Friday, February 24
Journalism makes for compelling theatre in Annabel Soutar’s Seeds. Outlining the David-and-Goliath legal battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and a biotech company over canola seeds, the play is a suspenseful and insightful nail-biter. Starring Eric Peterson, it’s on stage now at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
Be there as The Canadian Art Foundation’s Reel Artists Film Festival kicks into high gear with today’s free afternoon filmmakers panel, and a trio of fascinating documentaries. Portrait of Resistance takes you into the heart of activist art, Thomas Ruff peeks behind the scenes of the German artist’s studio, and Mark Lewis explores the intricacy behind the filmmaker’s deceptively simple works. All screenings take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox; there are even more on Saturday and Sunday!
Die-hard Grease fans rejoice! Now you can show your passion for Danny, Sandy and the gang by singing in the aisles during a Sing-Along Grease screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox . Wear your poodle skirts and skinny ties, learn to hand jive, and most definitely be there for this touring sensation’s one-and-only Toronto stop.
Saturday, February 25
The award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir is set to uplift the Sony Center tonight. The vocal ensemble’s new show, entitled African Grace, unites 24 singers, dancers and musicians in a celebration of traditional gospel tunes and African melody.
Known for his irreverent humor, grating voice and laughs, and starring on small and silver screens alike, Gilbert Gottfried brings the funny to Yuk Yuk’s tonight. If you don’t mind having your feathers ruffled by his particular brand of comedy, go on and sit front and center—we dare ya.
Join the Royal Ontario Museum in celebrating Black History Month with a full day of African and Caribbean programming, hosted by Bob Marley’s grand-daughter, Donisha Prendergast. Enjoy the ROM’s new lower admission prices and take in music, dance, a screening of the documentary RasTa: A Soul’s Journey, and guided tours throughout the museum’s African exhibits.
Sunday, February 26
The annual Bloor-Yorkville IceFest features a winter wilderness exhibit, impeccably sculpted from 35,000 pounds of ice, as well as ice carving demonstrations, skating performances, and street-side snacks on offer from local restaurants. A donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation allows you to pose for a photo with one of the frozen works of art.
Esprit Orchestra, Canada’s only full-size ensemble dedicated to new orchestral music, presents “Gripped by Passion” at Koerner Hall. This night of breathtaking new works weaves together snippets from Martin Luther King’s most famous speech with film scores and the voice of mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabo.
It’s that time of year again: Movie fans, prepare your ballots. Don’t miss a moment of Hollywood film’s most gilded night at the Drake Hotel’s Oscar party, hosted by film critic Richard Crouse, and featuring free popcorn and a special champagne menu. The Drake encourages you to dress for the red carpet and fill out ballots for your chance at prizes.