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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: December 2013 Archives

New Year's Eve events

It's the last day of 2013. And if you don't have a swank party to go, what should you do? Here are some suggestions:

Winter Holiday Camp
Until Jan 3 (excluding Jan 1)
High Park Nature Centre

Explore High Park in the winter! The days will be filled with winter-time games, crafts and adventures. For children ages 6-10.

For more information, check out the High Park Nature Centre website.

Cafe Novo
Closed Jan 1
1986 Bloor St. West

While the kids explore High Park, settle in for a cuppa in this High Park neighbourhood cafe.

For more information, check out the Cafe Novo website.

First Thursday: Long Winter Takeover
Jan 2

For one night only, two events merge! The Long Winter crew will be turning the First Thursdays experience upside down, transforming Walker Court into Bazaar Bazaar, an artist bazaar with its very own currency, where you can participate in creative exchanges with more than 20 artists presenting artworks and multiples. Other highlights include conversations with artists such as Shari Boyle and Petra Collins, pop-up performances and Moroccan food!

For more information, check out the Art Gallery of Ontario website.

New Year's Party -- The Kid-Friendly Version
Dec 31
RedFish Bluefish Creative Cafe

There will be fun for the whole family with a dance floor in the main cafe, a themed arts and crafts session in our upstairs program space, live entertainment, and more!

For more information, check out the RedFish BlueFish Creative Cafe website.

In Concert: God Made Me Funky
Dec 31
Nathan Phillips Square

One of the performers for the New Year's bash at Nathan Phillips Square, God Made Me Funky is sure to have the crowds dancing the night away.

Check out their groove on the CBC Music website.


Winter Solstice Parade and more to check out this weekend...

It's felt like winter for a while now. But the season finally arrives this weekend. And a parade to beckon the sun is just one of the things to check out this weekend:

Winter Solstice Parade
Dec 21 (7 PM)
Meet at: Corner of Augusta and Oxford

Celebrate the annual return of light and warmth in the heart of the historic Kensington Market over the Solstice Festival weekend. There will be a lantern-lit parade through the neighbourhood.

For more information, check out the Red Pepper Spectacle Arts website.

Guided Walks
Rouge Park

The holiday season is upon us, winter is nearly here, and you're inclined to cozy up under a blanket. Wait! Join a walk to discover nature and wildlife with our friendly and fun volunteer leaders and spread some holiday cheer!

For more information, check out the Rouge Park website.

Allan Gardens Christmas Flower Show
Dec 21
Allan Gardens Conservatory

View the Conservatory by Candlelight with extended hours until 7:00 pm.

For more information, check out the City of Toronto website.

Spirited Away
Until Jan 3
TIFF Bell Lightbox

Returning just in time for the holiday season, this dazzling 18-film showcase devoted to the Academy Award winning animation studio features such classics as My Neighbour Totoro and the rarely screened masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies.

For more information, check out the TIFF Bell Lightbox website.

Ballet 101 with Ballet Jorgen
Dec 21
Albion Library

Ballet 101 gives kids the opportunity to learn about ballet as a storytelling medium. Children will learn basic positions, discover their own ability to convey emotions through movement, see brief selections performed by professional dancers and try out some new steps. Ages 6-12. Limited Space.

For more information, check out the Toronto Public Library website.

Art Installation: Holding Pattern
Until Feb 2014
Pearson International Airport

A collaboration between the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Pearson International Airport, the piece takes its title from the flight term for the course flown by aircraft awaiting clearance to land. The title of this work therefore suggests a place in between flight and arrival, a temporary space where the passenger places their trust in others to complete the necessary final step. Alongside this trust is anticipation, the state of being on the cusp of something new.

For more information, check out the Art Gallery of Mississauga website.

In Concert: Alex Pangman and her Alleycats
Dec 20
Palais Royale

Alex performs as part of the Holiday Swing Time Show.

For more information on her, check out Alex Pangman's website.


Christmas spirit hits Toronto stages -- and more this weekend

It's hard to escape Christmas cheer across the city -- as is evident from Toronto's theatrical stages. Here are some festive productions and other events to check out this weekend:

Impulse Festival
Dec 12 to Dec 15
Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Over the course of the festival each eight improv troupes from Toronto and beyond will perform their signature shows and offer workshops of varying intensity focused on a range of improvisational technique. There will also be a series of mash-up performances, where each troupe is paired with another for some border-crossing improvisational antics.

For more information, check out the Soulpepper Theatre website.

The Nutcracker
Dec 14 to Jan 4
Four Seasons Centre

The National Ballet's sumptuous, comical, touching and spellbinding version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's Christmas tale was created in 1995 and has been enthralling audiences - especially children - ever since. It is a refreshingly traditional version of the story, replete with the details of childhood dreams and the appeal of fantasy, a ballet gloriously designed and costumed and brimming with affection for and insight into the passage from childhood to maturity that all children make.

For more information, check out the National Ballet of Canada website.

Weather the Weather
Dec 6 to Dec 30
Evergreen Brick Works

Inspired by winter, the Canadian Shield and our indomitable compulsion to get home for the holidays, Toronto playwright Haley McGee has written a tale about the making of the Canadian character. She plucks familiar characters from northern folklore, lets them loose in the Don Valley Brick Works, adds a global storm and dares them to find their way home.

For more information, check out the Theatre Columbus website.

The (Mostly) Annual Toronto Santa Speedo Run
Dec 14
Start Point: Hemingway's (1:30 PM)

Some wait for Santa. Others for Elijah. And still others for Krüüdknæpper, the Festive Elf of Iceland. But in Yorkville, they wait for pasty-white "athletes" in nothing but flimsy red lycra.

For more information, check out the Toronto Santa Speedo Run website.

City of Craft
Dec 14 to Dec 14
Theatre Centre

Get some unusual Christmas gifts for family and friends, and maybe even yourself, at this craft trunk show featuring the city's amazing DIY-ers. Admission is only $2!

For a line-up of vendors and workshops, check out the City of Craft website.

Family Activities
Harbourfront Centre

There's something for everyone -- from handmade holiday decorations workshops and a scavenger hunt to the return of the DJ Skate Night!

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Annual Holiday Open House
Dec 15
Toronto's First Post Office

Make mail art, seasonal paper crafts, remember Christmas traditions from the old town of York... Most of all, get those Christmas cards all written up!

For more information, check out Toronto's First Post Office Facebook page.

A Celebration of the Life of Nelson Mandela
Dec 13 (2:15 to 4 PM, doors open 1 PM)
Convocation Hall (UFT)

Hosted by our own Garvia Bailey, this is an event to remember the amazing life of Nelson Mandela.

For more information, check out the University of Toronto website.

In Concert: Frankie Payne
Dec 13
Velvet Underground

Frankie Payne performs as part of a hiphop showcase.

For more information on his music, check out Frankie Payne's website.