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Taxed Out | Until Friday December 14 | Urban Space Gallery | Hours | Phone 416-595-5900

The Ryerson City Building Institute has released its analysis of the devastating impact that high property taxes are having on small and independent businesses in the downtown core. Sub-titled “Can Toronto Retail Main Streets Survive?” it shows how the downtown is being eviscerated from its small businesses and how jobs are lost.

The report is also a photo exposition at Urban Space Gallery at 401 Richmond Street West (at Spadina). What could be a dry statistical comparative analysis, is actually an engaging display of the challenges faced and asks the question about how lively do we want our streets to be.

Anthropocene | Until Sunday January 6 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours

Anthropocene dramatically illustrates how we, individually and collectively, are leaving a human signature on our world. World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and multiple award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier have created a powerful series of new photographs, including larg-scale murals augmented by film extensions, film installations and augmented reality (AR) installations, that take us to places we are deeply connected to – but normally never see.

The artists travelled to countries on every continent, save Antarctica, documenting irreversible marks of human activity. Informed by scientific research, powered by aesthetic vision, inspired by a desire to bear witness, they reveal the scale and gravity of our impact on the planet.

Gourmet Food and Wine Expo | From Thursday November 22 to Sunday November 25 | Metro Convention Centre | Hours

The annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo is held in November at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. Each year the Expo offers 42,000 guests an great opportunitiey to sample over 1,500 fine wines, spirits and beers from around the globe.

The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo embraces the style and sophistication of a cocktail party paired with unprecedented educational opportunities and compelling feature areas.

One of Kind Show | From Thursday November 22 to Sunday December 2 | Exhibition Place

The One of a Kind Show attracts upwards of 200,000 visitors annually. The Toronto shows have become a Canadian shopping tradition for those in search of the unique, the handcrafted and the fantastic.

The One of a Kind Show offers an interactive experience in which artisans have the opportunity to showcase their talents and connect with their consumers. Everything sold at the Show is handmade by artisans from across Canada and the U.S. The One of a Kind Shows are constantly transforming and gener

Cavalcade of Lights | Saturday November 24 | Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square

The annual Cavalcade of Lights traditionally falls on the final weekend of November. It kicks off the holiday season with the official illumination of the Square and Christmas tree. The event is accompanied with free performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, a fireworks show and a skating party at Nathan Phillips Square . The Nathan Phillips Square ice rink is open for skating (weather permitting) during Cavalcade of Lights and skate rentals are available on site. Since 2002 Cavalcade of Lights has been transformed from a one-night event to a month-long one with the addition of Saturday night skating parties to live music at Nathan Phillips Square's outdoor rink.

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