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Nathaniel Dett Chorale

Weekend roundup, May 28 to 30

It’s getting hot, hot, hot! Cool down this weekend with Bajan cuisine along the waterfront before checking out what Toronto has in store for you.

Friday: Pick up yarn, fabric and more at the Textile Museum (photo by Mr. T in DC)

Friday, May 28
Warm weather knocks at your door in true island fashion with Barbados on the Water. Head over to the Harbourfront Centre today and tomorrow for Bajan cuisine, fashion, theatre and live music by Barbadian artists.

Slide on up to Hemingways to celebrate the Yorkville institution’s 30th anniversary. Steak frites are on the menu tonight, or arrive at 2:30 p.m. in order to fill up on corn on the cob, barbecue fare, bar snacks and beer. The festivities culminate with an evening of live entertainment and prizes.

Get your bargaining skills ready because the Textile Museum of Canada’s More Than Just a Yardage Sale is an opportunity too good to pass up. Today and tomorrow, dig up goodies like patterns, yarns, quilt fabrics and other useful craft materials while doing your part to support the museum.

Grab a cold pint at C’est What?. Tonight’s special: sample from a selection of more than 14 cask beers and 30 draughts as part of the brew pub’s annual Spring Festival of Craft Breweries.

Saturday: Browse Old City Hall and many other buildings as part of Doors Open.

Saturday, May 29
Admire architecture and satisfy your curiosity as Doors Open Toronto enables visitors to explore 150 historic and cultural buildings, including Canada’s National Ballet School, Toronto’s Old City Hall, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and the Casa Loma stables and plotting shed.

Striving to eat well? Those with a taste for fresh, local home cookin’ are invited to stop by a farmer’s market and bring their fixin’s to Beach United Church, where Amuse chef Pat Riley offers a lesson on the fine side of cooking. Leftovers will go toward a Sunday lunch for lower-income Torontonians.

Unravel a mystery at Indigo’s Yorkdale location with Peter Lerangis and Gordon Korman, bestselling authors of the popular 39 Clues books. They let you in on some secrets and follow up the afternoon with a book signing.

Experience the unique combination of steel pan and voice in And Still We Sing…Steel Singin’, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s final performance in its 2010 Glenn Gould Studio series.

Sunday: See miniature diorama-like models at AWOL Gallery.

Sunday, May 30
Engage in cosplay events and game shows—or while away some hours perusing the manga library—on the final day of weekend-long festival Anime North.

Beware of side stitches at the World Cup of Comedy, a humorous tribute to the “beautiful game” and its upcoming World Cup tournament. Comedians Ahmed Ahmed, Angelo Tsarouchas, Frank Spadone and special guest Trevor Boris (“Video on Trial”) gather at the Panasonic Theatre for humorous banter, including topics such as—you guessed it—soccer.

In line with this weekend’s architectural goings on, visitors can explore the relationship between people and buildings at AWOL Gallery, where Rose Bianchini and Jason van Horne’s exhibition, titled Neighbourhood Watch, employs creative miniatures to demonstrate how space plays a powerful role in the formation of identity.

Settle into a seat at historic Massey Hall and let comedic actor Eddie Izzard entertain you with his sharp wit and inimitable sense of the absurd.

December Hot Date: Holiday Concerts

Toronto’s top orchestral and vocal ensembles ignite the seasonal spirit with a trio of concerts.

Members of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale (photo by John Beebe)

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale sings for the season (photo by John Beebe)

DECEMBER 16 & 18 to 21 Hark! Hear the holiday spirit in George Frideric Handel’s timeless oratorio Messiah. Performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a special participatory concert invites the audience to sing along. Hallelujah! Roy Thomson Hall, December 16, 18, 19 and 21 at 8 p.m., December 20 at 3 p.m., $35 to $99; call 416-872-4255 or click here for tickets.

DECEMBER 16 & 19 Enjoy An Indigo Christmas, presented the world-famous Nathaniel Dett Chorale—among the performers at U.S. President Barack Obama’s inauguration—a Toronto-based, classically trained chorus with an Afrocentric focus. Glenn Gould Studio, 8 p.m., $39.50; call 416-205-5000 or follow this link for tickets.

DECEMBER 19 If it warms your heart to hear children—300 of them, aged 6 to 17—rejoice in song, don’t miss the Toronto Children’s Chorus belt out contemporary and traditional holiday music. Roy Thomson Hall, 2 p.m., $34.50 to $44.50, call 416-872-4255 or navigate here for tickets.