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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: January 2015 Archives

What's On: Toronto Tea Festival not the only brew in town

Whether or not you're a tea devotee, the Toronto Tea Festival has something on offer for you. And that's not the only festival on brew this weekend:

Toronto Tea Festival
Jan 31 to Feb 1
Toronto Reference Library

Whether you're a black tea person or a green tea person, or a tea newbie, there's something for your discover at the festival. From sampling teas to witnessing elaborate tea ceremonies, there's a whole world of the elixir to discover.

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

Winter Craft Beer Festival
Jan 31
Roundhouse Park

A celebration of Ontario craft beer, winter food and winter activities! Grab your toque and mittens, or participate in their "Wear Your Retro Ski Gear" contest.

For more information, check out the Winter Craft Beer Festival website.

Coldest Day of the Year Ride
Jan 31
Starting Point: Trinity Bellwoods Park, South Gate

Cycling in winter? It can be fun! Celebrate and support winter cycling by taking part in the short ride from Trinity Bellwoods Park to Metro Hall.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Jan 29 to Jan 31
Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Originally from South Africa, dance artist Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe brings together the street style he grew up with, African traditions, Western contemporary dance and Asian martial art forms.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Art Auction
Jan 30
Milk Glass Gallery

This gallery on Dundas West (at Dovercourt) offers a space to local artists, designers and speakers, besides curating a range of shows. Support a local artist-run gallery and event space, and get a fine piece of art in return!

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Book Swap
Jan 31
RedFish BlueFish Cafe

Is your home overrun with books? Take them to this inaugural book swap! Take a book you've loved that's been gathering dust on the shelf. Someone else might love it just as much. And you get a book back. Wait, that might not get rid of the original problem...

For more information, check out the RedFish BlueFish Cafe website.

In Concert: Matt Morgan and the Mayday
Jan 31
The Rose and Crown

This Toronto band describes their sound as jazz influenced funk rhythms and soulful harmonies.

For more information, check out the Matt Morgan and Mayday website.


What's On: Robbie Burns Dinners and more...

There are more ways to celebrate Robbie Burns than noshing on haggis or imbibing a wee dram. Here are some of those suggestions, and other events in the city this weekend.

Burns Night 2015
Jan 25
Wind Up Bird Cafe

Join five literary luminaries including George Elliot Clarke, Catherine Graham and Ayesha Chatterjee celebrate the Scottish poet. There will poetry and bagpipes. But the four-course meal will not involve haggis.

For more information, check out the Wind Up Bird Cafe website.

Robbie Burns Night
Jan 25
The Central

"Bring your favourite poem, something you wrote or just come and listen," they say. And they promise not to force haggis on you!

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Robbie Burns Day
Jan 25 (12 - 4 PM)
Mackenzie House

But if you are craving some haggis, then Mackenzie House will have some for you! And some shortbread and toe-tapping music.

For more information, check out the Mackenzie House website.

How to Make Awesome Things Happen in Your Neighbourhood
Jan 25 (10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Howard Park Tennis Club

The title says it all! Writer, painter, beekeeper and schemer Jode Roberts will lead this talk about community organizing. And he'll speak from experience, having been involved with some brilliant initiative by the David Suzuki Foundation such as the Community Canoe Project and #GotMilkweed campaign.

For more information, check out the High Park Nature Centre website.

Toronto, I Love You
Until Jan 31 (Wed-Sat, 8 PM)
Bad Dog Theatre

The resident cast present their "critically acclaimed unconventional love letter to the city." Based on audience suggestion of Toronto locations, they improv an evening of unexpected connections.

For more information, check out the Bad Dog Theatre website.

Shawn Hitchins' Ginger Nation
Jan 22 to Jan 24
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Toronto native Shawn Hitchins' brings this hit show to the city for the first time! Based on his experiences as a gay, blue-eyed ginger, the show deals with his decision to donate his sperm to a lesbian couple he's friends with, and ramifications thereof. The show is hilariously honest and profane.

For more information, check out the Buddies in Bad Times website.


What's On: Makeover Mom and Dad at the AGO and more

The AGO offers family-friendly fun activities for the whole family. And that's just one of the many events to check out in the city this weekend:

Mom and Dad Makeover
Jan 18

The AGO is a family-friendly gallery, full of fun activities for the kids. But this activity lets the children take creative reign, and makeover one of best canvas they know -- their parents! Once their masterpiece is complete, the parents are paraded through the gallery, while the children perform an interpretive dance.

For more information, check out the AGO website.

Dance Ontario Dance Weekend'15
Jan 16 to Jan 18
Fleck Dance Theatre

The diversity of dance practice in Ontario takes to the stage at Harbourfront centre this weekend. From hip and ballet to flamenco and belly-dancing, there's lots to see.

For more information, check out the Dance Ontario website.

Bees' Knees Tease
Jan 18
Dovercourt House

Always wanted to try swing dance but weren't sure if it was your thing? Well, check out this monthly free class and find your groove.

For more information, check out the Bees' Knees website.

DJ Skate Nights
Harbourfront Centre

Glide on ice by the waterfront, spinning to beats spun by DJs from Toronto and beyond. DJs Bangs and Blush bring 50s and 60's vibe to rink this weekend, as they ask you to Shake Rattle and Roll.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

In Concert: Soul Slam
Jan 18
Lula Lounge

Twelve unsigned singers in the city will battle it out for the cash prize.

For more information, check out Lula Lounge website.