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From culture to tea and the arts -- lots to celebrate this weekend

Black History Month celebrations start in the city this weekend. Then there are continuing Lunar New Year celebrations. And the Toronto Tea Festival. Those are just some of the events worth checking out in the city this weekend:

Celebrating Black History - Gala
Jan 31
Toronto Reference Library

Join in for a Gala Black History Evening with George Elliott Clarke, Dan Hill, Roger Gibbs, Motion, Andrea Thompson, Seth Adrian Harris, Kenny Robinson, Eddy Daoriginalone and a Calypso party with Shak-Shak.

For more information, check out the Toronto Public Library website.

Black History Month Celebrations
Toronto Public Library Branches

Toronto Public Library celebrates Black History Month with great programs for everyone at branches across the city. Check out some great books and great people at the library.

For more information, check out the Toronto Public Library website.

Home: Photographs by Jon Blak
Feb 1 to Feb 28
Gladstone Hotel

An engaging events program exploring Caribbean Canadian history and culture. Jon Blak's work continues the dialogue between mixed cultural groups to examine Canada's diasporic culture and social politics, and examine Jamaican and Canadian art and music with a particular focus on Caribbean youth culture.

For more information, check out Wedge Curatorial Projects website.

Toronto Tea Festival
Feb 1 to Feb 2 (10 AM to 5 PM)
Toronto Reference Library

Whether you are a newbie or an aficionado of tea culture, the Toronto Tea Festival will enable you to discover the world of tea from the traditional to the trendy. You will be able to sample hundreds of teas and learn from experts in the industry.

For more information, check out the Toronto Tea Festival website.

Free Outgoing/grandNIGHT: A Gala Fundraising Night
Jan 31
Factory Theatre

The special evening will be hosted by Dora award-winner d'bi.young. It will begin with a reception and a silent auction of "Toronto Island Experiences", such as a gourmet dinner on the deck of an Island home with a stunning view of the city.

For information on this special fundraiser and Free Outgoing (which continues at Factory Theatre until Feb 16), check out the Toronto Island Grannies In Spirit website.

Of Mice and Morro and Jasp
Jan 28 to Feb 8
Factory Theatre

Morro and Jasp feel the pinch of the recent economic downturn and decide to try to make ends meet by staging John Steinbeck's classic tale Of Mice and Men. Can the clown sisters stick to the story? Will they both make it out alive? This winter, find out for yourself!

For more information, check out the Factory Theatre website.

Coldest Day of the Year Ride
Feb 1
Start Point: Queen's Park

Ride from Queen's Park to Dufferin Grove Park for skating and hot chocolate around a campfire.

For more information, check out the Cycle Toronto website.

Album Release: After Funk
Jan 31
3030 Dundas Street West

Taking its cues from old school funk acts like Stevie Wonder and James Brown, modern jam bands like Lettuce and the String Cheese Incident, even hints of the romantic classical music of Tchaikovsky and gospel music of Tye Tribbit, After Funk has found itself an ever growing audience of people searching for a heavy groove that expands their mind and fills their soul.

For more information, check out the After Funk Facebook page,

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