25 things to do in Toronto this weekend: November 8 to 10

Nov 8 2019, 6:00 am
Feb 1
Feb 28


Mon, February 1, 8:00pm
Harbourfront Centre

It’s finally here, Toronto. You’ve been patiently waiting for the weekend to arrive, reward yourself for it by cutting loose and having some serious fun this November 8 to 10.

Friday, November 8

AfroBeats at Glitch Fridays

What:¬†Afrobeats at Glitch Fridays will be playing some of the best of Reggae, Soca, Afrobeats, and Hip Hop you’ll hear anywhere in the city.

When: November 8, 15, 22
Time: 10 pm
Where: Room 104 Toronto, 86 Peter St
Admission: Free, RSVP online

The 9th!

What:¬†Co-choreographed by¬†The Shape of Water‘s Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbeck, this remarkable new dance work uses life-size holograms and 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: November 8 to 9
Time: 8 pm
Where: Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W
Admission: $50, available online

Wax Candy: Disco Fridays

What: Playing soulful, refreshing, and uplifting Disco all night. Listen to the selection from DJ Efsharp and Cyclist at this weekly dance event. Be prepared for disco standards you already know and some deep cuts that will probably surprise you.

When: November 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: The Piston, 937 Bloor St W
Admission: Free, register 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: November 8 and 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: November 8 to 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 8, 9, 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: November 8 to 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: November 8 to 10
Time: Times Vary
Where: Venues throughout the city
Admission: Check online

Saturday, November 9

Day of the Dead Celebrations

What:¬†Toronto‚Äôs biggest Day of the Dead celebration returns for its 16th year. Head to the Harbourfront Centre to see music by Mexican folk band ‚ÄúLos Pachamama,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúaltogether too much cheese for any one party.‚ÄĚ It‚Äôs free to attend, so don‚Äôt miss out.

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

Sunday, November 10

Old Book and Paper Show

What: The Old Book and Paper Show sets up in the bright, easy to access and historical facility at Wychwood Barns to offer the cities only old paper and antiquarian book show. Check out numerous dealers in vintage rare and antiquarian books, while combing through the stock offered.

When: Sunday, November 10
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Admission: $10

Do Pie 2019

What: Trinity Bellwoods BIA is hosting its third annual Do Pie event. And while the Apple Pie contest itself focuses on the best baking, someone needs to eat all the goodies after they’ve been judged. Organized to raise funds for the Women’s Own Withdrawl Centre, everyone is invited to bake an Apple Pie for the event, and the top three winners will be eligible to win a special prize from local, neighbourhood businesses.

When: Sunday, November 10
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: A-Game Cafe, 797 Dundas Street W
Admission: Free, pie $5 a slice

Leslieville Farmers’ Market

What: Every Saturday you can shop for fresh veggies, baked goods, ethically-raised meat and a huge selection of prepared food at the Leslieville Farmers’ Market. But if that isn’t enough to entice you to the city’s east end, there’s also live entertainment, a kids program, and more.

When: Sunday, November 10
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Jonathan Ashbridges Park, 20 Woodward Avenue
Admission: Free

Nordic Fest

What:¬†Celebrate all things Nordic and be Scandinavian for the day. There will be a¬†Sm√łrrebr√łd from the Drake Commissary and some Scandinavian-inspired hot dogs by Kungfu Dawg, Free Axe Throwing by Axed Throwing, KUBB and other Nordic games, crafts, a winter artisan market, and fresh Nordic beers.

When: Sunday, November 10
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Henderson Brewing Co, 128A Sterling Rd
Admission: Free, all ages

Boxing & Beer

What:¬†Get ready to box it out! Whether you’re new to boxing or already know how amazing it makes you feel – you’re in for a great morning. You’ll learn how to throw a proper punch, meet some awesome new people, and leave feeling proud of yourself — plus the class comes with one beer.

When: Sunday, November 10
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Dr
Admission: $25 to $35, available online

Sunday Scene

What: At Sunday Scene, speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work/artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates. This week features photo, film, and installation artist Michèle Pearson Clarke.

When: Sunday, November 10
Time: 2 pm
Where: The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W
Admission: Free