Unsurprisingly, the hottest ticket to be had in Toronto this month is for the Juno Awards, which takes place March 27 at the Air Canada Centre. Hosted by rapper Drake, the celebration of Canada’s music industry marks its 40th anniversary this year, and is preceded by a variety of music-related events all month long. If popular music fails to excite, perhaps the edifying exhibitions at Toronto’s largest museums will do the trick? On March 5 the Royal Ontario Museum opens its special exhibition on the vital importance of water, while the Art Gallery of Ontario continues to show its highly acclaimed display of exotic treasures in Maharaja: the Splendour of India’s Royal Courts.
The spellbinding Shen Yun Performing Arts captures the grandeur of Chinese dance and music through the ages Mar 24 – 26 with 100 performers weaving together the myths, legends and virtues of 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Celebrating its 10th season, Western Canada Fashion Week showcases some of the most talented local, national and international designers and melds a fascinating display of design, art and music. Running Mar 24 – 31 this fashion affair generates more publicity and celebration than any other provincial fashion event.
From Mar 25 – 27, those who love the hunt will head out to the Ottawa Antiques Show, a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind finds. This indoor flea market offers thousands of rare and unique items, including period pieces, home décor, jewellery, furniture, artwork, and more. Those wanting to shake off cabin fever make their way to an urban sugar bush for Maple Sugar Fest on Mar 21 – 27. A variety of family activities and live entertainment are on the bill at this maple syrup themed celebration.
Join Alice, the Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter and The White Rabbit Mar 9 – 13 for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Wonderland. This reinterpretation of Lewis Carroll’s surreal story takes the audience on an enchanting journey set to an inventive electro-acoustic soundscape, accompanied by an innovative multimedia display.
Learn how Swiss Guides helped shape mountaineering tourism in the Canadian Rockies more than 100 years ago by visiting the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum. Their Mar 3 – 27 Swiss Guides: Shaping Mountain Culture in Western Canada exhibit explores the history of these Swiss guides. For more details read our Rockies’ Original Mountain Men hot tip.
This year’s Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Mar 28 – Apr 3, celebrates the wines of Spain and fortified wines (Sherry, Port, Madeira) from around the globe. Oenophiles swirl, sip and spit their way through over 60 events—including lunches, brunches, winery dinners, tastings, minglers, seminars, and a gala dinner and auction. Cirque du Soleil is back with Quidam from Mar 9 – 13 at Rogers Arena. Watch over 50 clowns, acrobats, singers and musicians perform death-defying acts and stunts.
Hear some seriously bright ideas with best-selling author of Tipping Point and Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell. A master-interpreter of the social sciences, Gladwell is an accomplished speaker as well. On Mar 10, he speaks at the Jack Singer Concert Hall as part of Mount Royal University’s Legacy of Ideas centennial celebrations. Held over four sessions, the TransCanada Alberta Music Series is an annual showcase for the province’s best up-and-coming singer/songwriters, each night is host to a number of live performances, Mar 23 – 26, at the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts.
Join the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Mar 28 – Apr 2 for Art in Bloom, a week-long celebration of fine art and all things botanical. Highlighting the talents of local and international artists, writers, floral designers and garden experts, this is the ideal way to welcome spring in Victoria.
After three years away, Canada’s university men’s basketball championship tournament returns to Halifax. From Mar 11 – 13, the Metro Centre hosts the CIS Final 8, featuring top teams from across the country.
March is family month in Whistler, which means free equipment rentals, skating lessons and meals for kids at select spots around town. For more information contact, 1-800-WHISTLER (944-7853).