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Weekend Roundup: April 20 to 22

Friday: Popular show Riverdance steps into Toronto for its final performances

Friday, April 20
Be wowed one last time by the phenomenal footwork of Riverdance. The internationally acclaimed Irish music and dance spectacular is at the Sony Centre through to Sunday as part of its last ever tour of North America.

Operatic soprano Renée Fleming brings her sensational voice to Roy Thomson Hall this evening. Accompanied by pianist Hartmut Holl, the “People’s Diva” is sure to dazzle with her dynamic stage presence and an intriguing program of songs by the likes of Schoenberg and Korngold.

The Theatre Centre continues to stage its adaptation of William Faulkner’s darkly comedic novel As I Lay Dying, which follows a family’s journey through the Mississippi countryside as part of a 40-mile funeral procession.

Saturday: The Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company heats up the stage

Saturday, April 21
Expect vibrant Latin rhythms and mesmerizing movement as the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company celebrates its 30th anniversary at Harbourfront Centre. As a special treat, the flamenco troupe’s performances featuring special-guest Spanish dancer Juan Ogalla.

Take that anxious first moment when you introduce your beau or belle to the folks; magnify it, oh, 100 times in the Sycamore family’s case. They’ll show you what happens when eccentricity meet conservatism in Soulpepper Theatre Company’s production of the classic comedy You Can’t Take It With You.

You may remember Nikki Yanofsky from her 2010 Winter Olympics’ anthem “I Believe,” or perhaps you liked her even before that, when she made a number for herself singing accomplished versions of jazz standards. See her again tonight at Massey Hall, as she performs a program of jazz, pop, R&B and more.

Sunday: Take in the final screenings of films like "Stay!" at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival

Sunday, April 22
It’s your last chance (for the moment, anyway) to make a movie buff out of your youngster(s)—the TIFF Kids International Film Festival wraps up today. Don’t miss out on this year’s best children’s films from around the world!

Calling all art connoisseurs: the Toronto Art Expo brings numerous contemporary works at multiple price points to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Wrapping up today, the event offers a great opportunity to mingle with international artists and view some of their creative visuals.

Always thought-provoking, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents Sky Gilbert’s Dancing Queen, which tells of a you man who moves to the big city and falls in love with an older man. Through drama and dance, it explores questions of aging, monogamy and love.

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