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December 31, 2013

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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New Years Eve Gala

NYE Gala – December 31st.

Join us this New Year’s Eve aboard the Northern Spirit for a night to remember! Deluxe dinner with reserved seating, bubbly at midnight , spectacular views and dancing.

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

Location: Harbourfront

New Year’s Eve Party Cruise

Join us aboard the magnificent Captain Matthew Flinders for a New Year’s Eve party cruise with host Rebecca Page from Z103.5! 19+ event. All guests must have valid ID to board.

For more information: www.mariposacruises.com

Location: Harbourfront

New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza

Laugh in another calendar year with a screwball squad of comedians and sketch artists recruited by Yuk Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin. Thirteen editions strong, the Comedy Extravaganza is home base for a crew that will stop at nothing for a smile—or better yet, a side-splitting guffaw.

Line-up to be announced soon.

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

Venue: Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Date: December 31, 2013
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Location: Massey Hall

The 11th Annual New Year’s Eve Family Countdown

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013.
Ring in 2014 with some NEW animal friends!
Front Entrance, Australasia Pavilions, Tundra Trek & The Giant Panda Experience
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (doors open at 4:45pm) and Parking is FREE!

Don’t miss some great entertainment including The Decades and Majinx Magic Show and more. Plus you will encounter some special WILD animal visitors! The fun begins at 5:00 pm and runs until 8:00 pm when we have our very own Kids’ Countdown!

For more information: www.TorontoZoo.com

Location: Toronto Zoo — 361 A Old Finch Avenue

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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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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