Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (February 3-9)

Groundhog "Hmm" - Credit: AlicePopkorn2

Great groundhog day news this week from Ontario’s Wiarton Willie, who failed to see his shadow Thursday morning which translates to an early spring.  Sure, these groundhog day predictions may not be an exact science and a little furry at times (Punxsutawney Phil called for 6 more weeks of winter). But, I’d prefer to go Canadian on this call (for obvious reasons).  Wiarton’s Willie’s word, it is.  And now on to your non-groundhog events for the week…

Zero Hour, a multi-award winning production, written by and starring Jim Brochu as Zero Mostel, returns to Toronto for a limited engagement (Feb 8th-March 11th) at the Bathurst Street Theatre.  In this highly acclaimed show, there’s no better choice than to have Brochu play tribute to his mentor Zero Mostel, who is best known on stage and screen for performances in Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  But in Zero Hour, Brochu will introduce you to this funny and passionate man behind the stage, and his struggle and survival through showbiz, being blacklisted in Hollywood, an accident that almost left him without a leg, his love for painting and so much more.  Toronto Star‘s Richard Ouzanian gives this play 3.5/4 stars and writes “I was fortunate enough to see Mostel several times in his prime in New York, and Brochu captures him to perfection. It’s not an imitation, it’s a total immersion in the man that almost defies belief.”  Definitely one show to add to your must-see list.

Super Bowl XLVI - Credit: Carl Van Rooy Photography

It’s Super Bowl Weekend and even non-football fans will be attending parties throughout the city to join in the atmosphere. Whether it be to watch some NFL action, when the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots, check out some of the best commercials or enjoy Madonna‘s performance at the Halftime Show. NFL’s Official Super Bowl XLVI Parties (presented by Bud Light) are being held in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The one in TO’s being held at the Sound Academy and kick’s off at 4pm (a few hours before official game kickoff at 6:30pm). Aside from watching the game in HD in a fan-filled venue, also included: NFL Buffalo Bills cheerleader welcome, visit by NFL personalities Bruce Smith and Jevon Kearse and a live performance by Big Wreck.

  • WinterFest is on (Feb 4) at Downsview Park (Sheppard/Keele). You’ll find all kinds of icy fun free family events: from ice slides and ice sculpture demos to ice kiddie cubes, an ice brick play area and even a Disney on Ice booth. Not to mention the fire buskers, clowns and magicians, also on site.
  • February is Black History Month and to celebrate and  honour past and present contributions African Canadians have made to Toronto, there are several events being organized throughout the city, all month long.  Check here for a full list of events.

Continuing this week:

    • Winterlicious is continues on, now until February 9th. Your chance to dine from a prix fix menu from select restaurants around the city. Three-course lunches range from 15-25$ and dinners from 25-45$. Make reservations sooner rather than later.
    • Hamlet Live, a live stream performance, gives you 3 options to watch Hamlet: 1) live on stage at the Annex Theatre on Thursday-Saturday at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm until Feb 11th or 2) online during a live stream performance; the next live performance Feb 11 or 3) via Hamlet on-demand. Hamlet Live is Canada’s first professional livestream live theatre event.
    • Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World are being revealed at the ROM until April 9th. Nearly 250 artifacts (including large sculptures, ceramics, masks, and jewellery) are featured in this exhibit from the Classic period (250-900 CE) .

Music in the City: Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert ListingsHighlights: Chicago at Massey Hall (Feb 4th); Theory of a Deadman at Sound Academy (Feb 4th).

Have a fun-filled weekend!

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