416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto

dubfireTGIF, folks! I’m a little late with this week’s round up of things to do in Toronto this weekend, but if you’re hibernating at home and planning out the next two days of freedom, here’s my Top 5 to consider.

EchoBeach1. Brrr! Winter Music Festival – An outdoor music festival in February?!? Why, not? Montreal does it, so can we! This electronic dance event takes place in Echo Beach at Molson Amphitheatre and features tech-house, house and progressive house, with 3D set designs on the main stage and an indoor heated dome for the second stage. Performers include Dubfire, Moby, Chus & Ceballos and many more. I almost guarantee you’ll forget it’s February. Check out the artist lineup and schedule.

2. Toronto Tea Festival – With tea shops popping up everywhere seems tea is the new coffee, so why not join the city’s biggest tea party this Saturday. The event features over 30 exhibitors featuring hundreds of teas from around the world. You’ll learn about everything tea-related, from processing techniques to where tea flavours originated. There will also be a tea ceremony, Korean as well as Chinese, as well as talks on tea-related topics like The Myths of Chinese Tea Culture and Tea Mixology 101. The event takes place at the Toronto Reference Library.

Tristan&Isolde3. Tristan und Isolde at the Canadian Opera Company – If you love opera…or just want to sound cultured and well-rounded at the Monday morning office meeting, you can’t miss Tristan und Isolde at the Canadian Opera Company. There are still a few tickets left for most performances for Richard Wagner’s melancholic ode to longing. This production lead by Peter Sellars, and staring Canadian tenor Ben Heppner as Tristan and Melanie Diener as Isolde, has received rave reviews and has left critics in a “state of dazed bliss”.

4. Killer of Sheep at TIFF Bell Lightbox – TIFF launches a new retrospective this week on the L.A. Rebellion, a ’60s and ’70s movement of black filmmakers who endeavoured to offer an alternative to mainstream Hollywood depictions of black America. On Saturday, TIFF’s artistic director Cameron Bailey will introduce a special screening of Charles Burnett’s landmark 1977 film Killer of Sheep, which epitomizes the genre’s unflinching realism in its depiction of life in Watts, an L.A. ghetto. It’s also representative of the genre’s methods—the whole thing was shot for less than $10,000.

SuperBowl5. Super Bowl XLVII at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – If all you want to do is watch a good old fashioned football game, why not do it at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on the biggest screen possible for free. Sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery, there will be plenty of booze and snacks to make the afternoon a legitimate Super Bowl party but with several non-cash prizes to be won. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30PM.

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