17 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, November 9

Nov 8 2019, 5:00 am

Saturday is upon you, don’t waste it sitting around. Get out and have some fun in Toronto today, November 9.

The 9th!

What: Co-choreographed by The Shape of Water‘s Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbeck, this remarkable new dance work uses stunning projections to create a modern and innovative take on an iconic piece of classical music that has always been played to celebrate freedom and brotherhood.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 8 pm
Where: Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W
Admission: $50, available online

Bangarra Dance Theatre: Spirit

What: The internationally renowned Australian company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, infuses 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Island culture with exhilarating contemporary movement. Weaving together storytelling, dance, theatre, and music, this theatrical piece attempts to transport the audience to a mysterious and sacred space to witness nature’s poetry.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: Friday, 7 pm; Saturday, 2 pm and 8 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East
Admission: Tickets start at $55, available online

Hot Docs Podcast Festival

What: The biggest names in audio storytelling are coming to Hot Docs this fall. Canada’s premier podcast festival returns with six days of live shows, plus a Creators Forum for industry pros and emerging audio makers.

When: Now until November 11
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Admission: Festival passes start at $164, available online

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

What: See the directors cut of the iconic original science fiction movie on the big, big, big screen at the Cinesphere. The gorgeous special effects pale against the gorgeous face of a young Harrison Ford. Watch as he attempts to deal with a group of rebellious robots in one of the genre’s most important films.

When: November 9 and 10
Time: 7:30 pm November 8 and 9; 4:30 November 10
Where: Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Admission: $15, available online

The Irishman

What: Martin Scorsese has teamed up with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel for a crime epic based on Charles Brandt’s 2003 book, I Heard You Paint Houses. This movie tells the story of James Hoffa through the lens of Frank Sheeran, an alleged hitman from the Bufalino crime family.

When: Now until November 19
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street W
Admission: $14

EstDocs 15th Annual Film Festival 2019

What: Celebrate 15 years of the EstDocs film festival as they look at human relationships through the prism of music, dance, and even the aftermath of conflict in other lands. This year’s films delve into a discussion about the challenges of ageing and a retrospective of a generation of master Baltic filmmakers.

When: Now until November 10
Time: Times Vary
Where: Venues throughout the city
Admission: Check online

Day of the Dead Celebrations

What: Toronto’s biggest Day of the Dead celebration returns for its 16th year. Head to the Harbourfront Centre to see music by Mexican folk band “Los Pachamama,” along with traditional and contemporary ofrendas, films, food, and activities for the whole family.

When: November 9 and 10
Time: Saturday 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
Admission: Free

Movember Undie Run

What: Are you brave enough to run in your undies to support men’s health? The annual Movember Undie Run, presented by SAXX, is back for 2019. The two-km fun run event offers men and women the opportunity to take to the streets of Toronto decked out in — you guessed it — just their underwear, all to help raise funds and awareness for Movember and men’s health. Tickets include a swag bag with your very own pair of SAXX underwear.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: The Citizen, 522 King. St. West, Toronto
Admission: $50 donation

Parkdale Flea’s Fall Colours Market

What: Nothing is more calming than seeing the leaves change colour while taking a stroll down the street. And while you’re strolling, stroll on into the Parkdale Flea’s Fall Colours Market to find many handmade goodies — from soaps, skincare to scarves, jewelry, vintage books, prints, apparel, home decor to antique collectibles, just to name a few.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1605 Queen Street W
Admission: Free

Saturday Family Clay

What: Every Saturday is a family art day at LucSculpture. Head down and learn some of the basics of sculpting figures, building hand objects, and creating with your kids. They’ll fire all the pieces after you’re done.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Where: LucSculpture Art School, 663 Greenwood Avenue
Admission: $15 to $35, tickets available online

Paint Night

What: Designed for the less-than-natural artist, the goal of this evening is to leave with something you can hang in your house with pride. More than an evening of arts, it’s just a good time. Paint Cabin also serves alcohol, teas, and coffee, so basically everything you need to enjoy the evening.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 7 pm
Where: Paint Cabin, 723 Gerrard St. E
Admission: $45, available online

After Hours

What: It’s a weekend show of some of the funniest and most talented comedic minds in the city and still have time to catch the train home afterwards. After Hours at Comedy Bar is a hilarious institution not to be missed as the venue collects the best local laugh-smiths around.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 11:30 pm
Where: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
Admission: $8, available online

Afro-Caribbean Vegan Holiday Market

What: Vendors of Afro-Caribbean art, plant-based vegan products and services will be in attendance at this market, displaying and selling their products as we gear up for the holiday season. Get your vegan shopping done here.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: 519 Church Street
Admission: Free

Synth Expo

What: Do you like to make some noise? This is the event for you. See 2,500 sq. ft. of wall to wall synths in the heart of one of Toronto’s most lively and creative neighbourhoods. You’ll be able to get your hands dirty at interactive displays on some of the best producers around the world.

When: November 9 and 10
Time: Saturday, 12 to 7:00 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: The Fifth’s Basement, 225 Richmond Street W
Admission: Free, register online

Lovers and Other Strangers: Improvised

What: Lovers and Other Strangers aired nightly on CHFI 98.1 in the 90s. It had inspirational readings, soft rock, and synthesizers. Come see some of Toronto’s funniest comedians improvise a set based on this classic radio show. Featuring Ann Pornel, Anders Yates, Alex Kolanko, Bita Joudaki, Callum Wratten, Rebecca Payne, Rosh Abdullah and Zohaib Khan.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 11 pm
Where:  Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor St. W., second floor
Admission: $10 at the door, available online

2SQTBIPoC Arts & Zine Fair!

What: The Non-Binary Colour Collective is organizing thier second arts and zine fair focused on two-spirit, queer and trans artists that are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour. Allies are welcome to come and support the vendors by purchasing their work.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Toronto Media Arts Centre, 32 Lisgar Street
Admission: Free

Monforte CSA Carrot & Stick Party

What: In support of their new CSA program, Monforte is throwing its first official Toronto event. Happening on the second floor of the Gladstone there will be drinks, bites, music, and “altogether too much cheese for any one party.” It’s free to attend, so don’t miss out.

When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street W
Admission: Free