In our multicultural city, mid-December offers free or almost-free dance parties, Winter Solstice events, Putting on the Ritz, and South American Christmas music. On labyrinth walks you can meditate on your life this past year. You can recite poetry with fellow poets. We can experience a traditional Victorian Christmas. You can do something different.
Jewish. Puttin’ on the Ritz Concert & Dance in Celebration of Chanukah. December 15. 12:30-2:30pm. $15. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue. Contact Lisa Roy. 416-924-6211×155. “Featuring The Wintergarten Orchestra, with guest vocalists Ted Atherton and Tanya Wills. Savour the sounds of 1920s and ‘30s jazz and cabaret classics and dance away the afternoon in the Al Green Theatre.” To register, please call 416-924-6211 x0. For this and other Jewish events this month, see: https://jewishtoronto.com/calendar/free-channukah-event-1479407316
Multicultural. IFDC’s Holiday Folk Dance Party. Friday, December 16. 8-11pm. $8. Bring pot luck refreshments (finger foods only). University of Toronto Schools, 371 Bloor St. West, Room 122, SE corner of Bloor & Spadina. Info: ofda.ca/wp/ifdc. Judy 416-978-0623 or firstname.lastname@example.org. International Folk Dance Club. ofda.ca/wp/ifdc.
Multicultural. Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLVI. Tuesday, December 20. 6:30 mic sign-up. Show 7pm. $5. “The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it… in any language you wish.” Featured poets: Kate Sutherland & Scribe. Host: Bänoo Zan. http://saintstephens.ca/shab-e-sher. St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Avenue. 416-921-6350.
Multicultural. Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk. December 21. 12-1pm. Free. Toronto Public Labyrinth. Trinity Square Park near Eaton Centre: http://www.labyrinthnetwork.ca/events/ –
South America. Navidad Miestra/Sikuris St. Lawrence Christmas Concert. Friday, December 16. 8pm. Donations $20/Students Seniors $15. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 116 Bond Street.
Toronto. Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade. Wednesday, December 21. 7pm. Free. Oxford and Augusta. Lantern Sales, 5-6:30pm. $12. St. Stephen’s Community House, 260 Augusta Avenue. Parade usually ends with a bonfire in a nearby park.
Victorian Toronto. Festive Weekends. November 19-December 23. $11-$15. Free entry every Tuesday after 2pm with some exceptions. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway. http://www.blackcreek.ca/whats-on/christmas/.
Wicca. Yule. Winter Solstice. Wednesday, December 21. 8-10pm. Energy Exchange $25. Modern Mystery School HQ., 41 International Blvd, Etobicoke. “…we gather to witness the rebirth of the Sun as the days once again begin to grow longer, bringing hope and renewal to our hearts… As the MMS Wicca Coven Community celebrates this sacred time of hope and renewal, we do so with all the things that bring warmth; food, fire and good company! In the spirit of warmth, we invite you to join us for an evening of ceremony and celebration to keep those inner fires warm and well-tended! Please send us an email to let us know you will be attending so that we can look forward to your presence in ceremony! You may reach us at email@example.com. 416-625-3470.” http://www.modernmysteryschoolint.com/2016/01/25/winter-solstice-ceremony-t-o/\
Please let us know (hopefully with posters) if you find other interesting free, or almost-free events. They must express our city’s diversity. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Our office is closed from December 7 to 14.