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Jersey Boys

Weekend Roundup, May 7 to 9

Treat yourself this Mother’s Day as Toronto presents a spectacularly packed weekend of fine dining, entertainment and games.

Friday: Treat yourself to vegetarian delights at Fresh

Friday, May 7
You’re guaranteed a quality lunch or dinner at Fresh, where wholesome meals and organic, natural ingredients are taken seriously. Make it a vegan night with a veggie burger swathed in thai peanut sauce or a grilled whole-wheat wrap filled with black beans, avocado, cilantro and alfalfa sprouts. Check out their menu and tell us you don’t want to go—we dare you.

Brandish your courage, for an evening of chivalry, knights and fair maidens is set to unfold at Medieval Times. Dig into ribs or a hearty tomato bisque soup while cheering on a jousting tournament. Right now there’s extra incentive to experience this rousing show—book online and your seats are just $39.95.

Mingle with a sophisticated crowd on the Century Room dance floor. Enjoy the well-decorated interior or get some fresh air on the patio. 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: Swing it '60s-style at Jersey Boys (photo by Joan Marcus)

Saturday, May 8
Oh, what a night you’ll have at a crowd-pleasing performance of Jersey Boys.  This long enduring favourite sets the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to the group’s numerous hit songs, brought to life by actors with an uncanny resemblance to the real-life original boy band. Saturday offers a 2 p.m. matinee and an evening show at 8 p.m.

Take a sip or two at the Salut Wine and Food Festival, where you can sample the vintages from top international wineries (French vin is prominently featured this year) and taste food from fine Toronto restaurants.

Set your sights on hot and spicy peanut chicken for dinner at Szechuan, Szechuan, a longstanding Financial District restaurant specializing in the spicy side of Chinese cuisine.

Sunday: See Mamma Mia's dancing queens (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Sunday, May 9
Start the day with a casual Mother’s Day brunch at friendly Cora’s, an extremely popular breakfast and brunch chain from Quebec. Savour a raspberry crepe with your choice of nutella or custard, or spring for a meat lover’s special of bacon, eggs and sausages.

Take a chance on Mamma Mia, the popular musical-comedy based on the classic songs of ABBA. Sway to the music while Sophie’s quest to find her true father unfolds on the very eve of her wedding day.

Grab a bite to eat and stock up on game credits at theme restaurant Dave & Busters. Race a car, throw a basketball or win a round in the Deal or No Deal game.

Frugal Faves: T.O. Tix and Festive Winter Windows

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto’s weekly tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more help you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket.

<i>Jersey Boys</i> swings it '60s style (photo by Joan Marcus).

Snatch up discounted tickets to Jersey Boys and other hot shows from T.O. Tix (photo by Joan Marcus).

Box-Office Bargains
Want to take in the hottest shows in the city without paying the hefty price?  The T.O. TIX outlet is your one stop shop for exclusive deals on tickets for stage performances around the city. If you’ve got a flexible schedule (all tickets are for same-day shows) visit the booth at Yonge-Dundas Square to purchase half-price and discounted tickets to popular shows like Jersey Boys and Medieval Times. You can also purchase seats for select shows online.

T.O. TIX accepts Visa, Mastercard, debit and cash, and is located on the southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas streets. Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m; call 416-536-6468, ext. 40 or visit here for more details.

Check out the city's holiday window displays (photo by Jessica Napier).

Check out the city's holiday window displays (photo by Jessica Napier).

Take a Walk in a Window Wonderland
Get in the holiday spirit early by embarking on a self-guided tour of the festive window displays in and around downtown Toronto. At The Bay’s flagship store, Christmas creatures come to life alongside a working train and an animatronic Santa Clause in a series of Toyland vignettes. Explore the tony Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood and marvel at the dazzling high-fashion window decor at chic retailers like Holt Renfrew. And creative windows designed by retail management students at Ryerson University can be spotted at businesses throughout the Downtown Yonge area—you can even vote for your favourites online.

The Bay is located at 176 Yonge St., while Holt Renfrew resides at 50 Bloor St. W. To check out a map of Ryerson students’ holiday windows, click here.

Curtains Up: On Stage in October

Stages across the city light up again for a new season of award-winning productions, hum-along musicals, reflective dramas and a parade of Canadian talent.
—By Danielle Milley

The cast of <i>The Boys in the Photograph</i><br>photo by Bruce MonkPOLITICAL DRAMA
ON NOW Held over from the 2008-09 season, Mirvish Productions’ acclaimed musical The Boys in the Photograph finally has a home in Toronto. This reworked piece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton is a coming-of-age story set in Belfast during the late 1960s and early 1970s at the beginning of a 30-year civil war. An all-Canadian cast brings to life the conflict of religious prejudice and how a unisex soccer team copes with strenuous circumstances, struggling to find peace and freedom through love. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $26 to $110; call 416-872-1212 or click here to purchase.

FAMILY TRAUMA
ON NOW After an attention-grabbing run in the U.K., True Love Lies makes its North American premiere. Originally developed in a workshop, the powerful piece kicks off Factory Theatre’s 40th-anniversary season. Writer Brad Fraser, one of the country’s best known playwrights, also directs the gritty, funny and poignant story about a modern Canadian family and the secrets that can tear one apart. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St., Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., $15 to $35; call 416-504-9971 or navigate here to order tickets.

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Weekend Roundup, June 5 to 7

Luminato isn’t the only game in town; this weekend there’s lots to see and do (and eat)!

Martha Rosler's <i>Invasion 2008</i>, part of the Still Revolution exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Friday: See Martha Rosler's Invasion 2008, part of the Still Revolution exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Friday, June 5
Survey Still Revolution: Suspended in Time. At the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, this photography exhibition explores the evolution of that medium and its role in shaping the way we see the world.

Spend a hysterical evening at the Second City as its latest timely revue, 0% Down, 100% Screwed, skewers the economy.

Tuck into acclaimed Canadian cuisine at Canoe with a starter of maple-cured B.C. salmon and Yukon caribou as an entree. An array of Canadian cheeses offers the perfect ending to your meal.

Carl Robinson gives Toronto FC a kick (photo by Paul Giamou).

Saturday: Carl Robinson gives Toronto FC a kick (photo by Paul Giamou).

Saturday, June 6
Discover Casa Loma, the city’s majestic castle with with secret passages, ominous turrets and a beautiful garden that evokes Old World elegance and charm.

Climb the Frank Gehry-designed spiral staircase at the Art Gallery of Ontario and find intimate, sunlit respite within its top-floor espresso bar.

Cheer and chant with the fervent fans of Toronto FC as the hometown team takes on the Los Angeles Galaxy at BMO field.

Take a tour of the Amsterdam Brewery and see how the company combines Canadian barley with Danish yeast for a unique and refreshing cold one.

<i>Jersey Boys</i> swings it '60s style (photo by Joan Marcus).

Sunday: Jersey Boys swings it '60s style (photo by Joan Marcus).

Sunday, June 7
Get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup and many other treasures at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Travel back to the 1960’s with the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, which recounts the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ rise to fame.

Enjoy comedic cabarets courtesy of the Toronto Festival of Clowns at the Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement.

Weekend Roundup, May 8 to 10

There’s much to see and do this weekend in Toronto.

Friday, May 8
Partake in a tutored tasting at the Spirit of Toronto Whiskey Gala, featuring more than 100 single malts and premium spirits.

Sit in awe of Canadian violin virtuoso Alexandre Da Costa as he performs in Nostalgia, the final concert of Sinfonia Toronto‘s 2008/09 Masterpiece Series.

Enjoy an evening of frat-boy antics and one-liners with comedian Dane Cook.

Dane Cook is about comedy this Friday (Photo by Tony Duran).

This Friday, Dane Cook gets serious about comedy (Photo by Tony Duran).

Saturday, May 9
Explore a world of words and illustration in the York Quay Gallery exhibition Graphic Novels: the Creation of Art and Narrative, presented by the 2009 Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Drape yourself in vintage couture—an art deco–era gown perhaps?—from venerable Yorkville boutique Divine Decadence.

Escape the downtown bustle amid Trattoria Sotto Sotto’s romantic ambience, while savouring fresh whole-fish and seafood dishes inspired by Italy’s Amalfi coast.

Sunday, May 10
Treat mom to the lakefront scenery and gourmet brunch buffet on a two-hour Mother’s Day voyage with Mariposa Cruise Lines.

Travel back to the ’60s with Jersey Boys. The Tony Award–winning musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ rise to fame.

Join expert Kerri M. Lee to learn about the history of the traditional English afternoon tea (complete with tasting) at the Bata Shoe Museum.