Its Friday, and the weekend is almost here. The weather is warm and sunny, and if it’s tempting you to get outside this weekend and do stuff, I’ve got some things planned for you. Check out my TOP5 things to do in Toronto this weekend.
Toronto ComicCon – I love a ComicCon weekend in Toronto this time of year. It’s one of the few times of the year when I can bump into Star Trek’s Data or X-Men’s Wolverine in line at Starbucks…well, not the real Data or Wolverine. They’re just regular guys in costume (I hope), but it still makes me smile. Toronto ComicCon is a big draw for fans of comics, science fiction, horror and gaming, and it seems to be growing in popularity every year. This year nearly the entire bridge crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation—Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFaddden, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and LeVar Burton—are going to be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for a live stage event. Other sci-fi stars on-hand include Sean Astin from the Lord of the Rings movies and Laura Vandervoort from Smallville. The show runs Saturday and Sunday and for more info check out the event website.
Toronto Rock vs. Colorado Mammoth – If you haven’t seen a Lacrosse game live, you’re missing out. This Friday (today), join Toronto Rock at their charity game night at the Air Canada Centre where they’ll play against the Colorado Mammoth for the first and only time this season. It’s also the first trip to Toronto by the Mammoth since 2007. If the game is sold out, Rock owner and president Jamie Dawick will donate $25,000 to Daily Bread Food Bank, and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will donate one dollar for every ticket sold. Following the game, the Rock will auction off their game worn jerseys live on the floor. Find out more or buy tickets here. Upper bowl seats are only $10 with a food donation.
Toronto Irish Film Festival – If you’re saving all your energy for next weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities why not start feeling Irish today with the Toronto Irish Film Festival that’s taking over the screens at TIFF Bell Lightbox. With over a dozen films being screened Saturday and Sunday, this is the perfect chance to sit back, relax and immerse yourself in the culture of the Emerald Isle. For ticket information and times visit the website.
Sketch Comedy Festival – Need a little laughter in your life? The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is back this year to kick off the spring. They’ve also expanded it to eleven days, adding a few more nights for Toronto to spend with North America’s top sketch troupes. Also known as TOsketchfest, the festival offers more than forty comedy troupes performing in more than twenty shows at several different venues such as the Randolph Theatre, Lower Ossington Theatre, and Comedy Bar. It’s Toronto’s biggest showcase of live, scripted comedy from across the continent, as well as a great networking opportunity for many local comedic writers and performers. For show times and locations check out this website.
Electric Mud BBQ Indulgence – This drool-inducing new restaurant in Parkdale opened last week courtesy of the pair behind what was arguably 2012’s most hyped restaurant, the nearby Grand Electric, and while the tacos have been replaced with Southern-inspired barbecue and the hip hop has given way to classic rock, the ample bourbon, volume on the stereo, and generally good vibe make it easy to determine the shared lineage of the two establishments. If all you want to do this weekend is eat good food and hang out with friends, let met tell you – the food here is amazing, the service is awesome, music is good and loud and the atmosphere is fun. If you’re wondering if you should go…just go.