Kensington Market’s Festival Of Lights illuminates the neighbourhood on December 21.
Festival Of Lights Market-style
Get out your lanterns, bells and drums and help the giant puppets and costumed folk welcome in the solstice with a majestic trek through the streets of Kensington. Be part of this showcase of localism and talent, and think what it could mean if all communities joined together in artful exuberance. Sunday (December 21), 6 pm, Augusta and Oxford, ending in Alexandra Park. Free. redpepperspectaclearts.org.
Yuk it up for Sick Kids
Take a break from the shopping grind and check out some cool comics, including Gavin Stephens, Ron Josol and Ron Sparks, when they do their funny thing to benefit Sick Kids Hospital. Head to the Annex Wreckroom (794 Bathurst) tonight (Thursday, December 18) to catch the show, starting at 8:30 pm. $20, advance $15. Don't forget an unwrapped toy - it's part of the freight. 416-536-0346.
Give back at the Riv
Are the gifts piling up? Are you starting to wonder about those who won't be piling them up this year? Then you'll want to know that singer/songwriter Mia Sheard hosts 13th Christmas @the Rivoli (332 Queen West), a joint benefit for the Daily Bread Food Bank and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Friday and Saturday (December 19 and 20). Justin Rutledge and Oh Susanna play both nights alongside special guests. 9 pm. $15 plus a non-perishable food item. 416-596-1908.