THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!
Don’t Stop Believin’
It’s 1987 on the Sunset Strip and a small-town girl has just met a big-city musician. Watch as they fall in love against a backdrop of ’80s hits in the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages. A show about living large, playing loud and partying on, it’s back in town for a limited run at the Sony Centre, with classic jukebox tracks by Styx, REO Speedwagon, Journey and more along for the wild ride.
Six jam-packed days of aural action wrap up this Sunday as Canadian Music Week—complete with concerts, film screenings, industry events and even comedy performances—takes a bow for another year. On stage this weekend are heavyweights like Metric, Ron Sexsmith, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, while indie favourites like Austra and the Besnard Lakes fill up Toronto’s more intimate venues. Music-related movies are also on the schedule, as are roundtables, interviews and other events for industry insiders.
Of course we want you to be thinking about Toronto 24/7, but if you absolutely must indulge in some mental wanderlust, Iceland is definitely one of the better places to ponder. This weekend, A Taste of Iceland brings the best of the Nordic country’s cuisine, music, film and more to our city. Mixing the age-old and the brand new, Iceland’s unique and sophisticated culture is on display at various venues. Try the menu created by Reykjavik-based chef Hákon Már Örvarsson at the Drake Hotel or, on Saturday night, hear emerging Icelandic bands for free at The Hoxton.
View a Little Dance
Ballet, ballroom, jazz, hip hop, Celtic and much more! This Friday and Saturday Hart House Theatre hosts Canada’s largest university dance event; its Festival of Dance is a celebration of diversity featuring up to 60 different choreographed works and more that 200 top young performers.
Be seduced this Friday night by the passion of Mozart’s most risqué opera, Don Giovanni. In an interesting twist, the extraordinary young artists of the Glenn Gould School, together with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, are slated to perform the work—about an insatiable skirt-chaser who resorts to deception and murder to get what he wants—in the 1960s style of Mad Men. Koerner Hall has never witnessed such tempting impropriety!
Once Upon a Time
Imagine yourself inhabiting the imaginative worlds of Jay O’Callahan, Sandra Shamas and Kristin Wardetzky this weekend at the Toronto Storytelling Festival. The event welcomes bards from various communities to the new Regent Park arts and cultural centre, the Daniels Spectrum, to share their tales with the whole city.