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Whole Life Expo

Weekend Roundup, November 25 to 27

Friday: Prince brings his little red corvette, purple rain and other colour-coded signifiers to Toronto (photo by Peter Tea)

Friday, November 25
Superstar songwriter and all-around guitar hero Prince brings his perfectly sculpted hair, towering heels, angular suits and golden vocal chords to the Air Canada Centre tonight. The concert kicks off the pop icon’s Welcome 2 Canada tour, his first trek north since 2002.

Nourish your mind, body, and soul, and learn how to live well naturally at the Whole Life Expo. Now in its 25th year, Canada’s largest showcase of eco-friendly lifestyles, natural health, and alternative medicine opens at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Explore the sometimes combative and always creative b-boy lifestyle in Enter the Shadow, the latest show from the Break it Down Dance Company. The dynamic production of hip-hop dance and theatre is presented at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre.

There’s even more on Saturday and Sunday!

Weekend Roundup, November 27th to 29th

From a dazzling display of lights to circus school and crafty choices, there’s something to put a sparkle in your weekend schedule.

Friday: See Glass Pieces and other works by the National Ballet

Friday: See Glass Pieces and other works by the National Ballet

Friday, November 27th
Be blown away by a new ballet! The National Ballet of Canada presents the world premiere of Watch Her, choreographed by Aszure Barton, as well as Balanchine’s Four Temperaments and Glass Pieces, a dance set to music by Philip Glass.

If classical music makes your spirit soar, come listen to the Aradia Ensemble‘s rendition of choral pieces by Haydn on the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Head over to Budapest for Soulpepper Theatre Company’s production of Parfumerie to eavesdrop on two clerks who hate each other by day yet unwittingly send each other romantic letters at night.

Or travel back to bohemian Berlin during the 1920’s and feel the cabaret spirit of Love is a Poverty You Can Sell, Soup Can Theatre’s homage to Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht.

Saturday: Take in the Cavalcade of Lights

Saturday: Take in the Cavalcade of Lights

Saturday, November 28th
Ignite the holiday spirit with the annual Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square! Be dazzled by fireworks, free concerts, a skating party and the official lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.

Unleash your inner circus performer and meet fellow risk-takers at the Singles Circus and Trapeze School Evening, where you can learn to swing through the air and literally walk the wire.

Feel good about watching the Women in Dance performers showcase their jazz, contemporary and Latin fusion pieces at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The same dancers will be giving back to the community by volunteering at shelters and crisis centres for women.

Sunday: Peruse hand-cut glass art by Michelle Prosek—and much more—at the One of a Kind Show

Sunday: Peruse hand-cut glass art by Michelle Prosek—and much more—at the One of a Kind Show

Sunday, November 29th
Pick up unique gifts for your loved ones at the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale. You’ll be supporting artisans from Toronto and across the country by snapping up their art, jewellery, reconstructed clothing and home decor.

Learn more tips on green living to fuel New Year’s resolutions at the Whole Life Expo, Canada’s largest showcase of natural products, alternative medicine and healthy cuisines.

Tickle your tastebuds with something new at the second Malabar Food Festival held at Maroli, Toronto’s only restaurant fusing Malabari and Indian food.