Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (Feb 24-Mar 1)

Frozen Canadian Wilds - Credit: Erica Hargreave

It may be an extra-long February this leap year, but it still feels like Toronto has not really experienced winter.  Maybe that’s the real leap we made this year…right past winter.  However, even without the snow, we can still find ways to celebrate winter…

The Bloor-Yorkville IceFest is taking place this weekend (Feb 25-26).  Head over to check out the ice-carved masterpieces.  Marvel at the Winter Wilderness Exhibit where you will find an ice log cabin, a lumberjack splitting wood, moose, raccoons, jackrabbits all carved from blocks of ice.  Skating performances by Glisse on Ice will take place throughout the day. 

Catch the Toronto AutoShow this weekend (until Feb 26) at the Metro Convention Centre. Discover “The Next Dimension” of cars and products from your favorite automakers.

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: Jane’s Addiction at Massey Hall (Feb 27).

Have a great leap-week!

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