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December 22, 2013

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

Sing-Along Messiah

It took Handel only 24 days to complete one of the most enduring oratorios in history. As if the music itself isn’t thrilling enough, Tafelmusik offers up a sing-along version of Messiah featuring 2,700 audience members and incredible guest soloists, all directed by a feisty “Herr Handel.” Bring the whole family; non-singers are welcome! Seating is general admission by voice part.

For tickets: www.MasseyHall.com or 416-872-4255.

Venue: Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Date: December 22, 2013
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Location: Massey Hall

Kanye West

The November 12 and 13 Kanye West shows at the Air Canada Centre have been postponed. The shows have been rescheduled to occur on December 22 and 23.

Fans should hold onto their tickets, as tickets for the November 12 show will be honored on December 22, and tickets for the November 13 show will be honored on December 23.

The Yeezus Tour will resume its scheduled routing on Saturday, November 16th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Venue: Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street

Tickets: www.Ticketmaster.ca

 
Start: December 22, 2013
End: December 23, 2013
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Location: Air Canada Centre – Concert Venue

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

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Start: March 3, 2013
End: December 28, 2013
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Disney on Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes

Doors: 1 hour prior to performance.

Event Start Time: Varies based on performance.

Enter a world where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Philip defeat the evil Malificent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora. Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Tiana all come true. High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away! See Disney on Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes at Rogers Centre where believing is just the beginning!

For Tickets: www.ticketmaster.ca/Disney-On-Ice-Princesses-and-tickets/artist/1638731

Location: Rogers Centre – 1 Blue Jays Way

 
Start: December 20, 2013
End: December 29, 2013
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Location: Rogers Centre

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/

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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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Nataliya Petkova in collaboration with Naisa

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is an non-profit organization, based in Toronto that produces performances and
installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Join NAISA and the AGM with a
curated emerging artist project of sound, technology and new approaches to the medium. The objectives of NAISA are to
foster awareness and understanding locally, as well as nationally and internationally, in the cultural vitality of
experimental sound art in its myriad forms of expression.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

Venue: Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

 
Start: November 21, 2013
End: January 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga

Allegory of the Cave

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21, 6pm. FREE bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West, Toronto)
at 6pm. Admission to the Gallery of FREE.

Curated by Erin Rutherford.

In 1994, the Art Gallery of Mississauga began collecting artworks for its Permanent Collection. In 1998, the collecting
process was placed under a moratorium. In 2013, the moratorium will be lifted.

This exhibition presents artworks from the current AGM Permanent Collection and envisions how the tone of collecting will be
modernized as the AGM moves into the future. The placement of artworks within the gallery harkens back to a traditional Salon.
Yet upon closer inspection, we notice it is punctuated with difference. A new image and lens-based practices. Paradigm shift:
the permanent collection puts the methods and madness of transformation, digitization and rejuvenation on full display: from
artwork pairings representative of our new direction to a professional team at work in the Robert Freeman Gallery. Herein we mirror
the notions of Thomas Kuhn, with our advancement occurring as a “series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually
violent revolutions.” Come join our movement.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

Venue: Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

 
Start: November 21, 2013
End: January 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga