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November 30, 2011 Events Listing: Ontario: Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
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November is: Family Violence Awareness Month; Adoption Awareness Month; Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month; National Community Safety & Crime Prevention Campaign; Osteoporosis Month; Amaryllis Month - Huntington Society of Canada; Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Awareness Month; Diabetes Awareness Month; Immunization Action Month; Hemophilia Month in Canada

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The Chocolate Ball -- Toronto, October 17, 2013
What: Free Evenings at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto)
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When: Wednesdays ::PAST EVENT::
 Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
 More Info:   Wednesday evenings are free for everyone, from 6 to 9 pm for our permanent collection only. Special exhibitions and ticketed events excepted.

REGULAR ADMISSION (as of Sept 2009)
* Adults: $18.00
* Seniors & Students: $15.00
* Youths (6-15): $10.00
* Children(5 and under): free
* Families (2 adults & up to 5 kids under 15):$45.00
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What: Peel Referral Association Brampton Chapter Breakfast
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When: Wednesdays ::PAST EVENT::
 Where: AJ's Restaurant, 1 Regan Road, Brampton, ON
 More Info:   The Brampton Chapter of PRA was founded in February 2002. The Chapter meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30 am at AJ's Restaurant, 1 Regan Road (corner of Regan/Van Kirk, Van Kirk runs north off hwy 7 one light east of Mclaughlin Road), Brampton.

Membership in PRA is restricted to one person per membership category. There is a one-time application fee of $75. Membership (which includes your membership badge) Breakfast fees of $42.00 per month are payable in advance. Visitors are always welcome.
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What: André-Philippe Gagnon
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When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 ::PAST EVENT::
Organization:   Rose Theatre Brampton
 Where: 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton, ON
 More Info:   The One Man Hit Parade!
Known as the man of “400 voices”, famed impressionist André- Philippe Gagnon brings his show to Brampton. Experience the history of Rock and Roll all the way from the 1950s to present day. Canada’s foremost comedian/impressionist does renditions from artists including Elvis, Barry White, Guns N’ Roses, Justin Timberlake and even Susan Boyle! Throughout his incredible career, Gagnon has entertained audiences in over 11 countries, performing more than 3,500 shows, in front of over 5 million people!

For more information visit or call 905-874-2800.
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What: Violence Threat Assessment - Planning and Response
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When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 ::PAST EVENT::
Organization:   Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc.
 Where: Toronto, ON
 More Info:   This workshop provides a communication and decision-making model to help businesses, schools, organizations and communities become more effective in their management of threats. Participants will learn strategies to help them identify, assess and manage individuals who may be escalating towards violence.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc. (CTRI)
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What: My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy
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When: October 12, 2011 until January 1, 2012 ::PAST EVENT::
Organization:   N/A
 Where: Bathurs Street Theatre, Toronto, ON

October 12, 2011 – January 1, 2012
at Bathurst Street Theatre

The international hit comedy My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! by Steve Solomon, heads to Toronto’s Bathurst St. Theatre for a 12-week engagement October 12, 2011 – January 1, 2012.

Tony Award-winner Paul Kreppel makes his Toronto debut in this hilarious one-man comedy based on Solomon’s life growing up in a wacky family noted for its bi-ethnic diversity and aptitude for dysfunctional behavior.

Described as “One part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozac,” you don’t have to be Jewish or Italian to love this show. All you need is to know what it feels like to leave a family dinner with heartburn and a headache!

Variety said it’s “a little Alan King here, a pinch of Seinfeld there, with a smidgen of Don Rickles, Billy Crystal and George Carlin thrown in.” Regis Philbin called it “Hysterically funny! Non-stop laughs all the way! I can’t recommend this show enough, it’s just great!” And Martha Stewart Living Radio raved that it was “as heartwarming as comfort food. Everyone can relate to this!” while Hadassah Magazine described it as a 90-minute laugh-fest!”

We’ll meet more than 30 characters including Uncle Willie, Stuttering Cousin Bob, Demented Cousin Kenny, Steve’s new therapist Cousin Sal (and Sal’s parole officer) and a myriad of others we know, and love - and tolerate (incredibly similar to those from our own families)!

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! played for two years off-broadway in New York City and has toured internationally in more than 100 cities.

By Steve Solomon, Starring Tony Award-winner Paul Kreppel
October 12, 2011-January 1, 2012
Bathurst St. Theatre, 736 Bathurst St. (south of Bloor St. W.)
Performance times: Wed at 2pm & 7pm; Thurs and Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2pm and 8pm; Sun at 2pm & 5:30pm.
Ticket prices (includes HST): Wed & Thurs - $51.50; Fri, Sat & Sun - $56. (Discounts for groups of 15+)
For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-ARTS (2787) or purchase online at
(Groups 15 or more, call toll free: 1-855-HIT-SHOW or 1-855-448-7469)
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What: Thunderbird Centre Presents: “Ancestral Teachings: Contempor
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When: November 16, 2011 until November 30, 2011 ::PAST EVENT::
Organization:   Thunderbird Aboriginal Arts, Culture and Entrepren
 Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
 More Info:   An exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art showcasing artwork that will explore how contemporary Aboriginal artists draw upon the values and lessons from oral culture to explore present-day contexts. The central theme is the story of the Seven Grandfather Teachings, a traditional Anishnawbe story that imparts seven integral principles to live by: to cherish knowledge is to know wisdom; to know Love is to know peace; to honour all of Creation is to have respect; Bravery is to face the foe with integrity; Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave; Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation; Truth is to know all of these things.

Ancestral Teachings is being curated by Vanessa Dion Fletcher, a curatorial intern working with Thunderbird Aboriginal Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurial Centre.
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What: VideoCabaret presents The Life and Times of Mackenzie King
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When: October 30, 2011 until December 10, 2011 ::PAST EVENT::
Organization:   VideoCabaret
 Where: The Cameron House, Toronto, ON
 More Info:   VideoCabaret presents
The Life and Times of Mackenzie King
The History of the Village of the Small Huts, 1918-1939
Written and Directed by Michael Hollingsworth
Starring Paul Braunstein, Greg Campbell, Richard Alan Campbell, Mac Fyfe,
Jacob James, Linda Prystawska

The award-winning VideoCabaret proudly presents The Life and Times of Mackenzie King, The History of the Village of the Small Huts, 1918-39, by Co-Artistic Director Michael Hollingsworth. The tour dé force is at The Cameron House, starting October 30 for a limited run.

The Life and Times of Mackenzie King spans the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties, and resonates powerfully in our boom/bust times. Power-brokers, war vets, socialites, fascists, communists, gangsters, work-camp hobos, crystal ball readers, booze-smugglers, and other Canadians are featured in this play about Canada's most eccentric and enduring Prime Minister.

VideoCabaret's most recent installment of The History Plays: The Great War received rave reviews last year. The Toronto Star said “VideoCabaret is at the top of its game … The staging is remarkable.”

The Globe & Mail raved that it “Skillfully negotiates a bayonet's edge between farce and tragedy … brilliant.”

In VideoCabaret's signature 'black box' staging, the performers conjure up more than forty charcters in tiny shards of light with Dervish-level choreography. Wearing outlandish costumes by Astrid Janson, the actors magically appear and vanish in the stage design by Andy Moro. The acting company this year features virtuosos of the style: Paul Braunstein (as King), Greg Campbell, Richard Alan Campbell, Mac Fyfe, and Linda Prystawska; joined by VideoCab newcomer Jacob James.

A recent winner of the Silver Ticket Award for lifelong dedication to the arts, Michael Hollingsworth has written and directed twenty-one plays dramatizing Canada's history from Chief Donnacona and Jacques Cartier to recent times – stories that capture Canadian society high and low, seized by powerful ideas and passions.

VideoCabaret presents
The Life and Times of Mackenzie King
The History of the Village of the Small Huts, 1918-1939
Written and Directed by Michael Hollingsworth
Starring Paul Braunstein, Greg Campbell, Richard Alan Campbell, Mac Fyfe
Jacob James, Linda Prystawska

Previews from Sunday October 30, Opens Thursday November 10 for a Limited Run
Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday, 8pm, Sunday 2:30pm
VideoCabaret at The Cameron House, 408 Queen Street West (just west of Spadina), Toronto
Tickets: Previews, Tuesdays & Wednesdays $20,Thursdays & Sundays $30, Fridays $35, Saturdays $40
Box Office: 416-703-1725 For more information:
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What: Join Sherway Gardens for the Award-Winning Santa Experience!
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When: November 14, 2011 until December 23, 2011 ::PAST EVENT::
Organization:   Sherway Gardens
 Where: Sherway Gardens, Etobicoke, ON
 More Info:   Enjoy the festivities this holiday season at the award-winning Santa Experience, an exciting, interactive visit with Santa at Sherway Gardens (Hwy 427 & the QEW) weekdays and Saturdays from Monday, November 14 until Friday, December 23. To register, visit the Holiday Booth any time after November 1st, near the entrance to Sherway Square to secure a spot. Tickets sell out by the end of November for this magical event so reserve a spot early. Tickets are $5 per child. Call (416) 621-1070 for more information or visit

Kids get to join Santa for an entertaining and interactive play session that features singalongs, dancing and story reading. Children are invited to share their wishes with Santa and pose for an informal picture taken by mom or dad at the end of each 30 minute session. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun.

With these scheduled sessions and pre-registration, children do not have to wait in long line-ups to visit with Santa. Each child must be registered, newborns included and the number of participants for each session is limited to a maximum of 40 children. Groups of up to 15 children can be accommodated in November only. Admission is limited to children age 10 and under. Please be at Sherway Square 15 minutes before your scheduled session time to check in. Late arrivals cannot be admitted.

Tickets are $5 per child (limit of 6 tickets per family). Tickets are not required for adults accompanying children. 100% of the $5 per child ticket price goes to Sleeping Children Around the World – a locally based charity that provides bed kits for needy children in developing countries. Each bedkit consists of a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net (if applicable), clothes outfit, towel and school supplies. Bedkit contents vary from country to country depending upon local needs. Visit for more information.

Although all sessions are listed below, please be aware that time slots fill up quickly as the season progresses and registration is usually closed by the end of November due to the popularity of the Sherway Santa Experience. The Santa Registration Staff will be happy to advise you as to which spaces are still available. The Santa Experience sessions start at the following times:

Monday Nov. 14 – Saturday Nov. 19: 10am / Noon / 2:30pm / 4:30pm
Monday Nov. 21 – Friday Nov. 25: 10am / Noon / 2:30pm / 4:30pm / 6:30pm
Saturday Nov. 26: 10am / Noon / 2:30pm / 4:30pm
Monday Nov. 28 – Friday Dec. 23: 10am / Noon / 2:30pm / 4:30pm / 6:30pm

Please Note: There are no Santa Experience Sessions on Sundays & there is no 10am session on Wednesday, Dec. 21st.


Sherway Gardens encourages every Santa Experience visitor to bring a new, unwrapped toy to place in the special Toy Box in Sherway Square. For each new, unwrapped toy donation made during the Santa Experience sessions before December 18, you will receive a ballot for a chance to win a special home visit from Santa on December 21. The draw will be on December 19. All toys will be donated to Toy Mountain for distribution by The Salvation Army to needy children.


Everyone can use a bit more time to shop during this busy holiday season. For your holiday shopping convenience, Sherway Gardens’ extended hours begin Monday, November 28, 2011.

Weekdays & Saturdays 9:30am – 9:30pm
Sundays 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, December 24 8:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday, December 25 CLOSED
Monday, December 26 – Boxing Day 8:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday, December 27 – Friday, December 30 9:30am – 9:30pm
Saturday, December 31 – New Years Eve 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday, January 1 – New Years Day CLOSED
Monday, January 2 Regular Hours Resume
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What: Music For Life 2011
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When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 ::PAST EVENT::
Organization:   Dixon Hall
 Where: Arcadian Court, Toronto, ON
 More Info:   This event helps keep the Dixon Hall Music School afloat.
It is guaranteed to inspire and entertain guests.

The Headline Performer is Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo. Students from the Dixon Hall Music School will also showcase some of their talents for the audience to see just how impactful the school is on their lives.

John Moore from CFRB Radio will be the host and the honorary chair for the night is Liberal MP of Toronto-Centre, Bob Rae.

Music For Life 2011 will be held at the Arcadian Court, an 82 year old ballroom in downtown Toronto. 401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower, 8th Floor

Tickets include a copy of Jim Cuddy's CD, a three-course meal, catered by Oliver & Bonacini and a $125 tax receipt.

Dixon Hall is a community organization located in downtown east Toronto serving many of Toronto’s most forgotten communities.

The Music School has been offering subsidized music lessons to children from Regent Park, Moss Park and St. Lawrence since 1978. Many of the students wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to learn music if it weren’t for the subsidized lessons and instrument rentals provided by Dixon Hall.
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What: Spread Holiday Joy to Less Fortunate Children by Donating to
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When: November 14, 2011 until December 23, 2011 ::PAST EVENT::
Organization:   Sherway Gardens
 Where: Sherway Gardens, Etobicoke, ON
 More Info:   Help less fortunate children this holiday season by donating a new, unwrapped toy to one of the two special CTV Toy Mountain bins at Sherway Gardens (Hwy 427 & the QEW) from November 14 until December 23 at 6pm. The bins are located in Sherway Square opposite Aritzia and next to the Guest Services Booth. Call 416-621-1070 for more information or visit

It’s so easy to make the holidays a bit happier for a child. Last year, the CTV Toy Mountain collected 143,512 toys for less fortunate girls and boys. Please be generous and donate early to the CTV Toy Mountain! The Salvation Army will deliver these toys to needy children in our community in time for Christmas.
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What: Project Engagement presents: Fork U
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When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 ::PAST EVENT::
Organization:   Project Engagement
 Where: Muzik Nightclub, 15 Saskatchewan Road, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
 More Info:   Project Engagement presents: FORK U, is taking place on Wednesday, November 30th at Muzik nightclub. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Project Engagement is a registered not-for-profit organization, co-found back in 2006, which aims to help those families in Toronto/GTA who are in need.

Our main initiative each year takes place during the holiday season. Our organization collects and packs hampers filled with food and essential house hold items to donate to these families. Families are selected in partnership with community assessment teams which include Toronto Police and Fire Services, and local religious institutions.

In 2006, our first year, we provided 40 families with a hamper filled with everything they would need to make a holiday meal as well as groceries for a few extra weeks. The need has grown so much that last year we provided hampers to over 250 families. This year our goal is to help 300 families.

Our yearly fund raiser helps us to buy the food and house hold items we need to fill these hampers.

This year’s event, Fork U, is a food and wine tasting where ticket holders will be able to sample the wares from a selection of Toronto’s finest chefs and restaurants including:

Chef Victor Barry of Splendido
Chef Nick auf der Mauer of Porchetta & Co.
Chef Matthew DeMille of Enoteca Sociale
Chef Carl Heinrich of Marben
Chef Steve Gonzalez, Top Chef Canada contestant
Chef Bertrand Alépée of the Tempered Chef
Chef Jason Maw of the Bowery
Barque Smokehouse
Beast Restaurant
We will also have a dessert station where you can satisfy your sweet tooth courtesy of Lisa Sanguedolce and Le Dolci.

Tickets are $150 each and include access to all the food, wine and dessert tasting stations, bar and silent auction.

To buy tickets please visit,

For more information on Project Engagement please visit,
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What: Awaken Your Inner Path Active Philosophy Introductory Worksh
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When: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 ::PAST EVENT::
Organization:   New Acropolis Toronto
 Where: 2498 Yonge Street, Suite 319, Toronto, ON
 More Info:   Awaken Your Inner Path Active Philosophy Workshops are based on the timeless teachings from around the world that are useful for everyday life. The philosophies of east and west urge us to develop self-mastery, fulfill our noblest Dreams and altruistic Ideals, contribute the best of ourselves to making a world that is more harmonious. Also offered Tues. Nov. 29. Admission: $5 Full Time Students / $10 Regular
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