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Weekend Roundup, February 4th to 6th

Friday: Partake in a tour and tasting inside Casa Loma

Friday, February 4
Tour Toronto’s castle on the hill to get a true taste of times past. This evening, Casa Loma offers a Winterlicious dining event that allows guests to sample seasonal fare in its many rooms. Enjoy infused oils and artisanal breads in the great hall; a rotisserie station spins in the library and rustic chocolate bread pudding awaits in the conservatory. End the evening in the Cellar with cheeses and local wines.

Hop on over to the Bata Shoe Museum as it welcomes Chinese New Year with an exhibit dedicated to the Year of the Rabbit. Various hare-inspired artifacts are on display, including ancient bunny slippers with bunny ears.

Keep an open mind as acclaimed Montreal choreographer Dave St.Pierre brings his Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde! (A little tenderness for crying out loud!) to the Harbourfront Centre stage. In this provocative productions, the unquenchable human thirst for contact and communication is expressed by 20 nude male and female dancers.

Saturday: Make the most of the cool weather at Downview Park's Winterfest

Saturday, February 5
There’s plenty of family fun today at Downsview Park’s Winterfest. The kids will love meandering through the ice maze, or slipping down the ice slide. Be amazed by ice sculpting demonstrations, or meet some friendly husky dogs. A ride in a horse-drawn carriage is a great finish to the day.

Head down to the Don Valley to participate in a tutored beer-tasting session at idyllic Todmorden Mills. At this historic venue you’ll have the opportunity to sample artisanal brews paired with 19th century–inspired foods. Each guest receives a complimentary tasting glass and can chat with the brewers themselves while sampling any of six food and drink pairings.

High-energy, hard rock outfit Danko Jones returns to their roots here in Toronto with a concert tonight at The Mod Club. Featuring special guests Biblical and The Bon, the show is certain to get your adrenalin pumping.

Sunday: SS Imogene Leaving for the Icefields and other works by David Blackwood (image courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario)

Sunday, February 6
Marvel at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s collection of epic and eerie prints depicting the past and present of an Atlantic province. It’s latest exhibition, entitled Black Ice, assembles works by David Blackwood that draw on the renowned artist’s memories from a childhood in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland.

Experience Africa through traditional dance, music, comedy and documentary film screenings, as Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba festival celebrates Black History Month and the African diaspora.

Kids can get an artistic lesson in growing up at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, which this afternoon presents The Big League, a play about a young boy who faces opposing pressures and responsibilities when it comes to his father and his friends. This hockey-themed production is performed on rollerblades and offers insights about perseverance, caring and co-operation.

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