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December 25, 2013

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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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/

 
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

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

Faisal Anwar

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21, 6pm. All are invited to attend the Opening Reception. There will be a
FREE bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West, Toronto) at 6pm. Admission to the Gallery is FREE.

Curated by Stuart Keeler.

Join Faisal Anwar with a new digital media work in the Main Gallery at the AGM. Currently in the progess of
research and secrecy…shhhhhhhh!!! Stay tuned!

Anwar is an artist with an interest in interactive production and technology. He is the founder of an interactive art
studio, DigitalDip, and co-founder of Me A Monster Inc. His project series, Odd Spaces, brings together art, culture
and technology in an odd configuration to explore our perceptions towards architectural space, private or public spaces
and social interactivity in modern urban cultures. He has shown at the Winter Olympics 2010, and had performed nationally
and internationally.

His project, Odd Spaces, was part of Vancouver Olympics – 2010 Code live exhibition, a real-time remote installation between
Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vancouver. In October 2011, Odd Spaces was also shown at Nuit-Blanche Toronto and created a real-time
installation between Karachi, New York and Toronto. Odd Spaces was presented at the exhibition Six Degrees of Separation: Chaos,
Congruence & Collaboration, 2008, curated by KHOJ, International Artists’ Association in Delhi, India and was presented in Pakistan,
India and Bangladesh in September 2008.

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

Playing Favourites Part II: Geometry (Textures)

Playing Favourites Part II: Geometry (Textures) features post war and contemporary work in Canada concerned with the exploration of shape, point, line, pattern, illusory and true tactility. Furniture and consumer products; projections and graphics examine how the use and manipulation of the basic elements of design can effect results both formulaic and chaotic.

Featuring works by Jerszy Seymour, Philippe Malouin, Michal Maciej Bartosik, Frank Gehry, Castor, Tobias Wong, Jonathan Sabine, Patty Johnson, Oueffice, Douglas Coupland, Robin Bush, Zoe Mowat, and Stefan Siwinski among others.

Costs: Adult $10 +hst and Senior/Student $8 (+hst). DX Members: Free

Website: www.dx.org

Venue: Design Exchange — 234 Bay Street

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Start: October 26, 2013
End: January 3, 2014
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Location: Design Exchange

The Nutcracker

The National Ballet’s sumptuous, comical, touching and spellbinding version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Christmas tale was created in 1995 and has been enthralling audiences – especially children – ever since. It is a refreshingly traditional version of the story, replete with the details of childhood dreams and the appeal of fantasy, a ballet gloriously designed and costumed and brimming with affection for and insight into the passage from childhood to maturity that all children make.

Re-setting the story to Imperial Russia, with its simple folk customs and its overwhelming opulence, choreographer James Kudelka allows full rein to both his instincts for everyday beauty and dazzling spectacle, for natural wonder and dreamlike astonishment, all conveyed in an array of breathtaking choreography. The entire production is a glittering, enchanting gem of a ballet, a work that is at once deeply familiar and forever new.

For tickets: www.National.Ballet.ca

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

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Start: December 14, 2013
End: January 4, 2014
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Location: National Ballet of Canada, The

The Little Mermaid

Toronto is awash with excitement in light of news that Ross Petty Productions has announced that the 18th annual holiday pantomime at the Elgin Theatre will be THE LITTLE MERMAID, running November 22, 2013 – January 4, 2014. Petty is leaving behind the Brothers Grimm and entering Hans Christian Andersen territory through this classic story, but with a Petty pivot – his first-ever foray into the fishy fairy tale where anyFIN goes!

Currently starring as the title role in Evangeline at The Charlottetown Festival, musical theatre power house Chilina Kennedy will star as the Little Mermaid, bringing forth an impressive resume of stage work and critical acclaim that includes her role as Mary Magdalene in the Stratford to Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar. With an aquatic collection of friends by her side, the title character’s quest for true love and happiness is aided by Dan Chameroy’s sea-lacious Dame Plumbum, returning to the Elgin stage with his perennial persona as the Little Mermaid’s aunt. Starring opposite Kennedy as the handsome Prince, and the buoy of her dreams, is actor and Canadian Idol Season 1 finalist, Marc Devigne.

For more details or tickets: www.rosspetty.com

Venue: Elgin Theatre — 189 Yonge Street

 
Start: November 22, 2013
End: January 4, 2014
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Location: Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre