416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Feb.22 – Feb.24)

Art TorontoIf you’re not one of the lucky ones enjoying a week of drinks and sun in the Caribbean (hope you’re having fun, Mom!) just take comfort in the fact that this is the last weekend of February and spring is just around the corner. We’re on the homestretch now, people. If you’re not preoccupied by planning your Oscar party and looking for something fun to do this weekend, here’s my TOP 5.

The Artist Project – Head over to the Direct Energy Centre for this massive juried contemporary art fair. Over 250 painters, sculptors, photographers and multimedia artists are participating in this year’s edition, which begins tonight with an opening night party. In addition to plenty of opportunites to score contemporary works from emerging artists, there are also talks on topics like art as an investment and docent-led tours of the show floor.

YorkvilleIceFest in Yorkville – If you can stand the sub-zero temperatures head over to the Bloor-Yorkville  neighbourhood this weekend for two days of frigid fun. This annual event will feature daily busker performances and a whimsical display of extraordinary ice sculptures, sculpting competition and skating performances. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon while bundled up and sipping hot chocolate.

Frosty Fun in High Park – If you’re looking for some outdoor fun with the family spend this Saturday afternoon hiking and exploring in High Park. Starting at the High Park Nature Centre at 1 p.m., the family-friendly tour looks at how the fairies and gnomes of winter thrive in the snow. Children can also help build fairy homes. A $2 donation is recommended. For more, visit the website.

outdoorsThe Outdoor Adventure Show – If can’t wait for the snow to melt and you’re already planning your next outdoor adventure, head to the west end of the city to the International Centre where you’ll find more than 300 exhibits, with gear, tips, travel destinations, camping ideas, safari adventures and outdoor sports like hiking, running, mountain and rock climbing, scuba diving and white water rafting. Water sports enthusiasts can check out the NWT Canoe and Kayak Expo with interactive maneuvering, safety and rolling demos in a 30 x 50 heated pool. Camping, scuba diving, health and fitness, running and cycling, and adventure travel pavilions offer one-stop-shops for equipment, apparel and travel. Featured guests include Ice Pilots NWT TV stars Scott Blue and Mikey McBryan, Canadian adventurer Jamie Bastedo, author and travel expert Macon Dunnagan Jr., and author and expert paddler Kevin Callan.

Toast and Jam at Nyood – if this weekend is cause for a reward why not treat your self with brunch at my Queen West neighbour, Nyood. More gourmet than the name would suggest, Nyood’s brunch series brings a five-course prix fixe meal followed by some hardy partying with DJ Muktz. Brunch starts at noon, which is perfect timing if you’re recovering from the previous night’s festivities. Reservations required.


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