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02/10/2015 00:00:00 A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection Downtown Free

"A Story of Canadian Art" features forty-one works drawn from the celebrated Hart House Collection of Canadian art. The majority of works in the exhibition feature classic images of the Canadian landscape and were acquired between 1921 and 1950 by the Hart House Art Committee, a group comprised of students, artists, faculty, and staff at the University of Toronto. Showcasing paintings by renowned artists such as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Lilias Torrance Newton, and Tom Thomson, A Story of Canadian Art at UTAC will be the first opportunity since 1987 for the University of Toronto community to view a major selection of the early 20th century collection.

02/10/2015 00:00:00 Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign Downtown Free

Drawing on a diverse range of recent acquisitions in the University of Toronto and Hart House Collections, this exhibition considers how signs and symbols have been observed, adopted, and altered in the work of artists from early modernity to today. The exhibition captures the ways in which commercial graphics shape urban landscapes -- whether in the proliferation of billboards and screens, the identity of nations and institutions, or the visual logic of window display. In response, artists have initiated their own symbolic studies and counter campaigns, progressively infiltrating signs and symbols to their own ends. Sign, sign, everywhere a sign encapsulates work of several generations of artists from across Canada and around the world.

02/10/2015 00:00:00 Abyss Downtown

MISSING. Karla Richter, 24: a loving and trusting young woman, last seen before she left for the grocery store in blue jeans, a green parka and her red rubber rain boots. The police and papers ignore the disappearance, leaving her three friends – whose roots lie in Serbia and Croatia – to discover the truth. Karla's lover Vlado, born into terror and war, Karla's caring roommate Sophia, and Vlado's roommate who is Sophia's sister, search for their missing friend. As the story slowly unravels, it becomes clear that all three of them have been harbouring secrets as they realize how brittle the life they had built is. A search for Karla becomes a search for the self in this lyrical thriller cloaked in the mystery of Europe's underworld.

02/10/2015 00:00:00 Waiting Room Downtown

What are you willing to risk to save a life? A doctor embarks on a ground-breaking medical experiment despite the objections of his colleagues. Meanwhile, a couple are torn about whether the doctor has what it takes to save their baby. This is a play about life in the waiting room of a major children's hospital. This is a play about medical compassion and risk. This is a play about families who find the will to keep going. This is a play about the needs of the heart and the extremes of medicine. This is a play about breaking the rules. This is a play about hope.

02/10/2015 00:00:00 The Heart of Robin Hood Downtown

In this spectacular rendition of the fabled tale, Robin and his very unmerry gang of cutthroats may steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone! But, as the wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps up to protect the poor… and convert the thuggish Robin from outlaw to hero. Originally commissioned by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, our rollicking production of this 2013 U.K. hit is filled with magic, adventure, romance, laughter and music, performed by the acclaimed group Parsonsfield! Just be aware: Don't blink or you'll miss the shark!

02/10/2015 Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) Downtown $10 - $19

TBFF is about discovery & diversity! It showcases the most outstanding Black films while creating a space to debate cultural and socio-economic issues. The festival offers screenings, concerts, panel discussions, exhibits, workshops & opportunities to meet creators and speakers from around the world. Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, TBFF is Toronto's biggest celebration of Black History Month through film! Our goal is to fill a void by providing the opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic groups, to share authentic stories, which reflect the true reality of Black people throughout the world. Black History Month allows us all to reflect on the past in order to better understand the present and prepare for the future.

02/10/2015 Manos Sucias (Dirty Hands) at Toronto Black Film Festival Downtown

Manos Sucias (Dirty Hands) opens the 3rd annual Black Film Festival. Executive-produced by Spike Lee, the feature-length film offers a rare glimpse at the drug trade's devastating effects. Manos Sucias (Dirty Hands) follows Jacobo, a desperate fisherman, and Delio, a naïve kid, as they tow a submerged torpedo containing millions of dollars worth of cocaine up the Pacific coast of Columbia.

02/10/2015 Snow Angel Central East $20 - $29

Celebrate the magic of winter and the ripple effect of kindness in one little girl's neighbourhood. On Family Day (February 16), your ticket to Snow Angel comes with free activities for a jam-packed day of family fun including: Scavenger hunt - Discover how theatre is created! Win prizes! Backstage tours Family mask workshop *Space is limited for the family mask workshop and backstage tours. Please RSVP indicating the number of people and, for backstage tours, the time you prefer: [email protected] or 416-862-2222.

02/10/2015 Michel Mpambara's One-Man Show Central West $20 - $29

Michel Mpambara, an accomplished artist of African origin who, for the last 20 years, has been working hard on the Quebec scene to entertain, make people laugh and represent his two cultures (Rwanda and Canada) will be presenting his one-man show specifically created for the occasion to commemorate Black History Month. Early on, his stand-up routines performed at the The Just for Laughs Festival got him noticed; later he began hosting a TV travel show « Adoptez Mpambara » in which he explored different parts of Quebec. On the big screen, he appeared in Dany Laferrière's « Comment conquérir l'Amérique en une nuit » and in 2001, his one-man show « Y'a trop de blanc au Québec » earned him a Felix Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy.

02/10/2015 Once, The Musical Downtown

Set in modern day Dublin, ONCE is the story of a Guy who gave up on his music—and his love—and the Girl who inspired him to dream again. This irresistibly breathtaking production is performed by an extraordinary all-Canadian cast of actor-musicians who sing, dance and play their hearts out live on stage. Featuring all of the magical songs from film, including the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly," this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show draws you in from the very first note, and never lets you go. Everyone's falling for ONCE…come and find out why….

02/09/2015 00:00:00 Tough Love Improv Central East $1 - $9

Half show, half personal trainer, Tough Love Improv puts performers through their paces to get rid of performance rust, break bad performing habits, and retire stale go-tos. In this behind-the-scenes show format, Dale Wells (The Dandies) has an ensemble of improvisers ready to help you let go of your performance crutches. No Pain. No Game. Your taunting, teasing, and tormenting are music to our ears! Bi-weekly show (the 2nd and 4th Monday, each month)

02/09/2015 Seeing Through Movement Central West

Led by Aharona Israel, this two day workshop uses the body, movement and simple actions to explore perceptions and aims to extend ways of relating to space, object and images. Using visual forms of expression, participants will play with sight and movement and examine visual and spatial memory. This workshop is open to artists from all disciplines: visual artists, dancers, actors, writers and musicians. No movement background needed. Limited to 16 participants Presented in English Featuring seven international shows and six languages, Progress engages conversation about language, accessibility and what progress means to Toronto's performance ecology. Festival runs February 4 to 15. http://ift.tt/1yHZgSp // #ProgressTO

02/09/2015 Hockey Night for Osler 2015 Northwest $20 - $29

Osler Foundation has once again partnered with the NHL Alumni for a charity hockey game. This year's game will be like no other! Wendel Clark and Gary Roberts will be bringing some of their Alumni friends including Rick Vaive, Bill Derlago, Brad May, Gilbert Dionne and Mike Krushelnyski. The Osler Crusaders, made up of Osler physicians, staff and donors, fill out the rest of the roster. This charity game will benefit the redevelopment projects at Peel Memorial, Etobicoke General and funding the next generation of equipment at Brampton Civic.

02/08/2015 00:00:00 Abyss Downtown

MISSING. Karla Richter, 24: a loving and trusting young woman, last seen before she left for the grocery store in blue jeans, a green parka and her red rubber rain boots. The police and papers ignore the disappearance, leaving her three friends – whose roots lie in Serbia and Croatia – to discover the truth. Karla's lover Vlado, born into terror and war, Karla's caring roommate Sophia, and Vlado's roommate who is Sophia's sister, search for their missing friend. As the story slowly unravels, it becomes clear that all three of them have been harbouring secrets as they realize how brittle the life they had built is. A search for Karla becomes a search for the self in this lyrical thriller cloaked in the mystery of Europe's underworld.

02/08/2015 00:00:00 Sweet Symphony Central West $30 - $39

Sweet Symphony offers an elegant Sunday afternoon of delectables and music in the one-of-a-kind historic setting of Casa Loma. In addition to a delightful savory dish to start, guests will have their pick from an exquisite selection of Chef's miniature pastries and sweets including chocolate cheesecake lollipops, orange ricotta cannoli, French macaroons, Meyer lemon and raspberry tarts and chocolate hazelnut éclairs, as well as chef attended stations with made to order desserts. A selection of coffee and teas will also be served. Guests will enjoy performances from the Casa Loma Quartet as well as a classical harpist.

02/08/2015 00:00:00 Research Live! Concussions Happen: "What do we know?" Central East

Explore and learn through interactive research. Following a concussion, there is a disruption in overall brain function that may not be identified using a variety of techniques. The Holland Bloorview's Concussion Research Centre is getting visitors involved by testing for changes in attention and balance using novel interactive systems called Neurotracker and Neurobalance. In addition, the group is collecting data from visitors using fun approaches involving art and media clips. The researchers hope to uncover the previously unheard voices of youth to tailor future educational initiatives and health interventions. Ages 5-18

02/08/2015 00:00:00 Murder at the ROM - A Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt for Adults Downtown

A curator has been murdered and a trail of clues left behind, connected to secrets in the collections. As you solve clues, you'll begin to piece together a tale of greed, lust, pride and revenge. There are multiple suspects, one victim and you, the sleuths, must crack a cryptic code left in the curator's appointment book to solve the mystery. On an Urban Capers Scavenger Hunt, you don't collect items, but rather answers to tricky and humourous questions. Teams of two to six compete over the course of two hours. This hunt is designed for adults, but children as young as 10 have participated. This event is not associated with the ROM. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.urbancapers.com.

02/08/2015 00:00:00 Waiting Room Downtown

What are you willing to risk to save a life? A doctor embarks on a ground-breaking medical experiment despite the objections of his colleagues. Meanwhile, a couple are torn about whether the doctor has what it takes to save their baby. This is a play about life in the waiting room of a major children's hospital. This is a play about medical compassion and risk. This is a play about families who find the will to keep going. This is a play about the needs of the heart and the extremes of medicine. This is a play about breaking the rules. This is a play about hope.

02/08/2015 00:00:00 The Heart of Robin Hood Downtown

In this spectacular rendition of the fabled tale, Robin and his very unmerry gang of cutthroats may steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone! But, as the wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps up to protect the poor… and convert the thuggish Robin from outlaw to hero. Originally commissioned by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, our rollicking production of this 2013 U.K. hit is filled with magic, adventure, romance, laughter and music, performed by the acclaimed group Parsonsfield! Just be aware: Don't blink or you'll miss the shark!

02/08/2015 Make. Make Public. Central West Free

Led by Dancemakers curators Emi Forser and Benjamin Kamino, individuals with any level of experience from any artistic background are invited to join in the collaborative, dance-derived workshop. Following, the public is invited to witness what's been created and share their thoughts with the makers. Presented in English Curated by Dancemakers Featuring seven international shows and six languages, Progress engages conversation about language, accessibility and what progress means to Toronto's performance ecology. Festival runs February 4 to 15. http://ift.tt/1yHZgSp // #ProgressTO

02/08/2015 The Great Black North Launch Downtown Free

Kuumba and IFOA are delighted to host the Toronto launch of the anthology of contemporary African Canadian poetry The Great Black North, with readings by Lillian Allen, Kevan Anthony Cameron, George Elliott Clarke, Afua Cooper, Sankofa Juba, Valerie Mason-John and Dwayne Morgan. A lively discussion with the poets will follow, moderated by co-editors Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Cameron.

02/08/2015 Mooredale Concerts presents A Classical Canadian Collaboration Downtown $30 - $39

Mooredale Concerts welcomes a quartet of accomplished and internationally acclaimed soloists who have enthralled audiences over the years with their individual and ensemble performances. A Classical Canadian Collaboration brings together violinists Erika Raum and Scott St. John, violist Sharon Wei and cellist Thomas Wiebe. Three great classical works for duo and trio comprise their program – Schubert's Trio for Strings in B flat major, D. 471; the Sonata for Two Violins in A minor by Eugène Ysaÿe; and Bach's massive Goldberg Variations for String Trio in G major, BWV 988, arranged by Dmitry Sitkovetsky.

02/08/2015 00:00:00 Spring Awakening Central West

The landmark musical Spring Awakening is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll! Join this group of late 19th century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.

02/07/2015 "Experience Passion" Valentine's 2015 Central West $40 - $49

Love Inspired is back again with a sizzling and entertaining social networking experience and it's all about Passion! Mingle and network to your heart's desire with the help of our unique facilitated mixers that get you comfortable right away. Pick up some enlightening tidbits from our speaker and inspirational comedian, Susan Stewart and engage in meaningful conversation. Enjoy the appetizers, complimentary drink and wonderful gift giveaways from our sponsors: Remax (Kayan), AstroCoach, Infuse MedSpa & Holland Marsh Wineries. The evening will end with music and an after-party!

02/07/2015 00:00:00 Spring Awakening Central West

The landmark musical Spring Awakening is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll! Join this group of late 19th century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.

02/07/2015 00:00:00 Winter Nature Nut Kids' Club Central East $100 +

Calling all nature nuts! Children aged 7 to 12 can discover the greener side of Toronto at this weekly club full of hands-on outdoor fun. Through adventures in Toronto's Don valley ravine, children gain leadership and team-building skills, while nurturing and developing a passion for the outdoors. Focusing on the winter forest and ravines, children learn survival strategies from the animals that thrive in winter. Join us as we track down chickadees, hunt for edibles, and build and play in the ice and snow!

02/07/2015 00:00:00 A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection Downtown Free

"A Story of Canadian Art" features forty-one works drawn from the celebrated Hart House Collection of Canadian art. The majority of works in the exhibition feature classic images of the Canadian landscape and were acquired between 1921 and 1950 by the Hart House Art Committee, a group comprised of students, artists, faculty, and staff at the University of Toronto. Showcasing paintings by renowned artists such as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Lilias Torrance Newton, and Tom Thomson, A Story of Canadian Art at UTAC will be the first opportunity since 1987 for the University of Toronto community to view a major selection of the early 20th century collection.

02/07/2015 00:00:00 Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign Downtown Free

Drawing on a diverse range of recent acquisitions in the University of Toronto and Hart House Collections, this exhibition considers how signs and symbols have been observed, adopted, and altered in the work of artists from early modernity to today. The exhibition captures the ways in which commercial graphics shape urban landscapes -- whether in the proliferation of billboards and screens, the identity of nations and institutions, or the visual logic of window display. In response, artists have initiated their own symbolic studies and counter campaigns, progressively infiltrating signs and symbols to their own ends. Sign, sign, everywhere a sign encapsulates work of several generations of artists from across Canada and around the world.

02/07/2015 00:00:00 Abyss Downtown

MISSING. Karla Richter, 24: a loving and trusting young woman, last seen before she left for the grocery store in blue jeans, a green parka and her red rubber rain boots. The police and papers ignore the disappearance, leaving her three friends – whose roots lie in Serbia and Croatia – to discover the truth. Karla's lover Vlado, born into terror and war, Karla's caring roommate Sophia, and Vlado's roommate who is Sophia's sister, search for their missing friend. As the story slowly unravels, it becomes clear that all three of them have been harbouring secrets as they realize how brittle the life they had built is. A search for Karla becomes a search for the self in this lyrical thriller cloaked in the mystery of Europe's underworld.

02/07/2015 00:00:00 Storygami for Children Downtown Free

Join "Storygami" - an origami meetup for kids, the first Saturday of each month. Our club welcomes beginners as well as more experienced folders, ages 6-12. No registration required. This program is offered in partnership with the University of Toronto Origami Club F.O.L.D - Fly with Origami, Learn to Dream. Come fly with us! February - Heart Mobile & Bear March - Dolls & Sumo Wrestlers

02/07/2015 00:00:00 Murder at the ROM - A Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt for Adults Downtown

A curator has been murdered and a trail of clues left behind, connected to secrets in the collections. As you solve clues, you'll begin to piece together a tale of greed, lust, pride and revenge. There are multiple suspects, one victim and you, the sleuths, must crack a cryptic code left in the curator's appointment book to solve the mystery. On an Urban Capers Scavenger Hunt, you don't collect items, but rather answers to tricky and humourous questions. Teams of two to six compete over the course of two hours. This hunt is designed for adults, but children as young as 10 have participated. This event is not associated with the ROM. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.urbancapers.com.

02/07/2015 00:00:00 Shakespeare in Action - TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club City-wide Free

Join Shakespeare in Action for storytelling adventures! Explore the world of magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told! Jump into plays like "Romeo & Juliet," "Macbeth," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "The Tempest." Read aloud, play drama games, and make friends with other Shakespeare fans! The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is led by professional actors and educators. Register early at the participating Toronto Public Library branches.

02/07/2015 00:00:00 Blood Relations @ Alumnae Theatre Central East

The Alumnae Theatre's MainStage brings the past to life with Sharon Pollock's Governor General's award winning psychological murder mystery Blood Relations. The only suspect, the real Lizzie Borden, was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother, but in Blood Relations, the chilling question still repeats. “Did you Lizzie? Did you?” Rather than centering on the grisly details of the murders, the play focuses on the patriarchal oppressive society Lizzie Borden has endured. Lizzie and her actress friend play a game of memory and imagination, reenacting moments of Lizzie's life leading up to the murders as a play-in-a-play to uncover a motive.

02/07/2015 00:00:00 Waiting Room Downtown

What are you willing to risk to save a life? A doctor embarks on a ground-breaking medical experiment despite the objections of his colleagues. Meanwhile, a couple are torn about whether the doctor has what it takes to save their baby. This is a play about life in the waiting room of a major children's hospital. This is a play about medical compassion and risk. This is a play about families who find the will to keep going. This is a play about the needs of the heart and the extremes of medicine. This is a play about breaking the rules. This is a play about hope.

02/07/2015 00:00:00 The Heart of Robin Hood Downtown

In this spectacular rendition of the fabled tale, Robin and his very unmerry gang of cutthroats may steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone! But, as the wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps up to protect the poor… and convert the thuggish Robin from outlaw to hero. Originally commissioned by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, our rollicking production of this 2013 U.K. hit is filled with magic, adventure, romance, laughter and music, performed by the acclaimed group Parsonsfield! Just be aware: Don't blink or you'll miss the shark!

02/07/2015 Silent Dinner (Ireland/Canada) Central West Free

In its world premiere, Silent Dinner features an eight-hour performance combining Deaf, CODA (children of Deaf adults) and hearing artists, performers and non-performers as they prepare, cook and eat dinner in complete silence. Post-performance, audience members are invited for dessert and conversation with renowned Irish performance artist Amanda Coogan and Canadian collaborators. Audience members are free to flow in and out of this performance as they wish. Performed in English and ASL Curated by FADO Performance Art Centre Featuring seven international shows and six languages, Progress engages conversation about language, accessibility and what progress means to Toronto's performance ecology. www.thisisprogress.ca // #ProgressTO

02/07/2015 Dance as Metaphor, Language and Lens Central West Free

Featuring Progress artists Aharona Israel and Meher Awachri, Dancemakers resident artist Zoja Smutny, and facilitated by Dancemakers curators Benjamin Kamino and Emi Forster, this conversation brings together artists who embrace the use of dance in performance as a means of articulating conditions of togetherness – joyful or traumatic. Presented in English Curated by Dancemakers Featuring seven international shows and six languages, Progress engages conversation about language, accessibility and what progress means to Toronto's performance ecology. Festival runs February 4 to 15. www.thisisprogress.ca // #ProgressTO

02/07/2015 Young People's Concert Pianorama Downtown $20 - $29

It is a Piano Extravaganza! Join the TSO for a special concert featuring superstar pianist Emanuel Ax and young pianists from around Toronto. Listen as 15 different piano players trade off between movements, round robin style, as they perform playful pieces, such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Carnival of the Animals. Special appearances will be made, via video, from the Toronto Zoo. There will also be special activities by the Toronto Zoo in the lobby 30 minutes prior to each concert. Young People's Concerts are performances for families with children ages 5-12.

02/07/2015 Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time Downtown

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time will feature over 80 artworks – primarily large-scale paintings and drawings – from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America. The exhibition will explore Basquiat's groundbreaking and provocative artistic approach. Famous by the age of 20, Basquiat translated 1980s New York into a radical visual language, one that confronted issues of racism, class struggle, social hypocrisy and black history. Inspired as much by high art – Abstract Expressionism and Conceptualism – as by hip hop, jazz, sports, comics and graffiti, Basquiat used recurring motifs to explore issues that he continuously grappled with in his life and art.

02/07/2015 Kensington Krawl Food Tour Central West

Taste your way through Toronto's most unique and eclectic neighbourhood on a culinary excursion in Kensington Market. As we stroll, you will learn about the history and heritage of the market, view interesting sights and landmarks, meet local shopkeepers and chefs, and indulge in variety of delicious foods and drinks. * Includes 6 generous tastings + alcoholic beverage. Cheers!

02/07/2015 Max the Mutt College Open House Southeast Free

After 11 years on Queen Street West, Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design makes a move to 2944 Danforth Avenue, west of Victoria Park, and begins a new era in the school's history. The official opening is Saturday, February 7, 2015 with a public open house. Many Max the Mutt graduates have gone on to careers at top companies including Corus Entertainment, Arc Entertainment, NFB, Sony, Nelvana, UbiSoft, Warner Bros Games and Pixar.

02/07/2015 Valentine's Fundraising Dinner and Dance Downtown $30 - $39

Featuring a buffet dinner, door prizes, raffles, silent auction, dancing, photo booth, music by the 6 Point jazz band. Tickets are available at New Visions Toronto Head Office (250 The Esplanade, Suite 101 at 416-868-1493 and ask for Rosa) This fundraiser will support the purchase of a new wheelchair-accessible van for New Visions Toronto.

02/06/2015 00:00:00 Spring Awakening Central West

The landmark musical Spring Awakening is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll! Join this group of late 19th century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.

02/06/2015 00:00:00 A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection Downtown Free

"A Story of Canadian Art" features forty-one works drawn from the celebrated Hart House Collection of Canadian art. The majority of works in the exhibition feature classic images of the Canadian landscape and were acquired between 1921 and 1950 by the Hart House Art Committee, a group comprised of students, artists, faculty, and staff at the University of Toronto. Showcasing paintings by renowned artists such as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Lilias Torrance Newton, and Tom Thomson, A Story of Canadian Art at UTAC will be the first opportunity since 1987 for the University of Toronto community to view a major selection of the early 20th century collection.

02/06/2015 00:00:00 Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign Downtown Free

Drawing on a diverse range of recent acquisitions in the University of Toronto and Hart House Collections, this exhibition considers how signs and symbols have been observed, adopted, and altered in the work of artists from early modernity to today. The exhibition captures the ways in which commercial graphics shape urban landscapes -- whether in the proliferation of billboards and screens, the identity of nations and institutions, or the visual logic of window display. In response, artists have initiated their own symbolic studies and counter campaigns, progressively infiltrating signs and symbols to their own ends. Sign, sign, everywhere a sign encapsulates work of several generations of artists from across Canada and around the world.

02/06/2015 00:00:00 Abyss Downtown

MISSING. Karla Richter, 24: a loving and trusting young woman, last seen before she left for the grocery store in blue jeans, a green parka and her red rubber rain boots. The police and papers ignore the disappearance, leaving her three friends – whose roots lie in Serbia and Croatia – to discover the truth. Karla's lover Vlado, born into terror and war, Karla's caring roommate Sophia, and Vlado's roommate who is Sophia's sister, search for their missing friend. As the story slowly unravels, it becomes clear that all three of them have been harbouring secrets as they realize how brittle the life they had built is. A search for Karla becomes a search for the self in this lyrical thriller cloaked in the mystery of Europe's underworld.

02/06/2015 00:00:00 Blood Relations @ Alumnae Theatre Central East

The Alumnae Theatre's MainStage brings the past to life with Sharon Pollock's Governor General's award winning psychological murder mystery Blood Relations. The only suspect, the real Lizzie Borden, was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother, but in Blood Relations, the chilling question still repeats. “Did you Lizzie? Did you?” Rather than centering on the grisly details of the murders, the play focuses on the patriarchal oppressive society Lizzie Borden has endured. Lizzie and her actress friend play a game of memory and imagination, reenacting moments of Lizzie's life leading up to the murders as a play-in-a-play to uncover a motive.

02/06/2015 00:00:00 Waiting Room Downtown

What are you willing to risk to save a life? A doctor embarks on a ground-breaking medical experiment despite the objections of his colleagues. Meanwhile, a couple are torn about whether the doctor has what it takes to save their baby. This is a play about life in the waiting room of a major children's hospital. This is a play about medical compassion and risk. This is a play about families who find the will to keep going. This is a play about the needs of the heart and the extremes of medicine. This is a play about breaking the rules. This is a play about hope.

02/06/2015 00:00:00 The Heart of Robin Hood Downtown

In this spectacular rendition of the fabled tale, Robin and his very unmerry gang of cutthroats may steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone! But, as the wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps up to protect the poor… and convert the thuggish Robin from outlaw to hero. Originally commissioned by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, our rollicking production of this 2013 U.K. hit is filled with magic, adventure, romance, laughter and music, performed by the acclaimed group Parsonsfield! Just be aware: Don't blink or you'll miss the shark!

02/06/2015 D-Sisyphe (décisif) (Tunisia) Central West

Tunisian actor, dancer and playwright Meher Awachri performs his award-winning interpretation of the ancient myth of Sisyphus, offering insights into contemporary Arab society and the idea of what revolution entails – all through spoken work and choreography. Performed in Arabic with English subtitles Curated by Volcano Theatre Featuring seven international shows and six languages, Progress engages conversation about language, accessibility and what progress means to Toronto's performance ecology. Festival runs February 4 to 15. www.thisisprogress.ca // #ProgressTO

02/06/2015 Queens Calling Downtown

Ranging in style from Contemporary African and Lindy Hop to Modern and Caribbean, Queens Calling features works by an inter-generational group of eight female choreographers, bringing positive energy to the challenges that still exist for women around the world: Paulette Brockington, Ghislaine Doté, Jasmyn Fyffe, Sharon Harvey, Charmaine Headley, Zab Maboungou, Michèle Moss and Alesandra Seutin.

02/06/2015 Engagement Organizing - Harnessing People Power: A Training Workshop for Environmental NGOs Downtown

'Engagement Organizing' is an approach that strives to marry organizing, technology, and a culture of developing leadership in others. It represents a shift away from expert-driven, direct mail groups toward a model that focuses on nimble, data-driven, learning organizations that place relationship building and mobilization of supporters at the heart of their work. The goal of the workshop will be to share the theory and practice of developing successful engagement organizations. Session leaders will describe real world stories and techniques of others doing this kind of work, and also tap into lessons from participants in the room.

02/06/2015 "Ti Sposo Ma Non Troppo"/"I'll Marry You, But..." (Italian contemporary film with English subtitles) Downtown

The movie tells the story of Andrea, a fascinating woman disappointed by love, Luca, a physiotherapist who pretends to be a psychologist in order to seduce her, and Carlotta and Andrea, a couple who is close to marriage. Deeply affected by the search for perfect love, the lives of the four characters intertwine in this modern comedy of errors, showing how appearances can be deceiving while nobody can choose to avoid love.

02/03/2015 Newcomb's Designers: A Conscious Revolution Downtown $10 - $19

Speaker: Dr. Sally Main (Exhibition Curator, Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise) Join exhibition curator Sally Main as she explores the themes and historical significance of the Smithsonian exhibition Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise runs from February 5 through May 18 at the Gardiner Museum.

List of American Email to Text Message Email Addresses

Replace 8888888888 with real phone number.
3 River Wireless – [email protected] Alltel – [email protected] AT&T – [email protected] ACS Wireless – [email protected] Blue Sky Frog – [email protected] Bluegrass Cellular – [email protected] Boost Mobile – [email protected] BPL Mobile – [email protected] Carolina West Wireless – [email protected] Cellular One – [email protected] Cellular South – [email protected] Centennial Wireless – [email protected] CenturyTel – [email protected] Cingular – [email protected] Clearnet – [email protected] Comcast – [email protected]

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02/05/2015 00:00:00 Spring Awakening Central West

The landmark musical Spring Awakening is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll! Join this group of late 19th century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.

02/05/2015 Toronto Sportsmen's Show Central West

Canada's Major Outdoor Supershow! The Toronto Sportsmen's Show has everything you can imagine all under one roof. Catch your first fish at the Fish TV Trout Pond, or try your luck at the Toronto Star $75,000 Casting Pond. If you love dogs, then you won't want to miss the WoofJocks Canine All Stars. Be wowed by the unique talent of Mike Winia at our Chainsaw Carving Demo or give axe throwing a whirl a the West Coast Lumberjacks Axe Throwing Demo, get up close and personal with live Birds of Prey and learn about local Ontario wildlife at the Speaking of Wildlife display. Plus so much more...

02/05/2015 00:00:00 A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection Downtown Free

"A Story of Canadian Art" features forty-one works drawn from the celebrated Hart House Collection of Canadian art. The majority of works in the exhibition feature classic images of the Canadian landscape and were acquired between 1921 and 1950 by the Hart House Art Committee, a group comprised of students, artists, faculty, and staff at the University of Toronto. Showcasing paintings by renowned artists such as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Lilias Torrance Newton, and Tom Thomson, A Story of Canadian Art at UTAC will be the first opportunity since 1987 for the University of Toronto community to view a major selection of the early 20th century collection.

02/05/2015 00:00:00 Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign Downtown Free

Drawing on a diverse range of recent acquisitions in the University of Toronto and Hart House Collections, this exhibition considers how signs and symbols have been observed, adopted, and altered in the work of artists from early modernity to today. The exhibition captures the ways in which commercial graphics shape urban landscapes -- whether in the proliferation of billboards and screens, the identity of nations and institutions, or the visual logic of window display. In response, artists have initiated their own symbolic studies and counter campaigns, progressively infiltrating signs and symbols to their own ends. Sign, sign, everywhere a sign encapsulates work of several generations of artists from across Canada and around the world.

02/05/2015 00:00:00 Abyss Downtown

MISSING. Karla Richter, 24: a loving and trusting young woman, last seen before she left for the grocery store in blue jeans, a green parka and her red rubber rain boots. The police and papers ignore the disappearance, leaving her three friends – whose roots lie in Serbia and Croatia – to discover the truth. Karla's lover Vlado, born into terror and war, Karla's caring roommate Sophia, and Vlado's roommate who is Sophia's sister, search for their missing friend. As the story slowly unravels, it becomes clear that all three of them have been harbouring secrets as they realize how brittle the life they had built is. A search for Karla becomes a search for the self in this lyrical thriller cloaked in the mystery of Europe's underworld.

02/05/2015 00:00:00 Noon at Met Downtown Free

Metropolitan United is an historical church, housing the largest pipe organ in Canada. These professional noontime recitals, usually by organists but sometime by other musicians, create an opportunity to enjoy this 19th century building, to take time out of one's busy day to relax, surrounded by beauty, both architectural and musical. There is no proselytizing. Just a welcome atmosphere downtown to get out of the fray and sit down, while cares take a back seat.

02/05/2015 00:00:00 Blood Relations @ Alumnae Theatre Central East

The Alumnae Theatre's MainStage brings the past to life with Sharon Pollock's Governor General's award winning psychological murder mystery Blood Relations. The only suspect, the real Lizzie Borden, was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother, but in Blood Relations, the chilling question still repeats. “Did you Lizzie? Did you?” Rather than centering on the grisly details of the murders, the play focuses on the patriarchal oppressive society Lizzie Borden has endured. Lizzie and her actress friend play a game of memory and imagination, reenacting moments of Lizzie's life leading up to the murders as a play-in-a-play to uncover a motive.

02/05/2015 00:00:00 Waiting Room Downtown

What are you willing to risk to save a life? A doctor embarks on a ground-breaking medical experiment despite the objections of his colleagues. Meanwhile, a couple are torn about whether the doctor has what it takes to save their baby. This is a play about life in the waiting room of a major children's hospital. This is a play about medical compassion and risk. This is a play about families who find the will to keep going. This is a play about the needs of the heart and the extremes of medicine. This is a play about breaking the rules. This is a play about hope.

02/05/2015 00:00:00 The Heart of Robin Hood Downtown

In this spectacular rendition of the fabled tale, Robin and his very unmerry gang of cutthroats may steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone! But, as the wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps up to protect the poor… and convert the thuggish Robin from outlaw to hero. Originally commissioned by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, our rollicking production of this 2013 U.K. hit is filled with magic, adventure, romance, laughter and music, performed by the acclaimed group Parsonsfield! Just be aware: Don't blink or you'll miss the shark!

02/05/2015 R-E-B-E-C-C-A Central West

"All it takes is something on a microscopic level to define a person's entire existence." We meet two Rebeccas, one real and one imagined (both performed by Farb) as they prepare to celebrate their respective 18th birthdays. Although existing in parallel universes, these two Rebeccas manage to find a connection, uniting in an unexpected and powerful way. Written and performed by up-and-coming playwright Sara Farb, R-E-B-E-C-C-A is a personal piece based on Farb's younger sister who was born seven weeks prematurely, and diagnosed as developmentally delayed at a very young age.

02/05/2015 The Messiah Complex 5.0 (Canada) Central West

Created and performed by Michael Dudeck, The Messiah Complex 5.0 explores the concept of religious evolution using the Harlow experiment. Separated into segments, the performance-lecture explores the evolution of faith, religious practice and iconography from a queer perspective. Performed in English, contains nudity Curated by Videofag Featuring seven international shows and six languages, Progress engages conversation about language, accessibility and what progress means to Toronto's performance ecology. Festival runs February 4 to 15. www.thisisprogress.ca // #ProgressTO

02/05/2015 The 10th Annual Book Lover's Ball Downtown $100 +

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Book Lovers Ball will take place in the library stacks for the very first time! This black-tie gala unites book lovers with Canada's top literary talents, all in support of Toronto Public Library. Dine with a celebrity author and favourite fictional characters including Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Romeo and Juliet. The evening's silent auction will feature book club experiences with an author and your friends, travel packages and a chance to Adopt a Branch. Don't miss out on the first ever Book Lover's Ball after party, After Dark, featuring live music, dancing, Jason Collett's Basement Revue, and literary inspired activities – such as a short game of Scrabble against your favourite author.

02/04/2015 00:00:00 A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection Downtown Free

"A Story of Canadian Art" features forty-one works drawn from the celebrated Hart House Collection of Canadian art. The majority of works in the exhibition feature classic images of the Canadian landscape and were acquired between 1921 and 1950 by the Hart House Art Committee, a group comprised of students, artists, faculty, and staff at the University of Toronto. Showcasing paintings by renowned artists such as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Lilias Torrance Newton, and Tom Thomson, A Story of Canadian Art at UTAC will be the first opportunity since 1987 for the University of Toronto community to view a major selection of the early 20th century collection.

02/04/2015 00:00:00 Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign Downtown Free

Drawing on a diverse range of recent acquisitions in the University of Toronto and Hart House Collections, this exhibition considers how signs and symbols have been observed, adopted, and altered in the work of artists from early modernity to today. The exhibition captures the ways in which commercial graphics shape urban landscapes -- whether in the proliferation of billboards and screens, the identity of nations and institutions, or the visual logic of window display. In response, artists have initiated their own symbolic studies and counter campaigns, progressively infiltrating signs and symbols to their own ends. Sign, sign, everywhere a sign encapsulates work of several generations of artists from across Canada and around the world.

02/04/2015 00:00:00 Abyss Downtown

MISSING. Karla Richter, 24: a loving and trusting young woman, last seen before she left for the grocery store in blue jeans, a green parka and her red rubber rain boots. The police and papers ignore the disappearance, leaving her three friends – whose roots lie in Serbia and Croatia – to discover the truth. Karla's lover Vlado, born into terror and war, Karla's caring roommate Sophia, and Vlado's roommate who is Sophia's sister, search for their missing friend. As the story slowly unravels, it becomes clear that all three of them have been harbouring secrets as they realize how brittle the life they had built is. A search for Karla becomes a search for the self in this lyrical thriller cloaked in the mystery of Europe's underworld.

02/04/2015 00:00:00 Blood Relations @ Alumnae Theatre Central East

The Alumnae Theatre's MainStage brings the past to life with Sharon Pollock's Governor General's award winning psychological murder mystery Blood Relations. The only suspect, the real Lizzie Borden, was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother, but in Blood Relations, the chilling question still repeats. “Did you Lizzie? Did you?” Rather than centering on the grisly details of the murders, the play focuses on the patriarchal oppressive society Lizzie Borden has endured. Lizzie and her actress friend play a game of memory and imagination, reenacting moments of Lizzie's life leading up to the murders as a play-in-a-play to uncover a motive.

02/04/2015 00:00:00 Waiting Room Downtown

What are you willing to risk to save a life? A doctor embarks on a ground-breaking medical experiment despite the objections of his colleagues. Meanwhile, a couple are torn about whether the doctor has what it takes to save their baby. This is a play about life in the waiting room of a major children's hospital. This is a play about medical compassion and risk. This is a play about families who find the will to keep going. This is a play about the needs of the heart and the extremes of medicine. This is a play about breaking the rules. This is a play about hope.

02/04/2015 00:00:00 Holodeck Follies - Star Trek-Inspired Comedy Variety Show Central West $1 - $9

On the first Wednesday of each month, The Dandies boldly go where no variety show has gone before: Holodeck Follies – a Star Trek parody for Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike! Holodeck: An entertainment suite where your imagination comes alive Follies: A variety spectacle, or a spectacle of mishaps Former guests include: Wordburglar, Karyn Ellis, Garrett Jamieson, DebsandErrol, Candice Sand, NerdsWithGuitars, Fratwurst, Copy Red Leader, The Weaker Vessels, and Two Weird Ladies.

02/04/2015 00:00:00 Montgomery's Inn Winter Farmers Market Southwest Free

Built in 1830, Montgomery's Inn was once part of a 400-acre farm which supplied food for the Montgomery family, guests of the Inn and for retail sale. Much of this land continued to be farmed by tenant farmers through the 1940s. Though the farm is long gone, the Inn remains and has been restored as a museum. Today we celebrate the Inn's agricultural roots by once again offering farm-fresh produce for sale at the Montgomery's Inn Farmers' Market. Our vendors sell local and organic veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, preserves, baked goods, fresh bread and prepared foods that you can take home or enjoy on the premises. The market operates year-round; Indoors from November-May and outdoors from May-November.

02/04/2015 00:00:00 The Heart of Robin Hood Downtown

In this spectacular rendition of the fabled tale, Robin and his very unmerry gang of cutthroats may steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone! But, as the wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps up to protect the poor… and convert the thuggish Robin from outlaw to hero. Originally commissioned by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, our rollicking production of this 2013 U.K. hit is filled with magic, adventure, romance, laughter and music, performed by the acclaimed group Parsonsfield! Just be aware: Don't blink or you'll miss the shark!

02/04/2015 Marathon (Israel) Central West $20 - $29

Director and choreographer Aharona Israel combines dance, text, theatre and grueling physicality in Marathon as performers spiral into the depths of Israeli consciousness. Reflecting the autobiographical stories of performers Ilya Domanov, Merav Dagan, Gal Shamai, the presentation begs the question, who will survive and how? Performed in English and Hebrew (All performances with English subtitles) Curated by SummerWorks Featuring seven international shows and six languages, Progress engages conversation about language, accessibility and what progress means to Toronto's performance ecology. Festival runs February 4 to 15. www.thisisprogress.ca // #ProgressTO

02/04/2015 Mapped Grounds Panel Discussion Downtown Free

+city lab the experimental research and design practice founded by Shelagh McCartney in 2012, focuses on contemporary approaches to city and open territory design due to rapid urbanization. +city lab seeks to nurture both scholarly and applied research, at the intersections of architecture, landscape and urbanism +city lab will host lectures by Talia Dorsey (The Commons/U Montreal), Lola Shepard (Lateral Office/U Waterloo) and John van Nostrand (planningAlliance) and in conversation with Shelagh McCartney (+city lab/Ryerson). Panel will examine the mapping urban landscapes and their cultural and disciplinary contexts, by bringing together different realist based work in an effort to identify modes of thought gained by empirical urbanisms.

02/03/2015 00:00:00 A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection Downtown Free

"A Story of Canadian Art" features forty-one works drawn from the celebrated Hart House Collection of Canadian art. The majority of works in the exhibition feature classic images of the Canadian landscape and were acquired between 1921 and 1950 by the Hart House Art Committee, a group comprised of students, artists, faculty, and staff at the University of Toronto. Showcasing paintings by renowned artists such as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Lilias Torrance Newton, and Tom Thomson, A Story of Canadian Art at UTAC will be the first opportunity since 1987 for the University of Toronto community to view a major selection of the early 20th century collection.

02/03/2015 00:00:00 Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign Downtown Free

Drawing on a diverse range of recent acquisitions in the University of Toronto and Hart House Collections, this exhibition considers how signs and symbols have been observed, adopted, and altered in the work of artists from early modernity to today. The exhibition captures the ways in which commercial graphics shape urban landscapes -- whether in the proliferation of billboards and screens, the identity of nations and institutions, or the visual logic of window display. In response, artists have initiated their own symbolic studies and counter campaigns, progressively infiltrating signs and symbols to their own ends. Sign, sign, everywhere a sign encapsulates work of several generations of artists from across Canada and around the world.

02/03/2015 00:00:00 Abyss Downtown

MISSING. Karla Richter, 24: a loving and trusting young woman, last seen before she left for the grocery store in blue jeans, a green parka and her red rubber rain boots. The police and papers ignore the disappearance, leaving her three friends – whose roots lie in Serbia and Croatia – to discover the truth. Karla's lover Vlado, born into terror and war, Karla's caring roommate Sophia, and Vlado's roommate who is Sophia's sister, search for their missing friend. As the story slowly unravels, it becomes clear that all three of them have been harbouring secrets as they realize how brittle the life they had built is. A search for Karla becomes a search for the self in this lyrical thriller cloaked in the mystery of Europe's underworld.

02/03/2015 00:00:00 Waiting Room Downtown

What are you willing to risk to save a life? A doctor embarks on a ground-breaking medical experiment despite the objections of his colleagues. Meanwhile, a couple are torn about whether the doctor has what it takes to save their baby. This is a play about life in the waiting room of a major children's hospital. This is a play about medical compassion and risk. This is a play about families who find the will to keep going. This is a play about the needs of the heart and the extremes of medicine. This is a play about breaking the rules. This is a play about hope.

02/03/2015 00:00:00 The Heart of Robin Hood Downtown

In this spectacular rendition of the fabled tale, Robin and his very unmerry gang of cutthroats may steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone! But, as the wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps up to protect the poor… and convert the thuggish Robin from outlaw to hero. Originally commissioned by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company, our rollicking production of this 2013 U.K. hit is filled with magic, adventure, romance, laughter and music, performed by the acclaimed group Parsonsfield! Just be aware: Don't blink or you'll miss the shark!

02/03/2015 Celebrating "Bold, Black, Risk-Takers", An Evening Honouring "The Book of Negroes" Downtown Free

In celebration of Black History Month, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), together with Conquering Lion Pictures, the CBC and TD, are pleased to present a special evening honouring The Book of Negroes, the seminal piece of literature from Lawrence Hill and its adaptation as the highly anticipated television mini-series from director and co-writer Clement Virgo, co-writer Lawrence Hill and executive producer Damon D'Oliveira, starring Aunjanue Ellis. *Please note that this event will be overbooked to ensure capacity and that having passes does not guarantee admission. The Canadian Film Centre, Conquering Lion Pictures, the CBC, TD and TIFF Bell Lightbox are not responsible for turn aways. Please arrive early to secure your seat.