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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: November 2014 Archives

What's On: Pandemonium on stage and more

Looking to escape the Black Friday madness/ There's lot to do in the city besides hitting the malls. Here are some options:

24 Hour Sketch Festival
Nov 29 (8 PM)
154 Danforth Avenue

Six groups of six people have 24 hours to meet, greet and put a sketch together. The cast includes sketch comedians and actors. Will there be drama? You bet!

For more information, check out The Social Capital website.

A Very Very NDN Christmas
Nov 29
Aki Studio Theatre

The show is billed as "a night of good ol' fashioned belly laughs & comedy films ... Headlined by Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon, this night of comedy features a loose variety show typed format and will feature comedy shorts presented by imagineNATIVE."

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Cinderella: The Gags to Riches Family Musical
Nov 21 to Jan 4
Elgin Theatre

A Toronto tradition for 19 years, this holiday panto provides a contemporary spin on ye old fairytale. Cinderella runs an organic farmer's market in Toronto, Prince Charming is an un-Justin-Bieber pop star and then there's Revolta Bulldoza, played with great relish by Ross Petty. References to construction, the mayoral election and plenty of inside jokes makes the show a hoot for young and old.

For more information, check out the Ross Petty website.

Holiday Greeting Cards Workshop
Nov 29
Todmorden Mills

If you haven't your holiday gifts cards yet, why not make some at this family workshop. Besides learning about their origins, you can learn about crafts such as pop-up and collage cards.

For more information, check out the Todmorden Mills website.

2014 Holiday Showcase Featuring Tundra Stars
Nov 29
Lillian H. Smith branch, Toronto Public Library

This holiday showcase is perfect for young book lovers. This year's event features authors reading from their work and run activities. While authors such as Kyo Maclear and Cybéle Young will take on readers between 2-8, Natale Ghent and Richard Scrimger will present to the 8-12 set.

For more information, check out the Small Print Toronto website.

Christmas with Mozart
Nov 29
Alliance Francaise

Since it's a concert aimed at kids, there shouldn't be too much shushing going on. Children's choirs will perform "a rich and varied repertoire," from Hallelujah to Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, along side Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

For more information, check out the Alliance Francaise website.

In Concert: Saidah Baba Talibah
Nov 28

Saidah Baba Talibah performs as part of the final edition of the Friday Night Live series for the season.

For more information, check out the ROM website.


What's On: A period play, Christmas shopping, films and more

The historic Gibson House Museum in North York is the setting for a play exploring questions of morality in the face of murder. And it's one of many events to check out in the city this weekend:

Nov 21 to 29
Gibson House Museum

The 1929 play by a British playwright has been adapted for a site-specific production at the historic Gibson House Museum. Two students murder their classmate, and then proceed to host a dinner party. How do things unravel? Find out at the theatre.

To find out more about the play, check out the Bygone Theatre website.

First Annual Christmas Show and Sale
Nov 21 to Nov 23
Liberty Village

Toronto has a vibrant crafting scene that comes alive in different sections of the city. Visit more than 60 vendors at this sale to find some unusual gifts and stocking stuffers.

For more information, check out the Toronto Art Crawl Facebook page.

Midnight MRKT
Nov 21
Second Floor Events (461 King St. W)

Get your holiday shopping done early, they say. When you can do so while enjoying music, drinks and street style food, it sounds like the perfect shopping experience.

For more information, check out the Midnight MRKT Facebook page.

Toronto French Fair
Nov 21
Alliance Francaise (24 Spadina Road)

If you're looking for a sense of je ne sais quoi in your gift, perhaps go over to the Toronto French Fair. You can find a range of gifts, from jewellery and ceramics to even creme brulee.

For more information, check out the Toronto French Fair website.

European Film Festival
Nov 15 - Nov 30
The Royal

Films representing the wide variety of work coming out of Europe are being screened for a Toronto audience, and the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary.

For more information, check out the European Film Festival website.

Regent Park Film Festival
Nov 19 to Nov 22
Daniels Spectrum

The festival bills itself as the city's only multicultural community festival that's free. Film represent both local stories in works such as Hope Heights and Rhymes for Young Ghouls, as well as international films such as Wadjda.

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

In Concert: Tyler Yarema
Nov 22
The Reservoir Lounge

Tyler and his five-piece band bring a cool, swinging jazz vibe to the lounge.

For more information, check out Tyler Yarema's website.


What's On: Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair and more...

This is a city that loves book. So, a new festival celebrating books is bound to be a hit with readers young and old. And that's just one of the many events to check out this weekend:

Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair
Nov 14 - Nov 16
Metro Convention Centre

Aimed mostly at consumers, this festival brings the best of Canadian Lit along side authors who have topped various best-seller lists. So you can meet Margaret Atwood and Andrew Pyper as well as Sylvia Day and Elaine Lui, all under one roof! And not forgetting the younger readers, you can meet authors such as Kevin Sylvester and Ruth Ohi.

For a complete line-up of authors and events, check out the ">">Toronto Book Fair website.

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 27
Nov 12 - Nov 22
Aki Studio Theatre (Daniel Spectrum Building)

This annual festival showcases new work by emerging and established Indigenous artists from across Canada and around the world. Performances include live theatre, dance and staged readings, shining a spotlight on artists such as Gloria Miguel, Jani Lauzon and Daniel David Moses among others.

For more information, check out the ">">Native Earth Performing Arts website.

Buyer & Cellar
Nov 12 - Nov 30
Panasonic Theatre

Buyer & Cellar is described by The New York Times as a outrageous new comedy about the oddest of odd jobs: "an underemployed Los Angeles actor going to work in Barbra Streisand's Malibu basement." And now the hit show hits the Toronto stage.

For more information, check out the ">">Mirvish website.

Toronto Santa Claus Parade
Nov 16 (12:30 PM)
Starting point: Christie Pitts Park

The parade marks 100 years this year! And the annual tradition delights the little ones and the adults that belong to them alike. Just remember some of the tips -- dress for the cold, get there early and go prepared with colouring books and toys.

For more information on the parade route, check out the ">">Toronto Santa Claus Parade website.

Nov 15
Yonge Dundas Square

Downtown Toronto gets magically lit up by acrobats, stiltwalkers and dancers.

For more information, check out the ">">Yonge Dundas BIA website.

In Concert: Nikki Yanofsky
Nov 15
Flato Markham Theatre

The chanteuse sings as part of the annual Puttin' On the Ritz Gala.

For more information, check out the">"> Flato Markham Theatre website.