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St. Lawrence Market

You Are Here: Front Street East

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Weekend Roundup, November 13th to 15th

A colourful cast of characters  arrives in the city this weekend: a magical princess,  a notorious former president—even Santa Claus makes an appearance!

Friday: Marvel at the National Ballet's classic staging of The Sleeping Beauty.

Friday: The National Ballet presents its classic staging of The Sleeping Beauty.

Friday, November 13th
Be enchanted as the National Ballet of Canada brings to life a beloved children’s fairytale in a sumptuous performance of The Sleeping Beauty.

Giggle and guffaw at the silly antics of She Said What, The Understudies and 46 other North American improv troupes participating in the fifth annual SketchFest comedy festival.

Sing along as country crooner Lyle Lovett performs his Grammy-winning hits at Massey Hall, a storied concert venue in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Saturday: Intrigue is everywhere in Stuff Happens.

Saturday: Political intrigue abounds in David Hare's Stuff Happens.

Saturday, November 14th
Spend the afternoon in the Market Kitchen of the historic St. Lawrence Market, where you can taste exclusive wines from local vintners and nosh on delicious nibbles supplied by the building’s vendors—all while listening to live jazz.

Speculate about the behind-the-scenes decision-making of the George W. Bush administration, following the opening-night performance of Stuff Happens, a riveting political drama by David Hare.

Spend an illuminating evening at Yonge-Dundas Square’s holiday lighting event, complete with a pyrotechnic performance by Circus Orange.

Sunday: Santa sleds down University Avenue.

Sunday: Santa and leads his team of reindeer down University Avenue.

Sunday, November 15th
Bundle up and wave to elves, snowmen, reindeer and the big man himself as the 105th annual Santa Claus Parade makes its way through the city.

Take a cue from Toronto’s trendsetters by hunting for vintage treasures and stylish one-of-a-kind pieces along the West Queen West strip. Pick up whimsical fashions from a variety of eras at Vintage 69, Cabaret and other colourful boutiques in this hip ‘hood.

Don’t miss your final chance to see a dazzling array of gems and jewels at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Light and Stone exhibition.

Bustling St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market. (Photo by Dane Brian.)

The historic halls of St. Lawrence Market (Photo by Dane Brian).

Our offices here at Where Toronto are located at Queen Street East and Church Street, just a few blocks north of the St. Lawrence Market, a bustling indoor market with independent vendors carrying fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as cheese shops, bakeries, butcher shops, fish mongers and endless options for take out. (You could eat your way around the globe here between the souvlaki, sushi, sweet and sour chicken balls, pasta, pizza and, of course, the legendary peameal bacon on a bun from Carousel Bakery—your trip to Toronto isn’t complete unless you’ve had one.)

Even though it’s only a five minute walk to the market, it feels far away, and, well, I confess to being a bit lazy. But today it was beautiful and warm outside so I made my way to the market during my lunch hour with the intent of picking up some fresh vegetables for a weekend barbecue. Apparently many others also had the same idea as the market was a bustling cornucopia of sights, sounds and smells.