THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!
Friday, October 10
Opening tonight, the Canadian Opera Company’s staging of Madama Butterfly is a must-see for opera fans. This beloved tale—with a score by Puccini—follows Cio-Cio San, a young geisha, who falls in love with and marries an American man, only to face heartbreak when, after years apart, he returns with an American wife. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $339; visit coc.ca for more information and to purchase.
In his theatrical performance, Helen Lawrence, opening tonight, visual artist Stan Douglas blends theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated simulation to tell a story about the efforts to reorganize Vancouver following World War II. Bluma Appel Theatre, 7 p.m.; tickets are $30 to $99; visit canadianstage.com or 416-368-3110 to charge.
Not only is Esperanza Spalding a cellist, she also plays the upright bass. Check out the Grammy Award-winning jazz musician’s incredible talent Friday night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at Exhibition Place. Tickets are $49.50; visit livenation.com or call 1-855-985-5000 to charge.
Find one-of-a-kind goods made by more than 50 Ontario artisans at Craft Ontario’s 2014 Craft Show. You’ll fine handmade jewellery, ceramics and textiles, as well as items made with glass, wood and more. Admission is by donation at the door. Friday 11 .m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Visit craftontario.com/craftshow for a full list of exhibitors and other information.
Saturday, October 11
Everyone can use a good laugh, and you can never go wrong with the pure comic genius of The Second City. The comedy troupe’s latest mainstage show, Rebel Without a Cosmos, combines sketch comedy, songs and improvisation in a performance that irreverently explores how humanity fits in the grand scheme of the universe. Bring tissues—you’ll probably laugh so hysterically you’ll cry. Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Sunday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Weekend ticket prices are $32 for general seating or $52 for premium seats. Visit secondcity.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
After a one-goal loss in their regular season opener, the Toronto Maple Leafs will hit the ice hungry as they take on Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburg Penguins this Saturday. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets are $40 - $900; visit ticketmaster.ca to purchase.
If classical music is more your tune, don’t miss the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Dvorak New World Symphony, featuring violinist Karen Gomyo, at Roy Thompson Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 to $105; visit tso.ca for more information and to purchase.
Sunday, October 12
Sunday is your last chance to see “Wanted,” an exhibition of Louis Boudreault’s paper and graphite mug shot portraits of legendary figures at Thompson Landry Gallery. Spanning such notable names as Steve McQueen, Janis Joplin, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Oscar Wilde, this showing of large-scale portraits is not to be missed. The gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday; 32 Distillery Lane, 416-364-4955.
Toronto-based experimental turntablist SlowPitch (Cheldon Paterson) is bringing his unique blend of composition and improvisation—during which he often includes field recordings—to Musideum, a musical instrument shop. Beginning at 8 p.m., a demo performance will be followed by a Q&A. Cover is $15, or $10 for students and seniors. Musideum, 401 Richmond St. W., 416-599-7323.
If you’re longing for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, look no further than Casa Loma’s Thanksgiving Feast, with lunch and dinner seatings on Sunday. Reservations are required, and the meal will set you back $55 per person, or $45 for children under 12 (full payment, including added taxes and gratuity, are required upon booking); call 416-923-1171 to make a reservation. Visit casaloma.org for more information.
Monday, October 13
One more thing we can be thankful for this Thanksgiving Monday: Aussie pop star Betty Who (whose tune “Somebody Loves You” has been on our lips since a certain flash mob proposal video went viral) is gracing the stage at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club, with guests Joywave and Great Good Fine OK. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19.50; visit livenation.com to purchase.
Beers from three local craft breweries—Beau’s All-Natural Brewing, Black Oak Brewery and Junction Craft Brewery—will be flowing at the Evergreen Brick Works from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thanksgiving for Torontoberfest, the final Brewer’s Backyard event of the season. Admission is free to this family-friendly event. Visit brewersbackyard.com for more information.