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Weekend Roundup: March 9 to 11

Friday: The piano at Hugh's Room is sure to get a workout

Friday, March 9
Be at Hugh’s Room when an all-star cast of musicians perform the work of songwriting great Randy Newman. The wit and lyrical brilliance that infused songs by Etta James, Tom Jones and Joe Cocker will be in full force at this tribute.

It’s bound to be an evening chocful of blonde hair and pink accessories at the Lower Ossington Theatre when Legally Blonde: The Musical struts onstage. You’ll cheer as Elle Woods, sorority-girl extraordinaire, enrolls in law school and silences naysayers.

Ballet Jorgen unites the lyricism and innovation of ballet throughout the ages in this weekend’s production of classical and contemporary ballet. This two-show run by one of Canada’s leading modern dance companies is sure to inspire and delight as it glides across the Betty Oliphant Theatre stage.

Saturday: The National Ballet stages its production of The Sleeping Beauty (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Saturday, March 10
The Sleeping Beauty, a cornerstone of classic ballet and one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time, is brought to beautifully choreographed and gorgeously executed life by the National Ballet of Canada. The romance-and-drama-filled fable will entrance at the Four Seasons Centre.

Canadian songbird Jann Arden (and friends) land at Massey Hall for a two-night engagement in celebration of her eleventh album, which covers the timeless tunes of The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac and the Smiths, among others.

Celebrated Afro-inspired dance troupe Ballet Creole mounts another incredible production on the Harboufront Centre stage with Exodus, a loving farewell to one of Canada’s best-loved dancers, Almond Small.

Sunday: The Takacs Quarter performs at Koerner Hall (photo by Ellen Appel)

Sunday, March 11
Lauded pianist Joyce Yang will master the ivories on the Koerner Hall stage when she’s backed by masterful chamber orchestra the Takacs Quartet in a program that sets one of Dvorak’s finest piano quintets alongside the work of Schubert and Beethoven.

Fanboys (and girls) unite for the annual Toronto Comicon at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, featuring costumed heroes, stars of the silver screen, and over 700 exhibits of collectibles, toys and games. Dress up as your favorite character and take in 400,00 sq ft. of comic cacophony over the course of the weekend.

If you’ve found yourself ominously invoking Game of Thrones’ warning of “Winter is coming” (even in our burgeoning spring), then the new TIFF Bell Lightbox exhibit devoted to the wildly popular television show is for you. Find costumes, weaponry and props culled directly from the set, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.

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