November is that time of year where we’re all starting to mourn summer and dread the winter months ahead. It’s also the time of year when charities throw some amazing parties and the holiday season is on everybody’s mind. This year is no different where there are some fabulous parties to be attended and you can get ahead with your Christmas shopping.
Josephson Opticians Sale of the Year
October 17th to November 30th
Eyewear store Josephson Opticians has been in business for 80 years and in celebration is offering up to 70% on select designer frames until the end of November. No, this is not an optical illusion. It’s a fabulous deal for his every so fashionable spectacles. This deal is available all through the month at all Josephson Optician locations.
Day of the Dead
The day after Halloween, Latin America celebrates the day of the dead and Evergreen Brickworks wants you to cure your hangover by celebrating the Latin American culture and food. Featuring a Mexican market, crafts, live music, traditional dancing by local and international performers, plus tequila and mezcal tastings, go and celebrate your ancestors by joining in on the fun – or just cure that hangover with the hair of the dog.
COC Centre Stage
For the third year in a row the Canadian Opera Company (COC) has selected eight opera singers to compete at Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition. Held at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Centre Stage is the COC’s annual celebration of the next generation of opera stars. Hosted by previous Centre Stage winners soprano Karine Boucher and tenor Charles Sy, the evening will feature an exhilarating vocal showcase with the singers, selected from nationwide auditions for the COC Ensemble Studio vying for cash prizes ranging in value from $1,500 to $5,000.
Syria to the 6ix
As news continues to spread of the Syrian refugee crisis, a group of Torontonians has made a decision to do what they can to help. Leila Canon-Ahern, a local fashionista joined forces with fashion colleagues and friends from the local community to prove fashion has compassion through a fundraising drive to raise $50,000 for a Syrian refugee family. Hosted at One King West Hotel & Residence her team will unite party-goers to raise money for an important cause. Enjoy food, drinks, music and a silent auction all for just $75 and feel good about helping a Syrian family transition to their first year in Canada.
An annual celebration in support of Canada’s design museum, The Design Exchange, this kismet evening promises a night of shimmer and sparkle. Honouring the awardees of the DXI 2015, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelburg, be immersed in a synthesis of their design disciplines and creative cultures through their ephemeral installations of the night. Indulge in culinary adventures and revel in live, entrancing entertainment featuring live music and performances by Sam Sparro, Nomi Ruiz (Jessica 6 and Hercules & Love Affair), DJ Lina Bradford, DJ Diego Armand, DJ John Caffery and DJ Phil Villeneuve.
The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo
Get your food and drink on at the 21st annual food and wine extravaganza where guests have the opportunity to sample wines, spirits and craft beers as well as indulge in the best food our city has to offer. From celebrity chefs to live entertainment to various tastings, this is the annual epic foodie event.
Suits & Staches
As the official flagship gala for Movember Canada, Suits & Staches is an annual event that that unites “Mo Heroes” and celebrity ambassadors in an effort to raise funds for Movember Foundation. With performances by Amanda Toms and The St. Royals, premium food and drink and ‘Mo stations galore, the third annual gala is not one to be missed. Dress up in your best and go out and support!
The Toronto Christmas Market
November 20th to December 20th
Sure it goes well into December too, but we think if you can get there in November, it will get you into the holiday spirit without bringing the Grinch out in you because of the crazy crowds. The annual holiday market takes over the Distillery District and features local vendors, artisans, food merchants and live entertainment that attract both locals and tourists. Turning the old style district into what feels like Santa’s village, get there before the crowds do.
Fonda Lola Turns Two
If the holidays aren’t your thing head south (or west if you want to get particular) to Queen West’s authentic Mexican bistro, Fonda Lola. To celebrate their second birthday the funky little “fonda” (Mexican word for bistro) is hosting a muy caliente #MexicanFiesta complete with piñatas, birthday presents for each table every hour and of course, a giant birthday cake! Offering up $5 beers, $6 tequila shots and $8 cocktails for the occasion, this is not an event you want to miss (reservations are encouraged).
One of a Kind Show
November 26th to December 6th
As the most anticipated shopping show of the year, The One of a Kind show never disappoints. A perfect way to shop for loved ones the month before Christmas, over 800 artisans participate giving guests shopping options including everything from jewellery, clothing, accessories, furniture, and much more. It’s no surprise that it’s become the number one consumer craft show in North America.
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