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Weekend Roundup: April 13 to 15

Friday: Steven Page sings

Friday, April 13
Former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page serenades the Winter Garden Theatre this evening with tunes from his new solo album, Page One. Nothing if not dramatic, Page’s performance runs the gamut of musical genres, from power pop to disco to folk and more.

Be wowed by the unique designs shown on the Mad Couture Catwalk at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The 33-piece collection showcases the creativity of local artists living with mental illness.

Legendary comedian Bob Newhart brings his deadpan wit and one-liners to Toronto for one night only. You’ll be rolling in the aisles as he offers up trademark stand-up classics like “The Driving Instructor” and “Sir Walter Raleigh.”

Saturday: Opera Atelier offers up Armide (photo by Bruce Zinger)

Saturday, April 14
Renowned Opera Atelier returns to the stage with a new production of Armide, by 17th-century French composer Jean-Baptise Lully. Hopeless obsession, jealousy and magic propel this tragic love story of a Muslim warrior princess and a Christian knight. The company draws aesthetics from the period through exquisite costumes, period ballet, and elaborate stage decor that will have you imagining you’re in the royal court of Louis XIV.

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, check out Toronto’s always-edgy Images Festival. Celebrating its 25th year, the event, running to April 21, features innovative and independent new-media art—everything from live performances of moving images to film and video installations and more.

Spend an evening being enchanted by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as it performs great works of Tchaikovsky and Verdi. Special guest soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, praised for her “bright beacon of a voice,” also offers up ravishing arias by both composers.

Sunday: See live bird demos and more at the Green Living Show

Sunday April 15
Interested in all things eco-friendly? Check out the final day of The Green Living Show. Start your day working out during the 90-minute New Leaf Yogathon, or learn about Whole Foods’ Health Starts Here program, which encourages the consumption of naturally grown and nutritious foods. Get a makeover at the green beauty bar, enjoy live bird demonstrations, or peruse the green innovations and inventions exhibit. It’s a fun to learn more ways to think green.

Winter has come to an end, and with it that season’s visual arts offerings at Harbourfront Centre’s York Quay galleries. Today is your final opportunity examine multiple creative works, including contemporary jewellery by Karen Konzuk, and Jesse Louttit’s No Roads—a photographic glimpse into an inaccessible Northern Ontario town.

Comic book fans unite at Wizard World! Partake in panel discussions on myriad topics, get autographs from your favourite authors, listen to Q&As with sci-fi actors and more. Costumes are encouraged—there’s even a costume contest—so dress up as your favourite hero or villain, and head down to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.



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