February 24, 2014
February 22 – February 23, 2014. IceFest transforms Bloor-Yorkville into a magic winter wonderland with fantastical sculptures carved from a breathtaking 35,000 lbs. of ice. The Village of Yorkville Park (Bellair St. & Cumberland St.) will welcome families to come celebrate winter in Toronto. Cumberland Street will be closed to traffic Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon – 5 pm, so that visitors can enjoy seeing over 35 ice sculptures. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition, a themed ice exhibition, on-street performers, complimentary “Kiddie Cube” with a collectible toy inside and ice carving demonstrations throughout the area. A Photo Opportunity area and Shop with Heart event will take place in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
For more details: www.bloor-yorkville.com/icefest/icefest.html
Location: The Village of Yorkville Park — Bellair and Cumberland Streets
Grizzlies, Piranhas & Man-Eating Pigs.
With over 20 years of photographing for National Geographic, Joel Sartore knows that there’s more to the job than just traveling to distant locales and shooting pictures. From charging animals to exotic ailments, things can, and do, go very wrong in the field. Hear about the rewards and punishments from someone who has paved the way—and reaped the rewards.
For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street
An immersive theatre experience that whisks participants away to world of travel, discovery, adventure and mystery at the Bata Shoe Museum. An original play by Daniele Bartolini.
Enter the world of Bartholomew S – a mysterious voyager that brings change to the places he visits and individuals he encounters. In this unique, interactive theatrical experience, small groups of participants will spend the evening with character whose life has been impacted by the mysterious Bartholomew S. Each group will be drawn into the retelling of encounter that takes place in, and had been inspired by, one of the galleries of the Bata Shoe Museum. These stories are each told by diverse individuals and take place in different environments, countries and epochs. At the end of the evening participants are then left to answer a question: is Bartholomew S. a real person, or merely a legend?
Date: Every Friday in February – 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th – at 7pm.
Location: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West (at St. George station).
Cost: Tickets – $50 and include performance and wine and cheese reception with the cast following the show. Tickets can be purchased at www.batashoemuseum.ca/tickets.
For more info: www.batashoemuseum.ca or 416-979-7799.
Monday, February 24 to Friday, February 28, 2014.
The Toronto Zoo in celebrating International Polar Bear Day by “Bundling Up For Polar Bears”! The Zoo’s “Bundle Up For Polar Bears” initiative is where we invite families, individuals, schools and businesses to join the Zoo in bundling up by putting on your favourite sweater, hoodie, or jacket and turning down your thermostat by two degrees between February 24th and 28th. Register by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can log your participation.
For more details: www.TorontoZoo.com
Location: Toronto Zoo — 361 A Old Finch Avenue
The Canadian premiere of this witty, daring, and jarringly emotional play that was the “Year’s Best” in New York in 2012.
A Theatrefront Production produced in association with Canadian Stage. A Canadian premiere.
Billy is deaf but his unconventional family has tried to raise him as part of the hearing world. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman who is becoming deaf herself, that he finally discovers what it means to be heard. Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk and New York Theatre Critics Circle awards, Tribes is an intelligent, provocative, and jarringly emotional play that gets its Canadian premiere at Canadian Stage.
“Extraordinary.” – The New Yorker.
“Dazzling.” – New York Post.
“#1 New Play of the Year!” – New York Magazine.
For more details: www.canadianstage.com
Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street
North American Premiere
From the producers of the international phenomenon, Riverdance, comes a brand new show!
Heartbeat of Home is a music and dance spectacular! A world-class cast of thirty-eight of the best Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban dancers and musicians will create a dream world of joyous, high-energy, heart-stopping performances.
Modern, mesmerizing, emotionally satisfying and fun! Heartbeat of Home is a crowd-pleaser for a new generation. Toronto audiences will be the first to see this exciting new show before it goes on its North American tour.
Visit www.heartbeatofhome.com for more information.
For tickets: www.Mirvish.com
Venue: Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon) — 244 Victoria Street
Harbourfront Centre offers over 100 skating classes for kids, teens and adults, taught by our experienced
and supportive skating instructors. All classes take place on The Natrel® Rink, alongside the scenic shore of
Lake Ontario. We have a heated change room with lockers, there’s underground parking, and we’re always
accessible by TTC. For more information, please visit our website at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate or
call us at 416-973-4093.
The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 showcases the dynamism, creativity, and innovation of art produced in Europe in the years leading up to and during the First World War. Featuring paintings from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, among others, the exhibition chronologically traces the achievements of these tumultuous years as artists experimented with new ways to create art while launching such movements as expressionism, futurism and cubism.
The exhibition’s focus on the years 1910 to 1918 represents an intense chapter in European and world history, marked by sweeping social change, technological developments and scientific advances. During this time of tremendous creativity and innovation, European cities were evolving, and artists, who were founding groups, staging exhibitions and issuing manifestoes, likewise adapted and responded to 20th-century modernity.
The Great Upheaval spotlights the dynamism of this fertile period — as artists hurtled toward abstraction and the ultimate “great upheaval” of a catastrophic war — while presenting some of the foundational modern masterpieces that shaped the art of future generations.
Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West
Kafka’s terrifying but bizarrely comic story bursts onto the stage in a theatrically explosive new version.
The ordinary, unremarkable life of the Samsa family is turned upside down when their son, Gregor, the sole provider for the family, emerges one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a gigantic insect. His family’s feelings of revulsion turn to resentment with horrifying results.
This hugely acclaimed production combines breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action as the recently transformed Gregor lithely negotiates a gravity-defying split level set. Domestic tragedy or a metaphor for totalitarian brutality? Metamorphosisis fantastic, surprisingly funny and powerfully poignant.
For tickets: www.Mirvish.com
Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents its newest rotation, an exhibit highlighting the art of Paul Kane, one of Canada’s most influential artists. The exhibit is displayed in the Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples from August 24, 2013 to March 16, 2014. The rotation is inspired by the symbiotic relationship between art history and archaeology.
The display brings together 32 artifacts on loan from Quetico Provincial Park and Archaeological Services Inc. along with Kane’s painting “French River Rapids”. Additionally, the oil-on-canvas painting “Fishing by Torch Light” is shown in concert with Kane’s oil-on-paper field sketch of the same name. Comprising two sections, this exhibit focuses on two of Kane’s paintings.
For more information: www.rom.on.ca
Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park