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Weekend Roundup, October 21 to 23

Friday: Cirque du Soleil interprets Michael Jackson's greatest hits (photo by Osa Images)

Friday, October 21
Slip on your rhinestone-studded glove to applaud Cirque du Soleil’s highly anticipated Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. For three days only at the Air Canada Centre, the world-famous troupe brings the King of Pop’s world to life, complete with some of his most famous songs and choreography.

Savour the food and entertainment presented by numerous exhibitors at the weekend-long Delicious Food Show. Featuring top chefs from Toronto plus such TV personalities as Padma Lakshmi (from Top Chef), the event promises a filling mix of vendors and workshops for the kitchen.

Hear soulful songstress Jill Barber as she performs hits from her new album “Mischevious Moon” at Glenn Gould Studio. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf, Barber’s distinctive sound echoes the music of an earlier time.

Delight in the vibrant colours and whimsical figures in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s new Marc Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde exhibit. Created by Paris’s Centre Pompidou, the retrospective places Chagall’s somewhat pastoral output within the context of revolutionary Russia, with supporting pieces by the likes of Wassily Kandinsky and Kasimir Malevich.

Saturday: Rick Miller's Hardsell at Factory Theatre is one of three plays in the Off Bathurst Theatre Marathon (photo by Michael Cooper)

Saturday, October 22
See three of Toronto’s most talked about plays in one day by participating in the Off Bathurst Theatre Marathon. Your ticket gets you a seat at Those Who Can’t Do…, Hardsell, and In the Other Room or the Vibrator Play, as well as transportaion between each theatre and a 6 p.m. dinner at Diverso by Ferraro.

Listen to Herbie Hancock, accompanied by the Massey Hall Orchestra, as the legendary pianist pays tribute to George Gershwin with repertoire from Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue, plus other original tunes.

Feel the energy and rhythm of the Kings of Salsa as they take the stage at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. This upbeat performance fuses classic Cuban dances—like the mambo and the cha cha—with current hip hop and street-style choreography.

Appreciate the works of Indigenous film, radio and new media at the annual ImagineNative Film Festival, which wraps up this weekend. Additionally, renowned Aboriginal Canadian singer Buffy Sainte-Marie headlines The Beat, the festival’s popular music night held at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.

Sunday: The pipes and drums ring out at Roy Thomson Hall

Sunday, October 23
Celebrate Canada’s history at the 22nd annual Massed Military Band Spectacular at Roy Thomson Hall, where the “sounds triumphant” from the pipes and drums will ring out in traditional military anthems.

There are readings, discussions and signings galore at the International Festival of Authors. The hugely popular event features appearances by some of Canada’s (and the world’s) most prominent literary icons at Harbourfront Centre, through to October 30.

Check out the Royal Ontario Museum’s new exhibition, The Art of Collecting. The show acknowledges some of the ROM’s biggest names and the generous donors who made it all possible.

Walk through the studios of local artists and artisans on the final day of the self-guided Beach Studio Tour—you’re sure to find a favourite painting, piece of jewellery, or even fashion item to purchase.

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