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

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Woman face-to-face with Llama at Royal FairThe Royal invites everyone to ‘Get Agricultured’ at the 2018 edition of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which runs from November 2 to 11.

Paying special attention to education, The Royal will give life to the new campaign with revamped programming and traditional highlights, which includes 5,000 animals, 120 agricultural competitions, artisan cheese, giant vegetables, Ontario wines and beers, live performances, spectacular art, food sampling, various restaurants and pubs and North America’s #1 indoor equestrian event, The Royal Horse Show.

New this year are: The Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy, which features notable chefs in interactive cooking demonstrations, and The Country Music Culinary Festival, which in partnership with Boots and Hearts, features country musician Tim Hicks’ Get Loud Tour. Tickets to the Culinary Academy are an additional $20 per person. Tickets to the Tim Hicks concert start at $65. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit:  www.royalfair.org.

52nd Annual Cavalcade of Lights Returns to Nathan Phillips Square

Fireworks for Cavalcade of Lights - City Hall in background, Toronto Sign in foregroundThe official kick-off to the holiday season in Toronto! On November 24 beginning at 6 p.m., the 52nd 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 1.

One of a Kind 2018 Winter Show

One of a Kind Show artwork - pink background, black textThe One of a Kind Show is North America’s largest and best-attended consumer craft show, featuring unique, handmade crafts and the talented, dedicated artisans who make them. This year’s show will feature over 800 artisans from coast to coast, fun workshops and special guest appearances.

For more information or to buy tickets please visit: oneofakindshow.com/toronto. #OOAK18,  @OOAK_Toronto.

The One of a Kind Show takes place November 22 to December 2, at the Enercare Centre (formerly Direct Energy Centre).

Toronto Christmas Market 2018

Decorated pine tree with snow. Lights in background.Ranked one of the best Christmas Markets in the world, the festival features hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products, stunning light canopies, family friendly entertainment, heated mulled wine, beer and hospitality gardens and Santa and the elves, all in an atmosphere so romantic you can’t help but fall in love with the holiday season all over again.

The Festival is based at the Distillery Historic District and will take place from November 15 to December 23. Admission is free of charge on weekdays until Friday at 5 p.m. The Toronto Christmas Market, a not-for-profit organization, charges a $6 admission fee on weekends starting at 5 p.m. on Fridays. Children two and under are free. Although the Toronto Christmas Market is not active on Mondays, the shops and restaurants of the Distillery Historic District are open 7 days a week.

For more information please visit www.torontochristmasmarket.com.

Remembrance Day

Toronto Remembers on November 11

Two Canadian soldiers stand in honour guard at the Old City Hall cenotaph.The City of Toronto will honour the bravery and sacrifices of men and women who gave their lives for peace and freedom by holding Remembrance Day services across the city.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. In commemoration, members of the Canadian Armed Forces will march north on University Avenue from Union Station to the Old City Hall service. The parade will take place prior to the service which starts at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 11.

A full list of locations and service details are available at toronto.ca/LestWeForget.

Film and Literature

TIFF Cinematheque

Bergman 100 - word mark, white text, black background.This fall, TIFF Cinematheque joins in the year-long, worldwide celebration of Ingmar Bergman’s centenary with Bergman 100, a touring retrospective that has been wildly successful internationally and that offers an exhaustive view of the films of this important director. This essential programme will offer the extremely rare opportunity to see most of Bergman’s filmography on the big screen, featuring dozens of rare, archival 35mm prints and numerous special-guest events, as well as week-long theatrical runs of Bergman’s two most famous films, Persona and The Seventh Seal. A must-see retrospective that celebrates one of the most influential names in cinema history and the only director to ever win three Best Foreign Language Film Oscars, Bergman 100 is on now until December 23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

For full lineup of films and to purchase tickets, visit tiff.net/bergman100.

Regent Park Film Festival

Back of speaker facing crowdRegent Park Film Festival is Toronto’s longest running free community film festival. They are dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on inviting those of us from low income and public housing communities. The films presented break stereotypes and show that no one place or person has just one story. Free childcare is available during the entire Festival.

The 16th Annual Regent Park Film Festival is free to attend and runs November 14 to 17.

Culinary Events

The 2018 Toronto Chocolate Festival

Toronto Chocolate Festival - word mark - brown background, white textAs a Toronto city-wide event, the 2018 Toronto Chocolate Festival (October 1 to November 11), celebrates its 14th Anniversary this year. This is the event where CHOCOLATE is featured in many of its magnificent and tasty forms. The Toronto Chocolate Festival will once again present several delectable, delicious and simply decadent events throughout Toronto and the Southern Ontario Region.

Events Include:

  • Chocolate Afternoon Tea at the OMNI King Edward Hotel in Toronto. Weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sundays) until November 11
  • The Tasty Chocolate Tours on Weekends in Toronto’s West End.
  • Visit the website for information on events taking place throughout the GTA.

For full address, dates, prices and contact information on each event, please visit the official website at www.TorontoChocolateFestival.com.

Fresh Hop Fest

Fresh Hop Fest wordmark - illustration of beer glassDrink Inc. is deepening the connection between our local hop farmers and our local breweries in order to bring you something new!

Drink Inc. presents Ontario’s first Wet Hop beer experience! The 2nd annual Fresh Hop Fest offers beer lovers an evening of great “specialty” wet hop beers as well as live entertainment, and delicious food. Each brewery will feature a specialty beer made from this year’s local “fresh” hop farm harvests.

What’s so special about wet hop beers you ask? Most beers are brewed using dry hops that have been imported from all across North America and other countries around the world. This event features beers brewed with locally grown Ontario hops!

Fresh Hop Fest (Presented by Sobeys Urban Fresh) takes place on November 15th at the Berkeley Church from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $17 in advance, $25 at the door. On sale now at www.drinkinc.ca/events/4/fresh-hop-fest-presented-by-sobeys-urban-fresh.

Getting Around

TTC Connects You to Events in the City This November

New streetcar (red) at stop. CN Tower in background.. Car in foregroundThis month there are lots of great events taking place in Toronto. The TTC can get you to and from these events easily. Avoid traffic and parking woes by taking transit.This November, let the TTC take you to:

  • The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair from November 2 to 11
  • Santa Claus Parade on November 18
  • Cavalcade of Lights on November 24

The TTC encourages you to plan your trip in advance at ttc.ca. Get around the city with an adult cash fare of $3.25, seniors and students pay $2.10. Purchase a Group Day Pass on weekends for one day of unlimited travel for just $12.50. Children 12 and under always travel for free.

Cultural, Community and Neighbourhood Events

What’s on in the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area

Dancers in line, red costumes, in Yonge Dundas Square, Holiday tree and billboards in background.Illuminite: Saturday November 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Yonge Dundas Square (#Illuminite18)

Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area invites you to celebrate the holidays with Illuminite 2018. Enjoy a magical evening of music, dance and spectacle and experience the wonder and joy of the season in the heart of Downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square. Event starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music, followed by a tree lighting ceremony you don’t want to miss! Stay tuned to @DowntownYonge for updates

Kidzfest: Saturday November 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Yonge Dundas Square (#Kidzfest18)

Join Downtown Yonge BIA at Yonge-Dundas Square for a day of fun for kids of all ages, meet characters from PJ Masks, win prizes, enjoy stage shows and much more!

For updates, visit www.downtownyonge.com/kidzfest or @DowntownYonge.

Holiday Magic in Bloor-Yorkville

Holiday Magic event posterSee Bloor-Yorkville transformed into a magical holiday wonderland!

On November 17th, the lights in the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood will be switched on in a dazzling display. Families and friends are invited to the Official Lighting Ceremony in the Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland Street and Bellair Street) to watch the area come to life with Holiday Magic!

The festivities will include an exciting concert performance by one of Canada’s top recording artists, Shawn Hook! A free event for all, we encourage everyone to stop by before the lights come on and after visitors can also stroll through Bloor-Yorkville and take in the animated storefront windows, enchanting displays and charming decorations, while enjoying free hot beverages and refreshments.

Follow Bloor-Yorkville on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @BloorYorkville. #HolidayMagic18.

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead - people in costumes, painted faces.Harbourfront Centre presents the 15th anniversary of its Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos celebration: an exploration of the ancient and contemporary traditions of Mexico’s oldest cultural celebration of life, heritage and family histories. On November 3 and 4, this free and family-oriented festival is Toronto’s longest running celebration of one of Mexico’s most important holidays and will showcase some of the best in contemporary and traditional Mexican and Latin culture. Throughout the weekend, enjoy guided tours in both English and Spanish, offering audiences an opportunity to learn more about the ofrenda tradition.

Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/dayofthedead/ for more information.

Norden: The Festival of Cool

Noorden - wordmark. Black and white backgroundNew this Fall! Harbourfront Centre invites you to (re)discover the richness of the Nordic region. Featuring some of the most creative driving forces in contemporary art, music and thought leadership, Norden: The Festival of Cool promises to make you think differently about the dark nights of winter. On November 24 to December 2, discover the meaning of “happiness” through lively conversations, and groove on Toronto’s most scenic skating rink. Plus, with a visit to the festival’s artisan market, you’ll be ahead of the gift giving season!

Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/norden/ for information.

Attractions and Exhibits

At The Royal Ontario Museum

Image info: Jesse Wente (close up of man, face - glasses)
Image info: Jesse Wente

Friday Night Live: Vox on November 2 turns a night at the museum into a night at the opera, with programming from the Canadian Opera Company and exploratory performances from a variety of artists.

On November 6, the ROM’s Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture features Jesse Wente, Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office. Wente examines the current national cultural landscape and considers what kind of place Canada will be for Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit peoples in his talk Towards 2067: Tracing an Indigenous Future in Canada.

The ROM’s Annual South Asia Lecture brings new voices and cultural innovators from the South Asia world to the GTA. This year features In Conversation: The Dhaka Art Summit and the Future of South Asian Contemporary Art on November 27.

For more information please visit rom.on.ca.

On at the Ontario Science Centre

Quantum: The ExhibitionWordmark, Quantum - the exhibition - green background, black wavy linesAt Quantum: The Exhibition, see how the world works on a scale smaller than you can imagine. Videos, games and multi-level interactive activities will explain the science that brought you neon, lasers, MRIs and GPS tracking. Get a glimpse into some exciting technologies on the horizon and leave with a new perspective on how the world works.

New Eyes on the UniverseTake a journey deep underground with a virtual tour of the subterranean research facility used by a Canadian professor to observe the interactions of subatomic particles and solve the mystery of neutrinos.

What’s on at the Aga Khan Museum

flamenco dancers. orange background
Image info: Renka. Credit, Levent Erutku.

This November, the Museum’s Duende: Flamenco Festival returns for its fourth year featuring flamenco music and dance like you’ve never seen. Come discover the style’s old and new cross-cultural ties – from its original Islamic connections, to modern Japanese Buddhist fusions and contemporary dance interpretations.

Also this month, take advantage of several educational opportunities inspired by the Museum’s current exhibitions – Transforming Traditions and Emperors & Jewels. On November 4, learn how to take stunning photos on your phone by studying the photography of Iran’s Qajar Court. November 11, take a workshop on the pattern-making techniques of Mughal India to create unique home accessories.

Film lovers, be sure to come on November 18 for a screening of Omkara, a gripping Bollywood adaptation of Othello. The film is the third in the Museum’s four-film Shakespeare Wallah series.

Finally, experience gamelan – a Indonesian instrument ensemble – with Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan. They will celebrate 35 years of making boundary-pushing melodies with a concert on November 25, featuring two special guests from Indonesia: dancer Nurrika and composer Ade Suparman.

Go to agakhanmuseum.org for details.

Haggar Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic

Team Belfour vs Team Fuhr - wordmark. 2 men, hockey uniforms, sticksSunday, November 11 @ 3 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena.

Legends Ed Belfour and Grant Fuhr trade in their goalie pads to captain two star-laden teams, featuring the return to the ice of 2018 Inductees Martin Brodeur, Jayna Hefford and Martin St. Louis.

Other participating NHL Legends include Daniel Briere, Dino Ciccarelli, Wendel Clark, Shane Doan, Doug Gilmour, Dale Hawerchuk, Tomas Kaberle, Igor Larionov, Eric Lindros, Scott Niedermayer, Jeremy Roenick, Scott Stevens, Mary Turco + more

This game highlights the Sunday afternoon schedule of the 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Celebration. Witness hockey history as the Induction Class of 2018 receives their official Honoured Member Blazers at centre ice in a pre-game ceremony.

Tickets available at the Hockey Hall of Fame and Ticketmaster.

Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics

Ceramic vesselThe second half of the 19th century was a golden age of collecting in Europe and North America. In a period of colonial expansion, business leaders collected and displayed European and Asian art to convey their emerging power and status. Sir William Van Horne, the American-born builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway, was one such collector.

The Gardiner has reunited for the first time more than 350 objects from Van Horne’s exceptional collection of Japanese domestic pottery alongside archival materials and a series of stunning watercolours painted by the collector himself. In partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Royal Ontario Museum, the landmark exhibition Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics presents an exceptional case study of the history of collecting in Canada.

On now until January 20. Learn more at gardinermuseum.com.

Live Performance

Experience the Excitement of FireWorks!

Exterior, Alumnae Theatre - winter 2017.
Image info: © Burke Campbell. Exterior, Alumnae Theatre – winter 2017.

Now in its sixth season, Alumnae Theatre’s three-week festival introduces full-length plays developed through the theatre’s programs.

Each week showcases an original script. Audiences can get involved through post-show panel discussions (Thursday evenings) and talkbacks (Saturday matinees).

  • The Pigeon, by Chloe Whitehorn, brings together two characters with nothing in common but their hatred for the woman they both scheme to destroy – with unexpected results. November 7 to 11
  • Moving On, by Elmar Maripuu, is a knockabout farce featuring a visionary software proposal, a swindling investor, and an ex-girlfriend hiding in a strange trunk. November 14 to 18
  • Animal, by Romeo Ciolfi, is a spellbinding journey into the mind of a disturbed woman, struggling to unravel what is real and what is hallucination. November 21 to 25

FireWorks runs November 7 to  25, Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15.

Book online or call 416-364-4170.

The 10th Anniversary Concert Season Continues at Koerner Hall.

Image of Gabriela Montero (Shelly Mosman)
Image info: Gabriela Montero (Shelly Mosman)

Juno Award winner Quique Escamilla celebrates the Day of the Dead on November 2 with a joyful and high-energy performance. Before the concert, audience members will be able to honour departed loved ones at a special ceremony.

On November 30, Canadian saxophone and flute master Jane Bunnett brings the soul of Cuba to Koerner Hall with current and former Maqueque band members, including vocalist Daymé Arocena.

Classical music highlights include Daniel Hope and Friends: AIR – A Baroque Journey on November 3. Pianist Gabriela Montero makes her Koerner Hall debut on November 25 with a special program called Innocence and Experience. She performs Schumann, Shostakovich, and Chick Corea, as well as her own Memories from Childhood and finally improvisations, which she is renowned for.

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

November Programming at Soulpepper

illustrations - man with large crown. 3 women, snake, garden.Soulpepper’s fall programming extends all through November! Performances of the adrenaline pumping play The Royale continue until November 11, and the ladies of Escaped Alone continue sipping their doomsday tea through November 25. At the end of the month is the World Premiere of Yellow Rabbit. The experience of Chinese Canadians is turned in on itself in a dystopian, hunger games-esqe world – live on stage November 23 to December 1.

Looking for something different to do to honour our fallen soldiers? For two performances only Soulpepper is presenting a moving musical and epistolary commemoration for Remembrance Day with Letters from the Great War on November 10 and 11.

Soulpepper is pleased to offer ASL interpreted and relaxed performances in our venue. On November 1st  The Royale will have a live ASL interpretation, and on November 10th  there will be a relaxed performance of Escaped Alone which offers a less restrictive audience environment and experience.

To learn more: visit soulpepper.ca; follow on Twitter; or call the Young Centre Box Office at 416-866-8666.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Man dressed as Mozart. Mask and cape in background.The Mozart Experience is the perfect event for families and Mozart fans of all ages (on November 3 from 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.). Conductor Sameer Patel and the Orchestra share the stage with the Magic Circle Mime Company and young violinist Duncan McDougall for a delightful musical journey through the life of the beloved composer.

To mark the Armistice Centenary, the TSO offers Britten War Requiem, November 8 and 10. Along with a stellar cast of singers including Canadian baritone Russell Braun, conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the Orchestra and two choirs through this soul-searching masterpiece.

November 21, 23 and 24, John Storgårds is on the podium for Boléro – yes, that famous piece by Ravel! Kirill Gerstein takes the stage for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Rounding out the program, the Orchestra performs City Noir, John Adams’s jazz-tinged evocation of 1940s Hollywood cinema.

November 28 to 30 & December 2: As the holiday season is fast approaching, Earl Lee conducts the TSO in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker & More. The delectable program features selections from The Nutcracker and other favourites – a great kickoff to this joyous time!

Visit www.TSO.CA or call 416-598-3375 for details!


Dancer on knees - in shadow. Orange/golden backgroundHarbourfront Centre presents TORQUE: A New International Contemporary Dance Series, a season of contemporary dance created by visionary female choreographers from around the globe. A collection of rising and legendary talent, this season’s work is an illustration of societal, environmental and political resistance. On November 23 and 24, artists from Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia come together in a meditation on Indigeneity and humanity’s frailty in the face of our own actions in the show Cut the Sky by Marrugeku.

The National Ballet of Canada Opens with Anna Karenina

Dancer, upside down - only head visible.The National Ballet of Canada opens the 2018/19 season with the North American premiere of Anna Karenina choreographed by John Neumeier. Based on Leo Tolstoy’s great masterwork, Anna Karenina is a co-operation between the National Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet. The ballet has been hailed “a visceral experience” and has enthralled audiences in both Hamburg and Moscow. Also, in November, The National Ballet of Canada presents Fredrick Ashton’s The Dream, based on Shakespeare’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream, in a programme with Being and Nothingness by Choreographic Associate and Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté. Anna Karenina is onstage November 10 to 18 and The Dream is onstage November 21 to 25 at the Four Seasons Centre.

Buy tickets at national.ballet.ca/Tickets/Current-Season or call 416 (toll free 1 866) 345-9595.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

flower arrangement. Multi coloured - grey backgroundTafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir welcomes star Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó to Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre from November 8 to11 in STEFFANI: DRAMA & DEVOTION. Discover sacred and secular works by this forgotten composer of the baroque era with Ms. Szabó, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Choir Director Ivars Taurins.

From November 21 to 25, renowned British trumpeter David Blackadder makes his Tafelmusik debut in SOUND THE TRUMPET!, a festive musical journey through baroque Europe full of gleaming instrumental gems by Lully, Telemann, Bach, and more. Both concerts feature a free pre-concert chat one hour before each performance with special guest speakers. Then delve a little deeper into baroque music with The Listening Club, a special series, moderated by BBC Radio host and musicologist Dr. Hannah French with oboist John Abberger. Join the discussion on November 12 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. For tickets, call (416) 964-6337 or visit tafelmusik.org.

Weesageechak Begins to Dance

Yellow artwork for Weesageechak Begins to DanceNative Earth presents the 31st annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance, a development festival of Indigenous works, which runs from November 14 to 24 at Aki Studio. Celebrate the richness of contemporary Indigenous performing arts from across Turtle Island! Taking over two weeks, the festival brings together emerging, mid-career, and established artists to develop and showcase theatre, dance, opera, and multidisciplinary creations. Featuring Spy Dénommé-Welch, Aria Evans, Waawaate Fobister, Christine Friday, Maura García, Tai Grauman, JP Longboat, and Olivia Shortt.

Native Earth partners with Buddies once again for the third edition of 2-Spirit Cabaret, an exciting evening of performance, music, and spoken word by 2-Spirit Indigenous artists on Friday, November 16th at the Chamber in Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Full schedule for Weesageechak Begins to Dance 31 is available here: nativeearth.ca/weesageechak31.

The Award-Winning Obaaberima Returns to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Obaaberima artwork. Man in front of multi coloured African tapestriesImprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime, a young man from Ghana tells his cellmates a story on the eve of his release. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance, and live music, Obaaberima chronicles a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races, and sexualities.

Winner of the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production, Obaaberima has played on stages across the country, garnering rave reviews from coast to coast. Buddies’ 40th anniversary season sees Obaaberima’s long-awaited return to the Buddies stage.

Obaaberima is onstage November 27 to December 9. Tickets and information at buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/obaaberima or 416-975-8555.

She The People

She the People wordmark - black text, pink words surrounding.The future is here and it’s female! Second City presents She The People – a sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City! This mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray roasts the patriarchy, taking on everything from having it all…to having that sick feeling your government is trying to send you back to the Middle Ages. It’s time for women everywhere to shout- comedy is our weapon and we’re here to slay!  More information at www.secondcity.com.

Onstage at Young People’s Theatre

Mary Poppins show poster - woman, red dress, umbrella, hat.

Everyone’s favourite nanny arrives at Young People’s Theatre (YPT) just in time for the holiday season. One of the most successful and beloved Broadway musicals in the world, the YPT Production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s Mary Poppins will be presented on the Mainstage November 5 to January 6. It’s a jolly holiday with Mary. Book today – some shows old out!

Green Thumb Theatre returns to YPT with Rachel Aberle’s The Code  – a play for teens examining complex questions about loyalty, accountability and taking power. After receiving backlash for instigating a student protest at her high school, Moira is initially supported by her best friends Simon and Connor. However, Simon’s support turns to anger after learning his feelings for Moira are not reciprocated. When Simon leaks a humiliating video mash-up of Moira’s protest speech, there are consequences he cannot control. In the YPT Studio November 27 to December 14, recommended for ages 13 & up.

Friday Night Jazz

Ripley's branded beer can on tableExplore the waters of the world Friday, November 9 with live jazz music by Lady Be Good 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 Ripley’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.

Canadian Stage

Trace, Red Sky Performance. 2 dancers
Image info: Trace, Red Sky Performance.

This November Canadian Stage, one of Canada’s leading not-for-profit contemporary performing arts organizations, presents two daring and unique multidisciplinary dance productions and a hilarious, heart-warming play that looks at the small things that make life worth living.

After the success of their cutting-edge dance creation, Backbone, Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street Company-in-Residence, Red Sky Performance, returns with the world premiere of Trace, November 1 to 11 at the Berkeley Street Theatre. Trace explores indigenous connections to ancestral origins and maps Anishinaabe sky and star stories, offering an exciting glimpse into our origin as well as our future evolution.

Internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s will wow audiences with Grand Finale, November 14 to 18 at the Bluma Appel Theatre. This spectacular bold and ambitious production is part gig, part dance, part theatre and wholly original. At once comic, bleak and beautiful, Grand Finale evokes a world at odds with itself.

The Canadian premiere of the critically-acclaimed play, Every Brilliant Thing, runs in the Berkeley Street Theatre, November 27 to December 16.  Written by award-winning British playwright, Duncan MacMillan and starring Canadian theatrical great Kristen Thomson, Every Brilliant Thing is a touching, funny and intimate solo piece that charts the lengths we will go for those we love.

MOonhORsE Dance Theatre Presents Older & Reckless #41

Kitt Johnson dancer. Green Coat, no head,
Image info: Kitt Johnson. Photo by James Quah.

Older & Reckless features work from OLDER artists who continue to grow more RECKLESS as time goes by. Older & Reckless provides an opportunity for seasoned dance artists to perform short works and a chance for the audience to see some of Canada’s most celebrated senior choreographers.

Conceived by Claudia Moore, founder and artistic director of MOonhORsE Dance Theatre, Older & Reckless is a dance series acclaimed for its celebration of mature dance artists and their tenacious life-long pursuit of physical expression. Appealing not only to a senior audience, but to all generations, Older & Reckless shines a light on those Canadian dance artists who have dared to approach mastery in their art form.

More information at www.moonhorsedance.com.

Vusi Mahlasela at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Vusi Mahlasela - closeup on mans face, hand by headVusi Mahlasela (South Africa) performs at the Bluma Appel Theatre (St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts) on November 1.

Often dubbed as ‘The Voice of South Africa’, Vusi Mahlasela’s work is an inspiration to many in the anti-apartheid movement. During his 20 years as a recording artist, Mahlasela has collected many accolades, including a South African Music Awards (SAMA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

More information at www.stlc.com/event/vusi-mahlasela.

At the Sony Centre This Month

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert, featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra concert posterLila Downs (Mexico), November 7
Iconic Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning singer Lila Downs is one of the world’s most singular and powerful voices, whose compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling transcend all language barriers. Few artists have the dynamic power and range of this bilingual warrior-woman and her newest album Salón Lágrimas y Deseo, follows in her artistically outspoken footsteps as an affirmation of feminine power.

Humans by Circa (Australia), November 9
Ten acrobats from the award-winning contemporary circus ensemble Circa take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human. Circa has stripped down the traditional circus show and combined it with contact and contemporary dance, constituting this performance as a unique contribution to dance culture today. Humans is touching, genuinely funny and an incredible feat of human movement pushing the boundaries of flexibility and strength.

Discover Dance
Rising star Jasmyn Fyffe’s celebrations of the black female body in dance.

  • November 13 – Toronto Centre for the Arts
  • November 14 – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert, featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, November 15 to 17
Watch Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione as they face grueling new adventures in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™. Experience the film live like never before, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s score live-to-picture.

For more information, visit www.sonycentre.ca/calendar.

Toronto Centre for the Arts – George Weston Recital Hall

Image info: Etienne Charles. Close up of man with hat and glasses
Image info: Etienne Charles.

Etienne Charles (Trinidad and Tobago), Carnival — The Sound of a People, November 16
One of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory. Celebrating the traditions that best exemplify the cultures of Trinidad and Tobago, and inspired by the noises and sounds heard throughout their many festivals, Etienne Charles’ Carnival: The Sound of a People brings the celebrations to the stage.

The Musical Stage Company (Canada), Uncovered: Joni Mitchell & Carole King, co-presented with Civic Theatres Toronto. November 21
The Musical Stage Company’s signature event featuring hit songs interpreted by an all-star Canadian cast.  Experience music director Reza Jacobs’ wildly imaginative arrangements of iconic songs by these two revered and award-winning artists. Performers returning to UnCovered include Sara Farb (Stratford Festival), Kelly Holiff (Charlottetown Festival) and Hailey Gillis (Soulpepper).

Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa), Songs of the Free – In Honour of Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday, November 22 to 23
Heralded as one of the most exciting groups in World Music, the Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates the inspirational power of African Gospel music. The 43-strong choir, under the direction of Beverly Bryer, draws on the top talent from the many churches in and around Soweto. The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.

For more information, visit www.tocentre.com/whats-on.

What’s Bringing People to Toronto

Toronto skyline from island - multi coloured lights reflected in waterThe Santa Claus Parade takes place this month – throughout downtown, on November 18.

A selection of events, festivals and shows taking place this month include:

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).

Tourism Services News

Toronto Branded Merchandise

red tshirt. black mug. black baseball cap.Get your City of Toronto merchandise while it is still available for sale! Pick up your t-shirts, mugs, hats, etc. at the Toronto Desk located in the Ontario Travel Information Centre in Union Station (west end of the station, near entrance to the Skywalk). Limited quantities available.

We’ve Been Expecting You: We Can Help!

WBEY logoTourism Services offers a variety year round programs to support the industry:

Event Calendar: www.toronto.ca/eventcalendar. Promote your event on the calendar by submitting your information. Or stay up to date with what’s happening in Toronto.
Information Centres: Year round at Union Station (part of the Ontario Travel Information Centre) or seasonal at key locations around the city. Drop in to find out more about Toronto or to pick up material and maps. To provide your material for distribution to the public email us at infotogo@toronto.ca for more information.

Visitor Maps: Available free of charge. Contact us at visitorservices@toronto.ca to:

  • Request a supply to distribute to your guests.
  • Find out about advertising on future editions.

We’ve Been Expecting You (WBEY) Training: Free training covering customer service principles and providing helpful information about Toronto. Currently available online at www.wbeytoronto.ca. Email wbey@toronto.ca for more info.

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