Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (February 10-16)

Happy Valentine's Day! Credit: ButterflySha

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Will you be celebrating it with your sweetheart, cursing it at an anti-Valentine’s Day party or will it be just another Tuesday?  Here’s one way to  commemorate your Valentine’s Day kiss or any other memorable smooch, mark it on the Toronto Kiss Map.  And now, on to what’s going on in the city this week:

Speed Skating Canada, in celebration of it’s 125th anniversary, has teamed up with Intact Insurance to launch their first Intact Insurance Day on Skates (Feb 11 & 12).  It’s a chance for you to learn more about speedskating, take lessons from experts and meet Olympic medalists Catriona Le May Doan and Kristina Groves.

  • The Toronto Zoo is celebrating Valentine’s Day Weekend (Feb 11 & 12).  Children (12 yrs and under) who bring a Valentine for one of their “favourite striped, spotted and furry friends”, get in free. (Maximum of 2 children per adult).
  • Social Media Week will be a buzz in Toronto (Feb 13-17) with events taking place all across the city and of course on-line. Check out the full schedule of events and register.

Continuing this week:

    • Zero Hour, a multi-award winning production, written by and starring Jim Brochu as Zero Mostel, continues its run in Toronto for a limited time (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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Listings. Highlights: At Massey Hall you’ll find City and Colour (Feb 10th) and Jim Cuddy (Feb 14th).

Have a happy valentine’s day week!

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