The best things to do in Toronto this weekend: November 26-28

Including the return of Massey Hall, the Regent Park Film Festival, Long Winter and an Irving Penn photo show


Gordon Lightfoot reopens Massey Hall

After four long years and many millions of dollars in renovation, Massey Hall is finally reopening. Who better to do it than Canadian singer/songwriter legend Gordon Lightfoot, who’s played the iconic venue upwards of 70 times? He’ll play three more times this weekend, starting tonight.

November 25-27. Massey Hall (178 Victoria). $77.60-$128. tickets.mhrth.com

One Of A Kind Show

Get your holiday shopping done early at the annual show for local craft makers, which is back this year – minus food or beverage sampling.

November 25 -December 5. Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place (100 Princes’ Blvd). $8.50-$15. oneofakindshow.com

Irving Penn at Corkin Gallery

The celebrated 20th-century photographer’s work goes on display at the Distillery District gallery this weekend. Spanning six decades, the exhibition focuses on three distinct bodies of work: Small Trades, 1960s San Francisco, and Fashion.

To January 29. Corkin Gallery (7 Tank House Lane). By appointment. corkingallery.com

Long Winter’s Together Apart

After a re-debut outdoors in September, DIY music and arts collective Long Winter is back with its first indoor events since the pandemic. There are two nights of music at St. Anne’s Anglican Church including Odonis Odonis, Bernice, Karim Olen Ash and more. It’s also a bi-continental conference, with workshops and performances in both Toronto and Paris. Register for free and you can learn about sustaining DIY spaces, sharing resources, equitable trade routes and more.

November 26-27. St. Anne’s Anglican Church parish hall (651 Dufferin) and church (270 Gladstone) and Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas). $12-$15 per night.

Mozart’s Requiem

With so many suffering and lost to COVID-19, this collaboration between the Canadian Opera Company and Against the Grain Theatre ought to be cathartic. Along with a performance of Mozart’s haunting choral masterpiece, it incorporates interviews with the four soloists, who have had to deal with grief and healing during the pandemic.

November 27 at 7:30 pm (accessible for six months afterwards). Free. coc.ca/Requiem

Helder Brum & Friends: Variety Show

Comedy veteran Brum hosts a monthly variety show of laughs, music, videos and character work, with Courtney Gilmour, Jon Blair, Dylan Gott, Hisham Kelati and the Sklar Brothers.

November 27 at 9 pm. $25-$30. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor West). comedybar.ca

Adria Kain
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Adria Kain plays the Art Haus Block pARTy on November 27.

Block pARTy

Indie label Art Haus hosts a showcase and market to kick off the holidays season. Adria Kain, Lu Kala and Clerel, are performing and Bambii and Junia-T will DJ as you peruse holiday stalls from local artisans.

November 27. Noon to 10 pm. 72 Perth. $22.52. eventbrite.ca

Regent Park Film Festival

The free community-minded festival is staying online – mostly – for its 19th edition, with most of its programming available to stream from 6 pm tonight (Friday) through 11:59 pm Thursday. There’s also an outdoor screening of in-person shorts and video profiles at Daniels Spectrum Courtyard, Saturday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Don’t miss Tracey Deer’s Canadian Screen Award-winning debut Beans and Yasmine Mathurin’s moving documentary One Of Ours.

Through December 2; register at rpff.ca, watch at watch.regentparkfilmfestival.com

The Return of the Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, Live!

Drag Race fan favourites BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon bring their post-apocalyptic holiday show to town for one night only.

November 27. Queen Elizabeth Theatre (190 Princes’). 8 pm. $40-$130. admitone.com.

Keys N Krates at Velvet Underground

Local electronic/hip-hop/pop producers Keys N Krates created an all-encompassing groove on their new album Original Classic, and they’ll transport it over to Velvet Underground for what’s sure to be a fun and high-energy dance party.

November 27. Velvet Underground (508 Queen West). Sold out.

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