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Atlas Moves Watching Dance Projects | Until Saturday November 28 | Fleck Theatre | Hours | Phone 416-973-4000

Eidolon is the newest work by renowned Canadian dancer and choreographer Bill James. Just the second solo danced by James over the last 30 years, eidolon is an existential journey along the path of love, loss and rebirth. With minimalist composer David Grenon, playing objects that include a bicycle wheel, coins, bubbles in water and a traditional large bronze bell, evocative lighting by Rebecca Picherak and directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones, James pursues through his dance, a powerful meditation on memory, and invites the audience with him along the journey.

Julie | Until Sunday November 29 | Bluma Appel Theatre | Hours | Phone 416-368-3110

In 1888, Swedish playwright August Strindberg debuted Miss Julie, a hallmark of naturalistic theatre that has since been performed around the world in a variety of adaptations and formats. A tale of the narrowing realities of life and the human aspiration to break free of those constraints, two servants and their countess grapple with the complexities of desire, ambition and inevitable loss. Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn directs this North American premiere of a work by Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans, recognized internationally as one of the greatest opera composers of our times.

“If operas were always the quality of this Julie, our musical life would be considerably richer”. Le Monde (Paris)

One of Kind Show | Until Sunday December 6 | Direct Energy Centre

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

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free | Until Sunday January 31 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours | Phone 416-979-6648

The Art Gallery of Ontario hosts a major exhibition celebrating the experimental and contemplative works of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), a giant of British art. It features more than 50 large-scale paintings and watercolours on loan from the Tate Musum and makes the case that the radical works created in the final 15 years of Turner’s career represent a fulfillment of the artist’s upward trajectory.

Beginning in 1835 and closing with his last exhibitions at the Royal Academy in 1850, the exhibition sets out to show how one of his most wide-ranging tours of Europe developed in Turner a time of exceptional energy and vigour.

Cavalcade of Lights | Saturday November 28 | 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.

Ballet Créole and Nathaniel Dett Chorale | From Friday December 4 to Sunday December 6 | Fleck Theatre | Hours | Phone 416-973-4000

Fourteen years in the making, Ballet Créole collaborates with Nathaniel Dett Chorale to bring Soulful Messiah to the stage with live music! A six-piece band and 20 gospel singers will accompany Ballet Creole dancers for the very first time. Inspired by Quincy Jones’ Grammy Award-winning re-interpretation of Handel’s Messiah, “A Soulful Celebration,” this seasonal favourite celebrates the universal language of spirituality and joy danced through tap, African-Caribbean, ballet, jazz and modern influences. This year’s Soulful Messiah is a Toronto family tradition brought to you like never before.

CCDT's WinterSong - dances for a sacred season | From Friday December 11 to Saturday December 12 | Fleck Theatre | Hours | Phone 416-973-4000

A 28 year tradition, WinterSong returns to warm the hearts of family audiences with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions. Highlights include a world premiere by award-winning choreographer Sylvie Bouchard and the return of dance sensation Belinda McGuire’s “ravishing duet for Hannah Szeptycki and Nicholas Ruscica…a paean to modern dance” (Paula Citron, Dance Current).

The Nutcracker | From Saturday December 12 to Sunday January 3 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts | Hours | Phone 416-345-9595

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.

Handel's Messiah by the TSO | From Tuesday December 15 to Sunday December 20 | Roy Thomson Hall | Hours | Phone 416.593.7769

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jane Archibald, joins forces with the 140 voices of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and internationally renowned vocal soloists for a glorious and stirring performance of this holiday tradition.

Handel's Messiah on period instruments | From Wednesday December 16 to Saturday December 19 | Koerner Hall | Hours | Phone 416-964-6337

Tafelmusik, the Baroque ensemble which means table music” or “music for the feast” in German “returns to the intimate and acoustically stunning Koerner Hall with Handel's Messiah, an uplifting and moving performance. Tafelmusik is world renowned for its interpretation of Baroque music on period instruments.

Sing-Along Messiah | Sunday December 20 | Massey Hall | Hours | Phone 416-872-4255

A perennial Christmas celebration with the Baroque ensemble Tafelmusik and its musicians playing on period instruments. This is a fun, family event in which the public is invited to sing-along. For those who wish to sing (and you don’t have to!) it’s best to have a musical score to follow. Bring your own, or buy one when you get to the concert.

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