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Weekend Roundup: November 23 to 25

Terminus opens the “Off-Mirvish” series

Friday, November 23
Fresh to the Royal Alexandra Theatre this week, Terminus is the inaugural production for the Off-Mirvish stage season, which highlights original and daring theatrical works. Described as a spoken-word Irish rap-opera, the show chronicles the wildly imaginative but twisted tale of one supernatural night in Dublin. In an enticing twist, the audience is actually seated on the stage while the performance transpires against the backdrop of balconies and chandeliers in the historic Royal Alex.

It’s a big night for music as legendary British rock band The Who rolls into town to play their classic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety. Original band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are sure to give audiences a concert to remember as they take over the Air Canada Centre.

What’s that? You want more tunes? The head to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which tonight hosts the Molson Canadian House Concert series. Part of the 100th Grey Cup Festival, the event features Canadian hit makers Matthew Good, Sam Roberts Band and Treble Charger.

Ceramic maple syrup bottles by Marianne Chenard are just one of many products at the One of a Kind Show

Saturday, November 24
Get a head start on all your holiday shopping at the One of a Kind Christmas Show, a huge expo of quality handmade-in-North America goods by more than 800 artists, designers and craftspeople. With cool jewellery, cutting-edge clothing, fine art, ceramics and much more, it’s easy to find something for everyone on your list.

Get in the festive spirit at Toronto’s waterfront neighbourhood opens its annual Winterfest celebrations. Among the opportunities for family fun: visit Santa’s workshop in Queen’s Quay Terminal, where your kids can create holiday ornaments, greeting cards and even decorate an elf hat.

Homegrown indie-rock sensation Metric returns to Toronto tonight after a long haul of concerts abroad. Promoting its 5th studio album, Synthetica, which has been described as “sonically futuristic yet organic,” the band led by vocalist Emily Haines brings a hip and eclectic sound to the Air Canada Centre. Fellow Canadians Stars take the stage to open the show.

Can the Toronto Argos relive their 1990s glory days and bring home a Grey Cup championship?

Sunday, November 25
Celebrating its incredible 100th anniversary, the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup championship game has extra significance for Toronto—our hometown Argonauts will be there, fighting for the endzone against the Calgary Stampeders. The game itself is sold out, you can still get in on the action at the Nissan Family Zone at Yonge-Dundas Square and the Adrenaline Zone at Nathan Phillips Square. There’s also a huge tailgate party and ribfest taking place outside the Rogers Centre, to get you ready for the big game.

After three tough games on the road, the Toronto Raptors return to the Air Canada Centre. Their job, however, doesn’t get any easier; today they’re matched up against basketball powerhouse the San Antonio Spurs. Can DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry continue their effective play? Will Andrea Bargnani finally produce a full effort on both ends of the floor? Learn the answers to these and other Raps-related queries this afternoon!

A classic fairy tale gets the song, dance and comedy treatment from Toronto’s best-known theatrical satirist, Ross Petty, in Snow White the Deliciously Dopey Family Musical. Canadian Idol winner Melissa O’Neil is the “fairest maiden of them all” in this zany pantomime filled with humourous pop-culture references.

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