This weekend: a Christmas market in the Distillery District, Santa Claus makes a visit to the Junction, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel does a presentation/book signing, The Wooden Sky returns to Toronto, and more.
CHRISTMAS MARKET: There aren’t as many places that seem to embody the holidays as well as the brick-paved alleys of the Distillery District. So take advantage of that: stop by the third annual Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market. There will be family-friendly entertainment, hand-crafted products, a giant Christmas tree, carolers, and everything else you need to get into the holiday spirit. Distillery District (55 Mill Street), Runs to December 16, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival invites you to a weekend of contemporary homegrown horror, featuring such films as Devil’s Night, In the House of Flies, and Blood for Irina. Check out our preview here. Projection Booth (1035 Gerrard Street East), Friday to Sunday, times vary, $10.20 per film.
MUSIC: No holiday season is complete without some sort of rendition of The Nutcracker. Art of Time Ensemble delivers, with The Big Band Show. As the name implies, the show will feature a 25-piece orchestra. The band will play Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, as well as Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto and Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 1. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), Friday to Saturday, $25 to $59.
MEET SANTA: If you want a personal encounter with the man in red, here you go. Santa in the Junction is an afternoon with Santa Claus (and of course, his elves and Mrs. Claus). It’s also an opportunity to make crafts in the Elf Village and stroll through the Junction for some holiday treats. And, if you stick around until 5:30 p.m., you’ll get a chance to see the CP Rail Holiday Train roll into town. The Junction (Dundas Street West and Keele Street), Saturday, 11 a.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Don’t miss The Wooden Sky, still promoting its latest LP, Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun, as it wraps up its world tour with the band’s biggest Toronto show yet. Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), Saturday, 8 p.m., $17.50.
CHRISTMAS FOREST: The holiday season has arrived, so you might as well embrace it. For some particularly festive cheer, you might drop in on Corktown Christmas Forest, which promises an indoor forest of trees, among many other attractions (like live entertainment, reading and storytelling, and cider, to name a few). Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity Street), Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., PWYC (recommended donation $5).
COMIC BOOKS: Alison Bechdel, author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel Fun Home, will be making a return visit to Toronto, courtesy of The Beguiling. She’ll be signing books in support of her latest graphic novel, Are You My Mother?, and she’ll also be giving a presentation on her work. The Centre for Social Innovation (720 Bathurst Street), Sunday, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Crush Project is bringing you a night of music, featuring Gentleman Reg, who just released his new record, Leisure Life. The night also features sets by Army Girls and Chinawoman. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street W.), Sunday, 8 p.m., $10.
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