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Weekend Roundup: February 1 to 3

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

Toronto Weekend Events

An incendiary production of Tristan und Isolde is now on stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (photo: Michael Cooper)

Dramatic Duo
A weekend of operatic bliss begins on Saturday with the Canadian Opera Company’s staging of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, a story of passion about a knight and maiden who are unwittingly share a love potion—with tragic consequences. Sunday sees Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito tell of an emperor who chooses to forgive a betrayal rather than seek revenge. Both productions unite their classical scores with modern production elements to impressive effect.

Bundle Up and Dance
Stand in defiance of the temperamental weather by heading to Ontario Place’s Echo Beach this Friday and Saturday for the Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival. With DJs and electronic artists including Moby and Dubfire churning out the hottest (and naturally, danceable) tracks, this party promises to be the “coolest thing to hit Toronto since snow!”

Cultural Vitality
Celebrate the vibrant contributions of African-Canadian artists during the first weekend of Black History Month. Harbourfront Centre’s annual Kuumba (the Swahili word for creativity) event showcases films like Menelik Shabazz’s The Story of Lover’s Rock, as well as music, storytelling and interactive family activities. On Saturday, see rising poetry stars perform as part of “Word Up!!! Bring On Da L.O.V.E”, an exciting spoken word event.

A Play’s Premiere
A political icon of the Phillipines is re-imagined in Every Letter Counts, a dramatic collision of past and present, myth and memory opening this weekend at Factory Theatre. Filipina-Canadian Nina Lee Aquino wrote and stars in this intimate account of a woman struggling to find her own path in the shadow of her uncle.

Two New on View
A pair of exhibitions exploring states of enthusiasm, frustration, determination and exhaustion open this Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. In the gallery’s main space, the group show Are You Alright? New Art from Britain exposes an undercurrent of disillusionment running through British society. Conversely, the video installation They Shoot the Horses by Phil Collins (no, not that Phil Collins) employs a soundtrack of pop music to simulate a dance marathon featuring a group of Palestinian youths. The exhibits contrast nicely and are sure to elicit both an emotional and an intellectual response.

Cuddy ‘n’ Company
Blue Rodeo, Canada’s favourite country-rock band returns to Toronto for a two-night residency at Massey Hall. Celebrate the Juno-winning group’s 25th anniversary by singing along to their hits on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sexy Stage
The age-old art of cabaret gets dragged “kicking and screaming into the 21st century” courtesy of Meow Meow. The Australian iconoclast’s one-woman show blends performance art, cabaret, pop culture and comedy at the Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall this Saturday night.

Asian Orientation
With Chinese New Year just around the corner, the Royal Ontario Museum this Saturday welcomes locals and visitors alike to its Chinese Cultural Heritage Day. Featuring live music and dance, hands-on activities, colourful costumes, a traditional tea-tasting ceremony and much more, the event promises a full day of family fun and education.

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