneault is among the cast of Robin Hood.

Yvan Pedneault is among the cast of Robin Hood.

OPENS NOVEMBER 26 In the uproarious family musical Robin Hood, the title character and his merry men set aside stealing from the rich and giving to the poor for a greater task: saving the environment. Ross Petty’s latest production sees a swashbuckling troupe try to save Sherwood Forest from destruction by the Sheriff of Nottingham and Nottingham Lumber, purveyor of quality toothpicks and toilet paper since 1732. The talented cast includes Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila in her stage debut as Maid Marion and We Will Rock You’s Yvan Pedneault as Merry Men member Alain de Champagne. Elgin Theatre, Thursday and Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $55 to $79; call 416-872-5555 or click here for tickets.