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Toronto’s Winter Events Happening in December 2018!

December is beginning and along with it are a plethora of different Winter/Christmas themed events! MAX has compiled a list of some of the most popular and magical Toronto winter events taking place this month. Take a look and get your tickets soon!

Aurora Winter Festival – Nov 29th to Dec 30th

This festival is the largest Winter Festival in Canada. Ontario Place transforms into a village by the North Pole! It includes a skating rink, amusement rides, a food garden, a Christmas market, magical characters and more! There is something for everyone.

Cold Climate Wines of Niagara – All Winter

Avoid the big tour buses and get a private group tour of Ontario’s cold climate wines. Cheese pairings are provided along with a lunch at one of the vineyards. Learn more about it on their website!

Holiday Fair in the Square – December 1st to 23rd

Taking place at Nathan Phillips Square, this holiday fair is a Toronto favourite tradition. There is something for everyone including skating, games, treats and drinks! A great place to bring the family throughout December!

Toronto Christmas Market – Nov 15th to Dec 23rd

The ever popular Christmas Market is taking place once again at the Distillery District. The market includes games, entertainment, shopping along with food and drinks of course! The entertainment includes carollers, storytelling, among a mix of artists of all genres. If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, the Christmas Market is a must!

Happy Place – Nov 1st to Jan 1st

Have the winter blues kicked in yet? The Happy Place is just the thing to get you out of your seasonal funk. It is a large scale pop-up event with one mission…to make you happy! They have a variety of installations and immersive experiences designed to make you smile. To get your tickers, visit the website!

Hockey Hall of Fame Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute – Now to Dec 31

Are you a big hockey fan? Then you must visit the Hockey Hall of Fame to celebrate this major anniversary. You get hands on contact with the Stanley cup and get your photo taken! Other collections and treasures are also on display.

It’s Christmas Concert by Ontario Pop Orchestra – December 1st

The Ontario Pops are a Canadian orchestra. They have multiple concerts during the year, including a special one for Christmas! They will be playing many of the classics including “O Holy Night” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. The Humber Valley United Church Choir will also be joining them for this performance.

Liberty Village Holiday Market – December 2nd

Shop from a variety of 50+ artisans from the Toronto Urban Collective. They curate a variety of different vendors along with delicious food and music to ensure a good time is had by all! Save the date because it’s coming up quick!

Home Alone in Concert – Dec 6th to Dec 8th

Taking place at Roy Thompson Hall, this concert experience has truly become a classic. The film plays while the Toronto Symphony Orchestra joined by the Resonance Youth Choir perform the musical score live along with the film!

A Christmas Carol – Dec 7th to 24th

Yet another family friendly event to do this winter is seeing this famous story unfold live on stage! If you are seeing any plays this December, make it A Christmas Carol and introduce the story to a new generation.

The Nutcracker – Dec 8th to 30th

The Nutcracker will be put on by the National Ballet of Canada this winter. It is an interactive and engaging experience for children or adults of the classic magical story. It was created in 1995 and continues to be a popular event every year.

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International Women’s Day – Then and NOW

International Women’s Day is upon us once! A day that belongs to all groups everywhere, it belongs to communities, governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and so many more that if we included them, this post would never end!! International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specifically. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.

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Women protest

History of IWD

1909 – The very first IWD was observed in the US on February 28th. This day was designated by The Socialist Party of America to commemorate of the 1908 garment workers strike, where thousand of women protested about working conditions the factories of New York.

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1908 Garment Workers Strike

1910 – A meeting in Copenhagen between The Socialist International declared a Women’s Day to honour the movement for women’s rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage (the right to vote) for all women. Over 100 women form 17 countries  have unanimous . In attendance would be the very first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament in later years. A Fixed date had not been chosen.

1911 – On March 19th millions of men and women in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland attended rallies to mark the first International Women’s Day. This came as a direct result of the 1910 meeting in Copenhagen and expanded beyond suffrage, they also demanded women’s rights to work, to receive vocational training and to end discrimination on the job.

1913 – IWD also became part of the peace movement during World War 1, Russia observed their first Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe it was observed on or about March 8 the following year. Each rally protested the war as well as expressed solidarity with other activists.

1917 – Russian women, again on the Last Sunday in February (on the Julian Calendar used by the orthodox which is March 8 on the Gregorian calendar- the most commonly used calendar worldwide) protested and went on strike for “Bread and Peace”. “we did not imagine that this ‘Women’s Day’ would inaugurate a revolution.” Said Leon Trotsky about the widespread protests. Four days later the provincial Government granted women the right to vote!

1975 – Beginning on March 8th the United Nations started celebrating International Women’s Year. This spurred creation of the Ontario Women and the Law Association and the Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC) and offered funding for many to participate in educational and artistic endeavors aimed at presenting women’s perspectives.

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Canadian Women’s Law Association of Ontario Logo

1995: The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic road-map signed by 189 governments, focused on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

2014 – The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) – the annual gathering of States to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights — focused on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. UN entities and accredited NGOs from around the world took stock of progress and remaining challenges towards meeting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs have played an important role in galvanizing attention on and resources for gender equality and women’s empowerment

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What you can do to support and participate in IDW:

  • Take part in an International Women’s Day event in your community.
  • Participate in the #MyFeminism campaign by providing your answer to the question: What does feminism mean to you?
  • Recognize the achievements of an exceptional woman in your community by profiling her in a local paper or online platform, making a donation to a charity in her name, or nominating her for an award (such as the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case).
  • Print the International Women’s Day poster to display in your office, home or community.
  • Share the International Women’s Day infobites across social media.
  • Encourage youth to get involved through classroom discussions and activities, using the Educators’ Toolkit.
  • Learn more about the challenges facing women around the world from international organizations like UN Women.
  • Donate your time to a local, national or international organization that supports women and gender equality.
  • Talk with men and boys about their role as advocates and allies for gender equality.
  • Plan a fundraising event at your workplace or school for a charity that works with women or works to advance gender equality.

“With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.” excerpt from https://www.internationalwomensday.com,Find so much more information right from the source!

International Women’s Day Toronto Events:

https://nowtoronto.com/events/bechdel-tested-women-s-night-bb34dd5b/?occ_dtstart=2018-03-08T21:00

https://www.facebook.com/events/140824243400012/

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