After we all climb over the hump (day) the weekend can pretty much begin. So, here we go.

Thursday 13

 

Have you read about it? “About what” you ask? Find out and be INSPIREd at the Toronto International Book Fair at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, running from Thursday to Sunday this week.

Our Raptors are on a roll and we love it! They charge towards the Chicago Bulls at the ACC.

But first, enjoy some pre-game drinks at Patria – it’s Spanish. The Spanish Luxury, a fancy lemonade, is their signature drink. Made with Ketel One Vodka, Victorian lemonade, lavender syrup, fresh lemon and topped with fresh flowers, it’s no wonder patron can’t resist it. Also suitable for post-game celebrations.

Friday 14

It’s the second Friday of the month and you know what that means; Friday Night Jazz at Ripley’s Aquarium. Enjoy live jazz performances and refreshments as guests wander through the aquarium.

Friday night is also all “About the Money” with T.I. at Kool Haus.

Or Ryze with Omarion as he celebrates his 30th birthday in Toronto.

Saturday 15

Guys, the next one is for you – The Gentlemen’s Expo, yes gentleMEN. Come celebrate all things gentlemen. From fashion to tech; music and sports; cars, alcohol, grooming, sex (sex), food, gaming and what else do you like? It’s all here!

Downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square we “illuminate” at the annual tree-lighting ceremony. Dancers, acrobats, light shows – enough illumination for you? Let these little lights shine.

It’s a “Very Good bad Thing” as Canadian indie rockers, Mother Mother, hit the Danforth Music Hall on Saturday night. “Let’s Fall In Love” with their music, “Bit by Bit.”

Sunday 16

“You better watch out, you better not cry, you better no pout I’m telling you why – Santa Claus is coming to town!” Yes people, it’s that time of year already. With more than 25 different-themed floats, 22 bands and Santa himself, the parade begins at Christie Pits Park and ends at St. Lawrence Market. See the rest of the route here.

After working up an appetite, enjoy some cheddar and spinach waffles, huevos rancheritos or a fresh fruit parfait at Lady Marmalade. Psst – they also have A.M. poutine – yup, that’s all we’ll say and of course “Guchie Guchie ya ya dada!”

The ACC hosts the Hockey Hall of Fame Game on Sunday afternoon. Featuring 2014 inductees and other legends of course, you won’t want to miss this puck-off.

And just like that, the weekend is over, but not to worry, there’s much more coming your way with the holiday season upon us.