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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: February 2014 Archives

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.


Mad for Marmalade and more...

What do you do when life hands you lemons? Make a marmalade of course! To find out more about where you can do that, and other events in the city, keep reading!

Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus
Feb 22
Fort York

Join Fort York National Historic Site in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Canada
for the seventh annual celebration of marmalade. Enjoy a marmalade themed workshop, lunch, and tastings, or enter the Marmalade Competition. Your ticket includes a tour of Fort York.

For more information, check out the Culinary Historians of Canada website.

Know Your History Celebration
Feb 22
The Assembly Hall

Join this this celebration of Black History Month for a great cause! The event is in support of The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario and will include hors d'oeuvres and refreshments and live entertainment. Event will be hosted by CBC's Marcia Young.

For more information, check out the Upon a Star Books website.

Out of Darkness: Paul Mooney Live in Toronto
Feb 22
Bloor Hot Docs Theatre

Paul Mooney is one of the most dangerous and brilliant comic minds of our time. His first professional gig was writing for Richard Pryor, penning most of the hilarious routines for Pryor's "Saturday Night Live" appearance, co-writing material on the groundbreaking "Live On Sunset" and "Is It Something I Said" albums, and for Pryor's film "Jo Jo Dancer, You're Life Is Calling."

For more information, check out the Stolen from Africa website.

Public Screening: Colour Me
Feb 21 (7 PM)
Ted Rogers Management School Theatre

Back by popular demand, the last public screening of the award-winning documentary Colour Me. Join in for an in-depth discussion on race, identity and what it means to be black in Canada.

For more information, check out the Colour Me website.

35th Rhubarb Festival
Until Feb 23
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

For two weeks artists transform the Buddies neighbourhood into a hotbed of experimentation, sharing new works in contemporary theatre, performance art, dance, and music with adventure-loving audiences.

For more information, check out the Rhubarb Festival website.

In Concert: Asiko Afrobeat
Feb 22
Gladstone Hotel

The Afrobeat ensemble takes to the Gladstone Hotel stage as part of the Black History Month concert series.

For more information, check out the Gladstone Hotel website.


Last Minute Valentine's Day Plans and More...

Most of you probably already have elaborate plans to spend Valentine's Day with your loved one/s. But for those looking for some last minute ideas, here are some options. And of course, there's more than Valentine's Day to celebrate this weekend:

Sonnets by Kids for Valentine's Day!
Feb 14 (Until 9 AM)
The Comfort of Your Home

Pick a sonnet: 18, 24, 29, or 116. Purchase the sonnet for a loved one. It's just $25.
On Valentine's Day, between 4:30pm and 6:30pm EST, a talented and charming Shakespeare Kid (age 7 - 12) will call your Valentine and recite the sonnet with a heart full of love! A Shakespeare Kid will also sign and mail a personalized copy of the sonnet to your Valentine! All proceeds will go to Shakespeare in Action's educational programs, which have served thousands of Toronto youth.

To purchase a sonnet, visit the Shakespeare in Action website.

Urban Caper: Meet Your Match Edition
Feb 14 (5:30 PM)

Are you a Sherlock looking for your Irene Adler? Nancy Drew seeking Ned Nickerson? If you are a trivia master, a mystery buff or a sleuth-in-training, what better way to meet that special brainy someone than through a scavenger hunt adventure? This Valentine's Day, Urban Capers is hosting a special event for clever singles at the Royal Ontario Museum. Meet some new people, make connections, and solve a mystery along the way.

For more information, check out the Urban Capers website.

The Couples Game
Feb 14 (8:30 PM)
The Storefront Theatre

Tired of staring across a table, hoping the romance will happen on its own? There's no better way to light a fire in each other than to beat the pants off another couple on The Couples' Game!

For more information, check out host Bob Burnhart's Facebook page.

Toronto Black Film Festival
Feb 11 to Feb 16
Carlton Cinema/Al Green Theatre

Besides the films screening at Carlton Cinema, there is also a concert taking place Saturday night featuring the powerful vocals of Lorraine Klaasen. The Juno award winner will be celebrating South Africa in this event proudly co-presented by CBC Radio.

For more information, check out the Toronto Black Film Festival website.

Aneemah's Spot
Feb 14 to Feb 16
918 Bathurst

Aneemah's Spot is a stylistic mix of stealthy dialogue, rhyme and spoken word. The funeral of "G" brings Aneemah and Wan together to mourn and share their histories, as they are forced to let go of the past and choose how they will navigate life, either apart or together, from this moment on.

For more information, check out the Aneemah's Spot website.

Momo Workshop
Feb 15
West End Food Coop

You will learn about the theory and practice of dumpling making, gain hands-on experience working with steaming equipment, and leave with some fresh community-made momos!

For more information, check out the West End Food Coop website.

In Concert: Justin Timberlake
Feb 14

Need we say more?! And there are still a few tickets left!

For more information, check out the Air Canada Centre website.