Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (Feb 17-23)

Credit: Pink Sherbet Photography

It’s Family Day long weekend in Toronto and if you’re in town, there’s a lot to keep you busy:

Family Fun Fair gets on its way at the Rogers Centre (Feb 18-20). There will be rides, carnival games and much more family-filled fun. 

Family Day Fest is also on this weekend (Feb 18-20) at Downsview Park. This indoor amusement park features rides, obstacle courses, arcade games, jumping castles, attractions, carnival games and interactive entertainment.

  • Some other Family Day events include kids free at the Hockey Hall of Fame (up to a maximum of 4 kids 13 years and under per adult), Family Day Celebrations at the ROM, the AGO and also the Toronto Zoo. For a full list of Family Day events in the city, click here.

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. Check out discounts at Travelzoo (on sale for 25$, down from regular price 67$). 
    • 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.
    • 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: Simple Plan at the ACC (Feb 19); Wavelength Anniversary Festival, a showcase for underground music takes place this weekend in venues throughout the city.

Enjoy the long weekend!

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