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mamma mia

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.

Hot Date: Mother’s Day

Adam Kaokept and Rachel Tyler in Mamma Mia! (photo by Carol Rosegg)

APRIL 28 TO JUNE 27 Embrace your inner dancing queen with Broadway’s Mamma Mia!, an animated celebration of mothers, daughters and love set to ABBA’s treasured songs. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie seeks out the identity of her father by inviting three of her mother’s former lovers to the idyllic Greek island where they met more than 20 years ago. Beneath the scorching heat and confronted with the past, new love blooms and old flames burn in this feel-good show featuring such songs as “Take a Chance on Me,” “SOS” and, of course, “Dancing Queen.” Princess of Wales Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
2 p.m., $26 to $120; call 416-872-1212 or click here
to reserve.