Skip to Content (Press Enter)

English / Français

21 Things to Eat, See and Do in November, from Vancouver to Montreal

From the MAC's immersive exhibition on Leonard Cohen to an indigo-coloured gin from Vancouver Island’s Victoria Distillers, here's what's new and noteworthy in the country this month.

Montréal - YUL

Culture

Leonard Cohen

Photo: Old Ideas, LLC

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s exhibition brings the legend to life with 18 new works from contemporary creators, including video explorations of his relationships with his hometown and depression, and a sound installation with covers from Moby, Chilly Gonzales and others.

November 9, 2017–April 9, 2018
macm.org

Shopping

The Nutcracker Market

Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko

The Nutcracker Market

Treat your favourite tiny dancer to Boutique Virevolte’s sparkly ballet slippers – or yourself to jewellery from Atelier SYP – at Les Grand Ballets’ sale.

November 30–December 10
grandsballets.com

 

Souk@Sat

Photo: Steve Montpetit

Souk@Sat

Scour the latest collections from the city’s independent designers, then head upstairs for a bounty of gourmet goodies for the foodies in your family.

November 29–December 3
souk.sat.qc.ca

 

Expo-vente Prêt-à-emporter

Photo: Atelier Circulaire

Expo-vente Prêt-à-emporter

Support artist-run printmaking studio and gallery Atelier Circulaire with a present for the art lover on your list. The expo-sale features nearly 400 screen prints, lithographs and more.

November 3–18
ateliercirculaire.org

Literature

Salon du livre de Montréal

Photo: Jean-Guy Thibodeau

Salon du livre de Montréal

Through talks, round tables and readings at Place Bonaventure, get to know around 2,000 authors, including bestselling health writer Dr. Gaétan Brouillard and actress Frédérique Dufort, at the city’s foremost francophone literary event.

November 15–20
salondulivredemontreal.com

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ

Field Trip

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Photo: Ben Radvanyi and Nina Linton

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

The Longines FEI World Cup brings international show jumpers to the 95th edition of the Royal, but horses aren’t the only stars: Stick around for yoga with goats, sheep-herding dogs and rodeo bulls, too. Round out the experience with butter sculpting, wine tasting and over 2,000 competitions for best-in-show livestock and produce.

November 3–12, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd., royalfair.org

Outings

The Original Santa Claus Parade

Photo: Lee Zavitz - ZedPro Media

The Original Santa Claus Parade

Parade-going doesn’t have to be a spectator sport: Lace up your sneakers and join the 5K fun run along the Bloor–University route.

November 19
thesantaclausparade.com

 

Toronto Christmas Market

Photo: The Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market

At the Distillery District’s take on a European holiday market, sip a shot of Soma’s decadent liquid chocolate while browsing traditional seasonal goods, like sausages and nesting dolls.

November 16–December 23
torontochristmasmarket.com

 

Cavalcade of Lights

Photo: Atelier Circulaire

Cavalcade of Lights

Between the (energy-efficient) lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree, a major fireworks display, live musical performances and an illuminated DJ’ed skating party, things will most definitely get lit at this beloved ceremony.

November 25
toronto.ca

Shopping

Hermès

Hermès

The French luxury brand moves into its spacious new Mink Mile home on November 29. On top of silk carrés and belt buckles, the Bloor Street flagship – the country’s largest – will house the full Maison collection.

hermes.com

Vancouver - YVR

Shopping

Japanese Imports

Japanese Imports

Two of Japan’s best-known – and best-priced – brands have arrived, with a third on the way. Muji brought its minimalist home, office and wardrobe staples to Burnaby’s Metrotown this summer, soon to be joined by every-colour-of-the-rainbow outfitter Uniqlo. And cheerful variety store Miniso has eight spots across the city – including their first one downtown, opened on Granville Street in August.

muji.com | uniqlo.com | miniso.ca

Culture

Dance in Vancouver

Photo: Erik Zennstrom

Dance in Vancouver

With performances by a 78-year-old, bodybuilders and men in heels, the 11th biennial celebrates contemporary dance’s diversity and innovation.

November 22–25
thedancecentre.ca

 

Wells Hill by Action at a Distance

Photo: David Cooper

Wells Hill by Action at a Distance

Vancouver-based Vanessa Goodman pays tribute to two Canadian greats – Glenn Gould and Marshall McLuhan – with her seven-dancer choreography.

November 23–26
dancehouse.ca

 

Digital Folk by Plastic Orchid Factory

Photo: Chris Randle - artists of Plastic Orchid Factory

Digital Folk by Plastic Orchid Factory

Part physical performance, part virtual installation and totally immersive, Digital Folk is an exploration of how communities come together through music and dance.

November 23–24
plasticorchidfactory.com

Food & Drink

Empress 1908 Gin

Photo: Simon DesRoches

Empress 1908 Gin

Colour us impressed: This indigo-coloured gin from Vancouver Island’s Victoria Distillers (in collaboration with the Fairmont Empress Hotel) turns pink on contact with acidic mixers (citrus, tonic) thanks to an infusion of dried butterfly pea flowers.

empressgin.com

Calgary - YYC

Culture

cSPACE King Edward

Photo: cSPACE

cSPACE King Edward

With artists’ studios, public hallway galleries, a 125-seat theatre and a start-up-friendly co-working space and café (with monthly membership or day passes), the former King Edward School has been reborn as an urban answer to the Banff Centre. Theatre Encounter’s Aeschylus: Fragments layers Greek tragedy with experimental music and Japanese and Western contemporary dance from November 16 to 18 at Abattoir Studio, on site.

Open to the public 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday–Saturday
cspacekingedward.com

Outings

Off Cut Culture Club

Shop and sip during pop-up happy hours at Off Cut Bar at the Nash Restaurant, in Inglewood’s historic National Hotel. Spend Saturdays indulging in cocktails mixed with inventive cordials (salted Malabar cardamom, quinine-blackcurrant and prairie flowers), then browse likewise unique local wares.

2 p.m.–5 p.m., 925 11 St. SE
thenashyyc.com

 

Bamboo Ballroom

Photo: Anastasia Boruk

November 4

Browse funky, contemporary clothing from Albertan fashion boutique Bamboo Ballroom.

 

Drizzle Honey

Photo: Sara Bartlett

November 11

Sweeten your weekend with local beekeeper-sourced Drizzle Honey.

 

Evstenroos

November 18

Bring home gold and silver bling from Scandinavian jeweller Ellinor Stenroos’ namesake line, Evstenroos.


Shopping

Henry Singer

Photo: courtesy of Henry Singer

Henry Singer

The luxury menswear retailer recently moved into new street-front digs downtown, complete with a leather-armchairs-and-private-bar VIP shopping suite accessed by a secret bookcase, an open-concept tailor shop and a barbershop and apothecary.

henrysinger.com

Tags

CALGARY     MONTREAL     TORONTO     VANCOUVER    

Please leave a comment

HTML tags will be removed
Web addresses starting with http:// will be converted to links