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Weekend Roundup: May 18 to 20

Friday: Toronto reggae legend Jay Douglas performs at Glenn Gould Studio

Friday, May 18
Start your weekend off with the soulful sounds of reggae and R&B music as Jamaican-born, Toronto-based icon Jay Douglas and his All-Star Band perform timeless tracks at the intimate Glenn Gould Studio.

Don’t miss the final few performances (tonight, plus two shows on Saturday) of the Bolshoi Ballet’s Swan Lake. Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, the Russian ballet’s signature show remains an absolute must-see even after all these years.

Relive the “Roaring Twenties” during a four-hour public dance-off at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre. You’ll have a great time shuffling and two-stepping the night away until one couple is ultimately crowned Dance Marathon champions.

Saturday: Russian phenom Evgeny Kissin tickles the ivories at Roy Thomson Hall

Saturday, May 19
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra continues its Masterworks concert series with a program including two works by Richard Strauss, plus Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor featuring Evgeny Kissin. British conductor Sir Andrew Davis acts as maestro of the evening’s classical bliss.

Cosmopolitan pop-opera quartet Il Divo tonight brings its soaring voices and boyish good looks to the Air Canad Centre. Special guest Nikki Yanofsky, better known as the voice of the 2012 Vancouver Winter Games’ theme song, opens the proceedings with her mix of jazz and pop songs.

Foodies Unite! Sign up to celebrate Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day at the Stop’s Farmers’ Market, which hosts a special chef’s table featuring samples of fresh, local and seasonal food featuring ingredients from local farmers. Help raise awareness about sustainable agriculture and the everyday food choices that affect our health and environment.

Sunday: Cavalia wows audiences with its equine-centric spectacular, Odysseo (photo by Francois Bergeron)

Sunday, May 20
Prepare to be awed by the electrifying spectacle of Cavalia’s Odysseo, which is in the midst of its only Canadian shows during its current North American tour. The mystical experience incorporating human and equestrian theatrics is on now through June 3 at the Port Lands.

Attention all arts, crafts and design enthusiasts! Don’t miss the final day of  Artisans at the Distillery show. More than 80 vendors offer everything from clothing to jewellery, gourmet food to photography at this open-air market.

Return to Harbourfront Centre to take full advantage of the long weekend—this time in the company of high-flying acrobats and other mind-blowing stunt performers! The Toronto International Circus Festival promises to bring out the kid in everyone.


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