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Harbourfront Centre

Weekend Roundup, December 9 to 11

Friday: Relive your Royal Conservatory days through Two Pianos Four Hands

Friday, December 9
Follow along with the melodies made by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, the actor-musicians behind the hit comedy Two Pianos Four Hands, a hilarious and poignant story about two lives transformed by piano teachers, lessons and competitions. The show’s recently extended run continues at the Panasonic Theatre.

Listen to a Latin take on holiday music at Koerner Hall in A Salsa Christmas, performed by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra under the direction of world-renowned pianist, arranger and producer Oscar Hernández.

Get a first look at The Power Plant’s two new exhibitions at their free opening reception. The gallery’s winter exhibits showcase reflections on poignant moments in cultural history by Canadian Stan Douglas and an international collective of young artists.

There’s two more days of merriment after the jump!

Weekend Roundup, December 2 to 4

Friday: Diana Thorneycroft's Group of Seven Awkward Moments is among the images at Gallery TPW's Photorama

Friday, December 2
‘Tis the season to deck the halls with quality artwork. Photography enthusiasts need look no further than 25th anniversary of Gallery TPW’s Photorama show and sale, which has its public opening tonight. Then drop into Gallery 44 for its annual Wall-to-Wall sale, featuring framed and unframed works by Toronto artists.

Inject a bit of spirit into your holiday season with the Soulful Messiah, Quincy Jones’ award-winning R&B rendition of Handel’s classic. At Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre, Ballet Creole celebrates its 10th year of performing this work with their signature blend of ballet, modern and African-Caribbean dance.

La Bohème’s timeless tale of artists grappling with love, death and paying the bills is well-suited to its new incarnation by theatre company Against the Grain. Puccini’s infamous opera is pulled into the present-day, translated into English and set entirely within the confines of bohemian hangout Tranzac.

There’s more to do after the jump!

Weekend Roundup, November 18 to 20

Friday: The National Ballet of Canada interprets Romeo and Juliet (photo by Bruce Zinger)

Friday, November 18
See one of the greatest dance dramas in a brand new light when the National Ballet of Canada presents Romeo and Juliet. Choreographer Alexi Ratmansky gives the classic tale with a modern edge for a fresh show at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

One of Canada’s best-known musical voices, Steven Page, interprets the tunes of Elvis Costello, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and others in Songbook 6. The always innovative Art of Time Ensemble accompanies the singer at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre.

Find unique Aboriginal arts, crafts and fashions at the Thunderbird Centre’s presentation, Very Beautiful Things. The exhibition and sale at the Gladstone Hotel will be a trove for discerning gift buyers and Aboriginal art collectors.

The rest of the weekend is just a click away!

Weekend Roundup, November 11 to 13

Friday: Pay tribute to Canada's soldiers on Remembrance Day (photo by Jennyrotten)

Friday, November 11
Take time to remember the sacrifices of veterans and currently serving members of our armed forces at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Toronto’s Old City Hall Cenotaph. The service is slated to include flybys from the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Step up to the mic and contribute your MC skills to the Museum of Indulgence, a multimedia collaboration on display at Harbourfront Centre. The exhibition combines life-sized dioramas with on-site performances to explore the themes of hip-hop stereotypes, excess and indulgence.

Fire-emitting roller skates? Dancers on spinning turntables? A rockin’ song list? Check, check, and check. Alberta Ballet’s acclaimed spectacle Love Lies Bleeding, inspired by and featuring the music of Sir Elton John, is on stage at the Sony Centre.

There’s more action on Saturday and Sunday! Read on!

Weekend Roundup, November 4 to 6

Friday: Grace Kelly comes to the TIFF Bell Lightbox (photo courtesy of the Archives du Palais Princier-Monaco)

Friday, November 4
See the amazing dresses and other glamorous artifacts at the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s exhibition Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess. In addition to the retrospective, TIFF is also presenting a film series entitled Icy Fire: The Hitchcock Blonde, featuring Alfred Hitchcock films starring Kelly and  contemporaries such as Eva Marie Saint and Kim Novak.

Don’t miss out on the final weekend of Opera Atelier’s Don Giovanni. Baritone Phillip Addis plays the title character in this staging of Mozart’s classic dark comedy.

Celebrate Canada’s rural roots and discover contemporary farming innovations at the 87th annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, beginning today at Exhibition Place. The festival features fun competitions and exhibits, seminars about healthy living, and family entertainment for all.

Read on for more events on Saturday and Sunday!

Weekend Roundup, October 14 to 16

Friday: Cheer on the Argos as the seek to stop the Stampeders (photo by John Steadman)

Friday, October 14
Watch Chad Owens as he tries to become the first player in pro football history to rack up 3,000 combined yards in back-to-back seasons when the Toronto Argonauts take on the Calgary Stampeders at the Rogers Centre.

Hear the sweet stringed sounds of Sinfonia Toronto at their first Masterpiece Concert of the new season at the Glenn Gould Studio. The virtuoso chamber orchestra welcomes pianist Davis Jalbert and trumpeter Guy Few for the show.

Tiptoe around corpses, feel the blood on the walls of a darkened maze, and outrun movie slashers come to life! Screemers, the indoor haunted scream park, takes over the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place. (more…)

Hot Date: Waterside Reading at the International Festival of Authors

Anne Enright (photo by Domnick Walsh)

OCTOBER 19 TO 30 There’s more to Toronto’s lakeside neighbourhood than lapping waters and scenic photo ops. Harbourfront Centre hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year, including the highly anticipated International Festival of Authors, which presents an array of literary talent through readings, round table discussions, signings and other bookish events. One of this year’s festival themes is “Found in Translation,” which highlights the importance of making literature available in various languages and on multiple platforms. Michael Ondaatje, Anne Enright and Russell Banks are among the more than 150 celebrated authors slated to attend. Individual event admission $18 to $25; call 416-973-4000 or visit here for further information and tickets.

Weekend Roundup, October 7 to 9

Friday: See Faust with live music

Friday, October 7

F.W. Murnau’s classic 1926 silent film Faust screens this evening within the hallowed confines of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church. Featuring live piano accompaniment by composer Robert Bruce, it’s an artistically immersive way to see and hear a revered piece of early filmmaking.

Find your way through a maze at the Ontario Science Centre‘s new exhibition, GPS Adventures. Using Global Positioning System technology, visitors can try out the popular activity of geocoaching to find hidden treasures and answer a riddle. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, August 26 to 28

Friday: Dance the techno prince at Harbourfront Centre's Telus Taiwanfest

Friday, August 26
Discover the age-old traditions and contemporary customs of Taiwan at Harbourfront Centre’s Telus Taiwanfest. The weekend-long festival immerses visitors Taiwanese culture through dance, music, art and food. Tonight, hear music by the Musuo Girls Band, and learn the modern dance known as the “techno prince.”

Witness weird and wonderful street acts at the Scotiabank Buskerfest. This weekend, the St. Lawrence Market area is taken over by talented jugglers, magicians, fire dancers and more, performing to benefit the Epilepsy Toronto foundation.

Enjoy the acoustic sounds of singer-songwriter Matt Costa at the Great Hall. The indie-folk artist plays selections from his soulful repertoire and is supported by opening band Bahamas.

Saturday: Lady Antebellum headlines the CMT Music Festival (photo by 1035 WEZL)

Saturday, August 27
Make your way north of the city to Burl’s Creek Park near Barrie, for the CMT Music Festival. Headliners include Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Ronnie Dunn—all rarin’ to entertain at this family-friendly country music showcase.

Support Ryerson University’s student radio station CKLN/CHRY by checking out its Vintage Vinyl Party & Sale at the Ryerson Student Centre. Thousands of records, CDs and books are available, with proceeds going to support community radio.

Test your basketball skills against the pros! The NBA Jam Session at Yonge-Dundas Square begins today with basketball programming for all ages. The event features NBA personalities, slam dunk contests and mascot appearances all in celebration of basketball.

Sunday: Let your geek flag fly at FanExpo

Sunday, August 28
Calling all comic, anime, Sci-Fi, gaming and horror aficionados: FanExpo is here! For four days at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the industry’s leading experts and celebrities make appearances to satisfy their ever-growing Canadian fan base.

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for the Arts presents its sixth annual Kultura Arts Festival in Kensington Market. The festival highlights the cultural identity of the Philippines through art, dance, music and film, and today it coincides with Pedestrian Sunday—car traffic is barred from the neighbourhood, making it that much easier to explore.

Enjoy an afternoon of classical music by the Windermere String Quartet at the Toronto Music Garden. The acclaimed group is known for their dynamic performances of popular and lesser-known compositions from the Baroque and Classical eras.

Weekend Roundup, August 19 to 21

Friday: Have a grand ol' time at the CNE

Friday, August 19
It’s that time of year again, the Canadian National Exhibition is here to stay for 18 days starting this weekend! Visitors can expect more than 50 midway rides, classic fair food and non-stop entertainment at this end-of-summer event.

Don’t miss Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne, who brings his I Am Still Music tour to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Along with the usual cadre of hype men, Weezy is joined by special guests Keri Hilson, Lloyd and Far East Movement.

Celebrate the culture of South Asia at Harbourfront Centre’s Masala! Mehndi! Masti! festival. Now in it’s 10th year, the event strives to showcase the many diverse aspects of South Asian culture all weekend long.

Saturday: Sinatra soundtracks Come Fly Away (photo by Joan Marcus)

Saturday, August 20
Get swept away by four love stories set to the music of Frank Sinatra in Come Fly Away. The musical opens this weekend at to the Four Seasons Centre with a crowd-pleasing mix of lively choreography and a soundtrack full of classics.

Who doesn’t love blueberries? The summer fruit is honoured at the Wild Blueberry Festival presented by Evergreen Brick Works. The all-day event includes live music, blueberry tastings and activities for the entire family.

Rock out at the Queen West MusicFest in Trinity Bellwoods Park. The indie jamboree begins at 1 p.m. with live music from Stephen Prickett, Miss Emily, Mike Evin and many more.

Sunday: Enjoy an afternoon in the Toronto Music Garden's serene environs

Sunday, August 21
Make your way to the Toronto Music Garden this afternoon to hear the Shiraz Ensemble take Persian classical music to a new level. The ensemble focuses on exploring regional rhythms, tradition, composition and singing.

Spice up your weekend at final day of the fourth annual Havana Cultura Toronto. The festival, centred on Ossington Avenue, infuses Cuban culture into the city art, dancing and music .

Don’t miss the last weekend of Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. The award-winning show features entertaining stories—both poignant and hilarious—about life in Hollywood, as told by Fisher herself.

Weekend Roundup, August 12 to 14

Friday: Cirque du Soleil offers high-flying spectacle (photo by Daniel Auclair)

Friday, August 12
Come one, come all to the Grand Chapiteau for the opening weekend of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. Behold a cast of colorfully costumed characters whose feats of strength and grace are sure to amaze!

Experience an entire weekend of Pan-Asian culture as Harbourfront Centre’s Fortune Cooking Food Festival begins tonight. Among many activities, visitors can watch an Iron Chef competition, sample a variety of Asian cuisine and partake in cooking demonstrations.

Revel in the golden voice of theatre star Colm Wilkinson, who takes the Four Seasons Centre stage tonight and Saturday. Wilkinson’s performance includes a mix of famous Broadway hits from plays such as The Phantom of the Opera, as well as Irish ballads and contemporary pop favourites.

Saturday: Britney's back! (photo by chicagofabulousblog.com)

Saturday, August 13
Head to the Air Canada Centre to witness the return of Britney Spears, who brings her Femme Fatale tour to Toronto. The pop star is accompanied by an all-female line-up of special guests, including hip hop diva Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys, and Nevo.

Yonge-Dundas Square hosts this year’s India Day celebration. The festivities kick off with a parade down Yonge Street featuring floats that highlight India’s cultural diversity.

Support green farming initiatives at the first annual Conscious Food Festival at Fort York. The festival promotes local and natural foods and includes live music, vendors and seminars on food values.

Sunday: The Third Floor is just one of many SummerWorks plays showing today (photo by Wojtek Arciszewski)

Sunday, August 14
Don’t miss the final day of SummerWorks Theatre Festival, an event dedicated to showcasing new Canadian plays to theatr- going audiences. Even today there are numerous plays to see!

Join party-girl popster Ke$ha, whose Get $leazy tour rolls into the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre, with guests LMFAO and Spank Rock.

Brace yourself for Ron Sparks’ Celebrity Roast of Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) at the Drake Hotel. A night full of comedic insults and attacks by enlisted “roasters” is sure to ensue during this comedy hour.

Weekend Roundup, July 22 to 24

Friday: Les Ballets Persans perform at the Tigran Iranian Festival

Friday, July 22

Get a taste of exotic art, culture and entertainment at the Harbourfront Centre this weekend with the Tigran Iranian Festival. Explore the concept of “Visions of Eternity” through the work of participating artists and writers, and take in live music from the Paradis Orchestra, Rana Farhan, and the Iranian National Choir.

Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival is more than just a parade—celebrate the salacious sights, sounds and flavours of the Caribbean with an elegant night at the event’s Gala. Dress your best for a night of masquerade models, music and exotic food at the elegant Liberty Grand.

“Do It Again” while “Reelin’ In The Years” when Steely Dan hits the stage at the Molson Amphitheater. The American jazz band still has a commanding stage presence with a slew of hits to play, including “My Old School” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”.

Saturday: The Blue Men Group strike up a charging show at the Princess of Wales Theatre

Saturday, July 23

They’re shocking, comedic, and blue—catch the Blue Man Group when they electrify the Princess of Wales Theatre tonight. The multi-media performance with the bald blue men is centered on a large LED curtain and high-resolution screen for a unique theatrical performance.

After starting their regular season on the road, the Toronto Argonauts finally return to the Rogers Centre for their first game of the season. Cheer on the Boatmen as they take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers looking for a win in front of a home crowd.

Cool down with the sound of the soothing melodies of the Forgotten Romantics at Walter Hall as the Toronto Summer Music Festival continues. The Vienna Piano Trio teams up with Canada’s leading chamber musicians to perform The Suite by Moszkowski, the masterful sextet by Louis Spohr, and the piano quintet by Karl Goldmark.

Sunday: Celebrate The Wiggles' 20th Birthday at Ricoh Colliseum (Photo courtesy of Ben Pharr)

Sunday, July 24

Wiggle on down to the Ricoh Colliseum to join in on The Wiggles’ Big Birthday Tour. The 20th birthday celebration will be packed with action including the four Wiggles, Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, and Wags the Dog.

Celebrate over 500 artists at Yonge-Dundas Square this Sunday for a day filled with high-spirited performances and art on display for Youth Day 2011. The square will be filled with inspiring music, dance, art, photography, food, and vendors to keep you entertained all day long.

The Big On Bloor Street festival continues on Sunday with stores along the Dufferin and Lansdowne stretch offering special in-store events, sales and menus. Have a taste of the diverse art, culture, and food that this neighbourhood has to offer.