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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of April 11–13

Catch the COC's adaptation of Hercules this weekend. (Image: Michael Cooper)

Catch the COC’s adaptation of Hercules this weekend. (Image: Michael Cooper)

In this edition of The Weekender, a modern reinterpretation of a classic opera, a festival of kids’ movies and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

OPERA

Hercules
For the Canadian Opera Company’s adaptation of Handel’s Hercules, American stage director Peter Sellars has pared down the show’s libretto in order to bring it closer, in spirit, to the Sophocles play that inspired it to begin with. Even as the production reaches for its ancient-Greek roots, it also connects with audiences in a contemporary way, by portraying Hercules as a modern U.S. army general suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Apr. 11. $89-$255. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., coc.ca

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of April 4–6

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Newmindspace’s annual pillow fight returns this weekend. (Image: Alex Indigo)

In this edition of The Weekender, a massive pillow fight, a festival of silent film and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

FIGHT

Pillow Fight Toronto 2014 (FREE!)
The annual Newmindspace pillow fight returns. Hundreds of participants will gather in Nathan Phillips Square to beat the stuffing out of one another with pillows from home, in celebration of International Pillow Fight Day. The theme of this year’s brawl is “superheroes versus villains,” and costumes are encouraged. But take note: feather pillows are banned (they make a mess). Apr. 5. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, facebook.com

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Six things to do in Toronto on the weekend of March 28–30

The One of a Kind Show returns this weekened. (Image: Courtesy of the One of a Kind Show)

The One of a Kind Show returns this weekened. (Image: Courtesy of the One of a Kind Show)

In this edition of The Weekender, a festival of beer, a new Leslieville market and four more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

SHOPPING

One of a Kind Show
For spring 2014, this semi-annual craft show boasts 450 amazing sellers peddling a variety of unique products, including beachy accessories and cute cottage decorations. See our top-ten picks here. Until Mar. 30. Tickets $12. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., oneofakindshow.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of March 21–23

A bronze sculpture of Horton (from Horton Hears a Who), by artist Leo Rijn. (Image: Courtesy of Liss Gallery)

A bronze sculpture of Horton (from Horton Hears a Who), by artist Leo Rijn. (Image: Courtesy of Liss Gallery)

In this edition of The Weekender, a midnight market, a vintage clothing fair and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

POP-UP MARKET

Midnight Mrkt
For the one-year anniversary of this pop-up night market, visitors can groove to live music, sip on cocktails and browse cool items from local vendors like Crywolf Clothing, Coven and Shop Wanderlust. Bring cash for any purchases. Mar. 21. Tickets $5. 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. W., facebook.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of March 14–16

The St. Patrick's Day parade is back. (Image: Michael Shehan Obeysekera)

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is back. (Image: Michael Shehan Obeysekera)

In this edition of The Weekender, a festive parade, March break at the AGO and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

LITERATURE

Pages Festival and Conference
During the festival component of the weekend (Thursday to Saturday), Canadian authors will work with digital artists, as well as dancers, actors and musicians to put on performances. The conference (Friday) features panel discussions on the impact of technology on the publishing industry. Mar. 13–Mar. 16. Tickets from $15. Various venues, pagesfestival.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of March 7–9

Comicon is here again. (Image: Derek Hatfield)

Comicon is here again. (Image: Derek Hatfield)


In this edition of The Weekender, comic book buffs gather, a classic ballet comes back and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

COMICS

Comicon Toronto
Comic book nuts in wacky costumes will swarm the city this weekend to participate in workshops, visit exhibitors, chat with celeb guests like Eliza Dushku and Jon Hader and socialize with fellow fans. Mar. 7–Mar. 9. Weekend pass $45. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., comicontoronto.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of February 28–March 2

From In the Shadow of the Sun. (Image: Courtesy of Human Rights Watch)

From In the Shadow of the Sun. (Image: Courtesy of Human Rights Watch)


In this edition of The Weekender, a contemporary music festival, an eco-fashion market and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

ECO SHOPPING

Fashion Takes Action (FREE!)
Conscious shoppers can browse sustainable style from top brands like Thieves, Aime, and Miik. Also, Elizabeth Cline, the author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, will be on hand to sign copies of her book. Mar. 2. Entrance is free. Young Welcome Centre, Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., fashiontakesaction.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of February 21—23

Yorkville will host an ice-carving competition this weekend. (Image: Florin Chelaru)

Yorkville will host an ice-carving competition this weekend. (Image: Florin Chelaru)

In this edition of The Weekender, tropical ice sculptures, an industrial bazaar and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

BEER

Winter Beer Fest
Drown February blues in copious amounts of craft beer at this Danforth bar’s annual festival, featuring breweries like Junction Craft, Granite Brewery, Flying Monkeys and West Avenue Cider. There will also be snacks from The Blade and Butcher, and tunes from local bands like The Condor Boys. Feb. 21—Feb. 22. Entrance is free, tasting tickets are $1 each. The Only Cafe, 972 Danforth Ave., theonlycafe.com

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Canadian International Auto Show Preview: 40 photos to give you a sneak peek of what’s on display

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The Canadian International Auto Show has landed once again at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for its 10-day run of glitz, chrome, speed and torque. Every major car manufacturer is represented, as are a litany of powerful electric cars, vintage classics and one-seater oddities that look like they’re straight out of Tron. The show opened today, but we were allowed in early to snap some pictures of the incredible cars on display. Below, our extensive sneak preview of what you’ll find at the Canadian International Auto Show.

Feb. 14-23. $21. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., autoshow.ca

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Six things to do in Toronto on the weekend of February 14–17

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Untitled Feminist Show (Image: Blaine Davis)

In this edition of The Long Weekender, an all-nude burlesque show, a kiddie art gallery takeover, and four more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

KARAOKE

Worn Journal Presents: Heartbreak Karaoke
The recently dumped or generally love-averse can set emotions free this Valentine’s Day by belting Celine Dion ballads to a room of fellow commiserators. Put on by the crew at Worn Journal, all proceeds will go to the production of the magazine. Feb. 14. General Admission $7, or $5 for those dressed in red or pink. Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St., facebook.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of February 7–9

Casting Shadows, by Course, is one of many conceptual toys now on display at the Design Exchange. (Image: Courtesy of the artist)

Casting Shadows, by Course, is one of many conceptual toys now on display at the Design Exchange. (Image: Courtesy of the artist)

In this edition of The Weekender, a Valentine’s-themed high tea, an exhibition of conceptual toys and three other things to do in Toronto this weekend.

DISCUSSION

Robyn Doolittle Speaks
The recent release of Crazy Town, Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle’s book about the Rob Ford crack scandal, has turned her into something of a local celebrity. At this talk, titled “My Portrait of Rob Ford, the Ford Family, and a City Caught in an Astonishing Scandal,” she’ll discuss her time on the city hall beat. Feb. 7. Tickets $30 (includes a copy of Crazy Town). Desautels Hall, Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George St., rotman.utoronto.ca

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of January 31–February 2

Young Ichimaru playing the samisen. (Image: Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)

A young Ichimaru playing the samisen. (Image: Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)

In this edition of The Weekender, a frigid bike ride, a kimono exhibit and three other things to do in Toronto this weekend. 

TEA

Toronto Tea Festival
Tea aficionados can sample unique flavours and learn from industry experts during this two-day festival. Over 37 exhibitors will be participating, including King’s Zen Tea, Rosedale Wellness Centre and Flowers to Fragrance. Feb. 1–2. Tickets $15, or $25 for a two-day pass. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., teafestivaltoronto.com 

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of January 24–26

A scene from the Interior Design Show's 2013 edition. (Image: Interior Design Show)

Last year’s Interior Design Show. (Image: Interior Design Show)


In this edition of The Weekender, a festival of craft beer and indie music, a walk to raise money for Alzheimer’s treatment, and three other things to do in Toronto this weekend.

DESIGN

Interior Design Show
The international design community will descend upon the city this weekend to showcase new products and avant-garde concepts. Attendees will get a sense of this year’s hot design trends from over 320 exhibitors. Jan. 25–26. Tickets $19 in advance, $22 at door. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front St. W., interiordesignshow.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of January 17–19

Drunk Macbeth plays at the Tranzac this weekend. (Image: Dahlia Katz)

Drunk Macbeth plays at the Tranzac this weekend. (Image: Dahlia Katz)

In this edition of The Weekender, some comedy rap battles, a drunk actor does Shakespare and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

SKATING

DJ Skate Night (FREE!)
Skaters won’t be the only ones spinning at this icy dance party. Seasoned twirlers and novices alike can glide around Harbourfront Centre’s rink while grooving to a selection of upbeat tunes—and maybe dodging a few flailing arms. Jan. 18. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., harbourfrontcentre.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of January 10–12

Morgan Norwich and Johnnie Walker in Scheherazade, playing as part of the Next Stage Festival. (Image: Courtesy of the Next Stage Festival)

Morgan Norwich and Johnnie Walker in Scheherazade, playing as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. (Image: Courtesy of the Next Stage Theatre Festival)

In this edition of The Weekender, a culinary tour of Kensington Market, a festival of indie theatre, and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

BOATING

Toronto International Boat Show
Boating enthusiasts and cottage-goers will congregate this weekend to ogle luxury yachts, racing powerboats, classic canoes, and everything else nautical. Of course, the world’s largest indoor lake will be back, for those who fancy a test drive. Jan. 11–19. Tickets $15–$22. Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd., torontoboatshow.com

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