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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.

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