Art Out and About Toronto – December in Toronto, music and magic are in the air

The kids are off from school, seeing them at home is filling you with urges to…kill that extra free time you may have with them over the holidays? No, kids? No problem! If you’re feeling to add some bounce to your pounce, some pep to your step or just want to do something heart-warming because the weather outside is so…delightful. Whatever situation you may find yourself in over this holiday season, we have some lovely artistic December activities for you.

1. Come From Away: If you want to keep your heart warm during this December season, may we suggest Come From Away (no, it’s not an x-rated movie). It’s been described as a moving tribute to the indomitable human spirit. Come From Away is a heartwarming musical about September 11, 2001 (yes, you read that correctly). In the wake of the horrific events, the ensuing closure of the United States airspace lead to 38 planes, carrying 6,579 passengers to be diverted to Gander, a remote Newfoundland town. There, in the face of tragedy, the guests were welcomed and treated with a brotherly (sisterly) comradery that will forever serve to remind us that the world is still a good place.

Dates: 15 November – 8 January
Tickets: http://comefromaway.com/
Ages: 10 and up
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2. Seussical: Dr. Seuss. That is all. There really isn’t anything else to add. But we will. Seussical is a musical amalgamation of many of Dr. Seuss’s most famous books. The show is vibrant, magical, uplifting, weird and well-cast. It offers fun for adults and children alike.
In its honor a rhyme:
Not to see this show is a crime.
Clean out your pockets of grime.
Now go get those tickets in time.

Dates: 14 November – 31 December
Tickets: http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/shows-tickets/seussical/
Ages: Fun for the whole family
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3. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert: E.T. is coming back to earth to serenade you in a two-night engagement hosted by the Sony Center. I lean over to my friend and ask “Did he die, or did he go back to wherever he was from? Where the hey was he from anyway?” Clearly, I’ve never seen E.T., and clearly, he isn’t coming back to earth. However, the Sony center is showing the full motion picture accompanied by a live symphony orchestra. Pretty damn cool if you ask me. So, if you’re like me, and have never seen E.T., or, if you’re like normal people and have seen E.T. and love it, this is a December event not to be missed.

Dates: 29 December – 30 December
Tickets: http://www.sonycentre.ca/calendar-event-details/?id=257
Ages: Fun for the whole family
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4. Cuisine and Confessions: Brought to you by the 7 Fingers Creation Collective. This group sifts together circus, dance, and theatre in just the perfect proportions. This rare mix of ingredients lends itself to magic in the kitchen and in their creation, namely the award-winning Cuisine and Confessions which takes place in a kitchen after midnight. It’s the story of all us, love, secrets, memories; a feast for the soul.

Dates: 1 November – 4 December
Tickets: http://www.toronto.com/events/the-7-fingers-cuisine-confessions/
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5. The illusionists: Last on our list, but not of any lesser importance, the illusionists. I know all the shows we just mentioned here sound magical, but this one is the most magical of them all, because, well, it’s a magic show. This box office record shattering show is simply spectacular! Watch seven of the world’s foremost illusionists thrill and shock you in an astounding, breathtaking performance that guarantees to be the best show you’ve seen all year.

Dates: 13 December – 7 January
Tickets: http://www.mirvish.com/shows/the-illusionists
Ages: Fun for the whole family
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Nataliya Zlotnikov

There once was a girl named Nataliya. Med school bound, but no loan to be found. She shed more than one tear, 'twas a terrible year. But amidst all her doubt, an idea fluttered out. You adore self expression, let's explore that obsession!

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