416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Feb.14 – Feb.16)

TIFF moviesHappy Valentine’s Day everyone! It’s going to be a great weekend, especially since it’s a long weekend. This weekend will definitely involve paying tribute to cupid’s arrow, but there are many other things to fill the next three days with. So get ready ’cause here’s my TOP5!

TIFF Next Wave – “A festival for young movie lovers” is the festival’s slogan happening at TIFF Bell Lightbox this weekend, but you’ll find plenty in here for audiences of all ages, especially in the five-film marathon of cult classics that includes films such as Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, and Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko. Check out the full festival schedule, and purchase tickets here.

JazzJazz for Foodies – This Friday spend Valentine’s Day listening to swing-era jazz and eating a delicious Indian buffet prepared by Chef Baroi at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre. Part of their music series, this Valentine’s Day show features artists that have studied with Ellis Marsalis, toured with Wynton Marsalis, opened for Herbie Hancock and won various awards including Junos. Musicians include stride pianist Mboya Nicholson, trumpeter William Sperandei, guitarist Lee Wallace, and bassist Marc Rogers.

Worn Journal Presents: Heartbreak Karaoke – The recently dumped or generally love-averse can set emotions free this Friday at the Monarch Tavern by belting Celine Dion ballads to a room of fellow commiserators. Put on by the crew at Worn Journal, all proceeds will go to the production of the magazine. General Admission $7, or $5 for those dressed in red or pink. 

OystersPost-Cupid Buck-A-Shuck Oyster Refresher Bar – Start the weekend off with a bit of indulgence. Showcasing a variety of East-coast oyster producers, shoppers at St. Lawrence Market this Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm, can indulge in buck-a-shuck oysters at Domenic’s Fish Market. While you’re there, why not do some shopping and pick up fresh goods for lunch and dinner.

Kids Gallery of Ontario takes over the AGO – This Family Day long weekend, take your kids to roam the AGO and participate in a variety of fun activities, like a gallery-wide game of Clue, a dance party and family yoga. Great way to introduce the kids to the art world and have some fun, too.

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