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The 17 Best Events in Montreal and Toronto this November

From a the country's first shopable apartment to hot new restaurants, Canada's biggest cities have a lot to offer this month.

Your Montreal to-dos this month.

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival
November 2
Centre Phi

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival

Photo: Lydia Nagai Photography

Showcasing Canadian talent at 39,000 feet, the festival screens its short films on board and online, and hosts free, open-to-the-public events in both Montreal and Toronto this month. The prestigious jury includes actors (among them, Catherine O’Hara) and directors, who will announce the winning films on November 4 in Toronto.

By appointment only

Archer Hard Goods Inc.
642, rue de Courcelle, bureau 101

Archer Hard Goods Inc.

Photo: Bruno Florin

Archer is right on target when it comes to purveying high-quality, carefully considered goods for your home. Secure a rendezvous at the by-appointment atelier in Saint-Henri, the physical outpost of the popular online shop. It’s a family affair with husband-and-wife team Dylan Adair and Mia Burgos and their young daughters – not to mention their dog, Tino – ­testing and living with each hand-picked item before it earns a spot in Archer’s quiver. From leather fly swatters to the “bouffadou” (a blowing tool traditionally used to keep a fire going), each everyday domestic object marries form and function for purchases that are rewarding, beautiful and durably made.

La Grande Dégustation de Montréal
November 6–7
Place Bonaventure
Warm up your palate before winter’s chill sets in at Eastern Canada’s largest wine and spirits event, with delicious offerings from over 200 international wineries and distilleries. Raise a glass of cava and toast Spain, this year’s featured country.

Les Bruins de Boston contre les Canadiens de Montréal
November 7
Centre Bell
Expect a sea of black and gold jerseys in Montreal: The Bruins face the Habs in one of hockey’s ­fiercest rivalries.

M for Montréal
November 18–21
Various venues
Business and pleasure harmonize perfectly as industry insiders gather to discover the next big musical act. Catch shows by breakout groups Hey Rosetta and Milk & Bone.

Festival Bach Montréal
November 22–December 5
Various venues
Treat your ears to performances by acclaimed musicians, including Berlin’s famous Akamus Orchestra. Inspired settings, from historic churches to grand concert halls, match the beauty of Bach’s music.

Time to shop?

Lambert & Fils
7755, boul. Saint-Laurent

Lambert & Fils

Photo: Adrien Williams

Lambert & Fils started with a flicker as a small workshop but quickly cast the city under the luminous spell of its one-of-a-kind fixtures. Appropriately, the lighting store has moved its showroom and atelier to a bright new location in Villeray. Owner and artistic director Samuel Lambert’s radiant works of art are grounded in nostalgia yet contemporary in style; if your passion for design burns bright, this is a must-visit.

November 25–29


Crave design that’s local, well crafted and unique? A lofty take on the open-air bazaar, Souk’s selection of wares from over 60 designers makes it your one-stop holiday shopping destination with something for every person, pet and room on your list.

Time to eat?

Le Fantôme
1832, rue William

Le Fantôme

Photo: Catherine Martel

Named with a wink to the ghost of Mary Gallagher, which, according to local legend, still haunts Griffintown, Le Fantôme offers up spirited, market-driven fare and curated private-label wines at prices that won’t raise a fright. Discreetly located (no signs here), the 30-seat interior, lit by dripping candles, makes for an intimate dining experience. An open kitchen serves up share-friendly mezze-size portions, with many inspired vegetarian plates on the menu. Not to be missed: the tandoori oyster mushrooms.

Your Toronto to-dos this month.

By appointment only

The Apt by 800 Sq Ft
8 Mercer St.

The Apt by 800 Sq Ft

Photo: Alicia Johnson

Nike Onile brings her small-space savvy and impeccably good taste to bear on a compact condo at the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. This impossibly chic space – and Canada’s first shoppable apartment – is an ­interactive calling card for her interior ­design skills. Everything is for sale, from the funky furniture, one-of-a-kind art hanging on the walls and curios arranged in vignettes on the shelves to the toiletries in the bathroom and garments hanging in the closet. Onile curates seasonally and hosts monthly shop-in events, so be sure to book your spot on the website. No way to bring it home with you? No worries: Shop the apartment online and have it shipped.

Haggar Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic
November 8
Air Canada Centre
This crowd-pleasing game sees NHL legend Doug Gilmour pitted against the Russian Rocket, Pavel Bure. Many of their star-studded teammates, including Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov, are being feted as this year’s inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

12 Trees of Christmas: The Joy of Creativity
November 12–January 3
Gardiner Museum

12 Trees of Christmas: The Joy of Creativity

Rendering by Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, Taylor Hannah Architect

Twelve notable artists and designers change everything you thought you knew about holiday decor, reinterpreting the iconic evergreen. Look out for arboreal art by Jenn E. Norton, Justin Broadbent, Bruno Billio and even Hermès.

The Winter’s Tale
November 14–22
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

The Winter’s Tale

Photo: Johan Persson, courtesy of The Royal Ballet

The National Ballet of Canada and Royal Ballet co-production delivers Shakespearean romance and tragedy: Leontes, King of Sicilia, has his wife arrested when he suspects she’s cheated. It’s choreographed by ­Christopher ­Wheeldon, who restaged Alice’s Adventures in ­Wonderland to international acclaim.


100 King St. W.


Photo: Lina Kroencke

From the South of France by way of New York, where Michelin-starred chef Armand Arnal opened his first café-bakery that would make any ­mother proud, Maman is already famous beyond the Financial District for its chocolate-chip cookies served with milk. Sample ham-and-cheese quiches and croque “mamans”, before dessert; the light and sweet tarts take the cake.

Time to shop?

642 Queen St W.


Photo: Kimon Kaketsis

An emporium of indie design from the States, Canada and beyond, Brika breathes fresh air into mass retail with unique housewares, jewellery, clothing and more. Check out vibrant pillows by Mod Pieces of Burlington, Ontario; Vancouver brand Cabin + Cub’s wood cufflinks embossed with bikes and anchors; and funky baby onesies featuring felt appliqués of old-school TV characters like Mr. T by Texan-via-Hawaii designer mi cielo.

November 13–14
The Danforth Music Hall
Catch front man Zach Condon and the band as they tour No No No, their first album in four years. With a pop-centric beat and less eccentric instrumentation, it’s their most accessible offering yet.

Bombay Black
November 17–December 6
Factory Theatre

Bombay Black

Photo: Ryan Martis

A blind man, an exotic dancer and an apartment by the sea in present-day India… Indian-Canadian novelist and playwright Anosh Irani sets up an unexpected love story as part of the Factory Theatre’s provocative Naked Season.



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