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One of Kind Show | Until Sunday December 3 | 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

Mark Lewis | Until Sunday December 10 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours | Phone 416-979-6648

What's in a name, especially when that name is Canada? What images come to mind? What histories? And above all, who gets to shape and tell these histories? With his new series of works, Mark Lewis engages in a filmic meditation on the idea that is Canada, staging encounters between the camera and the built and natural environments, where the latter becomes the subject of the films as well as the background against which human presence is placed.

As always with Lewis's moving image work, the camera is a character itself, guiding the viewer's inquisitive gaze while creating dynamic relationships revelatory of the subject under consideration.

Guillermo Del Toro: At Home With Monsters | Until Sunday January 7 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours | Phone 416-979-6648

From the fantastic to the frightful, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the world of renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and his cabinet of curiosities. Taking inspiration from del Toro’s extraordinary imagination, At Home with Monsters reveals his creative process through his personal collection of art, artefacts, books, and props, all culled from Bleak House, del Toro’s creative haven located in Los Angeles.

“The exhibition explores the creative mind behind one of the most inventive filmmakers of our generation revealing his influences, from the Medieval era to contemporary culture, and his particular obsession with horror, fantasy and the rich heritage of the Victorian era.

Cavalcade of Lights | Saturday November 25 | 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.

The Nutcracker | From Saturday December 9 to Saturday December 30 | 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 on period instruments | From Wednesday December 13 to Saturday December 16 | Koerner Hall | Hours | Phone 416-964-6337

Tafelmusik, the Baroque ensemble which means table music” or “music for the feast” in German returns to Koerner Hall with Handel's Messiah, an uplifting and moving performance which starts at 2:00pm. Tafelmusik is world renowned for its interpretation of Baroque music on period instruments.

Sing-Along Messiah | Sunday December 17 | 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.

Handel's Messiah by the TSO | From Monday December 18 to Saturday December 23 | 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.

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