20 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, November 5

Nov 3 2017, 2:01 am

Get ready for a rainy Sunday, Toronto. But it’s still the weekend, so be sure to enjoy these events in the city today!

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Día de Muertos

What: Celebrate the Day of the Dead in Toronto with traditional festivities and tequila-fueled fiestas. Check out this round-up of Día de Muertos events happening in Toronto.

When: November 5
Where: Venues across Toronto

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

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

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA

What: There are only a few weeks left to check out Cirque du Soleil’s latest performance. 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

Free Toronto Museum Admission

What: Get a taste of history this month by taking advantage of the month-long free admission to nine of Toronto’s historic museums courtesy of Mackenzie Investments. Participating museums include Colborne Lodge, Gibson House, Fort York National Historic Site and Mackenzie House to name a few.

When: Now until November 30
Where: Various locations throughout the city

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: Now until November 30
Where: Various locations

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

Chocolate High Tea

What: Weekends in November are sweeter than ever when the OMNI King Edward hosts this special Chocolate Tea Menu featuring chocolate ganache tarts topped with chestnut chantilly, white chocolate pumpkin chai cheesecake, chocolate orange scones and so so much more.  A portion of the proceeds supports Gilda’s Club Greater
Toronto and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

When: November 5
Where: Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street West, Toronto

Cinesphere Opening Weekend

What: The Cinesphere is finally reopening its doors permanently this weekend. Head down to Ontario Place as regular programming resumes at this iconic cinema with screenings of Dunkirk and Beauty and the Beast.

When: November 5
Where: Ontario Place Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West

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 4 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 4 to 12
Canadian National Exhibition grounds, 39 Manitoba Drive

Stereo: A Glasses-Less 3D Exhibit

What: Toronto artist Trevor Twells will be opening Stereo an art exhibit that captures Toronto’s essence from a different perspective. The exhibit uses glasses-less 3D images to give a vivid and life-like picture of Toronto in a way it hasn’t been seen before.  

When: November 4 to 12
Hashtag Gallery, 830 Dundas Street West

Day of the Dead

What: Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a festival of reverence for those who have left the world of the living. Explore Mexico’s most popular cultural celebration through a contemporary lens, with live music, art installations, family activities and more.

When: November 5
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West


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 5
Where: 918 Bathurst Street

Free Tidal Flow Yoga Class

What: You’re invited to come and enjoy a chill and surf-inspired yoga class in Toronto’s most chill and surf-inspired space: Surf the Greats Surf Shop & Cafe. There are two classes available each week, Sunday mornings at 10: 30 am and Tuesday evenings at 8 pm and your first class is free!

When: November 5, 10:30 am
Where: Surf the Greats, 276 Carlaw Avenue


What: The 9th annual EcoFair is a free, family event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. Here you’ll learn about green initiatives and achievements in Toronto’s neighbourhoods, and learn green tips and tricks.

When: November 5, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street

Lil Yachty

What: Rapper Lil Yachty – who has worked with names like Kanye West and LeBron since breaking out in 2015 – hits Rebel on November 5.

When: November 5, 8 pm
Where: Rebel

Free Film Screening at EcoFair

What: As part of the 9th Annual EcoFair at the Barns, you’re invited to attend a movie screening of Tommorrow, which explores the collapse of the world’s ecosystems in addition to exploring the world in search of solutions that can save the children, and with them, future generations.

When: November 5, 4 pm to 6 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street

Knight School: Mongolian Dumplings with Nuka Batsaikhan

What: Food writer and 86’d Monday host, Ivy Knight Knight School presents this series of workshops and classes focusing this week on the making of Mongolian dumplings.

When: November 5, 4:30 pm to 6 pm
Where: Drake Commissary

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