40 Toronto events worth checking out this November

Oct 20 2017, 5:32 pm

It’s a new month, Toronto.

And with daylight savings almost upon us, it’s time to make the most of our days.

With plenty of outdoors (and indoors) festivities, there’s no excuse for not experiencing all that the city has to offer this month.

Whether you’re looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping or you want to catch a concert, we’ve rounded up the hottest November events happening in the city.

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The Haunted Walk Experience at Black Creek Pioneer Village

What: You’re invited to explore the supernatural side of Toronto’s historic pioneer village – in the dark! Featuring some of the oldest buildings in the city, Black Creek Pioneer Village is the perfect, creepy backdrop for a night of spine-tingling ghost stories. Each participant will receive a special, limited edition Haunted Walk flashlight. Tickets are available online from $24.75 – $29.75 per person.

When: Now until November 4
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy

Festival of Arabic Music & Arts 

What: The first ever Festival of Arabic Music & Arts (FAMA) presented by the Canadian Arabic Orchestra will be taking over the GTA this fall bringing together over 100 local and international artists to four cities and ten venues.

When: Now until November 12
Where: Various venues throughout the city

Cheesecake On A Stick Pop Up x Fugo Desserts

What: Toronto’s Heirloom food truck has teamed up with Fugo Desserts to host an exclusive pop-up where Toronto foodies and dessert enthusiasts can get their hands on… wait for it… cheesecake on a stick. Heirloom debuted this wickedly sweet variation of the popular dessert last year, but it’s only been available at their food truck. But now, thanks to this pop-up, hungry Torontonians can lineup and get their hands on the Instagram-worthy dessert until November 9.

When: Now until November 9
Where: Fugo Desserts, 205 Dundas Street West

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA

What: Cirque du Soleil’s latest is for the free spirits. Filled with extreme sport, live music and signature acrobatics, VOLTA is about the freedom that comes with blazing your own trail.

When: Now until November 26
Where: Under the Big Top, The Port Lands, 51 Commissioners Street

Nightmare on Dundas Street Movie Nights

What: Get into the Halloween spirit by catching one the ten most terrifying films of all time at the AGO. This month’s lineup includes Silence of the Lambs, Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, and The Shining. This special event is part of the AGO’s creepiest new exhibit, Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters, and will also have special horror film screenings running until December.

When: Now until December 8
Where: The AGO, 317 Dundas Street West

Bat Out of Hell Musical

What: Bat Out of Hell is a rock musical that tells the epic tale of love, rebellion, and rock n’ roll. This incredible performance will feature an award-winning cast that will definitely bring the audience to their feet.

When: Now until December 24
Where: Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street

Party Today, Panic Tomorrow

What: Second City’s latest talent-packed mainstage show is now on. Faced with our culture of bad news and political exhaustion, the show encourages the audience to “settle in and get ready for us to spin, sing and laugh away your troubles.”

When: Now until December 31
Where: Second City Mainstage Theatre, 51 Mercer Street

Nial Horan In Concert

What: Spend an intimate evening with the former One Direction member whose stopping by Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall to showcase his new material.

When: November 1, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street

Toronto Chocolate Festival

What: The Toronto Chocolate Festival is one not to miss for the chocolate addicts. Featuring chocolate in all its delicious forms, this very sweet festival highlights chocolate tastings, chocolate making exhibitions, and chocolate eating contests.

When: November 1 to 30
Where: Various locations

Janet Jackson: State of the World Tour

What: The iconic Rhythm Nation singer will be making a stop in Toronto this month as part of her State of the World tour. Concert goers can expect an evening of nostalgia as the singer will be performing all of her biggest hits.

When: November 2, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street

The John Candy Box Series

What: The John Candy Box Series is a new initiative that will feature eight different shows at the John Candy Box Theatre, an intimate performance space inside The Second City’s Training Centre to help recognize the outstanding work in Toronto’s comedy community.

When: November 2 to 12
Where: 99 Blue Jays Way, 3rd Floor

Unsound Does Halloween

What: Unsound first came to Toronto as part of the Luminato festival in 2015 and created a sensation. This fall, Unsound will be putting on a special Halloween performance in Toronto at The Sony Centre. The landmark theatre will play host to a radical mix of ambient soundscapes, innovative film and TV scores, dance, and even ancient Slavic sounds.

When: November 3
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East

Friday Night Live at the ROM

What: Network and clink cocktails among dinosaur bones when the ROM’s weekly Friday night party series returns.

When: November 3, 10, 17 & 24, 7 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park

Rendezvous with Madness

What: Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival is Canada’s original film festival devoted to movies about mental health and recovery.The nine-day festival will showcase 16 features and 34 short films from across the globe, including a series of curated short film programs, vital discussions and enlightening exhibitions.

When: November 3 to 11
Where: Various venues throughout the city

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

What: Bringing a little bit of the country to the city, the longtime-running Royal Winter Agricultural Fair returns to offer farm goods and agriculture, entertainment, horse shows and shopping.

November 3 to 12
Canadian National Exhibition grounds, 39 Manitoba Drive


What: Toronto’s premier event for fans of all things horror returns to its roots this Halloween season. Intimate and accessible, this year’s HORROR-RAMA will focus on bringing you what you have come to expect: the highest caliber of guests working in horror film and culture, the most amazing and unique exhibitors and artisans, insightful panel discussions and a full line-up of film screenings.

When: November 4 to 5
Where: 918 Bathurst Street

Toronto Polish Film Festival

What: The 8th annual Toronto Polish Film Festival returns showcasing new media arts and films with both a Polish and multicultural focus. All the screenings will take place in Revue Cinema.

When: November 6 to 12
Where: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue

The Bloody Beetroots live at the Opera House

What: The Bloody Beetroots will be hitting the road this fall for the “My Name Is Thunder” live tour in support of his upcoming album The Great Electronic Swindle and will be stopping at the Opera House. This marks the Bloody Beetroot’s  first live shows in North America in over three years.

When: November 7, 7 pm
Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East

Annual Business for the Arts Awards Gala

What: If you’re in the arts, have dollars to drop and want to step up your networking game, this arts-focused awards event celebrates extraordinary contributions and commitment to the arts sector through philanthropy, unique and innovative partnerships, and volunteerism.

When: November 9
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 317 Dundas Street West

An Evening at the Market

What: A trip to Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market is an adventure that’s usually only an option during daylight hours. But for one night only this November, all 64 Market merchants will be open after hours and serving up an ambulatory feast in support of Second Harvest food rescue programs, and in partnership with George Brown College. Tickets are $75 per person.

When: November 9, 7 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market, 93-95 Front Street East

Taste of Iceland

What: We don’t have to tell you that Iceland is having a major moment when it comes to travel. Learn more about the culture at the seventh annual celebration of the best of Icelandic cuisine, music, art and literature.

When: November 9 to 12
Where: Various venues

GIRL POWER: a 90s Video Dance Party Benefit

What: It’s time for girl power for a good cause! We’re talking glitter and transfer tattoos, lip-sync battles, dance-offs, live roller skating, a full Spice Girls soundtrack and a dressing up bin in case you want to channel your fave Spice Girl. Proceeds raised will go towards Because I am a Girl Canada.

When: November 10, 10 pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

Jim Jefferies

What: The always crass, yet funny to those who love him, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies will perform two shows in Toronto.

When: November 10 & 11
Where: The Sony Centre, 1 Front Street East

Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend & Legends Classic

What: Head down and take part in daily Induction Weekend events commemorating the Class of 2017! From the Fame Gam to Legends Classic, and the induction ceremony, this is one exciting weekend for hockey fans.

When: November 10 to 13
Where: Most events are at the Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street

The Winter’s Tale by the National Ballet of Canada

What: Shakespeare’s late work The Winter’s Tale fuses tragedy, comedy and romance in a story of jealousy, love, vindictiveness and redemption, all brought to life by the talented dancers of the National Ballet of Canada.

When: November 10 to 19
Where: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West

Music from People City

What: This fall, Toronto’s most iconic musical assets will be on display, as Myseum of Toronto(a nonprofit museum dedicated to all things Toronto) presents Music from People City – a professionally curated event series that invites locals, visitors and travellers to experience the city’s world-class music scenes, sounds and stories firsthand.

When: November 10 to January 12
Where: Venues throughout the city


What: After smashing box offices last season, Mirvish’s “Disgraced” returns to offer a solid (but limited engagement) theatre option. It centres on a New York dinner party that gets interesting when discussion turns to – you guessed it – politics and religion. 

When: November 11 to November 26
Where: Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street


What: Factory, in association with b current performing arts, is proud to present the world premiere of trace, a one-man-two-piano-play written, composed and performed by former Factory Artistic Associate Jeff Ho.

When: November 11 to December 3
Where: Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street

Do: Pie

What: Got a killer recipe appetite for apple pie? Prove it. Do: Pie, an Apple Pie Contest is being hosted by the Trinity Bellwoods BIA on Sunday, November 12 to raise funds for the Fort York Food Bank.

When: November 12, 2 pm to 4 pm
Fort York Food Bank, 797 Dundas Street West

Laurence Lemieux’s Jusqu’à Vimy

What: Citadel + Compagnie (C+C) presents the Toronto premiere of Jusqu’à Vimy (all the way to Vimy), an evocative dance work honouring the 100th anniversary of Canada’s defining World War I moment: the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge.

When: November 15 to 18 & 22 to 25
Where:  The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, 304 Parliament Street

Toronto Christmas Market

What: The always crowd-filled and equally as photo-worthy Christmas Market returns to the Distillery District, offering boozy holiday cocktails, comforting food stations, no shortage of shopping and a few rides.

When: November 16 to December 23
Where: Distillery District, 55 Mill Street

Gourmet Food and Wine Expo

What: This one is for the foodies. This annual celebration of wining and dining fills the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with food, wine and spirits of all kinds (you probably won’t want to drive).

When: November 16 to 19
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.

Polar Express

What: This holiday season, you’re invited to embark on a magical holiday journey as you take a ride on the Polar Express.  Operated by the Waterloo Central Railway, passengers will be whisked away to the sounds of the beloved film’s motion soundtrack, enjoy freshly prepared hot cocoa and holiday treats and they will also receive a very special visit from Santa, and each child will be given their first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell.

When: November 17 to December 23. Select times available, check the website for details.
Waterloo Central Railway Train Museum Platform, 50 Isabella Street

Holiday Magic

What: Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (BYBIA) will kick off the holiday season with Holiday Magic, the colourful annual community concert event in support of the Canadian Foundation For Aids Research (CANFAR). The event will include Yorkville Park’s official “Flick the Switch” lighting ceremony and a special performance by Keshia Chante.

When: November 18
Where: Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland Avenue

Jhené Aiko- Trip (The Tour)

What: Songstress Jhené Aiko will be bringing her sultry tunes to Toronto’s Pheonix Concert Theatre this November as she embarks on her Trip tour. The 29-year-old R&B star is known for her airy vocals and poetic lyrics.

When: November 19, 7 pm
Where: The Pheonix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street

JAY-Z – 4:44 Tour

What: The Watch the Throne rapper will be in town for one evening this month to headline the ACC as part of his 4:44 tour. The rapper will be accompanied by Chicago rapper Vic Mensa.

When: November 23, 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street

One of a Kind Christmas Show

What: If you’re in the market for a unique holiday gift, you’ll find a talking point-filled one at the One of a Kind Show & Sale and meet the creators behind the works of art at the same time. You’ll find 800 local and international artists, makers, designers and craftspeople

When: November 23 to December 3
Where: Enercare Centre, Exhibition grounds, 100 Princes’ Blvd

The Gentleman’s Expo

What: The annual celebration of all things guy-related (but that the ladies will enjoy too) returns to Toronto. You can expect panels, lifestyle products, food and, naturally, no shortage of beer.

When: November 24 & 25
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd.

Jukebox Presents: Mustachio

What: Men with mustaches, what more could you need? In support of Movember, Toronto’s premiere experience app Jukebox is hosting a pop-up at the Addison. Guests can enjoy libations from the Redbull cocktail lab, check out the Redbull ESPORTS section as well as shop at the Brimz pop-up.

When: November 26, 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Addison’s Residence, 456 Wellington Street West

Home Alone in Concert

What: Enjoy the cult classic Christmas film Home Alone at the iconic Roy Thompson Hall and to the sounds of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, who will perform the film’s memorable soundtrack.

When: November 30 to December 2
Where: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street

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