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buddies in bad times theatre

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. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, February 18th to 20th

Friday: Be enthralled by South Pacific's timeless love story (photo by Kim Ritzenhaler)

Friday, February 18
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved, Tony Award–winning musical South Pacific has returned to charm audiences at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. This timeless tropical-island tale follows four lovers who must overcome adversity against a backdrop of World War II.

The Canadian International Auto Show has rolled into town and parked at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Rev your engines while admiring the latest consumer, luxury and concept cars. Classic cruisers and environmentally friendly vehicles are also on display.

Get your eyes—and ears—ready: the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Juno Tour of Canadian Art opens today, to mark the 40th anniversary of Canada’s music awards. This innovative project pairs great Canadian art—as well as the AGO’s collection of Henry Moore sculptures—with tunes and commentary from Juno-winning musicians.

Saturday: See the seductive Saint Carmen of the Main (photo by Bruce Zinger)

Saturday, February 19
A Greek tragedy gets a Canadian twist in tonight’s performance of the Canadian Stage Company’s St. Carmen of the Main. This unique play Carmen leave Nashville and return to her roots in Montreal, where she sings of the hustlers and whores who attend her nightclub shows and sees those on the fringes of society become the heroes of her songs.

Classical music is always in fashion at Roy Thomson Hall, where the Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents masterworks by Brahms and Dvorak. Estonian conductor Eri Klas and Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman are featured in this evening’s performance.

The National Home Show has set up shop at the Direct Energy Centre. Don’t miss an appearance by interior design expert Debbie Travis today at noon, followed by a book signing. Afterwards, check out many other design and renovation features including a futuristic glass house built by Concept PolyHome.

Sunday: Jesse Cook's flamenco stylings heat us the Rose Theatre in Brampton (photo by Simon Law)

Sunday, February 20
Those who head to Brampton’s Rose Theatre tonight are rewarded with a lively performance by Jesse Cook. The Toronto-based nuevo flamenco guitarist has is renowned for his sensuous picking and strumming, showcased most recently on his Juno-nominated album The Rumba Foundation.

Experience the avant-garde as Los Angeles–based art collective My Barbarian offers its Post-Living Ante-Action Theatre performance at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Starting at 2:30 p.m., the show draws on current events and politics—and references avant-garde theatre collectives of the 1960s—to create an interdisciplinary work of art.

Sway to the sultry sounds of R&B-gospel-jazz vocalist Liz Wright, who performs music from her latest album, Fellowship, at Glenn Gould Studio.

Weekend Roundup, December 11th to 13th

Escape the holiday stress and mess at the malls! Between a motorcycle show, a craft fair and an icy dip in the lake, there are plenty of options to keep this weekend stimulating and hassle-free.

Friday: Check out the hogs of the Toronto Motorcycle Show

Friday: Check out the hogs of the Toronto Motorcycle Show

Friday, December 11th
Channel tough biker chic as you check out highly coveted Hondas, Harley-Davidsons, scooters and new motor models at the Toronto Motorcycle Show. Ladies can get in for free after 5 p.m. for the special She Rides Night.

Be swept away by the sinuous sounds of Dr. Draw’s violin as he and his band fuse jazz, rock, electronica and classical influences for a highly energetic Holiday Extravaganza at Hugh’s Room.

Flock to the ultra-swanky supper club Ultra for its famous Flock Fridays dinners and lively DJ dance parties. As you sup or spin, Ultra’s elves will decide if you have been naughty or nice.

Embark on a foolhardy, seafaring musical adventure at The Music Gallery, where two Berlin-based artists present The Ship of Fools, an avant-garde multimedia performance based on a 15th-century text.

Saturday: Cuddly sock monkeys are among the items available at the City of Craft sale

Saturday: Cuddly sock monkeys are among the items available at the City of Craft sale

Saturday, December 12th
Browse through limited-edition books, zines, graphic novels and other literary goodies at the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, which also features a special reading by 2009 Toronto Book Award winner Austin Clarke.

Help construct a Garbage Dress—one of the installations at the City of Craft sale—by donating old clothes, scrap fabric, buttons and other materials. Then pick up unique, handcrafted goods from the participating vendors while meandering along Queen Street West.

Loosen up with some drinks and enjoy an evening of soul, jazz and hip hop at The Rivoli, as bands like The Breakdown, Blues Underdog and Two Crown King perform their funky musical sets.

Sunday: Brave an icy lake for polar bears' sake

Sunday: Brave an icy lake for polar bears' sake

Sunday, December 13th
Fancy a quick dip in the icy lake? Participate in the 2009 Polar Bear Swim at the Sunnyside Beach. The frigid plunge supports the On Thin Ice campaign, which is dedicated to saving Ontario’s polar bears from extinction.

Sample butter tarts, carrot puddings, fruitcakes and other sweet treats at the Royal Ontario Museum as food experts and lecturers discuss the cultural history of Canadian desserts.

Watch the English-language premiere of The Salon Automaton, a burlesque confrontation between actress Nathalie Claude and three robots playing The Dandy Poet, The Cabaret Artist and The Drinking Patroness, on stage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Luminato Preview—Guide to Gothic

The third annual Luminato Festival brings international creativity to Toronto from June 5 to 14. This year, a significant part of its programming celebrates the concept of the macabre, partly inspired by the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth. Check out these gothic happenings.

Neil Gaiman brings a gothic sensibility to the city (photo by Phillipe Matsas).

Neil Gaiman brings a gothic sensibility to the city (photo by Phillipe Matsas).

TALE FROM THE CRYPT
JUNE 8 Fantasy enthusiasts need no longer seclude themselves in darkened rooms, casting 12-sided dice and conjuring Lovecraftian visions, for the genre is now enjoying a popular renaissance. British writer Neil Gaiman is one of the prime movers behind fantasy’s contemporary cachet. The creator of The Sandman comic series, as well as bestselling adult and all-ages novels like American Gods, Anansi Boys and Coraline, graces Toronto with a reading from his latest work, The Graveyard Book. Winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal for children’s literature, the mildly macabre story has been described as The Jungle Book set in a cemetery. Gaiman also discusses his writing in an onstage interview and participates in a book signing following the event. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front St. E., 416-366-1656), 7 p.m., $15.

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You Are Here: Church-Wellesley Village

Endearingly referred to as “The Gaybourhood,” this rainbow-hued nabe holds appeal for folks of all stripes—and it’s the place to be during Pride Week. —By Viviane Kertész
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Fuzion Restaurant and Lounge (photo by Claudia Hung).

Fuzion Restaurant and Lounge.

1 DINE IN STYLE Fuzion Resto-Lounge & Garden boasts the best patio on the block, bar none. Inside a historic mansion, floor-to-ceiling banquettes create a luxe, ultra-comfy setting to chill with friends. Find fabulous mains like pan-seared kona kampachi in an artichoke and kaffir lime broth with gingered scallion and garlic chive curry.

2 HEY MISTER DJ Dancing queens of every kind populate Straight Lounge (553 Church St., 416-926-2501), where a mixed, gay-positive crowd gets its groove on. This three-storey hot spot—with no visible signage—has established itself as a go-to locale for great music and a premium selection of liquor, wine and beer.

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