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Weekend Roundup: February 8 to 10

These weekend events and concerts are guaranteed to make your time in Toronto even more memorable!

Toronto Weekend Events

Bharati is but one of the great performances and events happening this weekend in Toronto

Mumbai as Muse
In Bharati, on stage Saturday and Sunday at the Sony Centre, India plays a dual role: at once a central character in a love story and the guiding theme in the music and dance of a spectacular stage performance. The age-old traditions and emerging modern customs intertwine as two characters find love against a backdrop of famous Bollywood songs.

Opinionated Lady
Known for her bold and witty social commentary—bulwarked by classic New York attitude—Fran Lebowitz is just one of those people who you can always count on to provide a thought-provoking perspective on life. On Friday evening the renowned writer and cultural satirist comes to Massey Hall, where she’ll be prodded by CBC Radio’s ever-willing questioner, Jian Ghomeshi.

Thrust to the Fore
Where Shakespeare ended a scene, Tom Stoppard began it anew. Friday and Saturday offer the opportunity to catch early-bird showings of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the American playwright’s famed reimagining of Hamlet. Soulpepper Theatre Company’s production stars Ted Dykstra and Jordan Pettle as the titular courtiers who must come to terms with their fates while literature’s most famous Danish prince plots offstage.

Campaign Stop
As much as we love the internet as a source of infinite information, it is perhaps equally loathed as a medium for endless advertising. This weekend, progressive gallery Onsite at OCAD University opens an exhibition dubbed Ads for the People: Selling Ethics in the Digital Age, which explores our aversion to banners, pop-ups and their ilk by looking at the potential good that can come from digital advertising, especially in the way it allows non-profit organization to disseminate their messages.

Happy New Year!
Ring in the Year of the Snake at Harbourfront Centre’s Lunarfest, where the richness and diversity of Asian culture propels a weekend full of family-friendly amusement. Set off on a scrumptious tour of the dumpling menu, learn about the significance of the Chinese lion dance, and skate to the beats of DJ serious under the moonlight.

On-Board Look-Back
Many of the sights and streets of Toronto speak to past successes and struggles. On Saturday, as part of Black History Month, Heritage Toronto teams up with the Ontario Black History Society and the Black Artists Network in Dialogue for a bus tour that unveils the lives of African-Canadians and the myriad ways in which they have contributed to growth and richness of our city.

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