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Start a strange new Christmas tradition with Henri Fabergé’s holiday rock opera

(Image: Madi Chambers)

(Image: Madi Chambers)

The avant-garde enigma Henri Fabergé (real name: Henry Fletcher) has been hovering around the city’s art, music and theatre fringes for years: he’s best known for The Adorables, a secretive supergroup featuring members of The Bicycles and Born Ruffians, who play surreal live shows that feel like East Village ’80s performance art. His latest creation, Crisis on St. Creskins, is a site-specific holiday rock opera that transforms the great rooms and hallways of the Campbell House Museum into an Edwardian naval academy, where students are staging a Christmas pageant while stoking a long-held rivalry with a nearby arts college. The show is arch and absurdist, combining cabaret, improv and punk into an irreverent new holiday tradition.

Dec. 13 to 15. $20. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. W., 416-597-0227, henri-faberge.com.

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Festive Feast: the top 20 artisanal treats of the season

A hedonistic reverie of hand-crafted, artisanal, drop-dead-delicious holiday treats

Holiday Special: Festive Feast

Cinnamon candy apples from Apiecalypse Now

’Tis the season for reckless over-indulgence, so why waste it on frozen turkeys and mass-market confections? We rounded up the city’s most gorge-worthy holiday foods that’ll satisfy every nostalgic craving. Here, the top 20 holiday treats in the city.

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be torture—not if you know where to go and what to get. We asked retail tastemakers across the city for suggestions. Here, 80 inspired gift ideas

Toronto Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Under $50
Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: $50 to $150
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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Explorers

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 14 inspired suggestions for the travelers, adventurers and urban explorers on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Explorers

White Faux Bison Head, $225, Elte

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts Under $50

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 27 gifts that won’t break the bank

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Gifts $50 and Under

Krochet Kids Hoot Tuque, $45, Holt Renfrew, H Project

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts $50–$150

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 25 gifts priced between $50 and $150

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Gifts $150 and Under

Hooded Pack-Away Puffer, $69, Joe Fresh

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: DIY Gifts

DIY classes and workshops to help you channel your inner elf

Christmas Gift Guide 2014: Japanese Tie-Dye
Japanese Tie-Dye

The Shop offers drop-in classes in the art of shibori. DIYers pleat, bind and knot white fabric before dipping it in dye for twisty prints. Dec. 23. $45. 1139 College St., 416-949-1184.

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Style Setters

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 24 inspired suggestions for the style-conscious friends on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Groomers

Peppercotton Confetti Bracelet, $248, Ewanika

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts $150 and Over

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 28 gifts worth splurging on

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Gifts $150 and Over

Accordion Briefcase, $595, Philip Sparks

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: See All Gifts

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 80 inspired suggestions

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: See All Gifts

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Kids

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 12 inspired suggestions for the little ones on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Kids

Haptic Lab Ship Kite, $50, Kol Kid

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Cooks

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 13 inspired suggestions for the dinner-party-throwers on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Cooks

Dumpling Cube, $25, ShopAGO

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Homebodies

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 16 inspired suggestions for the home decorators (and couch snugglers) on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Homebodies

Moroccan Pillow, $85, GoodFolk

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts That Keep On Giving

Subscription gifts that will keep friends and family unwrapping all year

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Purchase, Give, Repeat
For Condo Dwellers

Foodie Pages Chef’s Box
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What you get: Five or more local, sustainably produced pantry staples, like cold-pressed sunflower oil and Stasis preserves, selected by big-name chefs like Mark McEwan, Anthony Walsh and Lora Kirk.
Price: $55 per package

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Thrilling Gifts

OD’ing on stuff? Three memorable gifts that will give them a thrill

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Adventure Time
For health nuts
Aerial Yoga

Fly Studio, downtown’s first aerial yoga space, has yogis perform postures in silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling. The mix of meditation, inversion and acrobatics gives the workout a Cirque du Soleil twist. $85 for a private class. 489 Queen St. W., 647-350-3597.

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