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What’s Hot Across Canada in February

Vancouver & Whistler

The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are finally here (Feb 12 – 28, Mar 12 – 21) with free events around the city, including concerts, dramatic performances and live sports coverage at Whistler Live, and LiveCity Yaletown and LiveCity Downtown in Vancouver.


The reunion of two Broadway legends brings musical-theatre aficionados to Toronto, for An Evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin. Appearing together for the first time since their acclaimed run in Evita, the long-time friends are slated to perform popular love songs from hits such as South Pacific and Showboat. And for the archeologically inclined, the Art Gallery of Ontario continues to host its blockbuster exhibition, King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.


You’ll want to fortify your nerves before you head out for a hellishly close shave with the demon barber of Fleet Street in this dark, daring Stephen Sondheim triumph, Sweeny Todd.  It runs until Mar 7. Freq Nasty, a Fiji-born, New Zealand-raised breakbeat pioneer, electronica artist and social activist,  promises a night like no other, Feb 27 at the Starlite Room.


Continuing throughout the month of February, the Savour Food & Wine Festival celebrates all that’s wonderful about dining in Nova Scotia. Halifax hosts numerous events, including special prix fixe dinners at some of the city’s top restaurants, a rare and fine wine tasting, a chocolate tasting, and cooking classes.


Winterlude kicks off on Feb 5 with plenty of frosty activities like skating on the world’s largest rink, an international ice carving competitions, and a snow playground. Girls Night: The Musical combines karaoke classics like “I will Survive” and “It’s Raining Men” with an outrageous comedy about what happens when five female friends get together for an evening on the town. The Off-Broadway hit comes to Ottawa Feb 18 – 21.


Ciao! Magazine’s Dine About Winnipeg features 34 participants that are offering fixed price three-course menus for $25 and/or $35–a great way to explore Winnipeg’s local dining scene, on until Feb 11. From Feb 12 – 21 Western Canada’s largest winter celebration, Festival du Voyageur, celebrates the region’s French Canadian roots and fur trade era during. Snow sculptures, live entertainment, outdoor activities and interpreters are all part of the action. 

Canadian Rockies

One of Canada’s foremost choreographers, Crystal Pite, brings her unique vision on Feb 13 to The Banff Centre with Kidd Pivot: Dark Matters. This inventive work combines a theatrical story told via a marionette and pure contemporary dance to explore the tension between creation and destruction. The next stop for this dance is the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad (Feb 26, 27).


Theatre Calgary’s most anticipated show of the 2009/10 season, Beyond Eden, premieres on Feb 16. This original musical tells the story of a 1957 expedition to remove totem poles from a deserted Haida village, and stars Tom Jackson and Spirit of the West lead vocalist John Mann. On Feb 21 and 22, the Pengrowth Saddledome hosts the car-crushing motorsport event known as Monster Jam. You can expect both truck races and freestyle events, including gigantic trucks crushing their puny counterparts.


Savour the best of Greater Victoria’s cuisine with the annual Dine Around & Stay in Town event, Feb 18 – Mar 7. A celebration of the local food scene, diners can choose from special three-course menus from a variety of  restaurants, priced at $20, $30 or $40 per person. In addition, a number of hotels are also offering special room rates to to compliment the experience, set at $69, $79, $99 and $129.

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