November always gets me. Not only is my birthday month (yes, I celebrate quietly with friends and family for the month) but it’s leading up to the holiday season. The Santa Claus Parade happens mid month and then POOF! Everyone is playing “Winter Wonderland.” I admit to really getting into the festive mood early and start getting out with friends and family before the crush. Here are some great events happening in Toronto during this month…

True Beauty Talk: The Burroughs (639 Queen Street West), November 1. 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Canada’s first expert clean beauty panel event and exposition presented by The Truth Beauty Company. TBT connects green beauty pioneers with market leaders, media and industry enthusiast through informative sessions and networking. A movement towards better beauty. More info here.

Happy Place:  Harbourfront at 245 Queens Quay West. November 1 to January 1

This touring exhibition makes a stop in Toronto following a successful run in LA and Chicago. Interactive art installations encourage visitors to find their joy in the simplest pleasures from making confetti angels to jumping in a massive ball pit to finding themselves in a field of flowers and more. Explore over 20 installations and take as many selfies as your heart desires. Visit the Happy Food stations at the end for your fill of happy hot chocolate, happy grilled cheese, and smiley face cookies. Family friendly. Tickets here.

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner: Cafe Boulud, Four Seasons Toronto. November 15.

True foodies will not want to miss this rare opportunity to have six of the world’s leading chefs showcase their talents in this dinner event. Chef Daniel Boulud will be joined by a celebrate last of culinary talent for a special dinner in support of the James Beard Foundation. The Foundation awards are known as the Oscars of the food world. This is the only Canadian stop on their Celebrity Chef Tour series.  More info here.

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair: Exhibition Place, November 2 to 11

Since 1922, the country has come to the city as farmers, growers, producers and homesteaders have come from all over Canada to exhibit their very best agricultural products and livestock. Today The Royal continues that legacy of excellence and is the largest indoor agricultural event in the world. The Royal Horse Show is one of the world’s finest equestrian spectacles and attracts athletes from across the planet. Every year, 300,000 people come to The Fair to celebrate the very best food, livestock and horsemanship this country has to offer. More info here

PupsYoga Toronto Humane Society: 374 Dupont Street, 2nd Floor. November 3 at 10:30 am

Support the Toronto Humane Societies with a very special yoga class and play with dogs! We know that puppies relieve stress too! You’ll be able to do you sun salutations and play with dogs. But let’s be serious there will be alot more Awwws than Ommms.  $15 from every ticket sold will be donated to the THS. More info here.

Secret Life of Mother: The Theatre Centre, Franco Boni Theatre, 1115 Queen Street West. Until November 11

In 2013, long-time friends, Hannah Moscovitch (Bunny / Stratford Festival) and Maev Beaty (Mouthpiece / feature film) began work on a project about motherhood. What started as an exploration of mothers took a very personal turn when both women became mothers themselves. Suddenly, they were experiencing what they were writing about; an investigation became a confessional.  Secret Life of a Mother reveals what two women are actually experiencing: the raw and transcendent and untold secrets of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and mothering. This is motherhood for the 21st century: hallucinatory, gothic, and empowered. Tickets here.

Friends, The Musical Parody: CAA Theatre, Mirvish. November 1 to 25.

A comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The new musical recreates our favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music filled romp. Tickets here.Toronto Plus Size Fashion Show: Artscape Sandbox, November 10, 5pm to 10 pm

Join in the fashion event filled with runway shows, panel discussion on all inclusive fashion. Some of the biggest industry players and forward thinking designers, retailers, models are here to shift the body perception that caters to all clients without discrimination. More info here.

The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret. Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Opens November 23.

It’s been a year since the accusations of sexual assault and predatory behaviour from women in Hollywood and beyond of Harvey Weinstein’s broke. In this film, veteran Canadian filmmaker Barry Avrich, who has documented Weinstein’s success and fury in his 2010 doc Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, returns to chronicle the takedown of the disgraced movie mogul. The film details not only the personal toll of Weinstein’s alleged pathology, but broadens the systemic scale of ensuing scandals involving James Toback, Woody Allen and Louis C.K. Featuring interviews with victims and whistleblowers, as well as divisive Canadian figures Marie Henein and Margaret Wente, Avrich brings controversial voices and underfed women to the forefront in this unsettling look at one of the most explosive watersheds of sexual politics. More info here.

John Legend – A Legendary Christmas: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. November 27.

The critically acclaimed, multi-platinum singer songwriter John Legend has announced his first Christmas album, A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS. To mark the launch of the new release , Legend embarks on a 25-date tour.  Tickets here.

One of a Kind Show: Enercare Centre (CNE grounds) November 22 to December 2.

The most popular artisan show of the season returns with hundreds of makers, crafters, artists, and designers to meet all your season’s gifting needs. Hard to resist the beautiful and unique pieces found here. Stay for special guest speakers and events including late night shopping dates. More info here.