These weekend events and performances are guaranteed to make your time in Toronto even more memorable!
Films at TIFF
Celebrate the best in Canadian filmmaking from the past year at the TIFF Bell Lightbox—this weekend marks your final opportunity to see the TIFF’s Canada’s Top 10 picks. The 2012 list (and accompanying screening program) included such feature-length and short-form flicks as David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and Peter Mettler’s mind-expanding The End of Time. And should you be in the mood for slightly lighter fare, Friday marks the opening of TIFF’s series Whoa. The Films of Keanu Reeves.
The Happy Show
For a good time, visit the Design Exchange, where Austrian-born, New York-based graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister this week debuted his conceptual exhibition The Happy Show which encourages guests to “walk into the artist’s mind” as it explores various ways to increase contentment.
An unexpected visitor comes between an unhappy couple in the Canadian Stage Company’s presentation of Someone Else. Recently opened at the Berkeley Street Theatre, this darkly comedic brainchild of playwright Kristen Thomson and director Chris Abraham (the duo behind I, Claudia) is sure to have you seeing relationships in a whole new light.
Make a return trip to Ithaca this weekend as Nightwood Theatre brings back to the stage its smash-hit interpretation of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad. A modern take on Homer’sThe Odyssey, the powerful drama stars Megan Follows as Penelope, and allows us to meet a character who for centuries has been overshadowed by her absentee husband.
Old Wolfie gets an exuberant airing this Saturday and Sunday (at Roy Thomson Hall and the George Weston Recital Hall respectively) as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra offers Mozart Delights for Violin, Flute and Harp. Among the program’s four works are the Concerto for Flute and Harp, and the “Haffner” Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, featuring young violinist Augustin Hadelich.
Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers
Fill your Saturday night with evocative movement as Harbourfront Centre hosts a stirring performance by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. The troupe’s Toward Light pays tribute to its late founder and creative director, Rachel Browne, by re-staging her most compelling choreography from 1964 to 2012.