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Things to Do in Toronto: Festivals, Concerts and Events This March

There are always so many things to do in Toronto. Get out and enjoy some of the many great expos, events and concerts taking place throughout the city this month!

BY SARA BURNSIDE MENUCK, BROCK SUTHERLAND & STEPHANIE YOUNG

Jennifer Tremblay's The Carousel goes 'round and 'round from March 11 to 30 (photo: Tanja Tiziana)

Jennifer Tremblay’s The Carousel goes ’round and ’round from March 11 to 30 (photo: Tanja Tiziana)

TO MARCH 30  It’s a surreal stage upon which the 6 Essential Questions of Toronto writer Priscila Uppal are considered. Part memoir, part murky dreamscape, this darkly comic world premiere explores the “carnival of the human mind.” Prepare to have your emotions taken for a ride as a runaway mother, estranged daughter, ghostly grandmother and absent uncle re-discover the meaning of family. Factory Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $35 to $45; call 416-504-9971 or visit factorytheatre.ca for further details.

STARTS MARCH 8  Though the popular TIFF Kids festival of youth-oriented cinema is a month away, film-savvy children can check out the affiliated digiPlaySpace just in time for March Break. Designed for tykes age three to 13, the interactive expo makes moviemaking (and more) fun and educational with numerous attractions like Be in the Scene, which uses green-screen technology to project youngsters into a digital image, and the new Magnificent Transmogrification Station, a stop-motion animation experience. Kids are also free to discover the Appcade, where film-related apps illuminate everything from counting and alphabet basics to the principles of robotics. TIFF Bell Lightbox, $10 to $20; call 416-599-8433 or visit tiff.net for more information.

MARCH 11 TO 30   ‘Round and ‘round we go in Jennifer Tremblay’s The Carousel, a sequel to her award-winning 2008 play The List. An unnamed woman sits at her dying mother’s bedside accompanied by thoughts of her already deceased grandmother in this multi-generational story strung together by a series of carousel rides. Delving deep into a tangled maze of memory in which characters appear and reappear, the drama forces us to  consider the infinite loops we run in our own minds. Berkeley Street Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $25 to $45; call 416-368-3110 or visit nightwoodtheatre.net for further details and to buy.

MARCH 12 TO 16  Your favourite cartoon friends are in town this month, as 50-plus beloved characters strap on their skates for the Disney on Ice presentation Let’s Party! This upbeat performance has audiences get in a Mardi Gras groove with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, celebrate a royal Valentine’s Day ball with the likes of Belle and Snow White, watch a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch, and much more. The show’s blend of contemporary music with classic movie songs is sure to have everyone singing along. Rogers Centre, $28 to $93; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit disneyonice.com for further details.

MARCH 14 TO 23  Immerse yourself in North America’s  largest house and garden event as the National Home Show and Canada Blooms join forces once again. Swing by the main stage for celebrity guest speakers like HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler, and make sure to book a Destination Renovation appointment to get exclusive one-on-one pointers from expert remodelers. Then swap indoors for out and wander through the fanciful gardens—designed with this year’s “wild” theme in mind. Direct Energy Centre, $13 to $20 (two-day pass $29); for tickets and more information, visit nationalhomeshow.com and canadablooms.com.

The National Ballet of Canada's Onegin> is on stage from March TK to TK (photo: Aleksandar Antonijevic)

The National Ballet of Canada’s Onegin> is on stage from March 19 to 23 (photo: Aleksandar Antonijevic)

MARCH 19  Even as it approaches its 95th anniversary, the Los Angeles Philharmonic continues to make (sound) waves under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. For  the first time together in Toronto, the conductor  and his famed orchestra combine contemporary and classical in a performance of symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Corigliano. Roy Thomson Hall,  8 p.m., $69.50 to $169.50; call 416-872-4255 or visit roythomsonhall.com for more information and tickets.

MARCH 19 & 21  The finest young musical talents from the Glenn Gould School and Royal Conservatory unite in  a production of Janacek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen. Adapted from a 1920s Czech comic strip, the work is a tapestry of styles and genres—from children’s fable to pastoral romp to rumination on life and death—woven together with rhythmic Moravian folk melodies. Koerner Hall, 7:30 p.m., $25 to $55; call 416-408-2824 or visit rcmusic.ca for further details.

MARCH 19 TO 23  Combining the insightful choreography of John Cranko and the romantic, timeless score by Tchaikovsky, Onegin chassés to the Toronto stage courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada. A potent portrait of love in multiple forms, the production brings to life the dramatic transformation of Tatiana, a naïve country girl whose heart is broken by the aristocratic but arrogant title character, into a woman of graceful poise who later turns him away. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, $25 to $244; call 416-345-9595 or visit national.ballet.ca for showtimes and more information.

MARCH 26 TO 30  It’s all jazz hands on deck for a limited-engagement production of Chicago. Starring Canadian figure skater-turned-actor Elvis Stojko as Billy Flynn, the Broadway musical tells a razzle-dazzle tale of fame, fortune, corruption and romance as two murderous Vaudevillian showgirls attempt to weasel out of dive bars and back into the spotlight. Featuring fantastic dance and show-stopping numbers such as “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle,” Chicago is sure to leave you with an extra shimmy in your step. Princess of Wales Theatre, $32 to $130; call 416-872-1212 or visit mirvish.com for showtimes and tickets.

TOP CONCERTS THIS MONTH

Billy Joel plays the Air Canada Centre on March 9 (photo: Kevin Mazur)

Billy Joel plays the Air Canada Centre on March 9 (photo: Kevin Mazur)

MARCH 1  Paul Simon and Sting perform a boomer-friendly double bill at the Air Canada Centre.

MARCH 4  Imagine Dragons brings their Vegas-born alt-rock to the ACC.

MARCH 3  Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer combine as Broken Bells at the Danforth Music Hall.

MARCH 7  A Tribe Called Red performs its distinct blend of Aboriginal music and hip-hop at The Hoxton.

MARCH 9  The Piano Man himself, Billy Joel, tickles the ivories at the capacious Air Canada Centre.

MARCH 13  Arcade Fire enlivens the ACC with Dan Deacon and fellow Canadian Kid Koala.

MARCH 15  Randy Bachman takes care of business at Massey Hall, leading a multimedia tour of music history in a live rendering of his Vinyl Tap radio show.

MARCH 15  Little lady and newly minted musical royalty Lorde lands at Sound Academy.

MARCH 18  Jazz master and afro aficionado Pat Metheny brings his Unity Group to Massey Hall.

MARCH 22  The Horseshoe Tavern welcomes Canadian indie rockers The Wooden Sky to its legendary and wooden stage.

MARCH 23  Riding the promotional train for their third album, Atlas, Real Estate serenades the Opera House.

MARCH 24 & 25  From sketch and stand-up to sitcoms to rap, Donald Glover wears his Childish Gambino mask for two nights at Sound Academy.

MARCH 27  Canadian rockers Hedley combine with Classified and USS for an Air Canada Centre concert.

MARCH 29  Kraftwerk work their krautrock craft (in 3D!) at the Sony Centre.

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