Escape the holiday stress and mess at the malls! Between a motorcycle show, a craft fair and an icy dip in the lake, there are plenty of options to keep this weekend stimulating and hassle-free.
Friday, December 11th
Channel tough biker chic as you check out highly coveted Hondas, Harley-Davidsons, scooters and new motor models at the Toronto Motorcycle Show. Ladies can get in for free after 5 p.m. for the special She Rides Night.
Be swept away by the sinuous sounds of Dr. Draw’s violin as he and his band fuse jazz, rock, electronica and classical influences for a highly energetic Holiday Extravaganza at Hugh’s Room.
Flock to the ultra-swanky supper club Ultra for its famous Flock Fridays dinners and lively DJ dance parties. As you sup or spin, Ultra’s elves will decide if you have been naughty or nice.
Embark on a foolhardy, seafaring musical adventure at The Music Gallery, where two Berlin-based artists present The Ship of Fools, an avant-garde multimedia performance based on a 15th-century text.
Saturday, December 12th
Browse through limited-edition books, zines, graphic novels and other literary goodies at the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, which also features a special reading by 2009 Toronto Book Award winner Austin Clarke.
Help construct a Garbage Dress—one of the installations at the City of Craft sale—by donating old clothes, scrap fabric, buttons and other materials. Then pick up unique, handcrafted goods from the participating vendors while meandering along Queen Street West.
Loosen up with some drinks and enjoy an evening of soul, jazz and hip hop at The Rivoli, as bands like The Breakdown, Blues Underdog and Two Crown King perform their funky musical sets.
Sunday, December 13th
Fancy a quick dip in the icy lake? Participate in the 2009 Polar Bear Swim at the Sunnyside Beach. The frigid plunge supports the On Thin Ice campaign, which is dedicated to saving Ontario’s polar bears from extinction.
Sample butter tarts, carrot puddings, fruitcakes and other sweet treats at the Royal Ontario Museum as food experts and lecturers discuss the cultural history of Canadian desserts.
Watch the English-language premiere of The Salon Automaton, a burlesque confrontation between actress Nathalie Claude and three robots playing The Dandy Poet, The Cabaret Artist and The Drinking Patroness, on stage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.