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Toronto weekend roundup

The *Haunted* Weekend Roundup, October 28 to 30

With All Hallows’ Eve upon us, here’s a look at some spooky ways to spend the weekend around the city. If you’re seeking less zombified events, our regular spine-warming, hair-dropping Weekend Roundup is still here.

photo by Jelle Druyts

Friday, October 28
Grown-up trick-or-treaters can don costumes and make their way around Liberty Village for the Nightmare on Liberty Street. Local restaurants offer deals on food and drink, and there’s an after party at Vogue Supper Club with prizes and a live DJ. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, July 8 to 10

Friday: Grab some prix fixe grub at Brassaii and other Summerlicious restaurants

Friday, July 8
Sample the food of your favourite restaurants in the city—or discover a new favourite—when Summerlicious begins this Friday. Dine for less with specially created prix-fixe menus at over 100 eateries throughout the city such as Canoe, Pangaea, and Brassaii.

Experience the eclectic sights and sounds of Mexico as the Corazon de Mexico arts fiesta begins its weekend-long stint at Harbourfront Centre. Traditional and modern performances happening along the lively waterfront include cumbia musician Celso Piña and high-energy salsa band Sugar Heat. If the dancing makes you hungry, make sure you grab some authentic Mexican tostadas with lime and chia agua fresca. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: April 29 to May 1

Friday: Celebrate the royal wedding at the Fairmont Royal York's Library Bar

Friday, April 29
If you weren’t invited to Westminster Abbey for the regal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William but still want to celebrate the affair in style, the Fairmont Royal York Hotel’s Library Bar hosts the early-morning telecast. Starting at 5 a.m., a traditional English breakfast will be served—with tea, of course.

They’ve skated the world, now the Stars on Ice are lacing up to bring their spectacular show back to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Catch such figure skating champions as Kurt Browning and Joannie Rochette—as well as 2010 Olympic ice dancing gold-medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir—as they perform their signature routines.

Stroll through the historic Distillery Historic District’s weekly Art Market, which features a range of local exhibitors selling artwork and crafts—from paintings and prints to ceramics and fibre art. You might also find a treasure amongst the jewellery, photography and clothing on sale at the Case Goods Warehouse, which hosts an Open Studios event in conjunction with the main market. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, December 3rd to 5th

It’s the beginning of December and Christmas is fast approaching. Get in the holiday spirit with some great events and shopping this weekend.

Friday: Gamble on Kenny Rogers for seasonal songs (photo by Jay Fletcher)

Friday, December 3
The Distillery Historic District’s Toronto Christmas Market opens today. This charming, European-style venture features numerous vendors offering unique, handcrafted gifts, plus food, beer and wine, carolers, and a giant Christmas tree—all in a lovely outdoor Victorian setting.

Dubbed by Oprah as one of North America’s hottest singing groups, operatic quartet The Canadian Tenors return home to present some Christmas favourites and their own hits at The Sony Centre.

If country music is more your cup of tea, the legendary Kenny Rogers brings his Christmas and Hits tour to Massey Hall. As the name suggests, Rogers will be crooning seasonal classics as well as the songs that made him an American icon. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, July 9 to 11

The pressing heat wave calls for a distraction. You’re sure to find one amongst the shows and events taking place this weekend.

Friday: The musical Miss Saigon is sure to enthrall audiences

Friday, July 9
Experience the enduring story of Miss Saigon. Based on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, this musical tragedy tells of a young American soldier and a Vietnamese girl who fall in love, only to be torn apart by the circumstances of war.

Start licking your chops. Toronto’s Summerlicious dining event begins today, with more than 150 restaurants—from Ame to Zucca—offering special three-course prix fixe menus to satisfy eager appetites.

Head over to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre for a sure-to-satisfy concert by Juno Award–winning indie band Metric. Also on the bill are Passion Pit and Toronto’s Holy F**K.

Saturday: Legendary rapper Rakim headlines Harbourfront Centre's Beats, Breaks & Culture

Saturday, July 10
Hum along with melodies by the Fab Four at RainA Tribute to the Beatles. This multimedia exploration of the band’s memorable music recreates many career highlights, from their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and much more.

Break it down this weekend at Harbourfront Centre’s returning Beats, Breaks & Culture festival. Groove to some excellent emerging electronic-music acts—plus a free show by hip-hop legend Rakim (9:30 p.m.)—try your hand on the turntables, or cheer for your favourite freestyle dancer in the Pop, Lock & Load Break Dance competition.

Celebrate summer as it’s meant to be experienced—outdoors. Close to 400 artists gather at Nathan Phillips Square for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, North America’s largest open-air juried art fair. Stroll between the paintings, photographs and sculptures while mingling with local art lovers.

Sunday: Lady Gaga brings her act to the Air Canada Centre

Sunday, July 11
You might not be able to maintain that poker face, Lady Gaga swoops into the Air Canada Centre with outrageous costumes, provocative set pieces and tunes like “Bad Romance,” as part of her current Monster Ball concert tour.

Laugh, cry or sing along as more than 800 Canadian theatrical performers continue to break their proverbial legs as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Enjoy an after-show beer and nightly entertainment at Honest Ed’s, this year’s host of the Fringe Club.

Catch Carlos Santana live at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The famed classic-rock guitarist jams this evening with special guest Steve Winwood.

Weekend Roundup, November 6th to 8th

Don’t let November winds and single-digit temperatures keep you from enjoying another weekend packed with things to do.

Friday: See Prince Charles, Camilla and pretty horses at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Friday: See Prince Charles, Camilla and pretty horses.

Friday, November 6th
Wave to a noble couple as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall participate in the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair’s grand-opening ceremony. Admission is free between 8:30 and 10 a.m; Charles and Camilla are scheduled to appear at 10:15 a.m.

Navigate the PATH, a 27-kilometre network of underground walkways linking shops, services, eateries, accommodations, attractions and transit in Toronto’s downtown core.

Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Aretha Franklin, acclaimed soul, gospel and R&B singer, as she performs in concert tonight. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: July 10 to 12

Partake in Toronto’s culture and cuisine from rooftop gardens, the waterfront and more!

Festivities for the Honda Indy begin on Friday and continue through the weekend.

Festivities for the Honda Indy begin Friday and culminate the race itself on Sunday afternoon.

Friday, July 10
Admire alfresco artistry at Nathan Phillips Square as it transforms into a gallery for more than 500 artists during the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

Gear up for the Honda Indy at Exhibition Place, as energetic entertainment and vrooming vehicles fill the day with family fun.

Saturday, July 11
Chant and cheer for the city’s football team as the Toronto Argonauts take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Rogers Centre.

Experience the elegance of afternoon tea at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel’s Epic restaurant, then take a tour of the hotel’s renowned rooftop herb garden.

Head to Harbourfront Centre for its electronic music festival, Beats, Breaks and Culture—a free concert by Broken Social Scene caps the evening.

Sunday, July 12
Eat to the beat of African rhythms and flavours during Afrofest at Queen’s Park—traditional and contemporary music will be performed in both English and French.

Immerse yourself in the lavish offerings of Latin culture with Salsa on St. Clair, a street festival fit for the whole family.

Weekend Roundup, July 3 to 5

This weekend bestows continuous culture and cuisine with a stream of events flooding Toronto.

Friday: Saxophonist Branford Marsalis keeps things cool at the Toronto Jazz Festival.

Friday: Saxophonist Branford Marsalis keeps things cool at the Toronto Jazz Festival.

Friday July, 3
Get lost in circuitous compositions and innovative improvisation as saxophonist Branford Marsalis performs with the Dave Holland Quintet in a Toronto Jazz Festival event at Nathan Phillips Square.

Celebrate the life of literature while mourning the (alleged) death of books at the 2009 Scream Literary Festival. Tonight, wander down to the basement of Type Books (883 Queen St. W., 416-366-8973) for poetry and performances.

Head to The Hot Spot at the Harbourfront Centre and marvel at a performance by Roberto Linares Brown, one of Cuba’s most skilled arrangers and composers.

Saturday: Lots to see and do (and taste!) at the Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta.

Saturday: Lots to see and do (and taste!) at the Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta.

Saturday, July 4
Behold the balconies, bakeries and boutiques busting with food, music and drink during the annual Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta along St. Clair Avenue West.

Delight in Oscar Wilde’s comedic tale of social hypocrisy and flawed identity in an all-female Toronto Fringe Festival rendition of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Travel back to a time of dueling knights and dancing gypsies with the Renaissance Festival at Casa Loma—fire eaters, archery demonstrators and more provide a full day of family fun.

Pamper your palate with the prix fixe Summerlicious selections at Il Posto Restaurant. Your choice of mains includes seafood spaghetti, fresh fish or veal scaloppini.

Sunday: Soak City gets you wet at Ontario Place.

Sunday: Soak City gets you wet at Ontario Place.

Sunday, July 5
Drench yourself in water and sunshine at Ontario Place’s Soak City.

Wake up on Pop Bistro’s patio with an order of eggs benedict—perfectly poached eggs are served on a bacon-stuffed, Hollandaise-drizzled croissant.

Surrender to the legendary charisma and class of Tony Bennett as he closes the Toronto Jazz Festival at the Canon Theatre.

Weekend Roundup: May 22 to 24

This weekend, as ever, the city offers more entertainment options than you can shake a stick at. Highlights include the popular Doors Open Toronto event and the Gardiner Museum’s 25th anniversary festivities.

The Elgin Theatre hosts beloved <i>Anne of Green Gables—The Musical</i>

The Elgin Theatre hosts beloved Anne of Green Gables—The Musical

Friday, May 22

Follow the charming misadventures of Canada’s storybook sweetheart, Anne of Green Gables, in the musical rendition of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s childhood classic.

Dance to worldly rhythms as Toronto-based percussion collective Samba Squad celebrates its 10th anniversary with a high-energy gig at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.

Share champagne and conversation in Yorkville’s Amber Restaurant & Bar—the whitewashed patio exudes a modern, South Beach–inspired ambience.

The Drake Hotel shows off its eclectic rooms as part of Doors Open (photo by Keith Pace Asciak).

The Drake Hotel shows off its eclectic rooms as part of Doors Open (photo by Keith Pace Asciak).

Saturday, May 23

Get up close and personal with the city during this year’s 10th edition of Doors Open Toronto—175 buildings of architectural, historical and cultural significance open their doors to the public.

Honour a timeless tale of divine love with the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company as it presents Gita Govinda at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre.

Get something extra with your tea at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel’s Epic restaurant—its traditional afternoon service is followed by a tour of the hotel’s rooftop herb garden, which offers a lovely view of the city.

Puccini's <i>La Bohème</i> spins a bohemian yarn.

Puccini's La Bohème spins a bohemian yarn (photo by Michael Cooper).

Sunday, May 24

Live vicariously through the struggles of young lovers, artists and philosophers in 1830s Paris, as the Canadian Opera Company presents its final performance of Puccini’s La Bohème.

Meet and greet the lovable characters of Sesame Street Live’s latest show, When Elmo Grows Up, an educational musical adventure for the whole family.

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the renowned Gardiner Museum with international music and dance performances, professional clay demonstrations and, best of all, free admission.