416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Jan.10 – Jan.12)

Boat ShowThis week was definitely one for the record books. Snow, ice, frigid temperatures made us contemplate last minute deals to a beach somewhere warm…only to have your flight cancelled due to the chaos at Pearson. Oh well, it is winter so let’s just get over it. We powered through, and there is promise of warmer weather coming just in time for the weekend. If you’ve managed to thaw out and starting to think about weekend plans, here’s my TOP5 to help you with it. Check it out!

Toronto International Boat Show – The show is back at the Direct Energy Centre this weekend and so is the world’s largest indoor lake. Visitors can practice canoeing and kayaking for free or sit on the shore and watch the wakeboarding demonstrations. Other highlights for this year include the new Canadian Canoe Museum, Duma the wakeboarding, boat-driving wonder dog, and special fishing and boat riding areas for kids. Exhibitors sell every kind of boat from kayaks and canoes to racing boats and houseboats. Several exhibitors also offer boating supplies and related products. Good place to pretend it’s summer again.

OystersHogtown Pub and Oysters School of Shucks – Is learning to shuck oysters your New Year’s resolution? Perfect! Hogtown Pub and Ousters will be holding a hands-on, three-hour oyster seminar this Sunday, as well as one in February and March, that’ll teach you everything from how to buy, store, cook, dress, and shuck your favourite mollusks. Besides leaving with the confidence that you’ll be the best shucker in any room you walk into from now on you’ll also walk out with your very own shucker and a recipe book to boot.

Passport to Change at Wychwood Barns – What better way to finish your weekend than by talking to experts about how you can meet all your 2014 health and fitness goals. This Sunday’s event at Wychwood Barns will give you the chance to chat with experts and learn about how best to reach the level of wellness in your life that you’ve always wanted.

Ice WineNiagara Ice Wine Festival – This annual festival takes over Niagara Region starting Saturday with winery tours, parties, seminars and tastings. This event also coincides with Winterfest in downtown St. Catherines, which features live music and gourmet food. If you’re think of making this a weekend getaway, several hotels in the Niagara region offer special packages during the festival. Several different ticket packages are available at different prices and a full listing of events and package prices for the icewine festival can be found here.

The Wedding Singer at The Hart House – The Adam Sandler flick comes to life again in this musical production at Hart House Theatre starting Friday. The story follows Robbie Hart, a former rock and roll frontman who plays 80s covers at weddings and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Linda, the love of his life, is embarrassed to have a partner struggling to get by, so she leaves him at the altar on their wedding day. Enter Julia, a waitress who works many of the same parties as Robbie and is also less than lucky with love. You know you want to see it!

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