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Live performances, festivals of all types and timely tradeshows fill up the Toronto events calendar this time of year. Here are just a few of the many big events you don't want to miss.

On Now & Coming Soon

The Toronto Christmas Market lights and vendor booths in the Distillery Historic District.
Toronto Christmas Market /
November 15 to December 23

Toronto Christmas Market

November 15 to December 23

A traditional European-style market right in the heart of Toronto.

Fireworks explode over Toronto City Hall.
Cavalcade of Lights /
November 24

Cavalcade of Lights

November 24

Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree.

Norwegian singer-songwriter Annie.
Norden: The Festival of Cool /
November 24 to December 2

Norden: The Festival of Cool

November 24 to December 2

Think differently about the dark nights of winter.

Galleries & Museums

Anthropocene /
Begins September 28 at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Edward Burtynsky, Clearcut #1, Palm Oil Plantation, Borneo, Malaysia, 2016. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Anthropocene

September 28, 2018 to January 6, 2019

This powerful series of new photographs and film installations, by world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and multiple award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, dramatically depict how we are leaving a human signature on our world.

Paulo Muniz, Untitled, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1961. Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story /
September 12 to December 9
Paulo Muniz, Untitled, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1961, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation

Ryerson Image Centre

Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story

September 12 to December 9, 2018

This exhibition explores a seminal photo essay from 1961 by pioneering African-American photojournalist Gordon Parks that documents life in a favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the extraordinary chain of events it prompted.

Art installation: Promised Land by Nikolaj Skyum and Bendix Larsen, 2011.
Museum of Contemporary Art /
New Location Opens September 22

MOCA reopens

September 22, 2018

The new location for the Museum of Contemporary Art - Toronto is a place of conversation, exchange and exploration where visitors of all ages and backgrounds can be part of a global creative moment. Featuring work from Canadian and world-recognized artists, the museum is housed on the first five floors of the historic Tower Automotive Building in the coming-up, culturally-rich Junction Triangle community.

Two hands surround green jewels.
Emperors and Jewels: Treasures of the Indian Courts from the Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait /
August 18 to January 27, 2019

Aga Khan Museum

Emperors and Jewels: Treasures of the Indian Courts from the Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

August 18 to January 27, 2019

Drawn from the al-Sabah Collection, this sumptuous display explores the roots of contemporary fashion’s love affair with men’s jewellery and adornments.

Bata Shoe Museum

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes

May 16, 2018 to January 6, 2019

The only North American stop on this exhibition’s tour, Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes is a retrospective of 45 years of inventiveness.

Spiders: Fear and Fascination /
June 16 to January 6
Photo: Brian Boyle

Royal Ontario Museum

Spiders: Fear and Fascination

June 16, 2018 to January 6, 2019

One of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet is the focus of Spiders: Fear & Fascination. Come face-to-face with 400 live and preserved arachnids, video and interactive experiences.