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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: November 2013 Archives

Raising money for the Philippines and other weekend events

Fundraisers taking place this weekend raise money for the continuing relief efforts in the typhoon ravaged Philippines -- just one of the many events worth checking out this weekend.

Artists United in Support of the Philippines
Nov 29
Lazy Daisy Cafe

Artists from Canada and the US have come together to host an art sale in support of the crisis in the Philippines. All works have been donated by the artists, and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go the Canadian Red Cross' relief fund.

For more information, check out the Lazy Daisy Cafe Facebook page.

Wind & Water: Artist Fundraiser for Haiyan Relief
Nov 29
Studio Event Theatre (333 King St. W)

Check out some of Toronto's best Filipino Artists, Beatboxer's and DJ's as they get together for an Artist Fundraiser for Haiyan Typhoon relief in the Philippines.

For a line-up of the talent performing, check out the event's Facebook page.

Movember: The Shave Off
Nov 30 (8 PM)
Creatures Creating (822 Dundas Street W)

If you aren't partial to the once-a-year facial growth on your man, you might want to direct him to this event. Men shave off their 'sctaches and raise money for Movember.

For more information, check out the Creatures Creating Facebook page.

One of a Kind Show and Sale
Nov 28 to Dec 8
Direct Energy Centre

Premiering at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Building in December 1975, the "craft show" was the brainchild of Steven Levy, Martin Rumack and June Bibby. June (herself an artisan) couldn't find a place to sell her work before Christmas, so the three friends decided to create their own holiday shopping venue.

For information on this year's vendors, check out the One of a Kind Show and Sale website.

Artisan's Gift Fair
Nov 30 onwards (select days)

Whether you're buying for a friend or loved one, or buying for yourself, you're guaranteed to find a treasure.

For more information, check out the Artisan's Gift Fair website.

In Concert: Turtle House Art/Play Centre 4th Annual Fundraiser
Nov 29
Trinity St. Paul's Church

Turtle House Arts/Play Centre is special arts program for children and their parents who come from a region of conflict.

For more information, check out the Turtle House Art/Play Centre website.


The Black Book Affair -- one of many celebrations to check out

Some of the best in the literary business gather this weekend to celebrate The Black Book Affair. And that's just one of the many celebrations worth checking out:

The Black Affair
Nov 22 to Nov 24
918 Bathurst

This celebration of African Canadian and Caribbean Canadian authors will showcase talent such as Althea Prince, Gayle Gonsalves and Christene Brown. Meanwhile, My People Awards will shine a light on the work by luminaries such as George Elliot Clarke.

For more information, check out the A Different Booklist website.

Opening: New Outdoor Rink
Nov 23
Greenwood Park (Gerrard St. E at Alton)

Weather permitting, Toronto's first covered outdoor rink opens this weekend. To celebrate, there's a ribbon cutting ceremony, hockey skills competition and the season's first skate.

For more information, check out the City Rinks Wiki page.

Natrel Rink
Harbourfront Centre

Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits. The rink is now open, and skating is FREE!

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

SWEA Toronto Christmas Festival
Nov 23 to Nov 24
Harbourfront Centre

Join the festive entertainment with two shows daily featuring the renowned Lucia pageant - a procession of children singing traditional Swedish Christmas carols. Lucia is the symbol of goodness and light that opens the Christmas season. Other entertainment includes traditional folk dancing, children's crafts, dancing around the Christmas tree and more.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Tree Lighting
Nov 22 (5 PM/7 PM)
David Pecaut Square/St Clement-Yonge Parkette

It will be an evening of sparkling lights, hot chocolate, and holiday songs for the family!

For more information, check out the Toronto Entertainment District website or Uptown Yonge Facebook page.

Leslieville Wanderlust
Nov 21 to Nov 24

Check out Leslieville first street hockey tournament and go gnome-hunting! What is gnome hunting, you ask. Check out the WanderlustGnome Twitter feed.

For more information on Leslieville Wanderlust, check out their Facebook page.

Vendor Queens
Nov 16 to Dec 26 (Weekends only)
1093 Queen St West

It's hard to be a vendor in Toronto right now, say the people behind this new initiative. "Ford's on crack, it's cold outside, you have to piece together a complex patchwork of markets around the province, which requires a (preferably large) vehicle." Ergo Vendor Queens -- a new space for designers, collectors, performers, and creative people to come together and nourish entrepreneurial ideas until conception and proudly present and sell their work.

For more information, go to the Vendor Queens website.

In Concert: Sur Music Festival
Nov 23 to Nov 24
The Guvernment Complex/Koolhaus

Musiq Soulchild is one of the performers at this celebration of soul and soca. He recently announced his new role as an Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Circle of Promise, a movement designed to further engage black women around the globe in the fight against breast cancer. Check out his latest song to mark this assignment: Yes.

For more information on the festival, check out the Sur Music Festival website.


Christmas Creep ... or not

The short break from below average temperatures is welcome. But there's no two ways about, we are approaching winter ... and Christmas. Here are some seasonal events worth checking out this weekend:

Window Wonderland
Various Locations

Window Wonderland rekindles the tradition of holiday window displays. Experience the nostalgia as Ryerson Retail Management students partner with businesses to create eye-catching holiday windows throughout Downtown Yonge BIA. This is a competition amongst the students. There will be two winners - the Judges' Choice and the People's Choice.

To cast your vote, check out the Winter Magic website.

Holiday Magic
Nov 16 through Dec 2013

See Bloor-Yorkville transformed into a magical holiday wonderland! The official tree lighting ceremony features a musical performance by Sarah Slean with Strings and The Rosedale Day School Choir.

For more information, check out the Bloor-Yorkville website.

Nov 16
Yonge-Dundas Square

No ordinary holiday ceremony, the futurist-themed routines will surprise you at every turn. Using the unique shape of Yonge-Dundas Square performers will appear from every corner. Live choirs will fill the square with music, and beautifully outfitted dancers will perform a variety of styles - at times on multiple stages and platforms. Get into the rhythm of the season with drummers in illuminated costumes, jugglers with illuminated props and stilt walkers dressed in reflective mirrors.

For more information, check out the Winter Magic website.

Ekran Polish Film Festival
Nov 13 to Nov 17
Various Locations

The line-up of films includes Eksmisja (Resettlement), a charming film about an elderly couple Maria and Tadeusz. After living in their flat for 66 years, they are forced to move out. But they don't leave without a fight.

For the complete line-up of films showing, check out the Ekran Polish Festival website.

European Union Film Festival
Nov 14 to Nov 27
Various Locations

This free festival showcases 28 contemporary films drawn from each of the EU's member countries. EUFF is a unique festival and the only one in the world to bring together disparate EU Consulates and local cultural institutes for collaboration.

For the line-up of films, check out the European Union Film Festival website.

Regent Park Film Festival
Nov 12 to Nov 16
Daniel Spectrum

The Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto's only free-of-charge community film festival, dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to residents of Regent Park, the largest and oldest public housing project in Canada.

For more information, check out the Regent Park Film Festival website.

Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival
Nov 11 to Nov 16
Various Locations

Concluding this weekend, this festival investigates facts and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction as presented by both Canadian and international filmmakers, as well as by visual and media-based artists.

For the line-up of films, check out the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival website.

Nov 16 (1-4 PM)
Dundas Square

StoryMobs are where great kids' books meet flash mobs with a dash of Mardi Gras thrown in. A story mob is inspired by an exceptional children's book and allows for participation in a variety of ways. These may include costumes & props, copies of the book, simple choreography, musical instruments and vocal parts.

For more information about the book featured in this edition "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs," check out the StoryMobs website.

In Concert: The Big Sound
Nov 15
Adelaide Hall

Toronto's finest celebration of the golden era of soul and Motown returns to throw down their next epic soul party!

For more information, check out The Big Sound Facebook page.