Toronto Weekender: December 4 through 7, 2014

Would we ever lie to you?

Come on, you know the answer to that; only if it brought us tremendous gain and we were totally sure you’d never find out. And that’s what friends are for right?

Well we told you it would happen and it did; you wiped off November and now you’ve got December all over you. And doesn’t it feel glorious?

The only thing standing between you, a mountain of gifts, and a bunch of days off is a few measly weeks filled with office parties and awkward mistletoe moments. But there’s a lot going on in this fine city. Between those aforemtnioned parties, gift shopping, and quarter-end work-rushes, calendars are filling up faster than a reindeer’s litterbox. Lucky for you, we’re here to help separate the cash from the coal.

Your weekend starts now, Toronto… 

THURSDAY
It’s not that your mom was “lying”…she was just, you know…wrong. Because only the best, the brightest, and the most inspiring of us get to take home a trophy. And that’s exactly what’s happening tonight when we cap off our cross-Canada recognition of young professional and entrepreneurial excellence at the Ontario Notable Awards. If you’re a finalist, we’ll see you for cocktails, food, and ceremony early in the evening. For everyone else, limited entry is available for the Notable Awards After Party at 99 Sudbury which is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best parties of the year. Contact us to reserve a spot on the guest list and we’ll try to get you in on the experience.

Speaking of celebrating one-of-a-kinds, The One of a Kind Christmas Show is having its final weekend at the Direct Energy Centre. If you’re into the handmade, you’ll want to stick your nose in for at least a minute.

The Shops at Don Mills is hosting their annual family-friendly tree-lighting and toy drive starting at 5pm. Everyone who donates a new, unwrapped toy will receive coupons for free flatbread, a free appetizer, free hot chocolate, or coffee (8oz), a free chocolate, a free hamburger and a $10 gift certificate for Bath & Body Works. It’s all about the give & take.  

In preparation for his birthday, JC will be playing “himself” in Jesus Christ Superstar which begins its 3-week run at the Lower Ossington Theatre.

Did you just learn what “bespoke” means? And do you now want some bespoke outfits? The Tom James custom clothing trunk show is opening up at 366 Bay where fabrics and merchandise will be 30-70% off normal price. Contact them to make an appointment.

IIDEXCanda is Canada’s National Design & Architecture Exposition and Conference and its having its second and final day at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. So if you like stuff that looks really awesome, you might want to peep this.

Remember Bill Nye the Science Guy?! Ya, he’s our hero, too. He’s also at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight, for only one night. What exactly will he be doing there? The question is: how much does that really matter? Pun totally intended.

It’s the last First Thursday of the fall season at the AGO and The Long Winter Collective is guest-programming a hell of a send-off. There will be great live music, experimental work and interactive projects. Not to mention a great crowd and a cash bar.

The 102.1 The Edge Jingle Bell Concert Series kicks off today with Wildlife and Dear Rouge playing at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Shows are going on all through the month, so make sure you check out the site for additional acts and dates (like Death from Above 1979 and Tokyo Police Club).

And the angelic Leafs are kicking off the holiday month by hosting the New Jersey Devils at the ACC.

FRIDAY
King James is bringing his royal Cavalry to Toronto to take on the Raptors on their home court at the ACC. This game is probably going to kick some royal ass.

Korea’s JAYU Human Rights Film Festival starts today and runs until Sunday at TIFF Bell Lightbox. If you didn’t know, Korea really knows what they’re doing behind a camera.

This morning, in support of Pegasus Community Project, a charity that provides services for adults with developmental disabilities, Bikram Yoga in the beaches kicks off a 24-hour yogathon. For those who aren’t good at math, that’s about seven days in downward dog-years. Admission and classes are all by donation.  

Gladiator is one of the best movies ever made. One of the reasons is its amazing score. Well, tonight you can hit the coliseum yourself and check out a live performance of the Gladiator movie score originally written by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard. Oh, and by “the coliseum”, we mean “the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.” Strength and honor.

As far as music goes, there’s a little suh’ehn suh’ehn for everyone tonight.

Wanna work some 90s hip hop into your Gameplan? Lord Finesse & Diamond D are DJ’ing at Tattoo.

Though we never can Tell what you prefer…so maybe the Turin Royal Theatre Orchestra and Chorus performing Rossini at Roy Thompson Hall is more your cup of tea?

That too much of a mood-killer for you? Well, don’t forget that Death From Above 1979 is at the Sound Academy playing their part in The Edge Jingle Bell Concert Series.

But if you’d rather sink your teeth into something else, Flosstradamus is playing a hip-hop-electric set at The Danforth Music Hall.

SATURDAY
The hilarious Dimitri Martin is at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight with his unique combination of one-liners, weird diagrams, and monotone joke-ballads. Based on high demand, he has added a second show. Try your best to see one of them.

For a wide array of clothing, body-care, art, children’s items, jewellery, paper goods and more, the Mondo Bazaar at the Gladstone Hotel is showcasing tons of artisans and entrepreneurs. This might be another great opportunity to snag some gifts.

Otherwise, you can head west and go right to the source: starting at 10am is the Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade.

The Beauty & Health Expo is happening just today at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, so maybe swing by and save yourself a few wrinkles. And speaking of saving stuff… 

The Canine Social Company is having a bake-sale-photo-shoot-adopt-a-thon event. For a few bucks, you can get your pet photographed with Santa, buy some baked goods and maybe save an animal’s life. If you really want to get on the good half of Santa’s list, we can’t think of a better option…

So you know 3D Printing, right? And you know how it works, right? Ya, neither do we. So maybe go to the HotPop Factory from 1-4 because they’re hosting a workshop for 3D-Printing 101. You’ll get to generate your own designs and even leave with something you printed yourself. Warning: it might be magic.

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema kicks off their Bloor Holiday Classics Series which features tickets that are FREE (seriously, it’s free for a pair) and classic holiday films like Home Alone, Bad Santa, Love Actually, and Elf.

And to cap off a busy sports weekend in the city, the Leafs are back in the ACC hosting cross-country rivals, the Vancouver Canucks.

SUNDAY
As part of the Beer Film Festival at Market Square, the Rainbow Cinemas are showing the comedy, Beerfest with the evening opening up by a presentation and drinks from a member of the Steam Whistle team.

Santa in the Junction:Winter Market gets started at 11am, featuring a street-wide market, an actual visit from Santa and his elves, scavenger hunts, and a ton of great discounts. 

And it’s a long shot, but if you’re a dentist, know a dentist, or just wish you did, listen up; you may get a brush with fame. Morgan Talent is auditioning real dentists for a National commercial for a big toothpaste brand. Apparently submissions closed in the middle of November, but it never hurts to try; email them now and maybe you’ll get that million dollar smile on the big screen where it belongs.

Well, that’s it, that’s all.
Four days and more than 25 ways to spend them.
Just remember: if you want to impress Santa, you can’t only be nice…you have to be notable.

Happy Holidays,

The Weekender 


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