22 things to do this weekend in Toronto: November 15 to 17

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The weather outside might be getting frightful, but that doesn’t mean you should stay in. Get out this weekend and show the snow you mean business. Toronto is a flurry of events from November 15 to 17.

Friday, November 15

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

In the Realm of Oshima: The Best of Japanese Master Nagisa Oshima

What: Running 11 films created by Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima, this run of movies hosted by TIFF is a serious piece of reference material for anyone looking to tell stories through moving pictures. See Oshima’s classics, from Boy to the deeply satirical Pleasures of the Flesh.

When: On until December 7
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: 350 King St W
Admission: Prices vary, check 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 15, 22, and 29
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: The Piston, 937 Bloor St W
Admission: Free, register 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

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: Friday, November 15
Time: 11:30 pm
Where: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
Admission: $8, available online


What: RING is the latest production from choreographer Ame Henderson. It continues Henderson’s fascinating work into the relationship between sound and movement. Much will be improvised and no performance the same as the last.

When: On until November 23
Time: 8 pm
Where: Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester Street
Admission: $20 to $30

Xiaojing Yan – where two rivers meet

What: See where two rivers meet, a two-floor solo exhibition by artist Xiaojing Yan. From intricate sculptures and installations that are monumental in scale to intimate sized works on paper, this exhibition explores the confluence between the natural world and modes of cultural exchange. Yan’s creative practice blends traditional Chinese materials and techniques with contemporary aesthetics and presentation.

When: November 15 to December 20
Time: Opening reception, Saturday, November 16, 2 – 5 pm
Where: Lonsdale Gallery, 410 Spadina Road

Toronto Christmas Market 2019

What: Fight it as much as you want, Christmas is coming. Get into the spirit of things at the Toronto Christmas Market. The market will feature entertainment, beer gardens, vendors, and a whole lot of Christmas cheer. Get cozied up, and head down to the Distillery District to experience its magic.

When: On until December 22
Time: Tuesday to Thursday, 12 pm to 9 pm; Friday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Distillery District
Admission: Free on weekdays, ticketed on weekends

Le 7th annual Celine Dion dance party!

What: It’s an annual all-Céline Dion dance party extravaganza. Dion has had quite a year and is about to drop her brand new album. Get ready for five ours of Céline’s hits, misses, rarities, and remixes.

When: Friday, November 15
Time: 10 pm
Where: Gladstone Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street W
Admission: $20

Back to the Future Part 2

What: Did you get to the end of the first Back to the Future and think to yourself, ‘on man, I want that exact same movie, but in the future.’ Well you’re about to get your wish, join Doc Brown, Marty, and various forms of Biff in the most iconic time travel movie of all time.

When: November 15, 16, and 17
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Admission: $15, available online

Saturday, November 16

Palooza Beer Pong Festival

What: Teams of two from across Canada will meet in Toronto to compete to become World Champs and win two free trips to Cancun. Palooza will also feature multiple DJs, a celebrity MC, celebrity judges, 5000 attendees, 1000 beer pong teams, and 100 beer pong tables. These will also be bar and bottle service, a wild party, and lots and lots of beer pong.

When: Saturday, November 16
Time: 12 to 9 pm
Where: Rebel, 11 Polson St
Admission: Register online

Cage Match Floor Hockey Tournament 2019

What: It’s 4 on 4 (3 on 3 plus a goalie) Co-ed Floor Hockey Tournament (minimum of one of each gender on the court, not including the goalie). This tournament will have refs! All teams are guaranteed  30-minute games.

When: Saturday, November 16
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: The Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Road
Admission: Team recreational: $169.99; individual recreational: $40.00, register online

Brush Calligraphy for Beginners

What: Cody Calligraphy’s signature workshop, Brush Calligraphy for Beginners is the best starting point for those who are interested in modern calligraphy, but aren’t quite sure where to begin. Your ticket includes 2.5 hours of guided instruction and a free calligraphy starter kit including a brush pen and other tools you need to get started.

When: November 16 and 17
Time: Saturday, 10 am – 12:30 pm; Sunday, 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Multiple venues, check online
Admission: $85, available online

Drunken Cinema: The Running Man

What: Come watch this 1987 film about a “dystopian” USA, with a plot actually set between 2017 and 2019 which, unfortunately, has been pretty dead-on with accurate predictions about life in the present. Experience the madness, the nostalgia and the plethora of Arnie one-liners with a great crowd in a great theatre.

When: Saturday, November 16
Time: 9:30 pm
Where: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave
Admission: $15, available online

Fairy music – GEA live at Antikka, Toronto

What: GEA takes you on a journey to the North. It begins with re-birth of the planet Earth and ends with the reminder that we live our best lives right now. That is the power that indie-pop artist, GEA, possesses and is bringing to Toronto tonight.

When: Saturday, November 16
Time: 9:45 pm
Where: Antikka, 960 Queen St W
Admission: $10, available online

Women of Comedy

What: Comedy Nuggets brings a professional line up of women seen on stages across the country. With an all-star line up of comedians, this will be one majorly funny event. Part of a national tour showcasing some of Canada’s best funny females.

When: Saturday, November 16
Time: 8 pm
Where: Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave
Admission: $15, available online

Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

What: Trixie Mattel, the half-Ojibwa drag queen, comedian, folk musician and Dolly Parton superfan — best known for appearing on season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars  — provides an all-access pass to her rollicking one-woman show tour. While Trixie may radiate near-delusional confidence, the man beneath the makeup, Brian Firkus, does not, and that tension makes for a raw and deeply intimate film.

When: November 16, 17, 18, and 20
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street W
Admission: $11.50, available online

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 17
Time: 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Where: LucSculpture Art School, 663 Greenwood Avenue
Admission: $15 to $35, tickets available online

Sunday, November 17

Santa Claus Parade

What: You know it’s the holiday season what Toronto’s Original Santa Claus Parade makes its way through the streets of Toronto. Starting a Christie and Bloor, the massive display of floats, marching bands, costumed well-wishers, and Santa himself, heads down Bloor to College, until it ends at St Lawrence Market.

When: Sunday, November 17
Time: Starts 12:30 pm
Where: Begins at Christie and Bloor St. W
Admission: Free

Murder at the ROM

What: A curator has been murdered and a trail of clues left behind, all connected to secrets in the collections. Work in teams of two to six people and follow the clues through the museum, collecting pieces of information while piecing together a tale of greed, lust, pride and revenge. There are multiple suspects, one victim and you must crack a cryptic code left in the curator’s appointment book to solve the mystery. After solving the crime, you’re free to explore the museum!

When: Sunday, November 17
Time: 1 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
Admission: $44.99, available online

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Christmas Is Coming Market

What: Forget the big box stores this holiday season, try finding the perfect handmade, artisan gift from over 100 vendors. Head inside the renovated Great Hall Toronto through the side Entrance, for a day of local goods, sweet treats, delicious local eats and plenty of good vibes. Kids and four-legged friends welcome.

When: Sunday, November 17
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W
Admission: Free


What: See the best worst movies, on the second Sunday of every month at Handlebar in Kensington Market. November’s feature is Bloodsport, the movie that proves before we had CGI, we had JCVD. See a movie that’s kind of like Fight Club, except everybody knows.

When: Sunday, November 17
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Handlebar, 159 Augusta Avenue
Admission: Free