THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!
Spoon River headlines Toronto’s current crop of weekend events (photo: Cylla von Tiedemann)
THE MAIN EVENT
Like a modern (well, not too modern) River Styx, Spoon River is populated by the dead. Fortunately, they’re a congenial bunch. Adapted by Mike Ross and Albert Schultz, the musical brings to life the stories of a rural town’s long-deceased residents, as originally told in Edgar Lee Masters’ poetic 1915 Spoon River Anthology. Soulpepper Theatre Company’s acclaimed production returns to the Young Centre stage beginning this Saturday.
A THRILLING TALK
Over the course of 10 frigid days, four experienced climbers navigated a new frontier: a 2,000-foot spire called Bertha’s Tower in Antarctica’s Wohlthat Mountains range. Now back from the pole, two of the four adventurers, explorer Mike Libecki and photographer Cory Richards, talk about their uncharted summit on Sunday afternoon (as well as Monday and Tuesday nights) at Roy Thomson Hall, as part of the National Geographic Live series.
Music lovers can be all about that bass on Friday night as singer Meghan Trainor sets up at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, or go for some classi-pop at the Sony Centre, which hosts YouTube-famous musicians The Piano Guys. Saturday features a pair of performances at Koerner Hall—an afternoon show designed for families, plus a regular evening show—by contemporary New Orleans pianist Jon Batiste and his band, Stay Human, and Sunday night sees diminutive pop star Ariana Grande filling up a big venue: the Air Canada Centre.
The 10th edition of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is pretty much guaranteed to inspire guffaws all weekend long (and through to March 15, in fact). Its opening-weekend lineup features performances by a who’s-who of laugh-worthy locals, including the Sketchersons, Rulers of the Universe and the Templeton Philharmonic, plus headlining American duo the Pajama Men.
Hunters of home-decor items and gatherers of garments are advised to check out the Toronto Antique and Vintage Market and Toronto Vintage Clothing Show, co-located this weekend at Exhibition Place’s Queen Elizabeth Building. This year’s clothing show is especially exciting: among its featured vendors is Carole Tanenbaum, one of the city’s best-known retailers of beautiful vintage clothing and jewellery. And on Sunday, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the Gardiner Museum partners with Far & Wide Collective—an organization that empowers artisans from developing economies by bringing their wares to the international market—to host a showcase of crafts and jewellery handmade by women from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Swaziland and elsewhere.
JUST FOR KIDS
TIFF’s efforts to foster childhood learning and discovery through immersive visual media culminate this weekend with the opening of its digiPlaySpace. The six-week exhibition is now in its fourth year, and better than ever, with new artist-designed installations that combine everything from math and science to visual arts to computer programming, robotics and even virtual reality, all in an effort to encourage media literacy and promote creative thinking.