This weekend in Toronto markets and pop-ups reign supreme, making it the perfect time to cross things off the holiday shopping list. There's also a brand new fashion exhibit at the ROM, a handful of huge parties, a returning film festival, and Nathan Phillips Square's Cavalcade of Lights.Events you might want to check out:
One of a Kind Show (November 23 - December 3 @ Enercare Centre)
This sprawling show featuring over 800 makers, artisans and designers to shop from.
The Gentlemen's Expo (November 24-25 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building)
Toronto's mega show for guys features the latest in style, tech, music, sports, cards, sex, food, gaming and more.
Cavalcade of Lights (November 25 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
A spectacular fireworks show and skating party complement the official illumination of Toronto's official Christmas Tree outside of Nathan Phillips Square.
Christian Dior at the ROM (November 25 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, the ROM explores the brilliance behind Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the entire Paris haute couture industry.
Blood in the Snow (November 23-26 @ The Royal Cinema)
The festival dedicated to Canadian genre films returns to the Royal Cinema for its sixth consecutive year in Toronto. Expect national and world premieres as well as panels with the filmmakers.
Beaver and Bacon Comedy Festival (November 24 @ Regent Theatre)
An impressive line-up of Canadian comedians unite for the country's largest indie produced comedy festival, featuring Ed the Sock, Ryan Long, Ana-Marija Stojic, Che Durena, and more.
Grand Opening & Record Store Day Canada at Dead Dog Records (November 24 @ Dead Dog Records)
Celebrate Black Friday, Canadian Record Store Day, and the grand opening of Dead Dog's new Parkdale location at 1696 Queen Street W. Huge deals and free samples for vinyl fans await.
Fairmont Royal York Annual Tree Lighting (November 24 @ Fairmont Royal York)
Ring in the holidays at one of the Toronto skyline's most iconic buildings with the lighting of their 20-foot tall tree and musical performances.
Brain Candy Live (November 25 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
Adam Save of Mythbusters and Michael Stevens, better known as YouTube's VSauce, unite to show off incredible tech at in interactive, hands-on theatrical experience like no other.
Game of Thrones Burlesque (November 25 @ Revival Event Venue)
Winter is coming, and so is the second last GOT inspired burlesque show, full of male and female performers dressed as your favourite characters. Organizers are billing it as the silliest, sexiest, most ridiculous one yet.
Waves & Whisky (November 24 @ Ripley's Aquarium of Canada)
Warp back in time to the Prohibition era as Ripley's Aquarium redecorates itself with rustic, whisky filled bars for this 19+ event. No snitches allowed!
FNL: Dior at the ROM (November 24 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
The House of Dior hits the ROM, and both parties are celebrating with a museum-wide party Friday night. Hit the dance floor with top DJs and indie artists from Toronto.
Bob's Movember Moustache Party (November 24 @ The Fifth Social Club)
The 10th annual party goes down at the Fifth Social Club and boasts appetizers, drink deals, a DJ set, a silent auction and more.
A Night At The Roxbury '90s Dance Party (November 25 @ Sneaky Dee's)
What is love? Find out for sure by swinging by this '90s themed dance party. '90s attire is highly encouraged, and bonus points go out to whoever can do that head-bob dance move best.
The Hub Pre-Launch Party (November 25 @ The Boat in Kensington Market)
The Boat is throwing a huge bash to raise funds for The Hub, a new all ages, safe space venue opening soon. Celebrate and raise funds with local artists John Ross, Tequila Nosedive and more.
Free Americano and Gelato Day (November 24 @ Put a Cone On It)
Get free Americanos from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and free single scoop gelato and ice cream from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are even vegan options to ensure everyone can get in on this.
Movember Bourbon Tasting Jamboree (November 24 @ Home of the Brave)
Home of the Brave have partnered with Buffalo Trace to host a bourbon tasting and party to support the Movember cause.
Soul Chocolate Holiday Pop-Up (November 25-26 @ Left Field Brewery)
Soul Chocolate pops up at the brewery with advent calendars and chocolate for sale out of their unique camper van. They'll also tap a special cask infused with Soul Chocolate cocoa nibs.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (November 24-30 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Hedy Lamarr is a Hall of Fame-inducted inventor who developed a secret radio system during WWII that paved the way for modern Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. Bombshell tells her whole incredible story for the first time.
The Shining: Nightmare on Dundas Street Movie Nights (November 24-25 @ AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario)
One of the most well-known horror films to date gets a spotlight in Toronto as part of the AGO's Nightmare on Dundas movie night series.
Films by Laura Huertas Milln (November 24 @ TIFF)
French-Colombian filmmaker Laura Huertas Milln herself will be in attendance at these screenings of the artist's new and old works, presented by TIFF.
Sunwing Black Friday Pop- Up Shop Event Listing (November 24-27 @ Right beside Bell Media)
This four day pop-up on Queen West lets you take advantage of unbeatable vacation deals, exclusive door crashers and chances every day to win a free vacation.
Holiday Art Show (November 24 @ Winged Canvas Art Hub)
It's the opening night party for the annual holiday show which showcases artwork from talented York Region and GTA artists across multiple mediums.
GAS Holiday Pop Up Market (November 25 @ Gerrard Art Space / GAS)
GAS brings together unique vendors and their one-of-a-kind creations as well as delicious vegan food for your shopping enjoyment.
Bad Girls Market (November 25 @ 165 Geary Ave)
Forget Black Friday. Support your local girl gang this holiday season at this market featuring 20+ vendors, a cocktail bar, and beats all day. Proceeds are donated to Nellie's Shelter for Women and Children.
Cabbagetown Holiday Kick Off (November 25 @ Carlton& Parliament in Cabbagetown)
Swing by Carlton and Parliament for a free daylong pop-up that includes wagon rides, drinks and more. In other words, it's perfect date material.
Made Well Holiday Market (November 25 @ Helen Tansey Photography Studio)
Liberty Village's boutique pop-up shop features health, naturally-inspired gift ideas, many of which are under $50.
Toronto Comic Book Show Holiday Bash (November 26 @ Toronto Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre Toronto Airport)
75 vendor tables packed with comic books come together to make what the organizers are calling their biggest show to date. This is the place to be for comics fans this weekend.
Gladstone Flea Holiday Markets (November 26 @ Gladstone Hotel)
Like to wait until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping? Don't sweat it! The Gladstone Holiday Flea offers 20 unique and local vendors and is devoid of busy parking or endless line-ups.
by Corey Van Den Hoogenband via blogTO