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Thinking of spring and other events in the city

Do we dare of spring, when the temperature is still so cold outside? Two festivals in the city this weekend help us anticipate a thaw. And spring is just one thing to celebrate:


Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival
1 Mar to Apr 6
Kortright Centre for Conservation

Tap into spring at the Kortright Centre for Conservation. Check out old fashioned and modern maple syrup demonstration. There's also live entertainment for kids and wagon rides.

For more information, check out the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival website.


Haru Matsuri: Japanese Spring Festival
Mar 1
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

As always, the JCCC and Kobayashi Hall will be colourfully and elaborately decorated to welcome spring's arrival and the long-awaited close of the winter season. Haru Matsuri will feature Japanese arts and crafts demonstrations such as Ikebana (flower arranging), Bunka Shishu (embroidery), Sumi-e (brush painting), and Cha-no-yu (Tea Ceremony) among other activities.

For more information, check out the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre website.


Human Rights Watch Film Festival
27 Feb to 6 Mar
TIFF Bell Lightbox

In selecting films for the festival, Human Rights Watch concentrates equally on artistic merit and human rights content. The festival encourages filmmakers around the world to address human rights subject matter in their work and presents films from both new and established international filmmakers.

For the schedule of films, check out the TIFF Bell Lightbox website.


Brain, Words and Voices
Mar 2 (First Sunday of Every Month)
Coffin Factory (109 Niagara Street, Buzzer 007)

Poets and lovers of poetry get together once a month at T.O.'s historic Coffin Factory (109 Niagara St) to hear classic, pre-1975 poems recited live from memory. After an initial qualifying round we choose two finalists, who then recite one more poem each. Winner gets a $50 Indigo gift card. All voting by applause. Free snacks provided. BYOV (bring your own vino). Kids allowed. PWYC.

For more information, check out The Rotary Dial website.

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