Welcome to the November edition of the We’ve Been Expecting You eNewsletter – a monthly newsletter customized for members of the hospitality, tourism and service sectors. Each newsletter includes:

  • an e-guide to events for quick reference
  • helpful information on what there is to see and do in Toronto
  • details on the We’ve Been Expecting You initiative

In this issue:

Below are just a few of the November events taking place in Toronto this month! See a more complete list of what is happening.


Festivals and Events

53rd Annual Cavalcade of Lights Returns to Nathan Phillips Square

Fireworks in front of City hall at nightThe official kick-off to the holiday season in Toronto! On November 30 beginning at 6 p.m., the 53rd annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf returns to Nathan Phillips Square. The free celebration features the first lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, live musical performances, a skating party, and a stunning fireworks display.

Further information will be available at www.toronto.ca/cavalcade on November 4.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair wordmark - royal blue on white backgroundFrom November 1 to 10, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is back, inspiring audiences of all ages to “Get Agricultured” at the world’s largest indoor agricultural and equestrian show. Highlights include:

  • RCMP Musical Ride (November 1 to 3) – An iconic symbol of Canada returns after 10 years, featuring 32 horses and riders that highlight the heritage and traditions of the RCMP.
  • Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy – Cook alongside Toronto’s top chefs in these hands-on cooking sessions daily.
  • Spotlight on Local presented by Metro – Sample delicious local foods from all over Ontario, including Royal Grand Champions!
  • The Royal Horse Show – See Olympic-calibre riders and horses compete at the highest level in Show Jumping, Indoor Eventing, Dressage and more. Don’t miss a special appearance by celebrated Canadian Equestrian Team athlete Ian Millar, as he retires from International competition.

For tickets and information on this year’s Fair, visit royalfair.org.

CNE Presents the Aurora Winter Festival

Night sky, Lighted tree, ferris wheel, People skating.Just in time for the festive season, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is transforming the Ontario Place West Island into a spectacular celebration of light and adventure as the 2019 Aurora Winter Festival, presented by the CNE, comes to life for a second consecutive year. Taking place from Friday, November 22, 2019 through to Sunday, January 5, 2020, this magical winter wonderland features entertainment and interactive experiences that will delight visitors of all ages.

Highlights of the six-week event include four distinct mystical worlds for guests to explore, enchanting characters, stunning light installations, fabulous food experiences, a Holiday marketplace, ice skating, amusement rides including a 170-foot tube slide and Ferris Wheel.

Bring the family for Storytime Theatre with Santa, walk through Candy Cane Lane complete with a Gingerbread Hut and Candy Shack, dance the night away in the Disco Dome, and snap selfies in the Light Tunnel inspired by the Aurora Borealis.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.aurorawinterfestival.com/toronto.

The Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District

Toronto Christmas Market sign reflected in window, with halo of light around it.The Toronto Christmas Market takes place in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District from November 14 to December 22. The event, celebrating its 10th year, recreates the romance and magic of traditional European Christmas markets which date back to the early 1400s. The Market aims to entertain with its iconic Ferris wheel, a dramatic 100-foot light tunnel, unique shopping experiences, holiday-inspired foods, and the installation of a Christmas tree which has been donated by Forests Ontario. Expect to see nearly 500 performers including carolers, choirs, dancers, musicians, holiday elves, and Santa himself.

Admission is free of charge on weekdays until Friday at 6 p.m., weekend entrance fees will be $8 for tickets bought online in advance, and $12 dollars when purchased day-of. The Market is open Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. (and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), from November 14 to December 22.

To learn more and to buy your tickets, visit www.tochristmasmarket.com or follow @toxmasmarket.

Indie Week Canada

Indie Week Toronto wordmark. Whtie text, orange background.Indie Week showcases over 200 musical artists from Canada and around the world in front of music fans and industry professionals. Indie Week is one of the premiere emerging artist music festival and conferences in Canada. With 5 days and nights of music, showcases, the Indie 101 conference, Official VIP Launch Party and the Indie Week Awards show – over 10,000 music fans will be entertained and educated.

Taking place in downtown Toronto, the center of the Canadian music industry and one of North America’s biggest music markets, artists not only get the chance to showcase in front of industry professionals and fans but they are also invited to participate in the Indie 101 conference featuring panels, mentorships, B2B meetings, demo listening sessions, Tech Day, Health & Wellness, industry mixers with over 350+ Delegates. It’s your chance to learn from and ask questions to the best in the business!

Indie Week Canada runs from November 13 to 17. More information at www.indieweek.com.

One Of A Kind Winter Show

The One Of A Kind Winter Show2 woman taking selfie with Christmas decor in background and people walking. returns to the Enercare Centre in Toronto this year from Thursday, November 21 through to Sunday, December 1, featuring unique artistic creations and new local artisans from across the country.

As the largest and most highly attended craft show in North America, the One Of A Kind Winter Show will feature over 800 talented, dedicated artisans, with creations ranging from home décor, fashion, toys and artisanal food items. For over 40 years the show’s mission has been to bring together makers and buyers who share a commitment to craft and a passion for buying local.

This year’s Winter Show will offer 5 neighbourhoods to visit and explore: Flavours, Green, Rising Stars, Original Art Gallery, and the Fashion District. The Winter Show will also feature exclusive workshops, late night shopping on November 28th, and a main stage presentation by Chef Mary Berg.

Remembrance Day

#TorontoRemembers on November 11

Image of a Remembrance Day ceremony with a hashtag Toronto RemembersOn November 11, the City of Toronto will hold Remembrance Day services to remember and honour the bravery and sacrifices of those who have given their lives in service to our country for peace and freedom.

Members of the public are invited to come to commemoration ceremonies held at Old City Hall, East York, Etobicoke, North York and York civic centres, and Fort York National Historic Site. There will be a ceremony at Scarborough Civic Centre on November 10.

Film and Literature

Hot Docs Podcast Festival

Hot Docs Podcast Festival artwork. Light purple background, green and white wordmark, illustration of headphones and sound waves.Showcasing the best in non-fiction audio storytelling, the fourth annual Hot Docs Podcast Festival returns from November 6 to 11 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema!

The country’s first and largest festival of its kind, the Podcast Festival will feature 13 entertaining podcast events, staged live before an audience, as well as the second annual Creators Forum, the industry side of the Festival which includes a diverse slate of industry panels and masterclasses, interactive workshops, Close Up With… information sessions and an exciting podcast pitch competition. Acclaimed podcasts that will be part of this year’s Festival include, the New York Times’ Still Processing, The Splendid Table, CBC host Anna Maria Tremonti’s brand-new podcast, bestselling British journalist and screenwriter Jon Ronson, a showcase spotlighting Toronto’s best local shows, and more!

More information at www.hotdocscinema.ca/c/podcast.

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Image info: To Live to Sing,@ImageXProductions. 4 people riding auto rickshaw. 3 people in full opera costume.
Image info: To Live to Sing,@ImageXProductions.

Canada’s longest-running showcase of Asian and Asian diasporic cinema takes place on November 7 to 15 at theatres and venues across downtown Toronto and North York. Start off the festivities with their opening night gala screening and party with the Canadian film, To Live to Sing, about a Sichuan Opera Troupe’s struggle to stay together as their opera house faces demolition in an increasingly gentrified neighbourhood. The screening is followed by a reception at Contact Photography Gallery with DJ Paul Chin and director Johnny Ma in attendance. Don’t miss their free kids programming on November 9.

Use promo code ‘newheights’ to get 30% off Opening Night Gala Screening and Reception tickets.

Screenings before 5 p.m. are free for students (with I.D.) and seniors.

For tickets and full programming lineup, visit www.reelasian.com.

Masters of Film at TIFF Bell Lightbox this Fall

black and white image. words 'Scorsese, oshima, akerman' and images of movie characters.This November TIFF Bell Lightbox invites you to discover and rediscover the works of cinematic masters.

Beginning on November 2, experience the films of influential feminist filmmaker Chantal Akerman, whose ouvre has become a cornerstone of cinematic modernism. The largest-ever retrospective of her work, News from Home: The Films of Chantal Akerman runs until December 14.

Award-winning films Casino, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, The Wolf of Wall Street and many more return to the big screen with Scorsese: A Retrospective. Beginning November 22, to mark the release of the American master’s highly anticipated new film The Irishman (opening November 8), TIFF Bell Lightbox presents the first-ever Cinematheque retrospective of a filmmaker whose entire oeuvre constitutes “one of the source points of modern movies.”

Championed by Martin Scorsese and Claire Denis, Nagisa Oshima proudly proclaimed that he did not want to make films that “could be understood in 15 minutes.” This select retrospective, In the Realm of Oshima: The Best of Japanese Master Nagisa Oshima, will run November 14 to December 7 and confirms the boundary-pushing radical’s status as perhaps the greatest director of postwar Japanese cinema.

Culinary Events

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo image collage - various images of food and drink - pizza, beer, cookies. Event word mark in middle of image.Passionate wine and food lovers descend on Toronto’s Metropolitan Convention Centre each November for the region’s largest event of its kind. How passionate are we talking? Well, let’s just say any event that lures the best national chefs, local culinary stars, celebrated winemakers, brewmasters and mixologists means serious gastronomic business.

Expo highlights include:

  • Tutored Tasting Program, spectacular wine & spirit classes: WSET has joined forces with the Tutored Tastings program at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo to showcase exactly how you can sound like a pro in less than an hour!
  • Trend Central Tasting Stage: Enjoy entertaining and informative wine, beer and spirit education. Sessions are carefully selected by a panel of experts and enthusiasts of each craft to ensure the program is diverse and well rounded.
  • Mott’s Clamato Caesar – The Best Caesar In Town National Final: Masters of mixology from across Canada compete to become Canada’s top Caesar maker on Sunday, November 24. The winner will be crowned by Crystal Head Vodka owner, Dan Aykroyd.

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo take place November 21 to 24. More information at www.foodandwineexpo.ca.

Recreation, Neighbourhood and Community Events


Image info: Paw Patrol – Chase and Sky. Image of cartoon dogs with Paw Patrol logo
Image info: Paw Patrol – Chase and Sky. Spin Master PAW Productions Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Come to Yonge-Dundas Square for a day of free fun for children and their families with Kidzfest 2019.

The day’s festivities will feature hosts from TVOKids, a variety of stage performances, arts and science activities, bouncy castles and meet and greets with Paw Patrol and Hatchimals. Kidzfest takes place on Saturday November 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the community to attend.

For more info, visit downtownyonge.com/series/kidzfest/ or follow on Twitter or Facebook: @DowntownYonge

For information on the Downtown Yonge BIA, visit www.downtownyonge.com.

Canadian Pop-Star Ruth B. to Headline Holiday Magic in Bloor-Yorkville

Holiday Magic in Bloor-Yorkville event poster. Holiday lights in background, image of tree superimposed on on holiday ornament and Ruth B in another ornament.

On Saturday, November 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Bloor-Yorkville BIA (BY BIA) and Canadian pop-star Ruth B. celebrate the festive season with Holiday Magic, a free public concert and lighting ceremony taking place in the Village of Yorkville Park. Opening for Ruth B., Nefe will hit the stage with her strong and soulful voice. Holiday Magic is a community celebration that will feature an impressive live performance and the annual “Flick the Switch” Lighting Ceremony with the event in support of the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR).

The highly anticipated event will illuminate the neighbourhood for the Holiday Magic season (November 23 to December 31), creating a unique destination for patrons of the neighbourhood to shop, dine and take in the area’s art and culture while surrounded by festive lighting. In addition to the main holiday tree lighting, beautiful LED crowns will light up 138 trees as part of the Holiday Magic lighting ceremony, and the trees will remain lit for the entire winter season, adding a welcoming brightness and warmth to Bloor Street

Art Guild of Scarborough’s Fall Art Show and Sale

fall scene - creek with rocks surrounded by trees with leave changing colour - yellow,orange, red and greenCelebrate the fall colours at the Art Guild of Scarborough’s Fall Art Show and Sale on November 2 and 3.

The Art Guild of Scarborough, a non-profit group, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012 and continues its strong tradition of fostering the appreciation and development of fine arts in the City of Toronto. Through the commitment and efforts of its volunteers, the Guild has “become recognized as a definite cultural community asset”.

The 175 members have access to informative weekly meetings with accomplished artists and enjoy the collegial atmosphere which promotes creativity in visual expression.

Their Fall Show is one of the 3 annual professionally juried shows. Various awards are presented for excellence. The members and executive work tirelessly behind the scenes to set up each show to best present artists’ work for the enjoyment of those who attend this wonderful display of creativity. All creations are originals and many members are in attendance at each show and are pleased to visit with the public.

For more information: www.theartguildofscarborough.com.

Skating in the City

close up of legs and feet of three people putting skates onOutdoor Ice Rink Season is Around the Corner: With the temperature dropping, it’s almost time for the City’s artificial ice rinks to open. Keep an eye on Outdoor Rinks for exact opening dates, and get ready to grab your skates.

Last-minute booking for indoor rinks: Looking for a fun birthday party idea or wondering what your next team-building activity will be?  Last-minute booking of select indoor rinks is available anywhere from 2 to 14 days before your event.

Live Entertainment

2019 Fireworks Festival

Fireworks festival 2019 event artwork - close up of woman face with flames arising to surround a newspaperThought-provoking and daring, Alumnae Theatre’s acclaimed 3-week Fireworks Festival premieres three original, full-length plays in development. Now in its seventh year, Fireworks 2019 is shaping up to be a blockbuster, featuring live music, song, dance, a few heartbreaks, lots of laughter and some of the most exciting female playwrights and directors in the country.

  • Belle Darling ​Klondike Queen by Natalie Frijia – A rollicking romp through the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • Grief Circus by Crystal Wood – A thought-provoking exploration of private grief in the very public age of social media.
  • If the Shoe Fits by Genevieve Adam – Fairy tales are turned on their heads in this charming and very timely spin on “once upon a time”.

The Alumnae Theatre Company is North America’s longest running women-led theatre, dedicated to showcasing ground-breaking female talent.

The Fireworks Festival runs from November 6 to 24.

Royal Conservatory of Music

Image info: Dee Dee Bridgewater. Photo by-Mark-Higashino. Woman dressed in black, smiling, with arm holding head leaning back
Image info: Dee Dee Bridgewater. Photo by-Mark-Higashino.

While most of the November concerts at Koerner Hall are already sold out, tickets still remain for select concerts.

Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin is joined by the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in a concert titled Russian White Nights: Opera arias from 18th century St. Petersburg on November 1.

Two powerhouse singers share November 9 in an unforgettable night of Portuguese fado and Italian cabaret: platinum-selling Portuguese artist Carminho and Italian singer, lyricist, and actress, Pilar, backed up by a Toronto all-star band featuring Michael and Roberto Occhipinti.

To honour Memphis and her roots, three-time Grammy and Tony Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater recaptures the magic and history of the blues, R&B, and soul classics that were originally made in Memphis on November 28, in a concert titled Memphis … Yes, I’m Ready!

Called “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, the Blind Boys of Alabama have risen to fame with their thrilling vocal harmonies and roof-raising live shows. Their November 29 concert features Christmas songs Gospel classics.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.rcmusic.com/performance.

On at Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Image info: SPLIT. Credit: Gregory Lorenzutti. Two performers - one on knees reaching out. Other standing above, hands on head and shoulder of first performer.
Image info: SPLIT. Credit: Gregory Lorenzutti.

Lucy Guerin’s Split shifts between two women, reconciled and in conflict, one naked and the other clothed negotiating ever-diminishing dimensions of time and space. Set to a percussive musical score by UK composer Scanner, Split is a thought-provoking meditation in movement from one of Australia’s most fearless dance companies.

Performance Advisory: Full nudity

Split is onstage November 8 and 9, 7:30 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

Canadian Stage in November

Image info: Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photo: Daniel Boud and Jacob Nash. two performers standing, one on back of other. Large face in background.
Image info: Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photo: Daniel Boud and Jacob Nash.

With the cooler temperatures upon us, why not stay warm inside a cozy theatre!

Considered Canada’s greatest theatre makers, Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks unite for their seventh collaboration. From the great minds that brought you Here Lies Henry, Monster, Cul-de-sac, and Who Killed Spalding Gray, comes another magnificent solo work, Let’s Run Away, on stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre, November 1 to 17. Deliciously fraught, eccentric and full of drama, Let’s Run Away is a touching story of love, abandonment and identity.

Also in November, one of Australia’s biggest cultural exports, Bangarra Dance Theatre, will perform in Toronto for the first time. Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company, Bangarra will perform Spirit at the Bluma Appel Theatre, November 8 and 9. Weaving together storytelling, dance, theatre and music, this unforgettable theatrical experience will transport audiences to a mysterious and sacred space to witness nature’s poetry.

Move information at www.canadianstage.com.

November at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Sepia toned image of woman in vintage dress holding a mirror. Word 'Thais' superimposed over woman.Temptation. Obsession. Redemption. Sir Andrew Davis conducts Jules Massenet’s seductive Thaïs – a French operatic masterwork – in concert, featuring renowned Canadian soprano Erin Wall in the title role of the doomed courtesan. November 7 and 9.

Famed conductor Leonard Slatkin leads An American in Paris, a program of all-American masterworks, including Gershwin’s jazzy musical postcard – that inspired the 1951 movie of the same name – and Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Piano Concerto, performed by Canadian gem Jon Kimura Parker. November 22 and 23.

Year after year, season after season, the music of Vivaldi blooms in perennial splendour. Concertmaster Jonathan Crow is the soloist, and leads his TSO colleagues, in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. November 16, 20 and 21.

Concerts at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street).

To book tickets online visit TSO.CA or call Patron Services at 416-598-3375.

The Romantic Classic Giselle and More this Fall at The National Ballet of Canada

Image info: Giselle. Ballerina in long tutu, on pointe in cemetery, surrounded by fallen leaves, green grass.
Image info: Giselle

The National Ballet of Canada’s 2019/20 season opens with Giselle, November 6 to 10, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. As one of the greatest ballets of the Romantic era, Giselle is a haunting tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness.

In the world premiere of Orpheus Alive, Choreographic Associate Robert Binet re-imagines the tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set to an original score by acclaimed composer Missy Mazzoli. Orpheus Alive & Chaconne is onstage November 15 to 21. The fall season will conclude with Etudes & Piano Concerto #1 and the company premiere of Petite Mort, November 27 to December 1.

More information on the 2019/20 Season can be found here or call 416 (toll free 1 866) 345-9595 Tickets are on sale for the entire 2019/20 Season, including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake..

2-Spirit Cabaret Returns to Buddies for the Fourth Year

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Image info: photo of Michaela Washburn by Tanja-Tiziana

Back for a fourth year, the 2-Spirit Cabaret is a celebration of the strength, beauty, and talent of queer and 2-Spirit Indigenous people. Buddies and Native Earth present an evening of performances, music, and spoken word as part of Weesageechak Begins to Dance 32 – Native Earth’s annual development festival of Indigenous work. Featuring Jennifer Alicia, Greyson Gritt, Yamantaka Sonic Titan, and more.

Onstage November 16 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Tickets and information.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Conductor leading musicians and singers.Peek into Bach’s and Handel’s libraries to discover a new gem by Antonio Lotti alongside music by the masters themselves in Lotti Revealed from November 14 to 17, at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre.

Lotti’s Missa Sapientiae may not be well known today, but if you looked in the libraries of both Bach and Handel, there you’d find it – a copy of the Mass, written out by hand by the famous composers themselves. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir help you recover Lotti and his place in the baroque musical world by pairing the work that fired the imagination of Lotti’s contemporaries with music by Bach, Handel, and Zelenka themselves.

Arrive one hour early before each concert for a free pre-concert chat with Tafelmusik alto Kate Helsen the concert. For tickets and information, call 416- 964-6337 or visit tafelmusik.org.

Onstage at Young People’s Theatre (YPT)

Artwork for The Adventures of Pinocchio. Illustration, hand holding puppet strings, green hill, blue sky, yellow sun.Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is thrilled to present its holiday production, The Adventures of Pinocchio (November 11 to January 5) – a rollicking new musical following the much-loved marionette on his mischievous quest to become a real human being. Multi-award-winning actor Sheila McCarthy returns to YPT after more than 35 years to direct the Canadian premiere of this magical adaptation.

Also in November is the world premiere of A Million Billion Pieces, recommended for ages 13 and up (in the Studio November 25 to December 13). When a touch could be a lifeline – or lethal – two 16-year-olds dare to tempt fate. Pria and Theo are isolated by a rare disease that could prove deadly if they make contact. Craving connection, they progress from flirty DMs to a precarious encounter, each with their own reason to test what it is to live – and love – like other people.

Book tickets online or call 416-862-2222 x2.

Older & Reckless #42

Image info: Barbara Diabo, by Mario Faubert. Performer in costume holding red hoops aloft.
Image info: Barbara Diabo, by Mario Faubert.

Older & Reckless, MOonhORsE Dance Theatre’s acclaimed series curated by Artistic Director Claudia Moore, celebrates age on stage with the 42nd edition, featuring remarkable Indigenous dance artists from across Canada including Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Christine Friday, JP Longboat and Byron Chief Moon. Canadian Indigenous writer Lee Maracle, shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, will perform with dance maverick Bill Coleman. Distinguished dance elder Elizabeth Langley (Montreal) completes the mixed program that runs Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 for three shows only at Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Visit www.moonhorsedance.com for more information.

Onstage at The Second City

If I Could #Throw Back TimeThe Second City castphoto (6 people looking into camera) 'If I could #throwback time' written at bottom of image. – All NEW Show! Come bask in the neon glow of nostalgia in The Second City’s brand new revue! The show sends audiences through a virtual time machine, mining comedy gold from ancient treasures like old school video games! Power Rangers! And Canada’s long, complicated history of sweeping social injustices! Set to a soundtrack that’s sure to bring back some of your worst memories. The Second City’s latest takedown of life as we know it – and remember it – is full of lust, laughter, psychos, and “Sandstorm”.

Take Me Out To The Improv-Spooky Edition – A spooktacularly funny show! The best and brightest comedy ghouls toss their scripts into the graveyard to conjure up some frightfully new material and clear the cobwebs off the ghosts of classic Second City sketches past. (Onstage, select dates/times – October 26 to November 2).

Sinfonia Toronto

Image info: Christina Petrowska Quilico, 2018. By Tim Leyes. Woman smiling looking towards camera, teal curtain surrounding.
Image info: Christina Petrowska Quilico, 2018. By Tim Leyes.

Celebrated pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico joins Sinfonia Toronto, violin virtuoso Marc Djokic and Maestro Nurhan Arman to premiere Skataris, a duo concerto composed for her by Larysa Kuzmenko, Friday, November 8, 8 p.m. at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West.

Petrowska Quilico premiered Kuzmenko’s first concerto in 1996 and recorded it on her Juno-nominated Centrediscs CD, 3 Concerti. At her request, Kuzmenko has created something very different, while still containing virtuosic elements. Inspired by an Icelandic volcano, Skartaris is “really more of a chamber music concerto. There are so many tonal colours in the piece, and I can visualize painting to bring out all the sensitive nuances in the music,” says the pianist.

The November 8 program also includes the premiere of Letter from an Unknown Woman by Airat Ichmouratov, along with Mozart’s Salzburg Symphony, K. 138 and Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Serenade for Strings.

For tickets, visit Sinfonia Toronto.

32nd Weesageechak Begins to Dance

poster fro 32nd Weesageechak Begins to Dance. Three performance images stacked on left, logo and wordmark on right,Native Earth welcomes you to the 32nd Weesageechak Begins to Dance, an annual development festival of new Indigenous work! Artists from all across Turtle Island (Canada, USA) and Australia gather to showcase theatre, dance, music and multidisciplinary creations-in-development, including Ed Bourgeois, Dakota Camacho, Yvette Nolan, Mimi O’Bonsawin, and Jasmin Sheppard.

For the fourth year in the row, Native Earth is partnering with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre to present the 2-Spirit Cabaret, a celebration of strength, beauty and talent of queer and 2-Spirit Indigenous people.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to witness the richness and diversity of contemporary Indigenous performance!

November 13 to 23, at Aki Studio (585 Dundas St East). For full festival schedules and tickets, visit nativeearth.ca/w32.

Opera Diva, Soprano Hibla Gerzmava makes Koerner Hall Recital Debut

Red background, performer dressed in blue looking into cameraSoprano Hibla Gerzmava, star of the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and Covent Garden, was an immediate hit at her 2017 Toronto debut with the Moscow Virtuosi and Maestro Vladimir Spivakov.  “Dark-hued spinto, beautiful, smooth and rich …her stage presence is larger than life… the audience absolutely adored her,” raved critic Joseph So.

Widely sought after for her stunning performances of leading operatic roles, she makes her Toronto recital debut Sunday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Koerner Hall – the only Canadian stop of her world recital tour. Ekaterina Ganelina is pianist on a program that features deeply affecting Russian romances by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Rimsky Korsakov, and Rachmaninov; heart-stopping arias from Anna Bolena, La Forza del Destino, Norma and more.

Tickets at the Koerner Hall box office, or by phone at 416-408-0208. The performance is the second of Show One Productions’ series Classical Stars at Koerner.

Getting Around

The TTC Shop

subway pins - numbered, multi-coloured. Black mug. 'Celebrate your city with ttcsho.ca' written at topThe TTC shop gives “taking the TTC home” a whole new meaning. The online store carries a wide range of creative, transit-themed merchandise for both visitors and residents.

Featuring everything from posters, coasters and shower curtains to fashionable wearables like shirts, socks and baby onesies, ttcshop.ca has an expanded inventory with something for everyone. The merchandise was designed and produced with quality and appearance at top of mind.

The TTC is the quick, convenient and safe way to get around Toronto. The quality souvenirs, gifts and apparel are a celebration of the iconic TTC and its service to the greatest city on the planet!

Attractions, Exhibits and Tours

Commemorative Events at Toronto History Museums

image of Eaton's Goes to War Exhibit. hand holding printed material in front of exhibit panel.In November, honour and remember the fallen with various events hosted by Toronto History Museums.

Visit Eaton’s Goes to War Exhibit which reveals the lives of Eaton’s employees who risked everything to serve their country. Bring your memories and stories about conflict and share how it affected you and your family at a pop-up museum-style event, or attend one of Toronto’s most evocative Remembrance Day Services at Fort York National Historic Site. Details.

Currently on at the Textile Museum of Canada

sculpture of bird with shell in its beak. multiple shells arranges under wings.With the new exhibition Wild in full swing and the fast approaching end of Tapestry of Spirit (closes November 17), November is a busy month for the Textile Museum. On the 6th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., join curator Farah Yusuf for a tour of Wild – five contemporary artists from around Canada examining the concepts of classification and identity through traditional techniques used in fantastical ways.

The Textile Teach-in series continues this month – pop in on the 9th (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) or the 20th (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) to learn embroidery using unexpected materials.

On November 15th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit St. Matthew’s United Church on St. Clair West for the Fall Textile Treasures Sale – two whole days of fine fabrics and vintage finds!

Located just steps away from St. Patrick Station, the museum is open 7 days a week (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and offer pay-what-you-wish evenings on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m..

All programs are free with admission. More information at textilemuseum.ca.

November at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Image info: Peter Paul Rubens. Angel, 1610-11. Oil on modern support transferred from wood panel, 204.5 x 144.8 cm. Collection of the Flint Institute for the Arts, Flint Michigan; Gift of Viola E. Bray, 2005.158. angel in green and white robes

Did you know the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is open late every Friday night? Whether you’re looking to unwind after a busy week, or for a new place to meet friends, the AGO is open every Friday until 9 p.m. for curated cocktails and cutting-edge art. Start your night off right with AGO Bistro’s Happy Hour menu, before coming face to face with the larger-than-life drama of Early Rubens. The exhibition swells every Friday night at 6 p.m. with the sounds of live harpsichord music. Feeling inspired? Challenge yourself and your friends to try life drawing in Walker Court.

Looking for more to explore? Just opened, Hito Steyerl: This is the future inspires us to consider the impact of technology and surveillance on the world we live in. Admission to the AGO is free all year with the purchase of a $35 Annual Pass, and with 52 Fridays in a year, that’s a lot of free art! For more information on how to plan your next night out, visit www.ago.ca.

Image info: Peter Paul Rubens. Angel, 1610-11. Oil on modern support transferred from wood panel, 204.5 x 144.8 cm. Collection of the Flint Institute for the Arts, Flint Michigan; Gift of Viola E. Bray, 2005.158

What’s On at the Royal Ontario Museum

illustration. Vampire in background. Bat in foreground, red splatters throughout.Quench a thirst you didn’t even know you had in Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches, a new ROM-original exhibition where nature and culture truly collide. Opening November 16, Bloodsuckers will explore the intricacies, evolution, and interconnected world of blood-feeding organisms, and the folklore, legends and pop culture they have influenced around the world and across time.

Dance, drink, and discover the ROM like never before at Friday Night Live. Events continue every Friday night throughout November, with live music, performances, gallery experiences and special exhibition access visit the ROM website for details and tickets.

On November 5, celebrate the centenary of the famed Bauhaus school with Regina Bittner, senior scholar at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, at the ROM Speaks lecture Bauhaus 100th Anniversary: Women of Modernism – Expanding the Bauhaus Canon. Regina will explore the lives and works of prominent female alumnae who made their careers in London during the 1930s, including Edith Tudor-Hardt and Margaret Leischner.

The Gardiner Museum

illustration, arched gate flanked by trees, looking into courtyard gardens.Journey from the gardens at Versailles to the steamy kitchens of cooks who advocated light, flavourful cuisine centuries before our times with the exhibition Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment. Explore the radical changes that swept food and dining culture in France from 1650 until the French Revolution in 1789, and how these changes have had a lasting impact on today’s food trends. Dive deeper into the delectable exhibition with a Curator Tour that includes light morning fare on November 3 and a Curator Talk on November 4.

On November 21, the International Ceramic Art Fair launches with a Preview Gala celebrating women-identified artists at the forefront of contemporary ceramics. Be the first to experience a curated selection of extraordinary new artworks while surrounded by a vibrant party atmosphere complete with delectable cuisine, a DJ, and more. Tickets are now on sale!

Friday Night Jazz at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

beverage can, branded with Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Sitting on wooden table top.Explore the waters of the world Friday, November 8 with live jazz music by Hey Love as you sip on a drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic available) under the sea. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. enjoy live music, cash bars and unforgettable views. Also don’t forget to try the Aquarium’s very own Lagoon Lager!

Friday Night Jazz is included with the current Sharks After Dark or Express Anytime general admission. Annual pass members receive free admission. For more information visit their website.

November Programming & Events At The Toronto Zoo

Image info: Harimau Kayu - Sumatran Tiger, Tiger Day. closeup of tiger's head, looking into camera
Image info: Harimau Kayu – Sumatran Tiger, Tiger Day.

The Toronto Zoo is hosting its 34th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11. Veterans and the general public are invited to join in remembering and honouring the many wartime sacrifices that Canadians have made for their country. Admission for veterans and guests attending the ceremony is complimentary from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the ceremony begins promptly at 10:55 a.m.

Plan to attend Paint Nite at the Zoo on Thursday, November 21. Enjoy laughing and conservation as you are led through the process of creating your very own nature-inspired masterpiece! Tickets available now!

Enrichment for eating or feeding behaviours are of particular importance, since finding food – whether through foraging or hunting – is a principal concern of all animals in the wild. Carnivore Enrichment Feedings take place every Saturday and Sunday, where you will witness them showing off their hunting and feeding behaviours. The carnivore schedule changes weekly, so be sure to click here to check out the full calendar.

Check out torontozoo.com for full details on upcoming events. Be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter @TheTorontoZoo for all the latest news.

What’s On at MOCA Toronto

Image credit: Victoria Sin ft. Matteo Gemolo (traverso), If I had the words to tell you we wouldn’t be here now, 2019. Performance part of Meetings on Art, 58th Venice Biennale, 2019. Credit Riccardo Banfi. Courtesy Delfina Foundation and Arts Council England. performer in costume. red and white gown, green trees in background.

Canadian Art Encounters: Trevor Paglen: Paglen is an artist whose work spans disciplines including image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing and engineering. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures. Paglen will discuss his ongoing research into artificial intelligence and the relationships between technology and power. November 19, 7:30 p.m., event take place at Ryerson University.

Victoria Sin, If I had the words to tell you we wouldn’t be here now: If I had the words to tell you we wouldn’t be here now uses storytelling, drag and theatrical devices to explore how language not only gives shape to thought, but shapes thought. November 28, 7 p.m.

For information on talks, performances and workshops visit the website.

Image credit: Victoria Sin ft. Matteo Gemolo (traverso), If I had the words to tell you we wouldn’t be here now, 2019. Performance part of Meetings on Art, 58th Venice Biennale, 2019. Credit Riccardo Banfi. Courtesy Delfina Foundation and Arts Council England.

What’s on at the Aga Khan Museum

Image info: Ekow Nimako, Building Black: Civilizations. Photo is courtesy of the artist.  close up of artist working on piece
Image info: Ekow Nimako, Building Black: Civilizations. Photo is courtesy of the artist.

This November, experience new dimensions of the vast continent of Africa with a world-class lineup of art, performances, and talks.

  • November 2: Move to the sounds of the Sahara desert with The Maghreb Project.
  • November 9: Don’t miss Okavango African Orchestra, the Juno Award-winning group that sings in 10 different languages.
  • November 14: Enjoy a Lunchtime Talk with Dr. Mariam Rosser-Owen, curator at London’s V&A Museum, exploring the politics of the medieval ivory and gold trade.
  • November 18 to 24: Discover photography, talks, tea, fashion, and performances during Moroccan Week
  • November 21: Take an intimate tour with Ekow Nimako, the artist behind the Afrofuturist LEGO® sculptures in Building Black: Civilizations.
  • November 29: Experience the desert rock that had guitar virtuoso Ahmed Ag Kaedy exiled, along with a revealing post-show conversation.

From November 13 to 24, enjoy the 5th annual international Duende: Flamenco Festival, celebrating this cross-cultural art form with boldly innovative dance from the world’s top Flamenco performers – Eduardo Guerrero and Isaac Tovar – along with iconic local dancers, dance classes, and acclaimed Spanish cinema.

Life of the Earth at the Ontario Science Centre

stacked image of the exhibit. Planet at centre -top, it is grey and white; bottom, it is orange and yellowImmerse yourself in this massive multimedia work by Canadian contemporary artist Director X, renowned director/producer of popular music videos and feature films. Displayed on a giant sphere, Life of the Earth is a reflection on humanity, environmental destruction and the planet’s sixth and current mass extinction of plant and animal life. Death of the Sun, which premiered at Nuit Blanche 2016, is a meditation on human mortality and our place in the universe, portraying the death of the star that sustains us.

As part of his 2019 installation, Director X precedes Life of the Earth with Death of the Sun to further contextualize the piece and encourage discussion about the human condition.

Life of the Earth was included in Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019. It is a collaboration between the Ontario Science Centre and the City of Toronto.

More information at www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.

New Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre Considers the Shared Social experience of Reading

Image info: Grayson James, A Damaged Book/Learning How To Bind (detail), 2018, architecture prints, found objects, tracing paper, laser prints, inkjet prints. Courtesy of the artist. black and white image - hand holding pages of book, yellow square in centre, image surrounded by lines and photographs.

This fall, the Ryerson Image Centre is pleased to present Grayson James: After Alexandria, on view in the RIC Student Gallery from October 30 to December 8. James presents the printed book as a starting point for an aesthetics of collaboration in an interactive space that encourages reading, annotating, and responding to others.

The artist will be on site on select Saturdays to lead readings and discussions with visitors on a range of themes. Public opening reception on Wednesday, October 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Free admission. Free exhibition tours daily at 2:30 p.m. More information at www.ryersonimagecentre.ca.

Image info: Grayson James, A Damaged Book/Learning How To Bind (detail), 2018, architecture prints, found objects, tracing paper, laser prints, inkjet prints. Courtesy of the artist.

2019 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

Images of Hockey Hall of Fame 2019 inductees in a line, blue background - Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser and Sergei ZubovThe Hockey Hall of Fame is set to welcome its newest Inductees – Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser and Sergei Zubov in the Player Category and Jim Rutherford and Jerry York in the Builder Category.

Be a part of the excitement all weekend long with tributes to the Class of 2019 including special guest appearances, a Q&A fan forum and the annual Haggar Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic (Team Sundin vs Team Lidstrom at Scotiabank Arena), plus more. The weekend’s events will culminate with the Induction Celebration Gala taking place during the evening of Monday, November 18.

The 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend take place Friday, November 15 to Monday, November 18. Visit HHOF.com for full weekend itinerary, VIP Packages and Induction Gala ticket information.

What’s Bringing People to Toronto

Toronto skyline at night viewed from the water. Building silhouetted in water, lights causing multi coloured reflection on lake.Catch a game!

Following are just some of the events and performances taking place this month:

 For more information on live performances across the city, visit www.whatsontonight.ca. Or check out the venue event listings directly at:

No matter what kind of music you enjoy or what kind of venue you like best, there’s always something playing in Toronto. Visit the City’s Music page for links to concert listing and information on the music sector.

Visit the websites of the major conference centres for information on other events, conferences and shows: Exhibition Place, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) and the International Centre (in Mississauga).

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