Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of November 15–17

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of November 15–17

(Image: Jen Yeaman from the Flickr pool)

In this edition of The Weekender, the Santa Claus Parade, a witty two-man play and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.


Santa Claus Parade
This year’s festive procession has a few changes: Santa’s on a diet and the inaugural Holly Jolly Fun Run allows joggers to run a five-kilometre stretch of the parade route. But the real question is, given organizers’ not-so-subtle requests for the mayor to abstain, will Rob Ford opt to lead the procession anyway? Nov. 17. 12:30 p.m. Parade is free; Holly Jolly Fun Run is $100. See the route at


Gourmet Food and Wine Expo
The massive annual food show includes cooking demos, seminars and exhibits from food purveyors, wineries and restaurants, including trendy spots like Playa Cabana, Rock Lobster and Hudson Kitchen. Saturday’s event lineup includes a live Top Chef Canada judging session with celeb chef and host Roger Mooking. Nov. 14–Nov. 17. $20–$25. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.,


Winners and Losers
The concept is simple: comedians Marcus Youssef and James Long engage in rapid-fire debate about whether controversial public figures, places and things are winners or losers. Mike Duffy, Toronto’s street cars and the Great Wall of China have all been subjected to the pair’s scrutiny. Nov. 10–Dec. 8. $22–$45. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street,


British Isles Show
The semi-annual fair for Anglophiles will pack Mississauga’s International Centre with vendors selling tea, baked goods, British-made gifts and vacations. Line up early for an autograph from Mark Baylis, who plays the scheming Rob Donovan on British soap Coronation Street. Nov. 15–17. $12–$15. The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road,


Souvenir: A Holiday Sale 
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at a pop-up shop hawking wares from over 30 Canadian designers. The products include original art, accessories and goodies for the home. Many of the local makers will be on hand to answer questions. Nov. 15–17. Free.  Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas Street West,