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Toronto Children’s Chorus

Weekend Roundup, December 17th to 19th

It’s the final weekend before Christmas and there is a lot more to do in the city than just shop. If you’re looking for a break from holiday cheer or hoping to dive into it a week early Toronto’s got you covered.

Friday: Rock on with Alexisonfire

Friday, December 17th
The classic tale of Dr Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas premieres tonight at the Sony Centre. This holiday favourite is given the Broadway treatment with fantastic sets, terrific costumes and all-new songs.

St. Catharines natives Alexisonfire return to their roots with an all-ages show tonight at Sound Academy. Expect to rock out to tunes from their recent album, Old Crows/Young Cardinals, as well as many of their past hits.

Television personality Gerry Dee brings his comedic stylings to the Panasonic Theatre stage with his Gerry Dee and Friends Holiday Show. Canadian comedians Darrin Rose and Frank Spadone also drop in for so stand-up hilarity.

Saturday: See the intriguing movements of Studies in Motion (photo by Tim Matheson)

Saturday, December 18th
Climb aboard the Mariposa Cruises’ Northern Spirit ship for its family-oriented Santa Cruise. This afternoon tour of the Toronto harbour offers children the chance to meet Santa and his elves while taking in Toronto’s iconic skyline.

Tonight presents your last chance to see Studies in Motion at the St. Lawrence Centre’s Bluma Appel Theatre. The well-reviewed play examines the life of the brilliant yet troubled artist Eadweard Muybridge.

The Toronto Children’s Chorus performs tonight at Roy Thomson Hall. Ruth Watson Henderson’s The Last Straw will be sung by the ensemble’s 300-plus children. Its 150-voice Alumni Choir is also be featured as part of this joyous concert.

Sunday: Cheer on Andrea Bargnani and the Raptors

Sunday, December 19th
The Los Angeles Lakers may be one of the most imposing squads in the National Basketball Association, but somehow our Toronto Raptors always manage to put up a good fight. Head to the Air Canada Centre this afternoon to see if Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson and the rest of the Raptors can come out on top.

Catch a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s hilarious farce, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, at the Canon Theatre. This baudy musical is sure to have you rolling in the aisles.

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Handel’s Messiah. Today you can hear it twice: the Toronto Symphony Orchestra offers “Toronto’s Biggest Messiah” at Roy Thomson Hall—featuring more than 60 instruments—while the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir encourage audience participation in its Sing-Along Messiah, a long-time Toronto tradition.

December Hot Date: Holiday Concerts

Toronto’s top orchestral and vocal ensembles ignite the seasonal spirit with a trio of concerts.

Members of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale (photo by John Beebe)

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale sings for the season (photo by John Beebe)

DECEMBER 16 & 18 to 21 Hark! Hear the holiday spirit in George Frideric Handel’s timeless oratorio Messiah. Performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a special participatory concert invites the audience to sing along. Hallelujah! Roy Thomson Hall, December 16, 18, 19 and 21 at 8 p.m., December 20 at 3 p.m., $35 to $99; call 416-872-4255 or click here for tickets.

DECEMBER 16 & 19 Enjoy An Indigo Christmas, presented the world-famous Nathaniel Dett Chorale—among the performers at U.S. President Barack Obama’s inauguration—a Toronto-based, classically trained chorus with an Afrocentric focus. Glenn Gould Studio, 8 p.m., $39.50; call 416-205-5000 or follow this link for tickets.

DECEMBER 19 If it warms your heart to hear children—300 of them, aged 6 to 17—rejoice in song, don’t miss the Toronto Children’s Chorus belt out contemporary and traditional holiday music. Roy Thomson Hall, 2 p.m., $34.50 to $44.50, call 416-872-4255 or navigate here for tickets.