Erin Nicole Davis
Now that the haunted houses of Halloween are behind us, Toronto is settling into the cooler season with a fresh slate of events.
From the long-awaited return of annual events like the Royal Winter Fair and the National Women’s Show, to big name comedy shows, the city has a little something for everyone this weekend.
If you’re in the market to take advantage of the first weekend of the new month — and one in which we gain an hour, nonetheless (so needed, right?) — here’s what’s happening in Toronto.
Get Down to the Roots at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
One of Toronto’s most iconic events, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, celebrates its 100th anniversary as it returns to fill the exhibition grounds with visitors — many of whom come year after year. Kicking off today and running until November 13, the fair features the best of Canadian food and agriculture, with equestrian competitions, world-class chefs, farmers, and food vendors from across the country in attendance. Find more info here.
LOL at the Jim Jefferies Show
Those in the market for a few end-of-week laughs will find them at Meridian Hall, where famed Australian comedian Jim Jefferies will take the stage tonight. Following rave reviews for his 2018 global tour, The Unusual Punishment Tour, Jefferies is back with an entirely new routine in The Moist Tour — and we’re guessing it won’t be for the faint of heart or easily offended. Find more info here.
Introduce a New Generation to the Sounds of Sharon, Lois, and Bram
Bond with your kid over the nostalgic sounds of Sharon and Bram, from the beloved long-time children’s musical group Sharon, Lois, and Bram. On Saturday evening, Sharon and Bram will take the stage at the famed Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre for Skinnamarink! A Celebration of Sharon, Lois & Bram as they treat the crowd to an upbeat concert filled with nostalgic hits. Find more info here.
Get Cozy at Come Sit By My Fire
Embrace the looming winter season by snuggling up fireside tomorrow (2 p.m. to 11 p.m.) at Come Sit By My Fire. Transforming Geary Avenue into a bustling and highly interactive block party, the event features fire pits, interactive art, live music, free hot chocolate, and entertainment. Find more info here.
Screen a Film Made in 48 Hours
Beginning tomorrow until November 10, the films created in the Toronto 48 Hour Film Project will screen at the Revue Cinema. All films were completed – from conception, to shooting, and editing – in less than 48 hours last month by local talent. At each screening, the audience votes for their three favourite films and the top choice wins “The Audience Favourite Award.” Find more info here.
Get an Early Start on the Holidays at the Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market
Hit the Bentway tomorrow to get into the holiday spirit at the Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market. The one-day affair features a DJ and invites guests to shop the creations of 120 of Toronto’s most talented and innovative artists and designers. Here, you’ll find everything from home décor and photography, to vintage fashion and jewelry. Find more info here.
Have a Girls’ Day at the National Women’s Show
Grab the gals and have a jam-packed girls’ day (including wine, naturally) at the National Women’s Show. Find more info here. Filled with fashion, food, and shameless fun, the event fills the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) with unique products to shop, runway shows, hair and beauty makeovers, cooking demos, craft workshops, entertainment, food and wine. Find more info here.
Transport Yourself to 1813 at the Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience
The city’s Bridgerton fans are invited by the queen herself to transport themselves back to 1813 to the most coveted and sophisticated ball of the season. Guests will be immersed in a world of costume, dance, music, cocktails, and performances in a grand ballroom reflective of royal times past. Find more info here.
Catch a Dance Theatre Show in the Streets
Award-winning Dance Theatre Company, CORPUS will host street performances in The Junction each Saturday in November. “Camping Royale” is a family-friendly satire on the privileged class and features Queen Sophie-Charlotte and Queen Louise embarking on an absurd camping trip far away from court. Find more info here.
Erin Nicole Davis
Erin Nicole Davis is a born and raised Toronto writer with a passion for the city and its urban affairs and culture.