Six things to do in Toronto on the weekend of December 13–15

Six things to do in Toronto on the weekend of December 13–15

A still from Howl’s Moving Castle, playing as part of TIFF’s Studio Ghibli retrospective. (Image: © BVHE)

In this edition of The Weekender, a retrospective of the work of Japan’s best-known animation studio, a chance to learn how to make kimchi and four more things to do in Toronto this weekend.


Long Winter
An assortment of indie bands, video installations and DJs will be at the Great Hall this Friday as part of Long Winter, a winter-long, monthly event series that gives aspiring musicians and artists opportunities to perform in front of pay-what-you-can audiences. Dec. 13. Pay what you can. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W.,


Kimchi Workshop
Learn how to make spicy preserved cabbage (it’s tastier than it sounds), a traditional Korean staple. Dec. 14. $40. The Depanneur, 1033 College St.


Ossington Night Market (FREE!)
Browse this pop-up shop for stocking stuffers—including various types of jewelry, perfume and candles—while sipping on drinks at the cash bar. Dec. 12–Dec. 18. Free. Oz Studios, 134 Ossington Ave.,


Studio Ghibli
Settle in for a retrospective of animated films by Tokyo’s Studio Ghibli. The coming-of-age themes will appeal to young adults, as well as children. (Our favourite is the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away.) Dec. 13–Jan. 3. $8.50–$12. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W.,


Winter Scavenger Hunt (FREE!)
Kids can join in on an educational scavenger hunt at Harbourfront Centre. Participants will explore a time capsule from 1957 and investigate how some artists get inspiration for their work. Dec. 14.–Dec. 22. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.,


Junction Flea Outdoor Winter Market
Stock up on antiques, crafts, and vintage items at this special edition of the Junction Flea. Dec. 15. $2 admission. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave.,