This weekend: Movember inspires a charitable gaming event and a circus, see Santa on his cruise, downtown gets into the CFL spirit with a Grey Cup street festival, and more.
WINTER FESTIVAL: You know how Santa can afford to give all those toys to the little boys and girls of the world? He has his own goddamn cruise, that’s how. Yes, it’s sad that Rudolph got laid off this year, but dry your eyes and enjoy Winterfest on Toronto’s waterfront. There, you’ll have a chance to catch Santa chillin’ on his boat. You’ll also be able to enjoy various activities in the surrounding area. There will be, among other things, ice skating, live music, and crafts in Santa’s workshop. Various locations along the waterfront, Saturday to December 16 (weekends), prices vary ($12 for cruise).
MOVEMBER GAMES: We’re more than halfway through November, which means there are probably a few frightening moustaches on the upper lips of Torontonians. If you haven’t had a chance to get in on the charitable action, Snakes & Lattes is holding “Catanathon,” where a number of mo-bros will sit down to play the board game Settlers Of Catan—and won’t stop until people stop donating. To keep them in their seats, the public will have to donate $5 in the first hour, $10 in the second hour, and so on. Snakes & Lattes (600 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 2 p.m., donations welcomed.
MOVEMBER CIRCUS: The moustache mayhem continues with a trip to the circus. Lunacy Cabaret is celebrating Movember with a mo-themed show that includes clowns, burlesque, sketch comedy, and other bits of mischief. There will also be an afterparty, for which guests are encouraged to wear costumes—or at least moustaches. Centre of Gravity East (1300 Gerrard Street East), Saturday, 8 p.m., $20.
RETRO MUSIC: Here’s a party that’ll take you back to the grooves of yesteryear. PANIC promises to provide the ultimate retro party with an evening of genres like new wave, britpop, shoegaze, and a special spotlight on New Order. Velvet Underground (510 Queen Street West), Saturday, 10 p.m., $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after.
SOUL MUSIC: If you’ve been searching for a soul scene in this city, look no further. Soulvation, a soul night hosted by Laura Kelly and Cindy Li, is here to unleash your inner funk. This monthly event features rarely spun records, drawn from the depths of Motown and Northern soul. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), Saturday, 10 p.m., FREE ($5 after 11 p.m.).
GREY CUP: It all comes down to this. After a huge marketing campaign leading up to Canada’s biggest sporting event in quite a while (RIP hockey), it’s time to see if all the hype was worth it. You don’t need to be a fan of the CFL to join in the fun, and what better way to get into the spirit than with a gigantic tailgate party. The TELUS Street Festival will be airing the big game. There will also be live music, beer tents, and more sporty stuff than you could shake a football at. Front Street from Simcoe Street to John Street and north to King Street, Sunday, 12 p.m., FREE.
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