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Pirandello150 Festival

The Pirandello Theatre Society presents Pirandello 150 Festival in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary and of the famed Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello.  Three one act plays will be performed, The Imbecile, The License and Sicilian Limes under the artistic direction of Frank Spezzano.
Nov 9 - 11, various times in the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC.


Holidays in Harmony

Join us at Holidays in Harmony for an afternoon of FREE music programming for adults on Sunday, November 26 from 2:30 – 5:30pm! Enjoy a Showcase Concert featuring Royal Conservatory School faculty and a special holiday Sing-a-Long! Attend a Music Appreciation lecture on Musician Spies and How Music Works, or learn more about the violin, fiddle, viola, cello, guitar, piano, steel pan, and jazz combo in one of our interactive Learn to Play classes. The event concludes with a small reception.  

First Session of the VEMU Estonian Language Book Club

On Wednesday, November 29th at 7pm at Tartu College, the first session of the VEMU Estonian Language Book Club will be taking place. Piret Noorhani will be leading the discussion on two books focused on the topic of childhood memories during the Soviet period: Leikude by Erki Kask and Vee peal (On the Water) by Olavi Ruitlane.

No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.

Info: Piret Noorhani,, t. 416 925 9405


Celebrate a literary and human rights anniversary: 25 years ago, Salman Rushdie famously emerged from hiding after the pronouncement of a fatwa against his life by the Ayatollah Khomeini, to attend a PEN Canada benefit in Toronto. There, Ontario premier Bob Rae, who will introduce the film, became the first head of government to welcome Rushdie in a public forum anywhere in the world. Co-conspirators Louise Dennys, Ric Young, Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul, and Marian Botsford Fraser, together with Barbara McDougall, Bob Rae and Rushdie himself, recall the event and the intrigue.

Beaded Earring Workshop

Two part workshop: Saturday, November 11 and Saturday, November 18 Join Anishinaabekwe beading artist Stephanie Pangowish as she guides you through the steps to make your own beautiful earrings using Indigenous beading techniques. 1-4pm | $50 | Limited space | Pre-registration required | Register online below or by calling 416.979.7799 x445

Shoe Origami Workshop a

In celebration of World Origami Day the BSM invites you to try your hand at making an origami shoe! Origami is the art of paper folding and has been long practiced in many cultures. From traditional to modern and simple to complicated, origami has attracted a worldwide following. Come by and join the origami movement at the BSM! Appropriate for all ages and skill levels.

Drop-in from 1–3 pm | Included with museum admission

In partnership with the Origami Society of Toronto

The Bata Shoe Museum's Warm the Sole Sock Drive

The BSM’s annual sock drive returns for another year.  Socks are one of the first items people request when asking for assistance and are a staple of basic care for the homeless. Did you know that socks are the most needed and least donated item of clothing? For the whole month of November, visitors to the BSM are encouraged to bring a new pair of unworn socks for distribution to those in need. If you make a donation on a Saturday or Sunday during the drive, you can visit the BSM for FREE that day.


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