In this Weekend Planner: the Whole Life Expo teaches everyone how to get healthy, a Beatles tribute show wants to hold your hand, the ROM presents an intimate talk on the culture of Mexican art, fireworks light up City Hall, a local artist samples music to great effect, and check out a dual book reading that has its roots in NYC.
HEALTH: Flu season is upon us, so there’s no better time to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The Whole Life Expo, Canada’s largest showcase of natural health, alternative medicine, and eco-friendly living, returns for a weekend filled with speakers, exhibitors, and plenty of tips to lead you toward the path of greener living. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building (255 Front Street West), Friday to Sunday, $10 weekend exhibit pass; $15 weekend exhibit and lecture pass.
THEATRE: Ah, the ’60s. A time when one wasn’t looked down upon or unfairly labelled as being “part of the one per cent” for owning a yellow submarine. There are perhaps millions of music lovers around the world who wish they had had the chance to see The Beatles perform live in concert. Rain—A Tribute To The Beatles is as close to that chance as you’re likely to get. This musical tribute features note-for-note performances of well-known hits from The Beatles’ discography. Be sure to drink lots of water before the show because you’ll be singing along to all the tunes and holding hands with the rest of the audience. NANANANANA, HEY JUDE! Royal Alexandria Theatre (260 King Street West), Friday to Sunday, times and ticket prices vary.
CULTURE: Join ROM members as they discuss their views and experiences on contemporary Mexico. Understanding Contemporary Mexico: Unlocking Creative Perspective takes the format of an “unLecture,” meaning the conversation is casual and intimate—a perfect way for art enthusiasts to start their Saturday. Special guests include multiple Mexican gallerists and artists. La Mexicana (838 Yonge Street), Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $35.
ART: A group of independent local artists are getting together for a holiday-themed art show. The Walnut Cracker: A Holiday Art Show & Sale features work from more than 40 Toronto artists in an open-house event that displays a variety of different art styles—sculpture, glass, film, mixed media… the list goes on. Grab your chequebook and support local art. Walnut Studios (83 Walnut Avenue), Saturday, noon–6 p.m., FREE.
FIREWORKS: “Cuz, baby you’re a fiiiiiirework”—OK, we’ll stop there. The beloved Cavalcade of Lights returns to Nathan Phillips Square for a night of musical performances, the Christmas tree lighting, and, of course, fireworks. Lots and lots of fireworks. Be sure to stick around for the skating party afterwards—figure skating champion Jamie Salé will be there. Here’s your chance to challenge her to a skating duel. You aren’t so tough, Jamie! Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), Saturday, 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Heavy music sampling can almost be its own genre these days. Luckily, there are still a few artists who haven’t exhausted the technique. Enter Kids & Explosions, a local artist who mixes pieces of songs to create something completely new. His album is available to download on a “pay what you want” basis, as is his upcoming show. Academy of Lions (1245 Dundas Street West), Saturday, 9 p.m., suggested donation $5.
BOOK READING: It’s two book readings for the price of one (free, if you were wondering). New York, New York at the Gladstone is a celebration of two recently released books: Jim Westergard and Jon Evans’ Beasts of New York (a quest with characters who are the wildlife of NYC) and George Walker’s Book of Hours (about the hours leading up to 9/11). The event includes readings, demonstrations, and a silent film to boot. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), Sunday, 2:30–5:30 p.m., FREE.
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CORRECTION: November 25, 2011 This post incorrectly identified Jamie Salé as male, when she is, of course, female. We regret the error.