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    Shirley Camia's Top 3 - Weekend of November 18

    It’s Friday and that means Community Arts Reporter Shirley Camia shares her top arts and entertainment picks for the weekend.

    WOMEN’S BLUES REVUE

    On Saturday, November 19th, some of Canada’s finest blues musicians are on stage for the 30th annual Women’s Blues Revue.

    Massey Hall and the Toronto Blues Society are teaming up to showcase a star-studded line up, featuring: Dawn Tyler Watson, Sue Foley, and singers Layla Zoe, Alanna Stuart, Cheryl Lescom and Dione Taylor. Get your tickets at masseyhall.com.



    GOURMET FOOD AND WINE EXPO

    Calling all foodies! This weekend, gastronomic pleasures await at the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo. The 22nd edition of this event is on November 17th-20th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. More than 15-hundred wines, beers and spirits are on tap, as well as food. There are cooking demos, interactive tastings and a look at the city’s trendy cocktail scene. For schedule and tickets, head over to foodandwineshow.ca.

    ‘TIS THE SEASON

    Yes, the holidays are more than a month away, but everywhere you look, people are getting into the spirit of Christmas. Here are some of the offerings this weekend to ring in the festive cheer:

    In the Distillery District, the Toronto Christmas Market officially opens on Friday, November 18th, featuring food, drink, shopping and music to get you into the holiday mood. Catch Turbo Street Funk there this Saturday, November 19th.  Check torontochristmasmarket.com for all the info.

    Over at Harbourfront, the Swedish Christmas Fair is on November 19th and 20th. Pick up some Swedish crafts and Christmas décor, listen to carolers and sample delicious treats, such as glögg, Swedish mulled wine. Find all the details at harbourfrontcentre.com.

    This Sunday, November 20th, bundle up and stake your place early for the Santa Claus Parade. Santa arrives at 12:30 at Christie Pits, and then travels from Bloor all the way to St. Lawrence Market. The Holly Jolly 5K Fun Run kicks things off at noon. Get all the details and the full parade route at thesantaclausparade.com.





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