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Today in Toronto: Annie Lennox and Angélique Kidjo, Mozart’s World and more

Annie Lennox and Angélique Kidjo Nelson Mandela inspired the former Eurythmics singer to help people in Africa affected by HIV. Kidjo, the Benin-born Afropop superstar, has witnessed the pandemic first-hand. The two combine their voices and star power for a benefit concert for African women affected by the disease. Find out more »

Mozart’s World Nicknamed “the Turkish” for the Eastern-tinged music in its third movement, Wolfie’s Violin Concerto no. 5 represents the man at his sunniest and most seductive. Guest conductor Gottfried von der Goltz directs Tafelmusik in a program of works by Mozart and his contemporaries. Find out more »

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Recipe to Riches reviewed: Episode 1, Luscious Lemon Pudding Cakes

RECIPE TO RICHESSeason 1 | Episode 1

Last night was the premiere of Recipe to Riches, the much-hyped new Food Network Canada show where each week, a trio of home cooks compete in one of eight different categories to determine whose recipe would make the best President’s Choice product. (No, really.) The show was one pinch of So You Think You Can Dance’s nationwide talent search, a dollop Top Chef’s cook offs and product placement and a heap of Dragon’s Den’s Marketing 101, all whirred in a blender. To be honest, it can sometimes make for a strange mix—the Top Chef–style solemnity that greets each elimination seems a little out place when the contestants change every episode. Each winning product will show up on Loblaws shelves the weekend after the episode airs, and at the end, viewers will vote to crown the winner of a $250,000 grand prize. Every week, we’ll be bringing an advance sample of the winning dish into our office to see whether it’s worth the trip to the grocery store. After the jump, our thoughts on the winner of the Sweet Puddings and Pies challenge.

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The Weekender: Ghosts, David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers and six other items on our to-do list

The Weekender: Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers and Harbourkids: Monster

1. DAVID HOCKNEY’S FRESH FLOWERS
Pop artist David Hockney is back in Toronto with his latest exhibit, Fresh Flowers: Drawings on the iPhone and iPad, which showcases art made using a high-tech version of finger-painting. Hockney used the Brushes app on iPhone and iPad to create portraits, still-life drawings and landscapes—he began using the iPhone in 2008, emailing his friends paintings, which expanded to this exhibit of around 200 iPhone and iPad drawings displayed on multiple machines. Hockney will be emailing new images to each unit throughout the duration of the exhibit, so it will be like a whole new gallery show every time we attend. Oct. 8 to Jan. 1. $24. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000, rom.on.ca.

2. HARBOURKIDS: MONSTER (FREE!)
We’re once again reminded that the summer is officially over: the last of Harbourfront’s Hot Spot fests for this year is this weekend, and this closing event promises a kid-friendly space focused on monsters. Little ones get to meet—and chase—the lead monster from the new Harbourfront play Monster Makers (opening Oct. 13), star in a monster movie of their own and build a DIY monster mask. Children prone to freak-outs may wish to stay home. Oct. 8 to 11. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com.

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