Shakespeare: If Music Be...

Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble has created a Shakespearean mash-up of music, dance and creative readings from the Bard’s most famous scenes.

Considering the critical acclaim that the ensemble has received for past shows, we’re betting this production will deliver much more than a hackneyed montage of scenes from Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet.

Dec. 11, 8 p.m. 231 Queens Quay W., $25 to $59, 416-973-4000;


The Nutcracker

Christmas isn’t Christmas without the Sugar Plum Fairy — and with more than 10 layers of tulle to her tutu, there’s really no competing with the Fairy in the National Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Even if you do have to see that Grade 4 Christmas show, make sure you still buy tickets to “The best Nutcracker on the planet.”

Dec. 11 to Jan. 2, showtimes vary. 145 Queen St. W., $31.50 to $380, 416-345-9595;

Book Fair

Toronto Small Press Winter Book Fair

First organized by local lit-heads Stuart Ross and Nick Power and initially featuring only five or six small presses, the Toronto Small Press Book has grown to an impressive biannual event.

On Saturday, it celebrates 23 years of fairs, with a huge selection of literary creations from small presses in Toronto and across Canada.

Dec. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 1087 Queen W.;



Influential U.K. producer, collaborator and musician — don’t call him a trip-hop artist — Tricky came out with his acclaimed ninth album Mixed Race this year.

He’s been keeping a low media profile, granting only a couple of interviews to promote his new “urban gangster” album.

But don’t worry, Tricky still sounds as bleak and as twisted as ever.

Dec. 12, 10 p.m. $20. Mod Club (722 College St.).

DJ Evil Dee @ Never Forgive Action
Brooklyn hip-hop DJ/producer Evil Dee has bookended 2010 with gigs at classic hip-hop monthly Never Forgive Action.

In January, this legendary member of both Black Moon and Da Beatminerz had audiences screaming and singing along to tracks he’d produced for those groups and acts like Busta Rhymes, Dilated Peoples and De La Soul.

Dee has continued to produce steadily, tour constantly and hold down radio stints. Here, he helps celebrate the birthday of beloved NFA resident Dalia, who’ll soon take a break from clubs for “DJ maternity leave.”

Dec. 11. $10. The Drake Underground (1150 Queen St. W.).

Toronto’s Grahmzilla has been hard at work since Thunderheist — the band of which he was half —called it quits.

He’s released solo abstract originals and remixes under the name of Nautiluss and now makes his return to the dance floor, working with Brooklyn’s Jubilee under the name of Bassanovva.

Also not to be missed is fast-rising Montreal producer Jacques Greene, whose style of house has been championed by the BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs.
Dec 11. $10. The Social (1100 Queen W.)

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