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International Festival of Authors | Until Sunday October 28 | Fleck Theatre | Hours | Phone 416-973-4000

Each fall, the International Festival of Authors brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions, public book signings and a number of special events, including celebrations of the Governor General’s Literary Award and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalists, as well as the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize

The IFOA devotes a number of events to authors and books within a particular focus.

Taxed Out | Until Friday December 14 | Urban Space Gallery | Hours | Phone 416-595-5900

The Ryerson City Building Institute has released its analysis of the devastating impact that high property taxes are having on small and independent businesses in the downtown core. Sub-titled “Can Toronto Retail Main Streets Survive?” it shows how the downtown is being eviscerated from its small businesses and how jobs are lost.

The report is also a photo exposition at Urban Space Gallery at 401 Richmond Street West (at Spadina). What could be a dry statistical comparative analysis, is actually an engaging display of the challenges faced and asks the question about how lively do we want our streets to be.

Anthropocene | Until Sunday January 6 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours

Anthropocene dramatically illustrates how we, individually and collectively, are leaving a human signature on our world. World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and multiple award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier have created a powerful series of new photographs, including larg-scale murals augmented by film extensions, film installations and augmented reality (AR) installations, that take us to places we are deeply connected to – but normally never see.

The artists travelled to countries on every continent, save Antarctica, documenting irreversible marks of human activity. Informed by scientific research, powered by aesthetic vision, inspired by a desire to bear witness, they reveal the scale and gravity of our impact on the planet.

Art Toronto | From Friday October 26 to Monday October 29 | Metro Convention Centre | Hours

Founded in 2000, Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair, providing unique access to the Canadian art market. An annual fall event, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation’s art world. A popular event attended by art collectors and industry professionals, Art Toronto showcases galleries and is the place to network with a diverse and well connected group of collectors and dealers. Art Toronto presents more than 100 select galleries, complemented with special projects, exhibits, a full VIP program and dynamic cultural offerings.

Royal Agricultural fair | From Friday November 2 to Sunday November 11 | Exhibition Place | Hours

According to the Tourism Office of Toronto, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world’s largest indoor agricultural and equestrian event. Visitors can learn about local food, get up-close to renowned chefs, be informed about latest techniques, or watch the famous horse shows and competitions. One can see prized classics such as butter sculpting, birds of prey demonstrations, and the K9 Equine Relay featuring the President’s Choice SuperDogs.

The fair also offers plenty of opportunities to wine, dine and unwind. From the Craft Beer and Cider Awards to The Royal Wine Competition, there is more than one way to sip, sample and savour great local food and beverages.

Santa Claus Parade | Sunday November 18 | Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square | Hours

The Santa Claus Parade starts at 12:30 p.m. at Christie Pitts, moves east to Avenue Road, around Queen's Park and south to Front. On Front Street it turns east and ends at St-Lawrence Market.

Gourmet Food and Wine Expo | From Thursday November 22 to Sunday November 25 | Metro Convention Centre | Hours

The annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo is held in November at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. Each year the Expo offers 42,000 guests an great opportunitiey to sample over 1,500 fine wines, spirits and beers from around the globe.

The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo embraces the style and sophistication of a cocktail party paired with unprecedented educational opportunities and compelling feature areas.

One of Kind Show | From Thursday November 22 to Sunday December 2 | Exhibition Place

The One of a Kind Show attracts upwards of 200,000 visitors annually. The Toronto shows have become a Canadian shopping tradition for those in search of the unique, the handcrafted and the fantastic.

The One of a Kind Show offers an interactive experience in which artisans have the opportunity to showcase their talents and connect with their consumers. Everything sold at the Show is handmade by artisans from across Canada and the U.S. The One of a Kind Shows are constantly transforming and gener

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