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swan lake

Weekend Roundup, March 4th to 6th

Friday: Witness the grace of Russia's Mariinsky Ballet

Friday, March 4
Marvel at Russia’s legendary Mariinsky Ballet (formerly the Kirov Ballet) as its skilled dancers float across Sony Centre stage in Swan Lake, arguably the world’s most popular ballet. Accompanied by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, this production of a beloved classic is sure to please the whole family.

Two hundred independent and emerging artists have gathered in Toronto this weekend for The Artist Project. Chat with the artists about their processes and inspirations as they display their paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations and more.

Listen in on La Voix Humaine, a fantastic one-woman play written by renowned poet, author and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. On stage at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre, this drama details a mysterious phone call placed to a woman by a lover who abandoned her.

Saturday: Lucinda Williams takes the stage with Levon Helm

Saturday, March 5
Steep yourself in Americana tonight as Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Levon Helm brings his Ramble on the Road tour to Massey Hall. The former singer and drummer for The Band is joined by renowned roots artist Lucinda Williams, who is scheduled to perform a full set of her own, too.

Scour a treasure trove of the past at the Absolutely Vintage Show and Sale at Maple Cottage. Top vintage shops including Gadabout and Eclectisaurus have combined their collections of clothing, jewelery and antiques in a smorgasbord of unique fashion and accessories.

Tonight represents theatre goers’ final opportunity to catch the Canadian Stage Company’s Saint Carmen of the Main. This Greek tragedy with a Canadian twist tells the story of a young performer who leaves Nashville and returns 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.

Sunday: Slip through the fog curtain to learn about water at the Royal Ontario Museum's latest exhibition

Sunday, March 6
Drink in every last drop of tantalizing information as the Royal Ontario Museum presents Water: The Exhibition. Through this comprehensive show, visitors can learn about water’s importance as an essential resource thanks to hands-on activities, live animal displays and much more.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little bit early at the Tiff Bell Lightbox, which today presents the Toronto Irish Film Festival. Its day-long slate of films from the Emerald Isle—and Canada, too—honours the Irish and their cultural contributions to the visual media. 

Considered by many to be one of the world’s finest classical ensembles, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra offers an applause-worthy program of Schubert, Wagner and Bartók tonight at Roy Thomson hall. Master conductor Semyon Bychkov leads the orchestra to mastery in grand Viennese style.

Hot Date: Swoon for Swan Lake

MARCH 1 TO 6 A moving story, sweeping music and masterful choreography have made Swan Lake one of the world’s most popular ballets. What better way to experience it than with a performance by the Mariinsky Ballet, the renowned Russian company formerly known as the Kirov Ballet? Making its first appearance in Toronto since 1989, the troupe’s legendary grace and technical mastery is on full display in this story of a princess turned into a swan by a sorcerer’s curse. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. $60 to $225; for tickets, call 416-872-2262 or click here.