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December 17, 2013

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers

Puck drops: 7:00pm

For tickets: www.mapleleafs.com

Venue: Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street

 
Date: December 17, 2013
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Location: Toronto Maple Leafs

Free Concert Series – Cool Yule

December 17, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m. Famous for their infectious energy and uncanny verve, Canada’s premier a cappella vocal ensemble, Cadence, has been wowing audiences across the country and around the world for nearly 15 years with their blend of harmonies, intricate arrangements, vocal dexterity and onstage antics. Whether performing seasonal songs, bebop standards, classics by Joni Mitchell or Louis Prima, or cheeky arrangements of 1980s hits, they are quite simply irresistible.

For more details: www.COC.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Date: December 17, 2013
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Annie (TYA)

On the Mainstage | Nov. 11 – Dec. 19, 2013 | Grades SK-7.

Leapin’ Lizards! Everyone’s favourite comic strip heroine takes centre stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals – winner of 9 Tony Awards! After escaping the orphanage, Annie sets off in search of her parents. In a series of adventures, the spunky, optimistic redhead dodges the evil machinations of orphanage matron Miss Hannigan, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and encounters a billionaire looking to improve his image. Some of Broadway’s most popular show tunes, including Tomorrow, It’s the Hard Knock Life and Easy Street are featured in this Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) version of the renowned musical.

For tickets and information: www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca

Venue: Young People’s Theatre — 165 Front Street East

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Start: November 11, 2013
End: December 19, 2013
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Location: Young People’s Theatre

501 Streetcar Food Tour

Dates: March 9, March 23, April 6, April 20, May 18, June 1, June 15, July 20, August 3, August 17, September 7, September 21, October 12, October 26, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 7, December 21.

Start Time: 11:00 AM.

The 501 Queen Streetcar route is the longest surface route in North America AND one of the longest in the world! This line runs approximately 24.8 kilometres (15.4 miles) traversing Toronto from the east-west. You will go through countless distinct Toronto neighbourhoods and experience the many faces of Toronto. Our tour will visit 6 neighbourhoods & 6 stops! Ding ding….time to hop aboard!

For more details: www.foodiesonfoot.ca/upcoming-food-events-food-tours-toronto

 
Start: March 9, 2013
End: December 21, 2013
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Kris Kringle Crawl

December 15 & 21, 11:00 AM, Kris Kringle Crawl.

The holidays…family, friends, cheer, and lots of food! Let us be your Rudolph as we lead you around the city on our Kris Kringle Crawl, a holiday shopping spree and feast for yourself and all the foodies on your list. Spend the day with us as we visit all of our favourite shops to buy gifts for the foodie on your list while stopping in to feed ourselves along the way.

Riding transit across the city and spreading our holiday cheer, we will stop at several stores where you will be able to stock up for any food lover on your list, all the while indulging in sweet and savoury treats from our favourites restaurants, cafes, and specialty food stores along the way. As with any Foodies on Foot tour, you will be fed well fed, so, come hungry and ready to shop. Just like Santa Claus, you will have a bag full of goodies for the good lovers on your good list, and, a belly like bowl full of jelly, thanks to delicious goodies from the best our city has to offer.

Don’t get on the naughty list, join us for our Kris Kringle Crawl today! Ho Ho Ho!

Tickets: www.foodiesonfoot.ca/kris-kringle-crawl/

 
Start: December 15, 2013
End: December 21, 2013
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Location: Foodies on Foot

Messiah

The TSO, directed by Christopher Warren-Green, joins forces with the 140 voices of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and internationally renowned vocal soloists for a glorious and stirring performance of this holiday tradition.

Come for: Experience the power of this immortal oratorio.

And more: End the year on a high note!

End the year on a high note!

Program: Handel: Messiah.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Start: December 17, 2013
End: December 22, 2013
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Locations: Roy Thomson Hall

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Santa Cruises

Santa Cruises – December 14, 15, 21 & 22

Families are invited to join Santa and his elves for this magical one-hour cruise! Get in the holiday spirit with complimentary face painting, crafts and more aboard each cruise.

For tickets or information: www.MariposaCriuses.com or call 416-203-0178.

Location: Harbourfront

 
Start: December 14, 2013
End: December 22, 2013
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Location: Mariposa Cruises

Foodies on Foot Favourites Tour

Dates: March 3, March 17, April 14, May 12, May 26, June 09, July 28, August 11, September 1, September 15, September 29, October 13, October 17, October 27, November 10, November 24, December 14, December 28.

Start Time: 11:00 AM

Fresh off of an international food journalist press tour, we are taking you on the tour that the food writers experienced…the Foodies on Foot Insider Favourites Food Tour. Everyone loves having an insider. A person that can take them to the hidden gems that only a local industry insider knows. Come with us as we take you to some of our favourite gourmet and specialty food stores and discover many of the distinct neighbourhoods we frequent daily. We will be taking you to 5-7 food merchants and have you discover a few neighbourhoods while having the chance to ride the TTC. This tour is constantly changing, as, we have several favourites in different neighbourhoods, so, no two tours are exactly alike. We will send you the meeting point a few days before the tour begins. This is the tour equivalent of a secret supper club, you never know what to expect!

For more details: www.foodiesonfoot.ca/upcoming-food-events-food-tours-toronto

 
Start: March 3, 2013
End: December 28, 2013
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501 Streetcar Food Tour

November 17 & 24, December 14, 22, & 29, 11:00 AM, 501 Streetcar Food Tour.

The 501 Queen Streetcar route is the longest surface route in North America AND one of the longest in the world! This line runs approximately 24.8 kilometres (15.4 miles) traversing Toronto from the east-west. You will go through countless distinct Toronto neighbourhoods and experience the many faces of Toronto. Our tour will visit 6 neighbourhoods & 6 stops! Ding ding….time to hop aboard!

Tickets: www.foodiesonfoot.ca/501-streetcar-culinary-toronto-food-tour/

 
Start: November 17, 2013
End: December 29, 2013
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Location: Foodies on Foot

Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo

It’s pandamonium at the Toronto Zoo!

It was an exciting day for Torontonians on May 18th when the Zoo officially opened its giant panda exhibit, featuring VIPs (Very Important Pandas) Er Shun and Da Mao.

The two pandas are on loan from the Chinese government for a period of ten years, during which time it is hoped they will produce offspring. The pair will be splitting their stay in Canada between the Toronto Zoo and the Calgary Zoo, where they are set to relocate to in 2018.

Pandas have a tendency to draw crowds. In addition to being just plain adorable, their unusual eating and mating habits make them one of the most unique species in the animal kingdom.

Did You Know?

  • Although pandas have the digestive system of a carnivore, up to 99% their diet consists of bamboo. Due to bamboo’s low nutritional value, a panda needs to consume between 10 and 15 kilograms (22 to 33 pounds) of it each day to get all of its nutrients.
  • Pandas are notoriously reluctant to mate, which is one reason for their low population in the wild. Giant panda females are only receptive to mating for a period of 24 to 72 hours a year.
  • It is almost impossible to tell if a giant panda is a male or a female until it is four years old. Because of the difficulty of determining the sex of pandas, it was believed that Er Shun was a male until genetic testing was done shortly before she was set to arrive in Toronto!

Top 5 Reasons to See the Pandas at the Toronto Zoo

No question about it, the giant panda exhibit is one of Toronto’s must-see attractions. Here are the top five reasons why you should pay Er Shun and Da Mao a visit:

  1. It’ll put a smile on your face. Pandas might just be the cutest animals around. Their docile nature, clumsy gait, and adorable black-and-white faces make them a delight to watch. It’s no wonder that one of the most popular videos on YouTube, with over 160 million views, is of a baby panda sneezing.
  2. You can expand your knowledge. Prior to meeting Er Shun and Da Mao, you can learn all about giant pandas at the 8,000 square-foot Panda Interpretive Centre. With model displays, multimedia games, and audio-visual presentations, it’s a fun and interactive way to learn about these natural treasures.
  3. Your kids will love it. Pandas are always a huge hit with children. You can also use this as an opportunity to educate them about wildlife and conservation.
  4. You can see other animals too. Once you’re done seeing the pandas, you can make your way over to the Zoo’s many other exhibits. The Toronto Zoo boasts over 5,000 animals representing more than 460 species, including white lions, gorillas, and polar bears.
  5. It’s a rare opportunity. Although panda conservation efforts have proven successful, they’re still an endangered species. The vast majority of pandas live in China, and only a handful of Zoos around the world have been given the opportunity to host them. The last time there were pandas at the Toronto Zoo was for three months in 1985!

Fun, friendly, and fascinating, the giant pandas are sure to brighten your day. Take a trip to the Toronto Zoo to see one of nature’s most extraordinary creatures up close and personal.

For more details: www.torontozoo.com

Location: Toronto Zoo — 361A Old Finch Avenue

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Start: May 18, 2013
End: December 31, 2013
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Location: Toronto Zoo