What's Up Toronto?: Dec 15-21
This week's events are all about embracing your artistic side. Trade canned-goods for performance art, egg on some competitive painters, and enjoy a parade without Mr. Claus.
The Pup's Food Drive (Dec 20)
Coyote Collective, an emerging local theatre company, is celebrating the season by hosting a fundraiser for The Stop Community Food Centre. Head down to Tequila Bookworm on Saturday night to catch some live performances curated by Coyote Collective. Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation or Pay-What-You-Can without. All food and funds raised are going straight to The Stop to support their anti-hunger and anti-poverty programmes. The Pup's Food Drive is a great way to catch some grass-roots performance art and embrace the giving holiday spirit. For more information click here.
Art Battle 200 (Dec 16)
Art Battle 200 is part of a national circuit of competitive painting. Artists compete across three rounds of live painting and at the end of each round the audience gets to vote for their favourite. It's an interesting opportunity to witness a creative process from start to finish and adds a performative element to a visual medium. I'm curious to see how competitive and creative these painters can get in pursuit of the top prize. For more info and tickets click here.
Kensington Market Winter Solstice Festival (Dec 21)
This is an important time of year for many people for different reasons. The cluster of holidays in December may all have their own traditions and religious or cultural affiliations, but they've all got one thing in common: they celebrate light at the darkest time of year. Even though we've still got three more months of winter ahead of us, the days will officially start getting longer after this Sunday. Although it will take ages to get here, spring is officially on its way. So why not celebrate the light at the non-denominational Winter Solstice Festival. On the longest night of the year, Kensington Market will be filled with dancers, musicians, and performance artists as the parade makes its way to Alexandra Park to embrace the return of light at the Fire Finale. For more info click here.